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At Alternet, Aaron Cantú writes Inside the Private Prison Industry's Alarming Spread Across America:

On a recent Friday afternoon, with budget negotiations winding down, Arizona state representative John Kavanagh was racing against the clock. His position as House Appropriations Chairman afforded him the opportunity to stuff whatever minor extra provisions he wanted into the budget before it went to a vote the following Monday, and he only had a few hours left to do it.

What was Kavanagh frantically trying to accomplish for his constituents at the last minute? Extra funding for education, since Arizona spends less on educating its children than all but three states? No, Rep. John Kavanagh was trying to secure an extra $900,000 gift for the GEO Group, the billion-dollar private prison corporation whose state lobbyists came to him at the last second begging with upturned hats. The $45 million already earmarked for the maintenance of low- and medium-security facilities wasn’t enough, they said.

The Arizona Department of Corrections didn’t ask for the extra money, nor did anybody push for the prison funds to be included in the Senate budget.

"This came out of nowhere — I mean that,” Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell told the Arizona Republic. “No one said a word about it. It wasn't in the Senate budget, it didn't come as a request from DOC. There's something really shady here.”

For Kavanagh, there was nothing shady about sweetening the deal with nearly a million extra dollars. On the contrary, he says, it was a moral imperative.

“If somebody cuts you a smoking deal and helps you when you’re down, and you get more money back, I think you morally have a responsibility to increase the payments,” Kavanagh told the Arizona Republic in a taped interview the following Monday.

Kavanagh is referring to the lowered rate-per-bed the GEO Group offered Arizona as the national economy cratered in 2008. The rate applied to emergency “temporary” beds  at two of its facilities to house an overflow of prisoners. In exchange for the discount, the state agreed to meet a 100% occupancy rate for all non-emergency beds at both prisons.

And thank goodness. If it weren’t for the flexibility of the GEO Group, how else could Arizona’s correction officials reach their forecasted benchmark of 43,000 prisoners—a 9.3 percent increase from current levels—by 2016?

In the end, however, the state legislature may nullify Kavanagh’s act of kindness to the private prison industry. Even though the House approved a version of the budget with the extra prison dollars, the Senate Appropriations Committee nixed them, and the two chambers are in the midst of reconciling their different spending plans. [...]


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2004Poll: Most people feel taxes have gone UP:

Despite Bush's tax cut, most people in a AP poll believe their tax burden has increased:

Half in the poll, 49 percent, said their overall tax burden -- including federal, state and local taxes -- had gone up over the past three years. That's almost four times the 13 percent in the poll who said their overall taxes had gone down [...]

Even when it comes to federal taxes, most in the public don't feel their taxes have gone down over the past three years. Twenty-five percent in the poll said their federal taxes had gone up during that time, while 43 percent said they had stayed the same.

Back in the primary days, a poster suggested the following line for Dean (paraphrased): "Bush put $300 in your front pocket and took twice that out of your back pocket." Kerry should work that similar theme in his stump speech. It's clear that it's a message that would find some receptiveness, and a perception that Bush will be working hard to dispel.


Tweet of the Day:

.@TheFix emails getting easier to screen w/o opening. Yesterday was "Is Barack Obama black?" today is "Are you smarter than me?"
@steelekelly



today's rerun of the Kagro in the Morning show, it's the April 16, 2013 episode, and Greg Dworkin, Armando & Meteor Blades join us for reactions to the Boston Marathon bombing. The cautionary reaction, urging people not to jump to conclusions. The many-layered question of terrorism as distinct from crime, and whether that's a real distinction. And the continuing issue some have with admitting there even is such a thing as domestic terrorism. Also: Senate procedure on the gun bill, amendment strategy, and what might go into Harry Reid's decision-making in handling it all.



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  •  1,012,713 registered users on dKos now. (22+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

    Daniel1420qfg5
    Joseph2196rlf0
    Nathan0582bsi7
    Joseph3815jzp9
    Logan6161zwv3
    Andrew2109sbj2
    BindrupP44
    Logan8505mkm0
    speck in the universe
    Bridimus


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #1,012,400: Anthony6914xju0
    #1,012,500: andreamilano89
    #1,012,600: mlp5376
    #1,012,700: Nathan7159sjz3 (already banned)

    We've added 328 more users in the last 24 hours.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks.


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog".

  •  Good night. (11+ / 0-)

    Tonight’s diary:  Malta becomes first European country to recognize gender identity in Constitution

    Be great if  few folks came and helped us celebrate that along with the Supreme Court ruling in India:

    It is the right of every human being to choose their gender.
  •  I Think It Was Just Today a Public Radio (10+ / 0-)

    programming was remarking on the long decline in violent crime going back into the 90's coinciding with the doubling of the prison population.

