Governors Share Ideas on Pot Revenue Uses, National Guard Cuts, Job Creation

Stateline: The Daily News Service of The Pew Charitable Trusts  (Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.) By Stephen C. Fehr, Staff Writer They sat a foot apart. One a conservative governor from the Deep South and a harsh critic of President Barack Obama. The other a liberal governor from the Northeast and one of Obama’s chief defenders. Yet on this winter Sunday at a Washington hotel two blocks from the White House, Republican Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama and Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont were in harmony: Prescription drug and heroin abuse is an urgent national problem driving up state treatment and corrections costs. “There’s no question in my mind this is a challenge facing every state,” Shumlin said. A physician, Bentley said doctors who overprescribe opiates “should have their license...

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Lawsuit Demands Removal of Giant Cross

By MBD February 26, 2014     A major federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday, demanding removal of a giant 40-foot Christian cross. The cross is situated on government property in a Washington, DC, suburb. Specifically, it is situated on a roadway median in Bladensburg, Maryland. The suit was filed on behalf of three plaintiffs by the American Humanist Association. Acting on behalf of the group, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center said that the massive structure violates the separation of church and state principle of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In a letter the Legal Center sent to the commission in 2012, they explained that, “To any passerby, a huge cross such as this can only be understood as endorsing Christianity.” Appignani Humanist Legal Center Legal Director David Niose writes, “On public property, that violates the Establishment Clause. We can all support memorials to those who have fought for our country, but they cannot take the...

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Texas Republican Candidate Claims the ‘Right’ To Shoot ‘Wetbacks’ on Sight

  By MBD February 25, 2014 Texas Republican and Senate candidate Chris Mapp told the Dallas Morning News that he and all Americans should have the right to shoot Mexicans crossing into the United States. The incendiary comments were revealed as the Texan paper was explaining why they were endorsing Senator John Cornyn for reelection, rather than other candidates like Mapp. In particular, the paper explained, Chris Mapp told them “ranchers should be allowed to shoot on sight anyone illegally crossing the border on to their land, referred to such people as ‘wetbacks,’ and called the president a ‘socialist son of a bitch.’” Rather than retracting his comments, Mapp has actually defended his use of the racist slur “wetback”. He told the San Antonio Express-News that using this term is literally as “normal as breathing air in South Texas.”    Cornyn, on the other hand, has condemned the remark and referred to Mapp’s comments as “disgusting.”...

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U.S. Lags Behind World in Temp Worker Protections

‘Permatemping’ cases highlight lack of U.S. protections for temp workers. Other countries limit the length of temp jobs, guarantee equal pay and restrict dangerous work.  Limber Herrera, 30, stands for a portrait outside of NFI Crossdock, where he works as a temporary worker in Mira Loma, California, U.S.                            (Patrick T. Fallon for ProPublica)  Temp Land by Michael Grabell ProPublica, Feb. 24, 2014, 10:48 a.m.This is part of an ongoing investigation: For nearly six years, Limber Herrera has toiled as a temp worker doing the same work for the same company in Mira Loma, Calif. About 40 hours a week, he unloads shipping containers for NFI—one of the largest freight distribution firms in America—moving goods that will eventually stock the shelves of Walmart and Sam’s Club. Herrera, 30, has been a temp so long that he’s outlasted the agency...

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Study Finds Marijuana Stops Spread of HIV

By MBD February 23, 2014 Marijuana has been promoted as an effective treatment – even cure – for an array of maladies. Many of these claims remain unsubstantiated and anecdotal in nature. But now, a Louisiana State University study published last week in the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses has brought some empirical evidence to the discussion. Specifically, the study found that THC – an active ingredient in cannabis – administered daily over 17 months, helped cure monkeys infected with an animal form of the HIV virus. Scientists found that damage to immune tissue in the primates significantly decreased over the period of time that the THC was administered. “These findings reveal novel mechanisms that may potentially contribute to cannabinoid-mediated disease modulation,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Patricia Molina, wrote.  Molina was at the head of similar research back in 2011stage AIDS patients. The results of Dr. Molina’s latest study, however,...

