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There are a lot of similarities. It is just who the blame falls on that is different.
And the overriding thing about the TeaBagger is they don't want to pay for ANYTHING. AT ALL. NO TAXES.
I have a number of friends that fit into this.
One is a co-owner/partner of a weapons systems company. Retired military as is EVERYONE THAT WORKS THERE, Two of whom are colonels.. Got educated by the GI bill and got a VA Loan. Not old enough to go to Vietnam and not young enough to go to the gulf. perfect timing for the service. hates to pay taxes. hates State workers, welfare, and Gov't waste. And large Gov't.
Another is a retired FIRE CHIEF from Folsom CA, who has voted against tax increases every time they have come up. He was rank and file for 30 years. I told him the OWS were fighting for him and his brothers and he said "No they're not"... I told him that they just wanted t insure that they have the same things that you enjoy and he told me "We cannot afford that"..... BTW< his entire family is in the fucking fire department. All long term.
The other, who mentioned "that once we get rid of the nigger president" everything will be okay. Mid forties, Cement/construction guy. two kids. Just built a house. WITHOUT PERMITS. Got caught, the county shut him down for a year (While the market tanked). Wrote threatening notes to the county, got arrested etc.. Just got laid off. He doesn't know it yet, but his working in construction days are over. He is not skilled enough to be in a union (and has always been strongly anti union) as a journeyman, and there is no other work out there right now other than the type of work that only union companies and their highly skilled workers can do or bid on).
Then there is his buddy. Salesman. 52 years old. Child support, the works. His company offers healthcare, but at a very high deductible and high copays and share of cost. he too was a construction guy but got out of it before the crash. He makes not enough to get by. Blames it all on the "Nigger in the white house".
Then there is my good friend RL. retired Colonel AF. Smart guy. he keeps telling me that "You can get anything off the internet"... Then tells me he read something, and took it as fact, in the Wall Street Journal.....RL by the way is a triple dipper. he worked for the State of CA, retired military and was a university professor. He too thinks his taxes are too high.
Me I got none of that shit. I bought into the meme that unions were bad. FELL FOR IT HOOK LINE AND SINKER. Now me and a lot of my friends my age are not going to have what the older guys got. And neither are you unless you organize and bring workers rights into the workplace again.
Screw them. I won't ever set foot in the state Again. Don't an awful lot of airlines use ATL as their hub? BOYCOTT THEM TOO.
Looks like too much fun.
Man oh man. How scary is this?
SEIU caregiver. Loving it too, Even get HC next year..
In front of Walmart. People flocking to sign. All about the tax on online sellers here in CA.
Black guy too.
Watched him for about half an hour and listened to his spiel.
Then i told him the news he needed to know.
1. WALMART IS FOR THE TAX.
2. this will FUCK over you friends. the ones in jail, the ones receiving any type of public assistance, your kid's education etc.
"But nobody likes to be taxed" he replied. Someone in the line echoed that sentiment.
It was like he had no idea that taxes pay for stuff. And if this is repealed then brick and mortar sellers, who are now paying taxes on online sales, will be able to sell online without taxes. (Technically they can now if sale is made out of state but don't).
Less revenue, less stuff the state provides. The less good roads the less parks that are open etc....
y Dad was a union tile setter, Skilled in tile, marble and terrazzo. He was a journeyman and could do any type of application. .He was paid well and he tiled some of the most famous landmarks in the central valley. All my life we would drive around and hear "I tiled that" no matter where we were, from Fresno to Chico, from Tahoe to San Francisco.....The thing is the union guys were trained in all phases of the trade not one specific task, even if they were assigned just one task. They could do anything, round columns, mosaics, terrazo....
Eventually he was able to start his own business. At first he was a union shop, with fully skilled journeymen setters. Then it was the only way you could get to do a large project and multi unit tract housing was a ways off. When things got bad in his own biz, he could aways get work out of the union hall. He was good friends with the Union rep too who was a regular vistor at our home.
My earliest memory is being on the job site. 3 yrs old, with my own trowel and pointer. Over the years it was what I did on the weekends or during the summer, I worked. I joined the union when I was 13 I think as an apprentice trainee (some weird title they used to have for kids in the trade).
Now let's say one thing, Tile setting is freaking hard work. Being an aprentice (helper/finisher) is among the hardest jobs anywhere. You have to move 2 tons of shit, five times a day. Into the truck, out of the truck, through the mixer, out of the mixer, into the house and onto the wall or floor.. Not to mention it is highly technical and there is no way to cover your mistakes. It is also very repetitive as a setter with making the same motion, with weight, all day long.
