Source: WH blog and HuffPost
The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use or have already made use of a second chance. While each clemency recipients story is unique, the common thread of rehabilitation underlies all of them. For the pardon recipient, it is the story of an individual who has led a productive and law-abiding post-conviction life, including by contributing to the community in a meaningful way. For the commutation recipient, it is the story of an individual who has made the most of his or her time in prison, by participating in educational courses, vocational training, and drug treatment. These are the stories that demonstrate the successes that can be achieved by both individuals and society in a nation of second chances.
Todays grants signify the Presidents continued commitment to exercising his clemency authority through the remainder of his time in office. In 2016 alone, the President has granted clemency to more than 1,000 deserving individuals. The President continues to review clemency applications on an individualized basis to determine whether a particular applicant has demonstrated a readiness to make use of his or her second chance, and I expect that the President will issue more grants of both commutations and pardons before he leaves office. The mercy that the President has shown his 1,324 clemency recipients is remarkable, but we must remember that clemency is a tool of last resort and that only Congress can achieve the broader reforms needed to ensure over the long run that our criminal justice system operates more fairly and effectively in the service of public safety.
Obama has now commuted the sentences of 1,176 people during his presidency, and has pardoned 148. The announcement came as the president and his family were in Hawaii for a holiday vacation.
The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use or have already made use of a second chance, White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a blog post Monday. While each clemency recipients story is unique, the common thread of rehabilitation underlies all of them. For the pardon recipient, it is the story of an individual who has led a productive and law-abiding post-conviction life, including by contributing to the community in a meaningful way. For the commutation recipient, it is the story of an individual who has made the most of his or her time in prison, by participating in educational courses, vocational training, and drug treatment.
Those whose sentences were commuted on Monday, granting them early release, were convicted on drug crimes. Some will be released in 2017 and 2018, while others will have to wait several years before their release date. Obama also granted pardons to 78 individuals on Monday.
Read more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/12/19/president-obama-grants-153-commutations-and-78-pardons-individuals-deserving-second
Source: Seattle Times
[div class"excerpt"]Only eight of 12 Democratic electors in Washington cast their votes for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the state in November.
In an act of symbolic protest, three electors voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one cast a vote for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American elder from South Dakota.
Its the first time in four decades that the states electors have broken from the popular vote for president. Washingtons 12 electors met Monday afternoon in the state Capitol to complete the constitutional formality.
After the vote, several electors said they hoped the attention to the event would carry forward into the future and possibly result in the system being replaced by a national popular vote......
Read more: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/four-washington-electors-break-ranks-and-dont-vote-for-clinton/
Yeah, because no one would've noticed if you hadn't thrown away your vote. Not even to Bernie, but Colin Powell and Faith Spotted Eagle?
My apologies if it's posted already, a quick look didn't find it.
Here is a kitten cam for sweetness and a polar bear one for iciness, because.
Is there any part of this that he was not tried to break or say he wouldn't?
Individuals who are critical are tweeted about and harassed.
Press should only report positively on him.
People should not assemble for any grievances.
I think he hasn't said we can't petition the gvt, but I fear putting my name on such because then they will have it in a file somewhere.
Aha! He didn't pass laws saying such yet, or rather Congress hasn't, so all is peachy fine!!!!!1111
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
Twit has tweeted this. I wonder if this means he'll pay more for steel he imports from China, or if it's just for us not smart peeps:
The U.S. is going to substantialy reduce taxes and regulations on businesses, but any business that leaves our country for another country,
fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. ......
without retribution or consequence, is WRONG! There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies ......
wanting to sell their product, cars, A.C. units etc., back across the border. This tax will make leaving financially difficult, but.....
expensive mistake! THE UNITED STATES IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
2000 census facts taken from wikipedia. It is rural, dry land, poor, people have a tendency to die young from alcoholism, accidents, cancer and other "should be preventable" reasons. There is not much paid work nearby.
This is from wiki
864 people in 2000, 875 in 2010.
46.4% <18 yrs
Median age was 20 yrs.
Median household incoome $19,265.
Median family income $18,583.
Per capita income $5,717.
Half the families and population were below poverty line.
12.9 unemployment rate
The income per capita in Cannon Ball is 66% lower than the national average.
The median household income in Cannon Ball is 55% lower than the national average.
Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings.
The unemployment rate in Cannon Ball is 122% higher than the national average.
The poverty level in Cannon Ball is 228% higher than the national average.
The reason am posting this is because with all the recent interest in the area because of NODAPL, people might be interested in knowing what it is like living there otherwise. Handouts to residents aren't needed, but learning about their issues is a good start.
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