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March 27, 2016

Garfield County, WA reminds why you should get out and vote

Sanders won Garfield County, WA by a 60-40 margin
Had one Democrat showed up and voted for Clinton, it would have been 50-50
Sanders won Garfield County by a vote of 3-2
Garfield isn't the only county that has had these tiny numbers, there were a few in Nevada, Sanders took 100% of the vote in State House District 6 and 40 in Alaska. In both instances he won 12-0.

The Republicans have had similar instances, Trump squashed Cruz by 23% in District 39 and 14% in 40, he beat Cruz by 21 votes in 39 and 3 votes in 40

If your state still has a primary or a caucus get yourself and your friends out to vote

March 22, 2016

Democrats Abroad Release The Results

For those of us who voted, the votes have been counted and here are the results:
EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa Region) cast 60.86% of the vote and had 5 delegates. They broke 3-2 for Sanders
Asia-Pacific cast 19.72% of the vote and had 2 delegates, they split 1-1
Americas cast 19.42% of the vote and split 1-1 as well.
Sanders got 5 of these delegates and Clinton got 4 from regional vote.
Sanders gets 4 more delegates that are delegated based on overall vote which gives him 9 and Clinton got 0 which leaves her at 4.

The rules for Democrats Abroad go like this:
There are 13 pledged and 4 unpledged: 8 Superdelegates with .5 votes each

Delegates are allocated to regions based on the number of voters in that region compared to the total number of voters. All regions are guaranteed at least one delegate, to be assigned to the presidential candidate with the highest number of global votes.

In regions allocated two delegates, the second delegate shall be allocated to the second-place candidate with more than 15% of the vote. In this case, Asia-Pacific and Americas each receive one delegate allocated to Secretary Clinton and one delegate allocated to Senator Sanders.

The Europe, Middle East & Africa region is allocated five delegates in total, to be allocated proportionally to the presidential candidates with more than 15% of the global vote. Thus the EMEA region will elect 2 delegates pledged to Secretary Clinton and 3 delegates pledged to Senator Sanders.


March 21, 2016

Remember when Il Douche Bag was upset at the Pope for questioning Forrest's Christianity

How it was unfair?
How dare the Pontiff question the veracity and piety of Swampy Trump's faith

From the weekend

"I have many friends that live in Salt Lake City. I have a lot of friends. Nah, I have a lot of friends, and by the way, Mitt Romney is not one of them. Did he choke? Did this guy choke? He’s a choke artist. I can’t believe it. Are you sure he’s a Mormon? Are we sure?”
-Donald Trump at the Infinity Event Center


March 16, 2016

Vice President Joseph Biden to receive the Laetare Medal at Notre Dame

Both Vice-President Joe Biden and dingus extraordinaire crying john boehner will be receiving the Laetare Medal at ND for their public service work

Good on Notre Dame for not caving to Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.

From the Bishop

The Laetare Medal is given by the University of Notre Dame ‘in recognition of outstanding service to the Church and society.’ Several months ago, Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., the president of the university, discussed with me his consideration of conferring the Laetare Medal upon Vice-President Joseph Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner, two Catholics who have served in public office for many years, elected officials of different political parties. Father Jenkins made it clear to me that in recognizing Vice-President Biden and Speaker Boehner, Notre Dame would not be endorsing the policy positions of either, but rather, would be honoring them for their public service in politics. I know that this honor is also an attempt to recognize two Catholics from different political parties at a time when our national politics is often mired in acrimonious partisanship. I appreciate Notre Dame’s efforts to encourage civility, dialogue, mutual respect and cooperation in political life.

so far it's nice and friendly


While I understand Notre Dame’s intentions in conferring the Laetare Medal upon Vice-President Biden and Speaker Boehner, I disagree with the decision. In dialogue with Father Jenkins about this matter some months ago, I shared with him my concerns with honoring the Vice-President. I believe it is wrong for Notre Dame to honor any “pro-choice” public official with the Laetare Medal, even if he/she has other positive accomplishments in public service, since direct abortion is gravely contrary to the natural law and violates a very fundamental principle of Catholic moral and social teaching:

Bite me Bishop and I am Catholic

Curious why you have no problem with an individual who demonized the poor and marginal in society?

on edit the link

March 14, 2016

Former Director Who Killed Shelter Pets “For Fun” Goes to Jail.