My Dad's shop, back then, was a fierce competitior with other contractors that came from around my Dad's time, Fisher and Yeager tile. All three were union and competed for the same work.
Then around 1974 the large building project came into being. My Dad expanded. We added Formica countertops and Marlite bath surrounds to the tile and had a huge shop. As he got more employess and larger contracts he began to hate unions and in particular the Union rep (Red) that once visited our house regularly.
Then in 75 maybe, we voted on the union. And everyone in the shop voted to oust the union but me. Turns out my dad, always the cliche, had a party and took photos of his employees in compromising situations with the hookers and told them how to vote.
For a year or so, he paid the union scale and healthcare. But then a different type of employee came to work. One that knew nothing at all and only learned how to do one thing only in the trade rather than being able to do everything. And was being paid much less without any benefits.. It was in this time period that I got be be friends with a recent hire, Bill Parker..
Eventually the union guys left and went back to the unions at other shops. The older ones retired long ago, the younger ones about to....
A year or two later, the new, cheaper, less trained work force figured they should join the union and right before the vote, my Dad gave everyone health care. Or so we thought. I even had 2,000 dollars worth of stuff done only to find out that he cancelled the HC right after the vote went in his favor.
6 months, a year later, the oil embargo hit, and my dad made a huge fatal mistake and lost everything. This being the second time for bankruptcy. His fierce competitiors, who remained union and strongly so, were still thriving.
Of course after that Bankruptcy, he went back to contracting. But now he was strongly anti union and anti worker. He ignored safety measures. He hired people off the street, trained them to do one thing and one thing only. And paid them shit. And fired them at will.
After being non union for quite a while, he still could only do certain type of jobs, ones that were explicitly non union.
Big projects he could not even apply for because the unions had a "stanglehold" on those type of jobs (the State capitol remodel being one of the more high profile ones) so those jobs went to Yeager and Fischer. Aomng those jobs were the BART Stations, where every time I ride, I think, this work is incredible, I could never do that and only know a few people who could (not surprisngly all of them are in the union).
BTW, ride BART if you wanna see some great tile work. El Cerrito is a mosaic that is staggering in beauty and technique and the Montgomery Street station, has octogons for miles with black grout. Almost impossible to lay, to line up etc.
Then the two gate system was installed in and that changed everything. Now unions did not matter, anyone could work on the jobs. At first there really were two gates and you had to drive by a bunch of union guys to get to your job. that caused a lot of problems.
Of course now there is a "no gate" system.
I stayed non union myself buying into the "There's more work" mantra that was prevalent in construction at the time. During this period, I had an employer fire me for seperating my shoulder rather than treating me and having me file a workers comp claim. I had an employer fire me for being ONE minute late. I had another employer once pay me on XMAS eve, after 6PM, so I would not find out that there was no money in the acoount to pay me. Another employer worked me 24 hrs straight and paid me for 8. Straight time. Another did not pay to cleanup the shop and had him employees (myself) using saws and equipment standing on top of stack of "Formica Cut outs" while using the saw. One employer used to give their employees "beans" (amphetamines) and then meth so they would get more work out of them. None of them offered any type of healthcare or retirements. Or wages coming close to scale. One, even, while working on prevailing wage jobs, made their employees falsify documents and the employer pocketed the $$ (Diff between 10 dol per hour and 25)
In all of those cases I filed compalints with the Labor Relations board and got nothing out of them. (turns out they were funded by the employers). I even had photos of the cut outs in the shop, and the documents. Nothing, not even a reprimand.
During building downturns, which were about every seven years, you had to scramble,and we would go to the tile shops and look for someone to hire you. For any amount. Always while standing in the tile shop hoping someone would hire you, I would see some of the old union guys. They too would be hurting, but they were still working a few days a week or even a month. And because they were fully trained in the trade, they could do anything and would do the projects that had wage controls. (Go'vt projects, achool,s airports etc.) while the non union shop had employees rather than tradesmen.
I went to work as a supervisor, for Green Valley Tile, A union shop, who hired me expressly to get them out of the union. The union crew was well paid but friends with Lee the owner, who said he could not continue with union rules. So the shop voted to leave the union. Some stayed but many left and went to union shops, Fischer and Yeager and an new upstart, some old friends from in the day, Sherman and Leohr, a union shop..
