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Ga. Lawmaker Runs Underground Cannabis Network

A Georgia state lawmaker is helping to distribute cannabis oil to hundreds of sick people who are now allowed by the state to possess medical marijuana, but have no legal way of obtaining it. (April 28)

Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Fri Apr 28, 2017, 02:58 AM (4 replies)

DA wont prosecute NC woman who followed moms dying wish and cast illegal vote for Trump

A state prosecutor said he will not bring voter-fraud charges against a Catawba County woman who said she cast an illegal vote for Donald Trump last year to fulfill her mother’s dying wish.

District Attorney David Learner, chief prosecutor for Catawba, Burke and Caldwell counties, announced his decision Wednesday not to pursue the case, which had been referred to him by the State Board of Elections.

Learner, a Republican, withheld the name of the voter but said she had cast the improper vote for Trump last November “out of sheer ignorance” of the law and while “grieving the loss of her mother.”

“This woman is 67 years old and has never run afoul of the law for anything more serious than a speeding ticket,” Learner said in a statement. “It is not in the public’s interest to charge her with this felony offense.”

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Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Thu Apr 27, 2017, 03:57 PM (13 replies)

Could Theo Epstein Perform a Miracle for the Democrats?

When Fortune magazine unveiled its annual ranking of the world’s greatest leaders last month, there was a surprise at the top of the list: Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs. “Some people never heard of him,” Fortune’s Geoff Colvin said in a video introducing Epstein. (Pope Francis, a previous holder of the top spot, was third). But, Colvin added, “Baseball fans really know him well because he has done the impossible.” Indeed. In 2004, Epstein, then the 30-year-old general manager of the Boston Red Sox, presided over the team’s first championship in 86 years. Seven years—and two more titles—later, he decamped to Chicago, where he engineered the remaking of the long-suffering Cubs, and ended an impossibly longer drought, 108 years, with a World Series win last fall. (Time added to Epstein’s résumé last week when it named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people).

As Epstein has made his mark on baseball he has also been a visible figure in Democratic political circles. In 2004, he stumped for John Kerry, getting in a dig at President George W. Bush on the campaign trail. “It’s only been four years, but it sure feels like 86,” he told a crowd. Last year, Epstein attended a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Chicago just before the playoffs started. It is no wonder then that when the Cubs visited the White House on January 16, President Barack Obama joked of Epstein, “He takes the reins of an organization that’s wandering in the wilderness and he delivers them to the promised land. I’ve talked to him about being [Democratic National Committee] chair.”

Plenty of others have speculated about Epstein’s political future. He is telegenic, well-spoken and has a demonstrated interest in public service, having started a foundation that has donated millions of dollars to support urban youth and families. His grandfather wrote the screenplay for “Casablanca.” Epstein's father, Leslie, won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford and is a Boston University English professor (He also happened to predict Donald Trump’s defeat of Clinton.). When Epstein was hired by the Red Sox, then the youngest general manager in baseball history, his father quipped, “At Theo’s age, Alexander the Great was already general manager of the world.” More recently, Leslie Epstein has mentioned that his son could run anything from the United Nations to the Ford Foundation after his baseball career.

Last fall, when ESPN the Magazine convened a roundtable to discuss Epstein’s place in history among baseball executives, the conversation turned to politics. “If Theo ever went into politics, I'd see him as more of an executive-branch type—a governor, rather than a congressman ... ,” wrote Buster Olney. And when Epstein earned the mantle of World’s Greatest Leader, the chatter continued. “I’ve often said that someday Theo Epstein will be a Democratic senator from Massachusetts or Illinois, and he’ll one day run for president and win,” wrote the longtime Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo.

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Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Wed Apr 26, 2017, 05:39 PM (12 replies)

Anti-Trump Bar Opens in NYC

Manhattan liberals chagrined about being out of power now have a place to cry in their suds. Coup, a new bar festooned with slogans like "Protest is Patriotic," has pledged to donate its profits to organizations like ACLU and Planned Parenthood. (April 26)

Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Wed Apr 26, 2017, 04:32 PM (19 replies)

Jonathan Demme, Silence of the Lambs Director, Dies at 73

Source: Variety

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme has died of esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease, according to published reports. He was 73 years old.

Demme is best known for directing “The Silence of the Lambs,” the 1991 horror-thriller that was a box office smash and a critical triumph. The story of an FBI analyst (Jodie Foster) who uses a charismatic serial killer (Anthony Hopkins) to track a murderer became only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories ( picture, actor, actress, director, and adapted screenplay), joining the ranks of “It Happened One Night” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Though he had his greatest success terrifying audiences, most of Demme’s work was looser and quirkier. He showed a great humanism and empathy for outsiders in the likes of “Melvin and Howard,” the story of a service station owner who claimed to have been a beneficiary of Howard Hughes, and “Something Wild,” a screwball comedy about a banker whose life is turned upside down. He also scored with “Married to the Mob” and oversaw “Stop Making Sense,” a documentary about the Talking Heads that is considered to be one of the great concert films.

