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May 12, 2015

This must be the reason millennials LOVE Bernie Sanders

Where do millennials want to work? Not at corporations -

May. 12, 2015
CNN Money? - 16 mins ago

Hey, Corporate America. It appears that many Millennials -- that tsunami of future workers -- don't really want to work for you. At least not the newest college graduates.

Only 15% of the class of 2015 said they would "prefer" to work for large corporations, according to a new survey by management consulting firm Accenture.

Medium-sized businesses got the most love (35%), while start-ups and government agencies were the expressed preference for just 10% of respondents.

Fun seems to be a deciding factor.

A full 60% of 2015 grads -- and 69% of 2013 and 2014 grads, who were also surveyed -- said they'd rather work for a company that has a "positive social atmosphere" even if it means lower pay.

Of course, they may think differently after a few years of working for the (low-paying) Man and after Mom and Dad stop subsidizing them.

More than 70% of all respondents said their parents are paying the majority of their rent and living expenses or at least half.

Related: Most twenty-somethings are actually saving for retirement

For corporations trying to lure Millennials, offering them a challenging project may reel them in.

About half of the 2013 and 2014 graduates surveyed consider themselves "underemployed" or in a job that doesn't really require a college degree.

And what they want most in a job, after salary and benefits, is interesting, challenging work (39%), flexible work hours (37%) and a chance to advance quickly up the ranks (34%).

Related: What workers around the world want: More flexibility

Reaching young Millennials where they live will be key to recruiting them. And where they live (at least until something better comes along) is their smart phone. Among 2015 grads, 64% said they will use or have used mobile apps in their job search.

And this just in: As of the first quarter of this year, Millennials now account for the largest share of U.S. workers, according to the Pew Research Center, which analyzed Census data.

More than half of those who took the Accenture survey from the classes of 2013 and 2014 reported being full-time employees. Another 25% said they have part-time work, 4% said they were interns, and 3% freelancers. Of the remaining 16%, 5% are currently unemployed while 11% said they've been jobless since graduation.

The Class of 2015, meanwhile, was the most likely of all three groups to say they'd considered job prospects in a given field before picking their major. And almost two-thirds of them expect to get a job in their field of study, even though only 43% of the two classes ahead of them managed to secure full-time work in their preferred fields.

May 8, 2015

Former Flagler elections supervisor arrested on charges of illegally recording officials

saw them going over ballots!...

By Tony Holt & Matt Bruce
tony.holt@news-jrnl.com matt.bruce@news-jrnl.com

Published: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 9:46 a.m.

Former Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks was arrested and booked into the county jail Wednesday on 12 felony counts alleging she illegally recorded conversations of Florida's secretary of state, a county judge, a city clerk, the county attorney and others.

A 12-count indictment accuses former Flagler County elections supervisor Kimberle Weeks of illegally recording private conversations between April 3 to Sept. 19, 2014.

Weeks is accused of recording conversations of at least 12 people without their knowledge or consent.

Recordings involved city, county and state officials, including Florida Secretary of State Kenneth Detzner, Flagler County Judge Melissa Moore Stens and Palm Coast City Clerk Virginia Smith.

Each charge is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Weeks turned herself in at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday and was released after posting $12,000 bail.
Weeks turned herself in and was processed at the county jail just before 9:15 a.m., according to a report from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. She was released a short time later after posting $12,000 bail.

The charges are the result of a months-long investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. A grand jury indictment lists seven counts based on the illegal recording of communications involving at least 12 individuals — including Palm Coast City Clerk Virginia Smith, Flagler County Judge Melissa Moore Stens, Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed and Florida Secretary of State Kenneth Detzner — who didn't know they were being recorded. The remaining five counts of disclosure of oral communication do not name any individuals.
Each charge is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Multiple attempts to contact Weeks on Wednesday were unsuccessful. Two cars were parked in the driveway beside her rural west Flagler County home, enclosed behind a chain-link fence bearing “Private Property” and “No Trespassing” signs, but no one responded when a News-Journal reporter visited in the afternoon.
The FDLE investigation began soon after Weeks played a recording during a September canvassing board meeting that involved a conversation between Hadeed and County Commissioner Charlie Ericksen.

In the recording, Hadeed can be heard telling Ericksen about an earlier incident involving another commissioner who may have been illegally reading ballots. That commissioner was not identified in the recording.
Weeks contended Hadeed violated Florida Bar ethics and state law by not coming forward with that information, but it was Weeks' recording of the conversation between Hadeed and Ericksen that has been deemed illegal by state investigators.

Shannon Peters, a spokeswoman with the State Attorney's Office, wouldn't comment Wednesday beyond what was outlined in the indictment and arrest report. She did refer to a section in Florida law pertaining to illegal recordings.

In Florida, both sides in a two-party conversation must have knowledge and consent to a recording of that conversation in order for that recording to be legal. The only exception, Peters said, is if one of the parties records it in conjunction with law enforcement.

The current charges stem from incidents that occurred between April 3 and Sept. 20, 2014, according to the arrest report.