Now when I ran that company, I had about 20 union employees to start. When we got out of the union about half stayed with the company. We still paid well and had benes. Well I had to make up the difference in workers and hired non union employees. (A number of them from the non union shops above, including Bill Parker.) Almost over night, the work suffered. I had to watch them like a hawk all the time. Shitty job after shitty job installed. Even the old union guys (mostly longtime friends of the owner) started putting in work that was not up to their usual standards. Eventually all of those union guys left for union shops and I had a crew of 20 guys that were awful at their jobs.I had to tear out 100,000 dollar jobs all the time and redo them only to have them fuck them up again. I would fire them and have a new set of problems with everyone I would hire to replace them.These employees were strung out all the time on speed, had poor health, missed work all the time and borrowed money and missed work so often on Monday that I had to start paying them on Monday so they would show up for work on Monday. Not to mention that they were always getting hurt on the job and trying to work the workman's comp scam constantly. About a year after I left the company they went under. Low wages, low bids and bad workers doomed them.
One thing was old Bill Parker. Who was never a skilled setter. But at the end of my tenure there he was the best I had. We did a huge gang bathroom at an Air Force base. I gave him detailed instructions as to how to do the job. He certainly knew how to do the job. But he fucked it up huge. Didn't slurry the mortar bed and when the inspector came in, wearing high heels, she could tell instantly that the floor was not adhered to the concrete. 100K gone like that. Turns out the employer offered him a bonus, behind my back, for Bill to finish quicker, so he only slurried about half the floor. There was no way to know before the inspection so I just thought the job done.
I worked at various shops and in my dads shop and did other things. Every day I was afraid of losing my job. A boss would tell me :"If I did this I would get a bonus" , I would, and no bonus.
I helped my dad build another large shop, but again with all non union setters. We would take people off the streets and teach them to do one aspect of tile and give them a job. for peanuts. Keep them afraid of losing their jobs everyday. Of course, the employees, along with my dad's General maanger, were stealing huge sums of money, doing side work and charging the labor to the company. 100's of thousands of dollars lost. Of course one of the employees, was my good buddy Bill Parker. He needed money but was not skilled enough in the trade to do anything but the type of work we offered (and the other non union shops who did apartments and tracts) so he could not get union scale....So he had to go along with the scheme and steal to make the money he thought he was worth. (he told me this)
Of course, again, my dad filed bankruptcy.
I did some other stuff, another downturn, and then saw that Fischer and Yeager are the only ones doing any work and went back into the union. But I did not have the skills to be a setter and went back as a finisher. 20 years after I had been a union finisher the first time. It was so cool anyway. I actually made more as a finisher than I made as a setter for any non union shop. The demands by the employers in regard to wrok for the day were sensible, not slave like. I got a physical before working. They gave me Health Care and I never busted my ass. I knew most of the crew, all of them had been in the union for years now and had homes and families etc. The work was tits on a ritz. Perfect. No matter what it was these guys could deal with it. They worked fast but safely. They were awesome.
We had safety meetings and we actually discussed safety (For most of us in construction "safety meeting" meant get high). We had safety rquirements, and equipment. IF we were to climb a scaffold, it had to be certified. (I had two friends get crippled for life due to unsafe scaffold accidents). Safety was about being able to work long term in your trade...
Eventually I did something else tile related when the boom hit so I got back out of the union. I could no longer do the work too due to all the years of work. But I knew I could do something.
I opened a business in the tile field. I would go on a job site and find union tile setters. And their work was perfect ( I sealed it so i got to see it up close). the biggest two residential projects in the union were not unionized but,.... the tile setters were. When I asked the supervisor why that is he said "I dont have to worry about them". They were competetive and didnt have to bust their employees hump to make money. Some of the same guys I knew way back when were on that project too..And the work was ALWAYS PERFECT. nothing missing, nothing crooked, perfectly laid out.
The entire trade had turned from hourly employees to pieceworkers, outside of the union. More work, less pay. Most tile contractors paid by the piece. Million dollar homes. 100K upgrade in tile and stone. And it was SHIT. On one project, in El Dorado Hills, in a project where the starting price for ahome was over 1 Million dollars, one setter left the spacers in the joints in 25 homes. This was discovered after the owners had moved in. I was the one who found it when I sealed a home. The tile setter got paid for the work, vanished, and the tile company had to pay for 25 FAMILIES to move for a month while they replaced the tile in entire homes. Everywhere I would go I would see shitty work. Jobs unfinished. But not at the projects where the union crews worked.