Following “The Silence of the Lambs,” Demme used his clout to make “Philadelphia,” one of the first major studio films to tackle the AIDS crisis and a movie that won Tom Hanks his first Oscar for playing a gay lawyer.

Read more: http://variety.com/2017/film/news/jonathan-demme-dead-silence-of-the-lambs-1202399122/

Demme directed my favorite concert movie- RIP!

Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Wed Apr 26, 2017, 11:21 AM (20 replies)

Pesticide Makers Move to Kill Government Studies

ONLY ON AP: A group of three pesticide makers, including Dow Chemical, sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency demanding they throw out a study showing the impact of three pesticides on endangered species. (April 19)

Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Thu Apr 20, 2017, 02:46 PM (0 replies)

Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election - documents

Source: Reuters

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.

They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale for what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies [en.riss.ru/], after the election.

The institute is run by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin’s office.

The first Russian institute document was a strategy paper written last June that circulated at the highest levels of the Russian government but was not addressed to any specific individuals.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-election-exclusive-idUSKBN17L2N3?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social
Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Wed Apr 19, 2017, 04:14 PM (39 replies)

NC lawmaker calls Abraham Lincoln a tyrant like Hitler

Source: Charlotte Observer

A day after setting off one firestorm, a Cabarrus County lawmaker set off another Wednesday by calling Abraham Lincoln “the same sort (of) tyrant” as Adolf Hitler.

Republican Rep. Larry Pittman of Cabarrus County made the comparison in a Facebook post in response to a comment criticizing a bill he’d introduced that would nullify the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage in North Carolina.

In his post, Pittman said North Carolina should uphold traditional marriage “in spite of the opinion of a federal court.”

“And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it?” he wrote. “Lincoln was the same sort if (sic) tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article144233494.html
Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Wed Apr 12, 2017, 05:42 PM (99 replies)

Mar-A-Lago Food Disaster: Trumps Overpriced Club Cited By State For Bad Sushi, Broken Down Coolers

PALM BEACH — Just days before the state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump‘s private club in Palm Beach, Florida restaurant inspectors found potentially dangerous raw fish and cited the club for storing food in two broken down coolers.

Inspectors found 13 violations at the fancy club’s kitchen, according to recently published documents, a record for an institution that charges $200,000 in initiation fees.

Three of the violations were deemed “high priority,” meaning that they could allow the presence of illness-causing bacteria on plates served in the dining room.

According to their latest visit to the club January 26, state inspectors decided Mar-a-Lago’s kitchen did meet the minimum standards.

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Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Wed Apr 12, 2017, 04:50 PM (71 replies)

Who is ready for one of Bob Dylan's best unreleased bootlegs?

This is my favorite Dylan boot from the late 1970s-- The performances on these tapes are probably Dylan's best since his folk days. The runtime is pretty long-- Just throwing that warning out there. lol

From Bob's Boots:

The first CD opens with an arrangement of Like A Rolling Stone that's quite different from the one utilized on the tour itself, before introducing a first ever CD transfer of the complete December 30th 1977 tape. This particular rehearsal comes at a time when the touring band was still in a state of flux, with Denny Siewell on drums, Jesse Ed Davis on guitar and Katie Segal and Debbie Dye Gibson on backing vocals. It also features Dylan figuring out a piano arrangement of It's all over now baby blue, as well as versions of three songs that failed to appear on the tour; Most likely you go your way, Leopard skin pill box hat and If not for you. Though this is a first generation digital transfer of the cassette master, this is one recording not from the mixing console, but recorded by one of the musicians with a boom box. (hence the slightly recessed vocals). However, it remains a fascinating insight into the embryonic stage of rehearsals at this point.

Tracks 15-17 on the first CD gain come from a first-gen digital transfer of a tape that has generally only circulated in mediocre quality, from high generational recordings. This session featured a different drummer, (Bruce Gary), as well as a unique 1978 arrangement of the Blood On The Tracks classic You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go. Finally, the CD concludes with a teaser of the goodies to be found on CD2... a previously uncirculated take of the old blues standard My Babe.

The second CD continues in the same vein, and features a full disc worth of uncirculated gems (save for versions of Blowin In The Wind and Ballad Of A Thin Man previewed on the legendary Genuine Bootleg Series: Third One Now set. Every song is presented complete, with false starts kept to a minimum, and a number of outstanding arrangements from the early 1978 shows are first realized here (notably I Threw It All Away, The Man In Me and If You See Her Say Hello. The latter is a magnificent arrangement that, thankfully, is represented in three separate guises on this collection (given the paucity of actual live performances)... it never made it past the first four gigs!!). These recordings feature the backing vocalists Helena Springs and Jo Ann Harris, although the drummer(s) is unknown.