Mary Jo Frazier was allegedly killing animals for personal enjoyment during her 18 years at Boulder City AC in Nevada. Co-workers report she killed animals before the mandatory holding period had expired to keep the shelter empty.


The prosecutor says the statute of limitations for animal cruelty in NV is 3 years so Frazier can not be charged for all of her alleged crimes.

Frazier’s lawyer asked the judge to release his client on her own recognizance but the judge upheld the $50,000 warrant for Frazier’s arrest. The lawyer then asked for bail to be reduced to $6000 but that went over like a lead balloon. Gee, maybe that whole fleeing the state thing after the police investigation wasn’t such a smart move by Frazier after all. She was handcuffed and taken to jail.


March 14, 2016

Victims ordered to pay back massacre compensation, with interest

Last January, a court complaint was delivered to the home of Chae Hong-rak, 73, in Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang Province. It ordered Chae and other surviving family members of victims in the 1949 Mungyeong massacre to return their “unjust enrichment.” Specifically, they were asked to pay punitive interest on the difference after a large reduction in their original compensation by Supreme Court ruling. Chae was stunned.

“They kill my family members for no reason and wait 63 years to pay compensation, and now they’re telling me to cough it up again,” he said. “Not only that, but they also want penalty interest on the compensation. It’s unbelievable.”

Chae is one of the survivors of the massacre on Dec. 1949, when soldiers with the South Korean Army indiscriminately slaughtered residents of Seokdal, a small community in Mungyeong’s Seokbong village. He lost nine family members in total, including both parents. The state attempted to cover up the incident, claiming it was perpetrated by armed communist guerillas. Chae went to work uncovering the truth. At one point, he served two months in prison under the Park Chung-hee administration for “anti-state activities.” It was in 2007 that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission determined the massacre to have been an illegal act by the state.

The trial proved a scarring process for Chae. Between July 2008 and Sept. 2015, his suit demanding damages from the state was batted back and forth eleven times among Seoul Central District Court, Seoul High Court, and the Supreme Court. There was a brief ray of hope: while the first and second courts had ruled that no compensation could be given because the five-year statute of limitations had passed, the Supreme Court ruled on Sept. 8, 2011 - before the inauguration of Yang Sung-tae as Chief Justice - that the state had to provide damages. Three years later, the Court ruled that the original payout of 300 million won (US$252,400) each to the victims was too large and ordered it reduced. At the time, it provided no clear standards for doing so, saying only that it was a larger amount that for other cases involving past episodes.


March 13, 2016

Brewers prospect has the worst luck

Milwaukee Brewers Jacob Nottingham hit a homerun during batting practice on Saturday.
Unfortunately for him, it smashed a car windshield in the parking lot

His car windshield

Probably better than hitting the manager's car windshield

March 11, 2016

When Rubio says, "Let me be frank."

He means, 'Frank Burns'

Thank You. Be here all week

March 11, 2016

S&P warns it may cut Icahn Enterprises to junk status, stock falls

Icahn is easily one of the worst pieces of filth that has lived in the last hundred years
He was one of the people who pushed the meme that companies have a responsibility to their investors first and their employees and communities come way down the pike

from Reuters
U.S. ratings agency Standard & Poor's warned on Friday it may cut the credit rating of billionaire investor Carl Icahn's Icahn Enterprises to junk status after the portfolio absorbed heavy commodity sector losses in the last few months.

S&P placed its triple-B-minus issuer credit rating and senior unsecured debt rating of Icahn Enterprises on "CreditWatch with negative implications," the agency said in a statement.

The news weighed on Icahn Enterprises' stock price, pushing it down nearly 11 percent in afternoon trading to $48.75. In the last 12 months the stock price has been cut in half mainly because its energy investments have been hit by falling commodity prices.

Icahn Enterprises has lost "at least $1.4 billion in value" since the end of September, S&P wrote in the statement, adding it thought Icahn's hedge fund had lost money this year because of bets on energy companies including Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Cheniere Energy Inc., along with miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc., which have fallen. Chesapeake is down 56 percent this year.


Hope he goes under.

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