    A real head scratcher for public broadcasting journalism.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 08:34:14 PM PDT

  •  The debtors prison 'failure to appear' pretext (14+ / 0-)

    is a sewer of abuse.  Along with the privatization of parolees etc..and it is a regular occurrence. A huge funnel of cash for corporations. Coupled with the failed 'war on drugs' it is a disaster if this industry is given a free hand.

    It is underreported, and should be a huge concern. More people should be made aware of this.

    Thanks for keeping us informed.

  •  The idea of making profit from prisoners (18+ / 0-)

    is one of the most abhorrent ideas ever conceived. Prison as a business, a private business, with quotas for prisoners is just plain evil. I am surprised that it doesn't violate international law.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 08:41:39 PM PDT

  •  Prisons do give people jobs! (3+ / 0-)
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    They are fast becoming the primary employers in many States.

  •  MSNBC: right-wing on tax day (13+ / 0-)

    Chris looked at how the right-wing acts around tax day with ex-Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Imara Jones.  Rachel looked at the recent history of right-wing terror attacks with Michael Leiter.  Ed talked about how this manifested at the Bundy farm with Mike Papantonio and Jane Kleeb, who pointed out how hypocritical they are because they don't care about the Keystone XL protesters, and then talked with Ruth Conniff about the Wisconsin GOP wanting to secede.

    Also, could the outlook for the 2014 midterms be starting to change?  Chris discussed the change in tone of Senate GOP candidates with Brian Beutler.  Alex Wagner, filling in for Lawrence O'Donnell, who's still in the hospital, talked with Howard Dean and Patrick Murphy.  Ed also noticed some bad photoshop in an ad for Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), and how they're trying to prevent this shift with more voter suppression, talking with state sen. Nina Turner (D) and Tim Burke.

    Also, watch Alex talking with Matt Taibbi about corporate crime.

    Ed also talked with Jonathan Alter about how Rush Limbaugh has become... a shoe truther.

    Chris also talked with Dr. Carl Hart about how Bain Capital even has its hands in methadone clinics.  He then looked at what the lack of a social safety net did for one mother in Arizona.

    Rachel also covered the latest in Bridgegate, and talked about Ukraine with Richard Engel.  She finished with an update on the suspicious bags found at the Boston Marathon finish line.

    Alex also talked about the wage gap with Jess McIntosh, Ukraine with Kimberly Martin and David Rohde, and had an update on the capsized ferry in South Korea.

  •  If anyone here has a crazy right wing family (9+ / 0-)

    member or friend, here's a heads up on the next tin foil, right wing anti-Obama conspiracy theory - 'OBUMMER IS COMIN FER YUR CHOPPA!'

    New Crazy Conspiracy: Obama Is Taking Away Your Helicopter Defenses!

    They've shoved health care down your throat, and they've tried to take your cows' freedom of movement away. What will Hussein Obummer and his commissars do next? He'll seize your state's attack choppers and leave you at the mercy of martial law, that's what. Wake up, sheeple!

    In fact, the DOD is cutting a lot more than 192 of the AH-64 Apache attack choppers; according to an actual Army aviation officer, the Pentagon is ridding itself of nearly 800 aging helicopters across the board, some dating back to Vietnam. It's a move that's anticipated to save $12 billion and help the force modernize in coming years.

    http://gawker.com/...

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 08:46:25 PM PDT

  •  Addendum (3+ / 0-)
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    Hm, for some reason this clip didn't show up on MSNBC's page originally.  Chris also talked with Ezra Klein and Mattie Duppler about Intuit's fake grassroots campaign to prevent the government from making filing our taxes easier.

  •  Florida Repug... (7+ / 0-)

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 08:55:21 PM PDT

  •  This deadbeat Wingnut mouth-breather (10+ / 0-)

    has basically done the equivalent of pulling a gun on a debt collector.

    Seriously, in what county, let alone state or country, would that be legal?!?!

    Why Bundy Ranch Thinks America's Sheriffs Can Disarm The Feds:

    Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, whose dispute with the Bureau of Land Management spurred a tense standoff between armed anti-government activists and federal officials over the weekend, had some strikingly specific directions for sheriffs across the country Monday night.

    “Disarm the federal bureaucrats," Bundy said in an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity. He had been asked to respond to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's assertion that the Bundy Ranch standoff (as it is now officially known on Wikipedia) was "not over."