County Administrator Craig Coffey, in an email Wednesday, called Weeks' arrest an “unfortunate situation.” He also said county officials were unaware that other officials — in addition to Hadeed and Ericksen — had apparently been unknowingly recorded.

Weeks, a 54-year-old Detroit native, resigned from her post as the county's elections chief on Jan. 6, citing a list of reasons for her departure. In an email she sent to multiple media outlets at the time, Weeks said she was stepping down after being forced to deal with “(six) years of obstruction and manipulation that I perceive as voter fraud.”

She also accused county commissioners of “attacking” her office and trying to find ways to “conquer” it and take over its operations.

Weeks was initially elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. Her departure came amid a whirlwind of allegations and counter-allegations and not long after FDLE agents raided the Flagler elections offices in October.
During the months leading up to her resignation, Weeks had filed a series of complaints with the state against all five members of the Flagler County Commission. The Florida Elections Commission notified Flagler County two weeks ago that it had dismissed all of the charges, calling them “legally insufficient.” The commission's executive director also sent a letter April 22 to Weeks stating a second wave of allegations she made was almost identical to the first. Those complaints also were dismissed.

County Commissioner Barbara Revels declined to comment specifically on the former elections chief's arrest, saying she had not yet read the details of the investigation.

“It's a sad day in Flagler County,” Revels said. “I'm just sorry that we've had that happen in our government. I think the elected officials in Flagler County, in general, are upstanding and they are all committed to doing a good job.”

Commissioner George Hanns said he takes “no joy in any of it.”

“I wish her well. We all have different jobs to do, and unfortunately she was indicted,” he said by phone. “But I have nothing further to say, other than I wish her well.”
Moore Stens, through a court spokeswoman, also declined to comment on Weeks or the FDLE investigation.

Hadeed and Ericksen also declined to comment.

Palm Coast spokeswoman Cindi Lane said in a written statement Wednesday that the city's conflicts with Weeks leading up to last year's elections “have been well-documented in the media and public arena.”

“As the City Clerk, Virginia Smith was assigned to take the lead for the City in all elections-related issues and, through it all, Virginia maintained the utmost professionalism representing the City,” Lane wrote in an email.
“Virginia cooperated fully with the FDLE investigation, just as any City employee would in a matter of this type. The City administration backed her fully and will continue to do so as the proceedings continue. The City feels it would be inappropriate to comment further regarding the legal matter involving Ms. Weeks because it's now a pending case for the Courts to handle.”


May 6, 2015

Two CIA Agents Arrested by Minutemen while Crossing Mexican Border with 1300 Pounds of Cocaine


El Paso|

A group of minutemen watching the Mexican Border for illegal migrants and drug traffickers, have proceeded to the citizen arrest of two men in an SUV, carrying 1300 pounds of cocaine. The volunteers were completely astonished when the two arrestees pulled out CIA ID cards and explained they were actually carrying the drug as part of their duties and that the cargo belonged to the Central Intelligence Agency.

The incident took place last night, in the Chihuahuan desert, near the Texan city of El Paso. A group of seven minutemen saw a large black SUV drive rapidly across the border. They chased the vehicle in their own trucks and achieved to immobilize it after a chase of more than 15 miles.
The vigilantes arrested the two men on board and called the border patrol, who proceeded to search the vehicle. They discovered dozens of packages of cocaine, totaling an incredible 618.4 kilograms (1363 pounds).

The search of the vehicle revealed 36 packages of cocaine, all marked with the symbol of the Sinaloa Cartel, representing a black scorpion.

The two men claim to be CIA operatives based in Mexico and explained that the drug was actually part of an operation of the agency. They presented identity cards that seem to validate their claim, but the CIA spokesperson, Dean Boyd, has officially denied any link between the organization and the two men.

“The CIA doesn’t take part in drug smuggling operations at the US-Mexican border” said M. Boyd. “I do not know, for now, if the men are actually affiliated to the agency in any way, but I can tell you the cocaine doesn’t belong to the CIA.” (Ollie North should be rofl by now!)

Both the border patrol officers and minutemen seem unconvinced, however, and many of them seem to believe that the secret service agency is hiding something. The U.S. custom services have even announced a thorough investigation to try and verify the two men’s story.

“Both of them had valid accreditations and a receipt for their cargo” says Shawn Francis Miller, spokesman of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the El Paso sector. “What drug dealer in his right mind, demands a receipt for 1300 pounds of cocaine? There is really something strange about these guys, and we believe the CIA possibly knows more than what it is ready to admit.”

The custom services have confirmed that the two men, who can’t be identified due to the Intelligence Identities and Protection Act of 1982, did carry valid CIA identifications and that the vehicle was indeed registered as a service vehicle of the organization.

The two men remain under the custody of the custom services at the moment, and are still being interrogated in a facility near El Paso. They are facing charges of possessing, trafficking and importing illegal drugs, and could face other criminal charges once the investigation is over.

Both the FBI and the DEA have announced that they would collaborate with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on this case, which as already attracted a lot of attention in Southern Texas.
April 30, 2015

Can Bernie handle the media? Past Post: Watch him eat Chuck Toad for Brunch! (Meet the Press)


Go Bernie! Sanders for President for sure! He nailed it. Ate Chuck Todd for brunch!