The third CD concludes these new recordings with fully realized versions of I Don't Believe You and Going Going Gone. These are followed by what many Dylan fans choose as their favorite Dylan rehearsal recording, bar none... the January 30th 1978 tape. Again, it has been transferred from the master cassette direct to DAT. It has never before sounded this good! Continuing with some important arrangements discarded early in the tour; Tomorrow Is A Long Time, and Knockin' On Heavens Door receive their definitive renditions. A lovely play-through experience which concludes, fittingly, with a new transfer from a first generation cassette of the equally renowned three song tape from two days later that Dylan personally gave to a reporter who was interviewing him for a cover story on Renaldo and Clara. The February 1st rendition of Repossession Blues is another holy grail recording for the bobcat fraternity, here transferred in all of its' pre-Dolby, original, expansive glory.

The fourth CD jumps ahead to the end of the first leg of the tour, and the recruitment of a new bass player/ bandleader, Jerry Scheff. (of Elvis Presley fame). Scheff replaces a disenchanted Rob Stoner. This so called Scheff Audition tape appears here in a new transfer from a first generation cassette, and features two new Dylan compositions in incomplete but fascinating versions. We'd Better Talk This Over will appear in a matter of days at the Street Legal sessions, but with some subtle lyric changes. Coming From The Heart will have no such luck, despite being the best of the songs co-written with backing singer Helena Springs. However, just to show the song in all of its
stages and splendor, at the end of the audition tape is a complete recording from the Rundown made immediately after the Street Legal sessions. Along side it are two distinctly different recordings of the Dylan-Springs unreleased original Stop Now.
The Bonus Tracks rounding out this overview of the Alimony Tour Rehearsals are three notable forms of Dylan originals debuted on the American leg of the tour.

Do Right To Me Baby and Coming From The Heart are one-off 1978 debuts. Do Right, would of course, would be the first public performance of a Slow Train song. Finally, there is a soundboard recording of Am I Your Stepchild? from the Oakland show. This particular performance, which is quite different from the version on Genuine Bootleg Series Vol.1, was apparently used for copyright. More Than Flesh And Blood (Written By Dylan/Springs) is the final track, but it's not listed on the package. It's a studio recording, unknown date (post 1978) and location. Performed By Springs.

So there you have it. Songs and arrangements are raw and reborn from one of Dylan's most overlooked years -- when he played to something close to 3 million people in a single year, and wowed just about every one of them. Oh..., and then found Christ....



Like A Rolling Stone (1) 0:00
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (1) 7:20
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (2) 8:28
Blowin In The Wind 10:31
Maggie's Farm 13:20
Like A Rolling Stone (2) 17:34
The Man In Me 22:40
To Ramona 26:31
Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) 32:11
Simple Twist Of Fate (1) 36:52
Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat 41:43
If Not For You 43:46
I Threw It All Away 47:11
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 48:08
Going Going Gone 51:49
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go 54:08
Simple Twist Of Fate (2) 58:01
My Babe 1:02:00
Like A Rolling Stone (3) 1:04:56

Just Like A Woman (1) 1:06:40
Just Like A Woman (2) 1:10:42
Blowin' In The Wind (1) 1:15:50
Blowin' In The Wind (2) 1:16:55
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 1:22:20
The Man In Me 1:27:17
You're A Big Girl Now 1:31:37
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright 1:38:05
I Threw It All Away 1:41:21
Love Minus Zero / No Limit 1:46:40
Maggie's Farm 1:50:50
Ballad Of A Thin Man 1:56:40
Simple Twist Of Fate 2:01:20
To Ramona 2:06:33
If You See Her Say Hello 2:11:10

I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) [1] 2:14:50
Going Going Gone 2:20:10
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 2:24:45
The Times They Are A-Changin' 2:29:10
If You See Her, Say Hello 2:34:10
The Man In Me 2:38:15
I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) [2] 2:42:40
Tomorrow Is A Long Time 2:47:10
You're A Big Girl Now 2:51:30
Knockin' On Heavens Door 2:57:50
It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) 3:03:20
Forever Young 3:10:00
Repossession Blues 3:11:24
One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) 3:15:50
Girl From The North Country 3:21:18

We'd Better Talk This Over 3:26:34
Coming From The Heart (The Road Is Long) [1] 3:29:00
I Threw It All Away 3:30:03
Maggie's Farm 3:35:15
Ballad Of A Thin Man 3:41:00
Simple Twist Of Fate 3:45:45
To Ramona 3:50:50
If You See Her, Say Hello 3:55:22
I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) 3:59:00
Love Minus Zero / No Limit 4:01:12
Stop Now (1) 4:05:14
Stop Now (2) 4:10:50
Coming From The Heart (The Road Is Long) [2] 4:14:34

Bonus tracks from the bootleg:
Am I Your Stepchild? (Oakland, November 13, 1978) 4:19:39
Do Right To Me Baby (Miami, December 16, 1978) 4:22:35
Coming From The Heart (The Road Is Long) [3] {St.Paul, MN, October 31} 4:25:47
More Than Flesh And Blood (Studio Recording, Post 1978) 4:30:35
Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Mon Apr 3, 2017, 09:44 PM (4 replies)
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