Now we are in the big building slowdown. There is no work, Most of the non union shops are gone. They certainly have gotten smaller... It is one bucket shops or union shops. And remarkably, the union shops are still thriving. The guys I knew in my union days are working and some have retired.
The non union guys i know...Well Bill Parker is dead. Last week. Had no healthcare and didn't pay attention to something and now he is dead. 54. Bill wasnt a good setter and could never set in the union. And he didn't want to go in as a finisher, take the program, so he just kept on doing the kind of work he could do..
My good friend Dean, he has seriously depleted lung capacity. A very common malady among cement workers and tile is all cement. 50 feet is it, with him walking.In a day. Non Union shops never required employees to wear masks...union shops always did....
Others are like myself, who bodies are gone due to the heavy workload in our non union jobs. I know no one who is going to retire. Not in my trade or the others who bought the "unions are bad" meme of the 80's.
Oh yeah, My Dad died peniless. Five times bankrupt over his lifetime. His longtime hated rivals, Fischer and Yeager, are still in business. Still Union. Sherman Loehr is still in business. too. Still Union. And the other big shop in town, River City Tile, well they are union and they too, are still in business. And even though anyone can bid the work that these shops do, due to "right to work", nobody outside of the union can touch them because they cannot find the skilled tradesman that these jobs require.
When I was in the union the number of illegal workers was exactly ZERO.
When I was in non union shops the number of illegals was substantial.
If I had one thing in my life to do over again, I would have stayed in the union and got my journeymans card.. I would I would have made better wages and paid more in taxes too. Had a nice credit union too.
If I was to hire anyone, I would take the union guy, everytime. No question about it. Union employees are great. They work hard, take pride in their work, show up every day and are paid well and are loyal to the company. They also don't miss much time because they have health benefits and don't have problems related to putting off doctors visits.
As for being an employee well that is no brainer right there. I was paid well in the union, had HC, and all that. I also showed up, took pride in my work and remarkably enough, worked all the time. And the funny thing was, I worked on projects that were bid on by non union shops (right to work). I also worked on Gov't projects where it was prevailing wage jobs. I also had a very stable life, no drinking or drug problems and didn't show up on Monday broke wanting to borrow money.
Modern Christmas traditions are based on ancient mushroom-using shamans.
Although most people see Christmas as a Christian holiday, most of the symbols and icons we associate with Christmas celebrations are actually derived from the shamanistic traditions of the tribal peoples of pre-Christian Northern Europe.
The sacred mushroom of these people was the red and white amanita muscaria mushroom, also known as "fly agaric." These mushrooms are now commonly seen in books of fairy tales, and are usually associated with magic and fairies. This is because they contain potent hallucinogenic compounds, and were used by ancient peoples for insight and transcendental experiences.
Most of the major elements of the modern Christmas celebration, such as Santa Claus, Christmas trees, magical reindeer and the giving of gifts, are originally based upon the traditions surrounding the harvest and consumption of these most sacred mushrooms.
The world tree
These ancient peoples, including the Lapps of modern-day Finland, and the Koyak tribes of the central Russian steppes, believed in the idea of a World Tree. The World Tree was seen as a kind of cosmic axis, onto which the planes of the universe are fixed. The roots of the World Tree stretch down into the underworld, its trunk is the "middle earth" of everyday existence, and its branches reach upwards into the heavenly realm.
The amanita muscaria mushrooms grow only under certain types of trees, mostly firs and evergreens. The mushroom caps are the fruit of the larger mycelium beneath the soil which exists in a symbiotic relationship with the roots of the tree. To ancient people, these mushrooms were literally "the fruit of the tree."
The North Star was also considered sacred, since all other stars in the sky revolved around its fixed point. They associated this "Pole Star" with the World Tree and the central axis of the universe. The top of the World Tree touched the North Star, and the spirit of the shaman would climb the metaphorical tree, thereby passing into the realm of the gods. This is the true meaning of the star on top of the modern Christmas tree, and also the reason that the super-shaman Santa makes his home at the North Pole.
Ancient peoples were amazed at how these magical mushrooms sprang from the earth without any visible seed. They considered this "virgin birth" to have been the result of the morning dew, which was seen as the semen of the deity. The silver tinsel we drape onto our modern Christmas tree represents this divine fluid.
The active ingredients of the amanita mushrooms are not metabolized by the body, and so they remain active in the urine. In fact, it is safer to drink the urine of one who has consumed the mushrooms than to eat the mushrooms directly, as many of the toxic compounds are processed and eliminated on the first pass through the body.