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Eagle Ford Shale and the Texas Fracking Built

A worker stands among the myriad of pipes needs to get over 500 unknown chemicals into the ground. “From the Desk of NickiLeaks” Much is being written now about the Eagle Ford Shale Formation, so it seemed like the time for a group of journalists to venture into Texas and find what is really going on. To do so, we found a bus load of reporters in the mold of Hunter S. Thompson, people with a tank of nitrous oxide and a tank of oxygen who aren’t ‘t afraid to use them at the drop of a hat. Or the drop of a bird into the open window of their press bus, a bird reeking of toulene and twitching uncontrollably. “Must be getting close,” our intrepid reporter noted. To make sure, they stopped and hailed someone coming out of their drive in a pickup trucked covered in an odd...

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U.S. General Says Jesus Is Coming Back With An AR-15 Assault Rifle

By MBD February 21, 2014 Former U.S. Lieutenant General, and top Pentagon adviser to the Bush administration, William G. “Jerry” Boykin recently said that Jesus is coming back soon, and we can expect him to be carrying an AR-15 assault rifle. During a speech he gave for the conservative Family Research Council at the WallBuilders’ Pro-Family Legislators Conference, he said that Jesus wants everyone to own assault weapons. “The Lord is a warrior,” he said, “and in Revelation 19 it says when he comes back, he’s coming back as what? A warrior.” Boykin continued, saying the following:  A mighty warrior leading a mighty army, riding a white horse with a blood-stained white robe … I believe that blood on that robe is the blood of his enemies ’cause he’s coming back as a warrior carrying a sword.  And I believe now – I’ve checked this out – I believe that...

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids

Happy Sunday, my friends.  It is the last day of the Olympics in Sochi and the gold medal hockey game is on my television in the background.  I hope everyone had a great week and a wonderful weekend, thus far.  Sorry about the brevity of todays funnies and factoids.  I am in the middle of the site rebuild and I am at a loss for enough hours in a day.  Be back full speed next Sunday.  Until then, please stay safe and enjoy your upcoming week ahead.   1) Mel Blanc insisted on chewing real carrots to provide the chomping sounds when he voiced Bugs Bunny. 2) In the who the hell knew department: Reggie Jackson’s nickname, “Mr. October,” was coined sarcastically by Thurman Munson after Reggie hit .125 in the 1977 ALCS. Reggie went on to win the World Series MVP that year and the name stuck. 3)...

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Is Harsher Corporal Punishment for Children Coming to Kansas?

  Stateline: The Daily News Service of The Pew Charitable Trusts  (Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.)   By Adrienne Lu, Staff Writer Editor’s note: This update was posted Feb. 20 at 12:15 p.m.: Kansas state Rep. John Rubin, chairman of the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice committee, said Thursday his committee will not consider a bill filed by Rep. Gail Finney that would have allowed parents and teachers to spank children hard enough to leave redness or bruising. “I don’t think it was carefully enough drafted,” said Rubin, a Republican. “I think it was overly broad.” Rubin said most of the prosecutors he has spoken with about the bill are not in favor of the legislation. He added that there has been “an outpouring of disenchantment” regarding the bill from the public and...

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Cop Shoots Boy Who Answered The Door With a Nintendo Wii Controller

By M. David February 21, 2014             Officer Beth Daniel-Gatny, aka Nancy B. Gatny, of Euharlee, Georgia shot and killed 17-yr-old Christopher Roupe when he answered his door with a Nintendo Wii remote in hand. The teenage boy was about to graduate high school and wanted to join the U.S. Marines.   The incident occurred around 7:30 pm, when Christopher grabbed his Nintendo Wii controller to put on a movie. That’s when his family heard a knock at the front door. Christopher asked: “Who is it?” but received no response from officer Gatny, who was on the other side of the door.  When he opened the door, officer Gatny already had her gun drawn and pointed at him, according to Roupe’s aunt.    The officer, who later claimed that the youth “had a handgun,” wasted no time, firing and killing Christopher as soon as the door opened.  ...