    Bundy had already asked his local sheriff to arrest the BLM officials who were rounding up his cattle, but he directed his new message to "every county sheriff in the United States."

    Bundy's statement brought to the forefront a theory that some on the far right have held for decades: that local sheriffs are ordained with an immense amount of power, going beyond that of even federal authorities.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:06:38 PM PDT

    •  This so reminds me of the (6+ / 0-)

      BS leading up to Waco and Ruby Ridge. We had our own dingbat here, John Singer, I'm using this link because the Wiki entry is totally corrupted.

      You couldn't spit back then without hitting some posse comitatus nit wit. Oh joy, they're back.

      Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

      by high uintas on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:41:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Jon Ralston from Nevada had a report.. (5+ / 0-)

      ..out with the opinion of the last former state and national BLM boss Bob Abbey that is very measured advice in this:

      Former BLM director: Bundy is not a victim but BLM mishandled roundup - Submitted by jon.ralston on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:06

      The BLM made the right decision to stand down after botching the roundup of Cliven Bundy's cattle, but the rancher is no victim, former state and national BLM boss Bob Abbey said.

      Abbey, who was national Bureau of Land Management director for three years before leaving in 2012 and was Nevada director for eight years, was part of an aborted roundup in 2012 before he left.

      Bob Abbey on Bundy:
      Cliven Bundy and his family members are not the victims here.  It is the American taxpayers who are the true victims.  Because Bundy is ignoring a decision issued by a federal judge, the BLM moved forward with its impoundment at a great deal of expense.  It was the right decision by the agency.  However, the heavy handed law enforcement tactics deployed by the land management agencies were not necessary and I believe is the primary reason Bundy has been able to gain media and public support and divert attention away from the real issues.

       - emphasis added
      And here is a video link of Jon Ralston for the republicans a couple of days before talking to Bob Abbey To all GOP politicians pandering to worst impulses on Bundy story: Shut up..it explains what Jon  Ralston saw coming  with the moves that the enforcement officers of the BLM were going to cause. And he was right. as explained by Bob Abbey in the first link.
      •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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        I think that they should go back get a judgement on him and garnish his money. No armed Federales just use the legal system. These guys feed off of the optics and they want some shootin' to start.

        Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

        by high uintas on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 10:03:27 PM PDT

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      •  makes you wonder the orientation of the decision (1+ / 0-)
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        makers here.

        No reason to assume they are tree hugging Priii driving liberals.

        I am so reminded of a guy  who did just enough to get stay not fired, but if given a stupid order would do it as stupidly and clumsily asa he could get away..by not rocking the boat he would embarrass his boss, who he resented and hated.

        And he was the loudest patriot about the company to the point of boredom..to the eye rolling fellow workers. Yet did nothing but subvert it to save it.
        So, wonder who and how this heavy hand was dealt here.

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 11:39:41 PM PDT

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  •  "Cuts you a smoking deal"? When do we get to.. (6+ / 0-)

    ..name this what it is? Graft..or close enough imo

    A colloquial term referring to the unlawful acquisition of public money through questionable and improper transactions with public officials.

    Graft is the personal gain or advantage earned by an individual at the expense of others as a result of the exploitation of the singular status of, or an influential relationship with, another who has a position of public trust or confidence. The advantage or gain is accrued without any exchange of legitimate compensatory services.

    I guess it's not "quid pro quo" enough for a Roberts court so nope, doling out nearly a million dollars of tax payer money to "keep beds full" of what I'd bet is overflow of pre-planned to be incarcerated immigrants (the others), isn't quite there yet

    Is there any business that isn't too dirty for republicans?

  •  like the MIC, the PIC is kleptocracy in pure form (6+ / 0-)
    What was Kavanagh frantically trying to accomplish for his constituents at the last minute? Extra funding for education, since Arizona spends less on educating its children than all but three states? No, Rep. John Kavanagh was trying to secure an extra $900,000 gift for the GEO Group, the billion-dollar private prison corporation whose state lobbyists came to him at the last second begging with upturned hats. The $45 million already earmarked for the maintenance of low- and medium-security facilities wasn’t enough, they said.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:22:56 PM PDT

  •  The concept of private prisons makes me sick (9+ / 0-)

    Even in freaking "progressive" all-blue California, home of DailyKos, our "liberal" Governor doesn't see it this way;

    Gov. Jerry Brown plans to ramp up spending on private prisons

    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown plans to increase California's use of private prison cells and leases with local jails even if federal judges agree to give the state more time to meet crowding limits within its own lockups, his budget documents show.

