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There are not many pictures of him available on the net.
May 11, 2016 Less than an hour ago. Bonne Terre, Mo. (AP) — A man (click here) who killed two people in a drug dispute
and a sheriff's deputy in a subsequent shootout was put to death
Wednesday in what could be Missouri's last execution for some time. Earl
Forrest, 66, died by injection for the December 2002 deaths of Harriett
Smith, Michael Wells and Dent County Sheriff's Deputy Joann Barnes. He
was pronounced dead at 7:18 p.m. CDT, according to the Missouri
Department of Corrections. Forrest's fate was sealed hours before
his punishment when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt the execution
and Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon turned down a clemency request....
Ms. Warren (for herself and Mr. McCain) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
The Congress finds that—
on December 21, 1891, a young physical education instructor named James Naismith introduced the game of basket ball to his physical education class in Springfield, Massachusetts;
1959, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was founded and
dedicated to the creator of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, in
Springfield, Massachusetts, The Birthplace of Basketball, and became the first and only museum to honor the game at all levels around the world;
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have
achieved greatness, exemplary coaches, referees, and other major
contributors to the sport of basketball;...
To begin with Senator Warren is rather wholesomely funded. She wears her values well. She doesn't slide into funding that compromises her decisions and ethics. Within her wholesome election funding she attracts big money. It is big money without the corruption of Wall Street as an overhead.
She also has some very novel and valuable bills she has sponsored:
Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2016 A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a free
online tax preparation and filing service and programs that allow
taxpayers to access third-party provided tax return information.
FAA Community Accountability Act of 2016 A bill to direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation
Administration to improve the process for establishing and revising
flight paths and procedures, and for other purposes.
Genetic Research Privacy Protection Act A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to protect the privacy of
individuals who are research subjects, and for other purposes.
Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act of 2016 A bill to strengthen parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits.
National Biomedical Research Act A bill to establish the "Biomedical Innovation Fund", and for other purposes.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in
recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame.
Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016 A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to permit certain partial fillings of prescriptions.
Puerto Rico Emergency Financial Stability Act A bill to provide for certain assistance and reforms relating to the territories, and for other purposes.
SAVE Benefit Act Seniors And Veterans Emergency Benefits Act
Elizabeth Warren is so much more than the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It is going to take awhile to sincerely get to know her. It is very unfair to toss her into the middle of a national Presidential election without realizing her scope and dedication to people and not financial institutions.
She has sponsored nine bills so far since taking office and many in only the first half of 2016. That is a prolific legislator. There is every indication she does this alone. She is quite the legislator.
I remember some time ago her sitting completely alone in a committee oversight hearing with financial somebody or other and asking very frank questions with intention to reveal the truth about processes that allow corruption and act against the consumer. She was completely alone. Not even the chairperson was in the room. She is brave, focused and to all other legislators that can't find wholesome funding, radioactive.
Realizing her stance on issues, I think the USA has another Lioness of the Senate. She makes Massachusetts proud and I hope they send her back to her job that she loves so much term after term after term.
Someday, Senator Warren will be running for President of the USA. I look forward to that day. Her shadow is HUGE.
When Republican worry about losing seats in November and scapegoat Donald Trump as the reason, it is a lie. The reason seats are lost by either party is because they are tied to the favors and service they provide for donors.
The only corruption that can be linked to Donald Trump is what he has embarked on for his benefit. He is self funded through the primary. He is off to a good start.
March 11, 2016
By the NYT editorial board This year the Republican and Democratic (click here) nominating conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia will be bankrolled entirely with money from corporations and wealthy individuals. Not since the Watergate era, when a $400,000 pledge to the 1972 Republican convention from ITT Corporation was linked to a favorable outcome for the company in a federal antitrust decision, has this happened. Industries with business before the federal government have long found opening their checkbooks for the conventions to be one of the most efficient means for influencing an incoming administration and Congress in one quick action.... This is corruption in a very big way. Citigroup took advantage of a bill that had to be passed to avert a government shutdown. Citigroup and US Representative Randy Hultgren played brinkmanship with the lawful stability of the USA economy. December 10, 2014 By Ericka Eichelberger Update Friday, December 12, 2014: (click here) On Thursday night, the House passed the spending bill with the Citigroup-written provision. The Senate is expected to approve the legislation. A year ago, Mother Jones reported that a House bill that would allow banks like Citigroup to do more high-risk trading with taxpayer-backed money was written almost entirely by Citigroup lobbyists. The bill passed the House in October 2013, but the Senate never voted on it. For months, it was all but dead. Yet on Tuesday night, the Citi-written bill resurfaced. Lawmakers snuck the measure into a massive 11th-hour government funding bill that congressional leaders negotiated in the hopes of averting a government shutdown. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation. "This is outrageous," says Marcus Stanley, the financial policy director at the advocacy group Americans for Financial Reform. "This is to benefit big banks, bottom line."... US Rep. Randy Hultgren (click here) is from Illinois. His top donor to his 2013-2014 campaign was a company called Huizenga Holdings from South Florida. Randy Hultgren is corrupt to the core. But, he pretends to be a dream come true conservationist because of an internet page featuring "The Cougar Fund" (click here). He should have been brought up on ethics violations and an investigation in case of further wrong doing as if this isn't enough.