It was common practice among ancient people to recycle the potent effects of the mushroom by drinking each other's urine. The amanita's ingredients can remain potent even after six passes through the human body. Some scholars argue that this is the origin of the phrase "to get pissed," as this urine-drinking activity preceded alcohol by thousands of years.
Reindeer were the sacred animals of these semi-nomadic people, as the reindeer provided food, shelter, clothing and other necessities. Reindeer are also fond of eating the amanita mushrooms; they will seek them out, then prance about while under their influence. Often the urine of tripped-out reindeer would be consumed for its psychedelic effects.
This effect goes the other way too, as reindeer also enjoy the urine of a human, especially one who has consumed the mushrooms. In fact, reindeer will seek out human urine to drink, and some tribesmen carry sealskin containers of their own collected piss, which they use to attract stray reindeer back into the herd.
The effects of the amanita mushroom usually include sensations of size distortion and flying. The feeling of flying could account for the legends of flying reindeer, and legends of shamanic journeys included stories of winged reindeer, transporting their riders up to the highest branches of the World Tree.
Santa Claus, super shaman (READ MORE)
beat my mom the day she came home and said she was pregnant with me.
paid someone to have me fired while I was managing a competing firm to his. The same person he was getting blowjobs from. And she did. Then ten years later he got mad at her and ruined her life by saying she was insane. She lost her kids, her house, everything.
used my contractors license, faked documents, then did not pay taxes, or Workmans comp or payroll taxes for three years while I was strung out on dope due to his bullshit.. One day I had a knock at the door. IRS and you owe us 18K and we want it now. He paid it but still.
Got so involved in my marriage that he had a meeting with my (now ex) wife and told her a ton of crap about me that was bullshit. And she believed him.
Pulled a gun on me so many times that I don't remember one incident but a composite of them all.
ran over my foot and left me to hobble for 6 months while I could not walk.
I caught his friend and partner stealing money by the 100s of thousands, I got fired and the guy got to keep his jpb while he sold (gave) the business to the blow job girl above.
Went to my place of work, on numerous occasions throughout my life and got me fired or told my boss a bunch of lies.
Told me I had health insurance when I worked for him so I had a bunch of tests done only to find out he did not pay and I had a bill for 10K at 18 yrs old.
But worst of all, he deliberately screwed me and my brother by making deals that ran out, instead of in perpetuity (and he could have done that but wanted to teach us kids a lesson) that eventually ended up fucking over himself and my Mom cuz they outlived the agreements. Now my Mom is on the edge of homelessness and if it were not for me, she would be.
And this only some of the shit I Can come up with in five minutes.
by Marjorie Cohn, Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused of leaking military secrets to the public. This week, his supporters are holding rallies in 21 cities, seeking Manning’s release from military custody. Manning is in the brig for allegedly disclosing a classified video depicting U.S. troops shooting civilians from an Apache helicopter in Iraq in July 2007. The video, available at www.collateralmurder.com, was published by WikiLeaks on April 5, 2010. Manning faces 52 years in prison. No charges have been filed against the soldiers in the video.
In fact, the actions depicted in “Collateral Murder” contain evidence of three violations of the laws of war set forth in the Geneva Conventions, which amount to war crimes.
READ THE FULL STORY: http://www.bradleymanning.org/
Sound Of Sunshine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vovuxt7pUc
New album out, Power to The Peaceful and Earthdance this month in NORCAL.
Rush Limbaugh's touching tribute to deceased Yankees owner George Steinbrenner: "That cracker made a lot of African-American millionaires!"
Sure: Don Mattingly, Joe Torre, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens...Come on, fat boy. At least be human. Remember Donovan McNabb?
Watch the video: http://gawker.com/5586172/rush-limbaugh-ho...
Step son with a big pot deal going down. I walk into the middle of it. Two "inner city youths" decide to rob it by pulling guns on the "suburban kids" and trying to take the weed and the money.(about 10 thousand)
I ran, one of the "inner city youths" told em to hit the ground, i did, and he stood over me, pointed the gun at my head and pulled the trigger. The gun jammed.
The "Suburban" kids scatter, the suburban supplier and his friend start shooting. 357 mags, at the inner city youths as they flee.19 shots.
Then they take off after the inner city youths in their SUV while I am putting the bed between me and the door.
The cops came. made me the criminal, handcuffed me for 8 hours while they waited for a warrant.( I was NOT going to let them flip my house). The cops interview the suburban kids that were involved and they all told a different story as to the reason the robbery took place. None of them were arrested, not even the "Supplier" who, with his assistant's help fired off 19 rounds all over the neighborhood. The cops lecture me on what a horrible parent I am, by not having my step son in school and letting him have the house to himself all day with tons of friends over.