    Detailed expenditure records released after Brown announced the highlights of his proposed budget for 2014-15 show that the governor expects to increase the use of outside prison contracts. His plan sets aside nearly $500 million to pay for and administer prison contracts to take nearly 17,700 inmates, increases of $100 million and 4,700 prisoners over the current year.

    A little more than half of those prisons are out of state. The rest are community correctional centers, which could be run by local governments or private prison operators.

    Ahh!! I get it, it's because of a labor union;

    California Prison Guards Union Pushes For Prison Expansion

    His plan, which calls for the temporary expansion of the prison system's capacity by thousands of beds over the next two years, is meant to allow California to comply with a federal court order aimed at easing overcrowding in the state's jam-packed prisons. In 2009, a panel of federal judges ruled that the prisons were so crowded they constituted a form of "cruel and unusual punishment"; last month, the Supreme Court refused to review the state's appeal.
    It makes me puke.  Way to go Jerry!

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:26:52 PM PDT

    •  Even if federal judges agree to a solution.. (8+ / 0-)

      ..to the overcrowding:

      SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown plans to increase California's use of private prison cells and leases with local jails even if federal judges agree to give the state more time to meet crowding limits within its own lockups, his budget documents show.
      ..this is very bad news. I don't get it, why not at least allow for the time needed to get it done without feeding the PIC?
    •  petty criminal released to reoffend same day (2+ / 0-)
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      all over california, the effect of this court ruling inspite of Brown's slow walking and appeals was to push some criminals back to county run and paid for jails, reducing the state expenses.

      Nasty business, but in brokeback county california burglars and thieves are arrested and released with low bonds really quick. Most women are released on own recognizance immediately.

      It is a mess for the poorer counties, you will not see this pushback against the private prisons in poor counties, they are fed up to the point of vigilantism, nothing new in rural california at all.

      I agree with you, it's nasty thru and thru. Releasing minor drug offenses sounds nice, but often these are repeat offenders with less to lose than before.

      Probation is easier and quicker as well, few probation officers to follow an exploding population of parolees, ankle bracelets LARGELY ineffective even if they had time to track problem parolees.

      Guy breaks into your house, neighbor calls cops, arrest burglar, he's out on low bond before you get home from work to find your house robbed.
      Not hyperbole.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 11:48:38 PM PDT

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  •  The zeal to incarcerate has never been explained (7+ / 0-)

    better than by the good legislator. "When "the state agreed to meet a 100% occupancy rate for all non-emergency beds at both prisons" it is fair to predict those beds will not primarily be filled with white collar or even violent criminals. Rather, the drug war will be doing that voodoo (economics) that it does so well.

    garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

    by Galtisalie on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:31:56 PM PDT

  •  It still amazes me that one of the two major (9+ / 0-)

    political parties in this country thought it would be a good idea to run the human parasite (Romney) who founded this company for president.

    Bain Capital Has Seen the Economy's Future, and It Is Heroin Addicts:

    Bain Capital—the Romney-built private equity firm that extracts wealth from humanity with the alacrity of an anteater jamming its many-hooked oral proboscis into a lush ant colony—is always looking for profitable trends in the markets. And America's profitable trend today is: hard drugs.

    The Boston Globe detailed this weekend how Bain recently snatched up a medical corporation to capitalize on New England's drug-addiction "public health emergency" by running more than a dozen methadone clinics for heroin addicts.

    Smack has emerged as a huge cash business in the region of late, virtually paralyzing Boston and the state of Vermont, where entire families are hooked on the junk. Heads of state are pledging action, which means government assistance for addicts and families... and that means profit potential for players like Bain.

    http://gawker.com/...

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:40:53 PM PDT

    •  surge of heroin as MJ crop prices drop (2+ / 0-)
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      this was predicted actually, by many in the MJ legalization effort.

      A guy was picked up in Humboldt County last night, new car, no licensia, an illegal immigrant, 20, with a giant pile of heroin..$200,000 worth. It looked like a garbage can full of dog crap baggies.

      Now that shows me there is a surge, that there may be so much H moving this is who the cartels use to mule H to norcal (was from Perris) ( 2 kids) and what will happen to them and their families?
      Nothing good.

      Here in socal there is so much the price of H is reported as $6 hit. Anything to get kids hooked, same with meth, a lot of potent addictive quality meth from mexico as well as rural labs.

      Ugh.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 11:55:06 PM PDT

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    •  Heroin epidemic pretty much screams (1+ / 0-)
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      "YOUR WAR ON DRUGS IS A MISERABLE FAILURE!"