Huizenga Holdings, Inc. (click here) operates as an investment and entertainment conglomerate that owns and manages marinas and yacht-related companies in Florida. The company develops and manages residential and commercial properties throughout Florida. Additionally, the company also owns the Miami Dolphins football team and Dolphins Stadium in South Florida. Huizenga Holdings, Inc. was formerly known as Waco Services, Inc. and changed its name to Huizenga Holdings, Inc. in June 1988. The company founded in 1984 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida....
Republicans are very short sighted. They don't take the problems of the country seriously. They practice politics 24-7 and when they are faced in actually addressing problems they are completely illogical playing citizens for fools. Wasn't it Mitch McConnell that started the obstruction movement that leaves the country in purgatory? McConnell refused the will of the people when President Obama wanted to carry forward infrastructure projects. So, Republicans have no room to complain about the choices the people make in primaries or otherwise. The Republicans ignore the people while stating the Democrats are the ones ignoring the will of the people. The entire Republican field were shaking in their boots while Donald Trump stated if he wasn't treated fairly he would run as an Independent. They were shaking in their boots because they didn't want to split the Republican vote. They were shaking in their boots because they are a complete abhorrence of governance. The Republicans know they are lousy leaders that cannot balance their governance in recognition of a two to three party system. They are only successful when the extremism of their voter base is left intact. So, basically, the 17 Republican member field thought they had Donald Trump hog tied when he signed an agreement to not run as an Independent. Donald Trump was not going to win as a Republican. Today, when all strategies have failed to contain Donald Trump, Republicans are willing to live up to their agreement in backing the Republican nominee. Today, Paul Ryan is having a difficult time in CONTAINING the Republican nominee, Donald Trump. The same lack of willingness to see the issues of the people and acting on them IS NOT at the heart of Ryan's governance. Ryan is far more interested in containing Donald Trump still yet than lose his cronies. Republican cronies are in complete opposition of the will of the people. The Republicans cannot govern when they are only interested in maintaining their politics and funding no matter what it costs the people of the country. It is amazing. At the time all the candidates were signing an agreement to run as Republicans they fully believed someone other than Donald Trump was going to be the nominee come November. They never thought it through and entered into an agreement based ONLY IN ARROGANCE. May 10, 2016 By JE Reich It looks like (click here) we should start planning certified robot Marco Rubio’s belated bar-mitzvah, because it looks like the GOP’s babiest automaton has turned into a real boy—at least when it comes to refusing to publicly back presumptive GOP nominee/withered Cheeto behind your couch Donald Trump. Well, sort of. In an interview on Tuesday with anchor Jake Tapper on CNN’s The Lead, the former GOP hopeful and current Florida senator once again flatly denied the possibility of running on the same ticket as his former rival. “It would be impossible,” Rubio stated, citing his lack of advisers currently “out in the field.” “I stand by the things that I said,” Rubio went on to insist, while referring to Trump as an “erratic con-man” who should not be given nuclear codes—which is all probably correct, considering that Trump seems to think that nuclear warfare is about the same as playing Sid Meier’s Civilization II....
Twelve hours ago it looked as though the deadly day would end. It was looking like bad storms but not deadly bad storms. But, then Earth assembled it's power drawing on multiple sources of water vapor drenched in heat.
May 11, 2016 1048 GMT Current Surface Map at the Weather Channel (map of the weather fronts)
May 11, 2016 0430.19z UNISYS Infrared US satellite (from the same loop of previous satellite image)
May 11, 2016 1045 GMT Weather Channel Current Temperature Map
May 11, 2016 1030.18z UNISYS Infrared US satellite image
The route to Europe for many African migrants passes through the underworld of Agadez, Niger.
July 20, 2015 By Kevin Sieff
The smuggler (click here) walked past the diaper aisle, through the back door of the
convenience store and into the metal shed where the migrants were
hiding. It was Monday in one of the world’s human-smuggling capitals, the day
when trucks crammed with Africans roar off in a weekly convoy bound for
Libya, the threshold to Europe. For Musa, an expert in sneaking people
across the Sahara, it was time to get ready. He walked around the white Toyota pickup parked next to the shed,
loaded with jugs of water. Then he glanced at the cluster of 30 people
waiting to climb atop the load. One of them was an 11-year-old girl from Burkina Faso, sucking a
lollipop. Another was a mother who held her wailing 6-month-old baby.
Next to them, 27 men, from five countries, shifted their eyes nervously
between Musa and the truck. If they weren’t caught or stranded or
killed, it would take them three days to get from the stash house to
Libya. “We need to leave soon,” Musa said, examining the truck, its windows
tinted, its license plate missing, prayer beads hanging from the