Was mis-filed. SO rather than being one of the first cases heard in the court room that day, I was the last.
I sat through the usual stuff - people like me needing more time to get their auto or truck through the smog process. Then came people who had disobeyed or disregarded traffic laws - speeding, making a California stop, going through a red light.
If the person who had the problem was low income, they were desperate to get the court to allow them to do community service rather than to pay a fine (Fines in Calif. are at least $ 170 and go up depending on the infraction.) The difference between a judge substituting whether a single parent got community service or had to pay was the difference between the family eating or not.
But then the serious offenses came into play. And the people being heard were the "Three hots and a cot" crowd. they didn't are if they went into the slammer - they welcomed it.
One guy was explaining to the judge that the reason that he didn't have the registration for the car when the cop stopped him for speeding wasn't really his fault - he had just stolen the car - and so he couldn't or shouldn't be expected to have the car's paperwork was in order. That was his excuse - he had stolen the car.
Everyone in the court room was cracking up. And the judge was laughing too. The guy Had been amusing for the judge - so he got off with a slap on the wrist, and no problem about the car theft.
The whole criminal system is simply to get as much revenue out of those that can somehow pay. For the rest,t eh real criminal class, it all seems to be wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
One reason I am such an ardent supporter of Medical Marijuana is because after researching the issue for an entire summer, it became obvious that the real druggies never worried about jail. They could become a snitch for the government and get out with reduced sentences.
Back before the citizens in California legalized MM, it was the little old lady with MS sitting in her wheelchair who did the hard time. After all, she had no one to snitch on (especially if she grew it herself.) She would end up doing a maximum of ten or fifteen years - as though she, and not the drug kingpins were the problem. I personally went reading through hundreds of such cases, often with photos. It was sad to know that a sick person got such heavy duty sentences, and that the state of Calif. was paying up to 35K a year to incarcerate such "menaces to society."
Q: How many marxists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: None. The seeds of the revolution are in the light bulb itself.
Q: How many Australians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Twenty-one. One to hold the bulb and twenty to drink beer until the room starts spinning.
Q: How many college students does it take to screw a lightbulb?
A: I don't know, will this be on the test?
Q: How many buddhists(sp) does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Two, one to change it and one not to change it.
Q: How many clowns does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: As many as they can fit inside
Q: How many ADD kids does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: Wanna go for a bike ride?
Q: How many Freudians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: Two, one to screw in the lightbulb and one to hold the pen1s... I mean ladder.
Q: How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: That's not funny.
Q: How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Two, the same number it takes to screw anywhere else.
Q: How many science fiction writers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two, but it's actually the same person doing it. He went back in time and met himself in the doorway and Then the "original self" sat on the other one's shoulder so that they were able to reach it. Then a major time paradox occurred and the entire room, light bulb, changer and all was blown out of existence.
Q: How many teamsters does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Forty... you gotta problem with that?
Q: How many internet mail list subscribers does it take to change a lightbulb?
1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail list that the light bulb has been changed.
14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently.
7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.
27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs.
53 to flame the spell checkers
156 to write to the list administrator complaining about the light bulb discussion and its inappropriateness to this mail list.
41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames.
109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and to please take this email exchange to alt.light.bulb
203 to demand that cross posting to alt.grammar, alt.spelling and alt.punctuation about changing light bulbs be stopped.
111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts **are** relevant to this mail list.
306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique, and what brands are faulty.
27 to post URLs where one can see examples of different light bulbs
14 to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and to post corrected URLs.
3 to post about links they found from the URLs that are relevant to this list which makes light bulbs relevant to this list.
33 to concatenate all posts to date, then quote them including all headers and footers, and then add "Me Too."
12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy.
19 to quote the "Me Too's" to say, "Me Three."
4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ.
1 to propose new alt.change.light.bulb newsgroup.
47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion was meant for, leave it here.
143 votes for alt.lite.bulb.
As they "activate" the system a person is using, the ability to post is mangled.
I have seen two posts go missing; had to be re-typed. And then my last response about Wells Fargo was lost forever. Can't it be possible to have non-film ads rather than ads that ruin the ability to interact with people here?
Set to the music from the Allan Parsons' Project:
Some very trippy images, all of them real.
Especially not in Wisconsin -
I just got this in my email box earlier this month:
Nick Passanante, Democracy for America
Saturday, April 14, 2012 7:44 PM
This is getting ridiculous. On Tuesday, four Republican activists tied to Scott Walker and the Wisconsin GOP submitted "Declarations of Candidacy" to run in the recall elections for State Senate...as Democrats!