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A Look Back at Scottish Rock Band The Jesus and Mary Chain

In the mid-1980s there came a band out of East Kilbride, Scotland who sounded so fresh, so full of something new, that there has never been a sound anywhere near the same before or since in the world of rock music.  The Jesus and Mary Chain (TJAMC) arrived on the music scene when rock and roll was in trouble……electronic pop had taken over the direction that music seemed to be following and the rock guitar was essentially on life-support. In a time when Billboard No. 1s were made up of such forgettable songs such as “Like a Virgin,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “I Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Sussudio,” and “Everytime You Go Away,” it was beyond a breath of fresh air to hear a back-to-the-basics rock band with an emphasis on the written song and blistering guitars. The Jesus and Mary Chain was founded by songwriting...

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Tea Party Icon ‘Joe The Plumber’ Gets a UNION Job

By M. David February 19, 2014   Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher – widely known as “Joe the Plumber” – announced today on his Facebook and his Web site that he is now working a union job with Chrysler Group LLC. Wurzelbacher said, “I was just recently hired on at Chrysler.” While he’s a well-known conservative, “Joe” explained that he is not an enemy of private unions. Wurzelbacher, 40, became known throughout the United States during the campaign for the 2008 presidential elections. ”Joe” became famous in 2008 when he confronted the then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. He has since become a popular figure with Tea Party members on the right.  “In order to work for Chrysler, you are required to join the Union,” Wurzelbacher explained, “In this case UAW. There’s no choice – it’s a union shop – the employees voted to have it that way and in America that’s the...

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Parents Sue States Over Education Funding

By Adrienne Lu, Stateline Staff Writer “Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.” Any week now, the Kansas Supreme Court  will rule on a lawsuit filed by parents and school districts alleging that school spending cuts violate the state’s constitution, which promises “suitable” funding for public education. In New York last week, an education advocacy group filed suit claiming the state is nearly $4 billion short of fulfilling its school spending obligation under a 2006 court ruling. And in Texas, lawyers earlier this month wrapped up closing arguments in a similar lawsuit. Across the country, litigation is pending against 11 states over inadequate or inequitable school funding. That is nothing new: Over the years, all but five states have been the subjects of such lawsuits. The change is that in many of the recent cases, higher...

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Re-Rand: When it comes to inaugural plagiarism, you can say that again

“From the Desk of NickiLeaks” “If you’ve said it a thousand times, I’ve said it once.” – Rand Paul.   Lots has been said recently about Rand Paul and plagiarism. Some of it’s been said twice in fact, so it seemed time for NickiLeaks to get to the bottom of it. And we have. Having gained access to a secret document provided by two animal issue-oriented aides to Rand Paul named Chip and Dale, it is now known that Rand Paul is not only contemplating running for the White House in 2016 but has been actively working on his inaugural speech, much to the dismay of his aides and to the joy of this columnist. Here’s how things have been going down . . . Imagine Rand Paul, tie loosened, vest undone, clutching a sheaf of papers, pacing the room and reading. “No one can contemplate current conditions without...

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Does the Black Community Have a Problem?

Posted on February 16, 2014 by moronwatch   Possibly because it’s Black History Month (US/Canada), I’m seeing a burst of Facebook discussions among my black friends on that old favourite: why do black communities underperform others? Various economic, education and health metrics still demonstrate large gaps between black and other populations, and inevitably people wonder why. The old white supremacist explanation – that black people are simply biologically inferior – has gradually faded from grace in recent decades, although this idea is often still hinted at. Discussion among black people tends to swing between blaming others (it’s caused by racism/colonialism/the aftermath of slavery/etc.) and blaming themselves (why don’t black people invest in each other like Indians and Jews seem to do?) Meanwhile, many white liberals tend to blame racism and colonialism while simultaneously showing an almost colonial lack of faith in black societies to sort out problems for themselves....