And Chuck Todd could not even handle him. Bernie did call out the anger on both sides and included the media in the public's displeasure. He ate Chuck Todd for Brunch!

This should be reviewed at this exciting time. This is just a taste of how well he can handle the media, and not take the bait to 'go negative', as Chuck tried in vain, to get him to do!

Go Bernie!!!! YEA!

April 30, 2015

Wow! Talk about a 'Bernie Bump'

this is just GREAT!

Thanks Bernie! I keep saying it, and don't want to stop. THANK YOU!

April 29, 2015

Bernie Sanders makes me *want* to vote again!

I saw this as a response, but it's so spot on, it should be read by all here!

He makes me want to vote again too!

Kick all things for Bernie. Voters WILL NOW ENGAGE! Finally, someone to vote for. Not hold your nose or stay home. It's happy civics time in America once again now folks!

April 29, 2015

Wow, conservative site likes Sanders, he will challenge Hillary on Wall Street. Alternative to Bush!

(seems like they don't want another Bush either. It is too much to ask them to vote for a Clinton, and now there is an alternative!)

Hillary Clinton is getting a Democrat challenger — and he’s coming at her from the far left.
Check it out:

Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed social democrat, is set to announce his candidacy for the White House on Thursday, The Huffington Post reports. Sanders, while not a declared Democrat, caucuses with the party in the Senate and is planning to make his run in its presidential primary.

The Vermont senator has strongly criticized Clinton for having a “soft” attitude towards Wall Street and being insufficiently concerned with the economic issues dear to the liberal base.

Continue Reading on dailycaller.com

Read more at http://cowboybyte.com/38105/a-socialist-is-challenging-hillary/

April 28, 2015

North Dakota Rep. Randy Boehning Outed as Gay After Voting Against Gay Rights


By Ben Johnson Tue., Apr. 28 2015 at 10:30 AM

Republican North Dakota state Rep. Randy Boehning voted against a measure that would've outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation three times in the past six years.
Dustin Smith is a gay 21-year-old who has received unsolicited dick pics from Boehning, 52, on the gay dating app Grindr. Smith couldn't take Boehning's hypocrisy after the last vote against gay rights earlier this month, so he went to the press.
See also:

"How can you discriminate against the person you're trying to pick up?" Smith told Inforum newspaper.
When he was confronted with the evidence, Boehning confirmed that he was trolling for men on Grindr through his alias, "Top man!"

"That's what gay guys do on gay sites, don't they?" Boehning, who is unmarried and says he also likes women, told Inforum. "That's how things happen on Grindr. It's a gay chat site. It's not the first thing you do on that site. That's what we do, exchange pics on the site."

Boehning says he voted against protecting gays against discrimination because that's what he thinks his south Fargo constituents want him to do. There's also a clause in the bill that protects those who are "perceived" as gay that he takes issue with.

Boehning believes his outing could be political payback. Before the vote on the anti-discrimination measure he says he was threatened with retaliation by unnamed people at the state Capitol who knew he was gay.
Regardless, Boehning says it's a relief to finally come out.

"The 1,000-pound gorilla has been lifted," he said. "I have to confront it at some point."

At least he voted the way his constituents wanted, if that's true. Too many reps vote on their own beliefs, as to say they know what is best for us. Though he's still a hypocrite.
April 23, 2015

Hillary Clinton crushes Republican rivals in new poll


By Robert Schroeder
Apr 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — If the presidential election were held today, it wouldn’t even be close.

Hillary Clinton is crushing her potential Republican rivals by double digits in a new CNN/ORC International poll. The Republicans’ best showing is by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who trails the former senator and secretary of state by 14 points. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who hasn’t declared his candidacy yet, lags Clinton by 17 points. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are each 19 points behind Clinton.

Rubio and Paul have declared their candidacies, but Christie hasn’t said he’ll run.

Clinton is also the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination, with nearly seven in 10 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents supporting her.

Even including the poll’s margin of error, Clinton would still have a double-digit lead on Rubio and the others. The poll was taken April 16-19 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. It was released Monday.

"We do better when we work together. Women & men, all of us across every line that is used to divide us.” - Hillary.
April 16, 2015

Democrats propose gas tax increase? Chevron, Shell, etc., first pay on10 BILLION in 1/4 profits.

Democrats propose gas tax increase? Thx! How about Chevron, Shell, etc., BEGIN to pay taxes on their 10 billion quarterly profits first?

WASHINGTON – Democrats, contractors and unions are pressing Congress to raise the gas tax to fund the Highway Trust Fund despite opposition from key Republicans that makes any increase unlikely.

On Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Boxer, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, urged members of the Transportation Construction Coalition — a group of trade associations and construction unions — to lobby members of Congress for a long-term funding plan for the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to expire May 31.

The Highway Trust Fund is the primary source for federal highway and transit programs funding for local, state and national projects. It is funded by the federal gas tax — currently set at 18.4 cents per gallon — which hasn't been raised since 1993. In the past six years, there have been 32 short-term measures taken to maintain the fund, but Boxer endorsed raising the gas tax as a reliable long-term solution.


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