I talk to the cops and ask them about this type of crime and they tell me this kind of stuff happens all the time over pot (The kids had a friends killed about 6 months before over pot). They tell me it happens all the time because of the laid back nature of pot heads. they don't expect to encounter gun wielding tweekers. And they tell me it is almost always "inner city youths" versus "Suburban kids"
A couple of weeks later, they find one of the inner city youths that tried to rob the deal and arrest him.(the one who tried to kill me).
They subpoena all of the suburban kids to testify against him.
Only a few show up. And all with a different story. The ones that don't show just get taken off the list. no nothing ever happened to them.
By the time the trial starts, I have told the story a million times. To the DA. To everyone I know.
I go to the trial and the :"inner city youth" doesn't look nearly as "inner city" any more. Gone are the pants on the ground, the cornrows, the multiple piercings. Slacks, hard shoes and sweater. From Snoop Dogg to Bill Cosby.
The Public defender spent the entire time trying to make me out to be a criminal and a racist. Really the most awful experience I have ever experienced.
The witness's story are all widely different as to the reason (pot) this all goes down. In CA they don't let you in the courtroom if you are a witness so I didn't know the other kids (the ones that showed up anyway) testimony nor the defendant's. The now not so "inner city youth" is acquitted, partially due to my bad witnessing skills.
The inner city youth spent 8 months in jail awaiting trial, and for me that was about right. What wasn't right was the "Suburban" supplier and his assistant, who did most of the shooting, did not do one second in time or have any repercussions for not showing at the trial or shooting up the neighborhood..
I don't even care, I am thinking I can put the whole thing behind me. During this time I started to have really bad panic attacks and severe depression and all I wanted to do was get past it.
One the one year anniversary of the original robbery a guy serves me with papers. The guy who tried to shoot me, was arrested tried and acquitted was now suing me for 2 million dollars. He was using the story told by the other witnesses to tell a tale that I was robbing him. And instead of a pot thing, it was over my poster collection. The really funny thing about that was I hired an attorney (as did another of the "Suburban kids") the rest all ignored the complaint and eventually got their names dropped from the suit. I had to hang in there and see it to the conclusion. And the conclusion was they confused me on the original complaint with my step son who strangely was not named in the suit.
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That these "inner city youths" were willing to kill or be killed to steal a few thousand dollars. I cannot relate to that. at all.
that pot being still illegal for the majority of people in CA that smoke it despite the MMJ laws. Worth the price of gold at the time. People steal gold, always have. always will.
I will never ever never report a crime in progress or any of that. Never will I got to court to testify. I will ignore it. If someone sues me, I will ignore it. There is nothing you could possibly due to make me go through that again.
The disparity between "Suburban kids" and "inner city youth" in regards to the police is incredible even in Sacramento. The white kids were all chilling with the cops and were let go within an hour of the original incident. A manhunt ensued for the "inner city youths". I thought everyone there was just as guilty as the next guy just for the stupidity of the whole thing.
My racism. When i saw these "inner city youths" I immediately thought, Oh uh bad news. they were sagging, they had cornrows,tats, sideways hats, athletic jerseys etc. I thought for a second about letting them inside... but I also thought "Well that could be Allan Iverson too", so I invited them in. Not sure I would do that again. (or AI).
Since then "inner city youths" scare the shit out of me. I get all panicky, especially when i am in a sketchy situation or are alone with them. I don't like that at all, but now the fear is real.
And for the younger people, the criminality of weed is incredible. that scene is right out of the Godfather. For me Weed was never like that, still isn't. It is more of folksy thing, getting it from the growers etc..But the kids are involved and for big money. and the criminality is what makes it so valuable, and invites crime like the one above.
plans. How much more money it would save....I saw it here the other day. tried to book mark it but it is lost. I have tried searching (which usually works) but it doesn't come up.
Pelosi statement or something.
I have two kids (now 34 and 27) that had non-Hodgkins Lymphoma a long time ago. They cannot be covered by private insurance now. In the bill I understand there is a "no pre-exisiting condition" clause. But what does that mean? Can the insurance Co's offer one but with no cap on premiums? Cuz that would effectvely mean they are still uninsurable...
My Mom is 84 and slipping quickly. She used to have a supplement with AARP but can no longer afford it. is this gonna effect her Medicare and limit procedures, prescriptions etc?
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