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The Sunday Funnies and Factoids

Welcome one and all to the latest edition of the Sunday funnies and factoids.  I hope everyone had a great week and a wonderful weekend thus far.  This, with any luck at all, will be the last time this piece will be published on the website as it exists now.  A rebuild of the site is proceeding along and hopefully will be up and running by the next time I pen The Sunday funnies and factoids.  It will be more user-friendly, have more content, new chat areas, and will be far more aesthetically pleasing.  I am anxious to get the new site up and running and seeing what you folks think of the new and improved All-len-All. 1) In the ‘you can’t legislate away stupid category’……In New Jersey and Oregon, pumping your own gas is illegal. These states banned self-service out of fear that untrained consumers might light themselves on fire....

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Malcolm X’s Family Is Furious With Nicki Minaj

By M. David February 15, 2014 The family of Malcolm X’s is reportedly furious with Nicki Minaj’s use of the famous photo from Jet Magazine, of the slain social justice leader. Minaj juxtaposed the picture of Malcolm X, standing by his window with an M1 carbine, with the “N-word”. Malcolm’s family called this disrespectful and offensive. Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, told the Associated Press Friday that Minaj’s use of the picture “in no way is endorsed by our family.” “Ms. Minaj’s artwork for her single does not depict the truth of Malcolm X’s legacy,” Shabazz’s said. Minaj, for her part, apologized Thursday. After pulling the cover, Minaj said the single cover was “never the official artwork.” Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide – the business representative for the Malcolm X estate – said that Minaj’s use of the photo  was “dehumanizing.” “This is a family photo that was...

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California Court Rules Concealed Carry Of Firearms MUST Be Allowed

By PBSpot Admin February 14, 2014 A California court has recently ruled that residents of the state must be allowed to carry concealed firearms in public, so long as they are not prohibited by law from owning a firearm. The ruling came down in a 2-1 decision, from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The court ruled that San Diego County violates the Constitution’s Second Amendment through their requirement that a citizen show, “good cause,” beyond self-defense, to obtain a concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit. California has long been a, “may issue,” state, which means that if local law enforcement wants to allow you, they, “may issue,” you a CCW permit. Anti-gun Senator Diane Feinstein was one such California resident issued a, “may issue,” CCW, after her family received death threats, decades ago. For your average resident of the Golden State, obtaining such a permit is unlikely...

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‘Killer cops aren’t welcome here!’ Officer Who Murdered Kelly Thomas, Driven Out Of Restaurant

WARNING! NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART                 (GRAPHIC IMAGE)   By PBSpot Admin February 12, 2014 One of the police officers who infamously murdered Kelly Thomas, was recently spotted at a Southern California Denny’s restaurant. Customers instantly recognized the killer cop as Manuel Ramos, who was recorded on surveillance video beating unarmed Kelly Thomas to death, as he screamed for help.  As Ramos tried to chug his drink before leaving the restaurant, customers yelled. “Killer cops aren’t welcome here.” Last month, Ramos and his partner Jay Cicinelli were found “not guilty” of murder, even though the homeless, mentally ill man offered no resistance to their brutal assault. Ramos showed no mercy to Kelly Thomas when he begged for his life. Now Ramos is hopefully starting to realize that he will be shown little mercy from the public.  Following the verdict in the murder case that Ramos and his partner faced, public protests...

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Ratings Down 50% After Accusations of Fakery, Racism and Homophobia

Ratings of A&E’s popular “Duck Dynasty” show are starting to tank. At first it seemed like a fluke, a coincidence. But now a downward trend has emerged and it is clear: viewers are tuning the show out.  There are several factors at play in causing the show’s ratings to tank. The infamous racist and homophobic comments of “Duck Commander” Phil Robertson were certainly one cause. But many regular viewers were not shocked by anything he had to say in the now notorious GQ interview. In the wake of that controversy, we brought you numerous photos demonstrating that the cast of the popular A&E “reality” show “Duck Dynasty” were faking it for the cameras. Specifically, we showed that few of the cast actually sported the unruly facial hair that became part of the Duck Dynasty brand before the show and it’s forerunner.  Far from the scandal that “Duck Commander” Phil’s racist...

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