According to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and leading election attorneys, these Republicans running as self-proclaimed "fake Democrats" are likely committing election fraud. At the very least, it's a sleazy, un-democratic gimmick that is set up to confuse and manipulate voters.
Help us fight back against "Fake Democrats" -- Contribute $12 today to the DFA Wisconsin Recall Campaign.
We've seen this before -- Republicans ran "fake Democrats" last summer to delay the recall process, and in doing so cost the state of Wisconsin over $500,000. This year, they aren't even trying to hide their motives. Scared of running on their failed policies that have killed public education funding, relegated women back to the 17th century, and made Wisconsin the worst in the country for job growth, they are doing the only thing they can do: delay the inevitable.
But DFA has a plan to combat this fraud with the largest ground game in our history. We'll knock on over 125,000 doors in 35 days; we'll make thousands of phone calls; we'll mobilize our more than 1 million members nationally and 25,000 members in Wisconsin to educate voters. And we'll be on the air with hard-hitting ads featuring personal stories of DFA members like you.
To make it all happen we're dedicating 8 full-time staff and 36 canvassers -- but this campaign is fully funded by small-dollar donors. Can you chip in $12 to make sure we have the resources to beat these "Fake Democrats" and Scott Walker on June 5th?
This fight is too important not to win. Please join us today.
Nick Passanante, Deputy Political Director
Democracy for America
Democracy for America relies on you and the people-power of more than one million members to fund the grassroots organizing and training that delivers progressive change on the issues that matter. Please Contribute Today and support our mission.
Most gains were taken from the struggling and soon to be extinct middle classed.
Naomi Klein and her Shock Doctrine theories have proven to be correct. And the style of "culture" that results is either control of the masses by a Mafia styled elite (as is the case now in Russia) a junta as we saw in South American nations like Chile, and Argentina, or else a totally fascist style of governing.
The thing is, most Americans refuse to see the writing on the wall. Until the leaders of the two parties tell them that it is so, and until the Talking Heads say it is. Way, way back in the nineteen sixties, Carl Jung stated that the American culture was the most conformist on earth.
And that pretty much sums it up. Name one other nation that says it is a democracy, yet only has two parties? Or that doesn't provide health insurance for all, as a given right.
Plaintiffs in the Rutherford Institute's case. And that case was heard by a US Court in Washington DC, and dismissed on Monday or Tuesday of this week.
Apparently the right of the Homeland Security/TSA people to do whatever they want is totally provided for on the basis of the contents of some secret cable that was not even disclosed in the court proceedings!
Yet people do not think this is a totalitarian nation...
All I know, it is not the nation I grew up in.
organizations are simply shutting down under the weight of trying to help 18 to 24% of all Americans with health care needs.
Also, people who own their homes, and are in their late fifties and sixties are very reluctant to have anything to do with MediCaid. Many states have provisions that your "estate" must pay back the monies the state lets you use, should you obtain Food Stamps or MediCaid.
Here in California, I have watched neighbor after neighbor give up on eating, and on medical care, due to what is going on in this country right now.
It didn't have to be this way. If the Obama Administration cared a bit more about the real people in this country rather than spending over 255 billions of dollars on things like modernizing the military, on offering weapons systems to the UAE and Israel, et al, we would have a vibrant nation. (These billions were counted up between August of 2010 and November of 2011. So there is a lot more money spent on war and military than just that!)
As it is, the Administration's DOJ and IRS and DEA have just knocked the medical marijuana industry on its butt. Why? Here in Calfiornia, we were dependent on the monies raised from taxing the medical marijuana industry. These monies - some 125 millions of dolalrs a year - have helped keep our schools open, and our prisons are less of a burden as well.The only thing i can think of is that Obama wants the Big Pharma campaign contributions too badly
Very agencies which supposedly exist for consumer protection now allow for the fungal and bacterial contaminated GM crops to proliferate - because the Mike Taylors of the world get to pronounce things safe, through their very pronouncement, and without any testing, well, what can you expect?
People's bodies simply cannot tolerate the high corn syrup that is in everything. The MSG thrown into the mix. Add to those items the fact that fusarium and vomitoxin levels of corn grown using the GM/RoundUp techniques are much higher than in the conventional corn, and you get fat Americans.
House and Senate committee during the mid-nineties, only a few of the many parents who had come with their autistic kids to testify were obese.
But until research is no longer sponsored by for Profit Big Pharma corporations, we will continue to hear how every other thing out there is a cause except the very products that are causing the autism.
The pro-vaccine crowd does not understand that the clinical trials done before the release of a vaccine last less than three months, and in some cases only six weeks. This is very deficient tsting, on the part of the industry.
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