      Some will not like this but the fact is: if you even think of doing heroin - you are a major league dumbass.

      I don't care about your traumas and bad life experiences - there is no excuse for giving yourself the ILLNESS of ADDICTION.

      Flame away.

      Legal means "good".
      [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 03:42:41 AM PDT

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  •  CO-Gov: Ethics Commission rulings (2+ / 0-)
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    From The Colorado Independent, another chapter in our continuing story ... I'll try to sum up.

    Current DEM Governor John Hickenlooper AND >deep breath< current GOP Secretary Of State & primary candidate for Governor Scott Gessler >phhhhhhhwww< both had ethics charges before the committee.

    The Gov was cleared of charges and The Sec.ofState was found guilty because they are two separate offices covered by different laws.

    The cases may deal with substantially the same question, said Lenoe — the use of state money used for partisan purposes. But, he explained, the commission members are bound by state ethics rules, which right or wrong, treat the secretary of state and governor’s office differently. Specifically, the governor’s travel expenses are covered much more liberally by taxpayers, under the law, which recognizes frequent travel as part of the job of the state’s chief executive.
    Conspiracy ahoy! Batten down those hatches.

    "Then why don't all girls belong to unions?" "Well, there's some that thinks it ain't fashionable; there's some that thinks it ain't no use; and there's some that never thinks at all."

    by Cadillac64 on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:45:12 PM PDT

  •  need PIC, FEMA camps can't hold all the sheeple (8+ / 0-)


    Gosh, this must be what Lexington and Concord were like...note all the photographers standing around...engraving like Paul Revere

    Eric Parker from central Idaho aims his weapon from a bridge as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp, where cattle that were seized from rancher Cliven Bundy are being held, near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart Link

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:47:47 PM PDT

  •  CO-SB175: Cathiolic Archbishop breaks commandment (3+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, Eric Nelson, BMScott

    ... for a unenforceable bill.

    So, State Bill 175 - bless its' heart:

    The bill says state and local government entities "shall not enact any policy that denies or interferes with an individual's reproductive health care decisions." It also says new policies in that area have to be consistent with "current evidence-based scientific data and medical consensus."

    The language is broad, appoints no one to decide what violates it, and names nobody to enforce its language.

    "This proposed legislation really appears to be more a statement of political and philosophical principal, rather than actual legislation," Robinson said. "It really isn't in much of a position to be enforced by anyone, ever."

    So that broken commadment by Archbishop Samuel Aquila? Brace yourself for some actual journalism:
    The Archbishop told his followers that "this bill would eliminate abortion clinic health code regulations," a change to state policy that does not appear in the bill.

    Aquila responded by saying just because it's not in the bill, doesn't mean it couldn't happen.

    "This legislation does indeed open the door to challenge existing regulations, particularly through the court system," Aquila said to the crowd.

    Saying the bill could prompt a review differs from his previous statement declaring positively that the bill will change abortion regulations.

    Asked about the difference, Aquila replied, "we know that from what the legal persons that we have consulted with have said, that it could very easily strike down all of the regulations that are present."

    9NEWS legal expert Scott Robinson says that SB175 could not be used to prompt a court review of existing abortion regulations.

    I was raised Catholic and I know that once you hit a certain pay level you get to ignore the rules and all - but come on.  I looked it up.

    "You must not give false evidence against your fellow." "You shall not give false evidence against your neighbour."
    DON'T LIE.

    "Then why don't all girls belong to unions?" "Well, there's some that thinks it ain't fashionable; there's some that thinks it ain't no use; and there's some that never thinks at all."

    by Cadillac64 on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 10:04:31 PM PDT

  •  Boston Bombing hindsight: hidden global intrigue? (0+ / 0-)

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

    by lotlizard on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 10:20:53 PM PDT

  •  Major Al Gore speech happening at this hour (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    KenBee, Cadillac64

    He's speaking at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa on climate change.

    Follow on Twitter:

    #AscentHI

    #AlGoreUHM

    A liberal is a conservative who's been hugged.

    by raatz on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 10:30:21 PM PDT

  •  Anybody know what's going on with (0+ / 0-)

    Google's servers right now?

    A lot of websites (for example, Wikipedia) are inaccessible through Google, but they can be accessed through Bing.

    Perhaps John Hagee has the answer?

    Rupert Murdoch to Fortune Magazine, 4/10/14: "I could live with Hillary as President." I don't doubt that for a second.

    by WisePiper on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 10:37:49 PM PDT

  •  Questions about private prisons (6+ / 0-)

    A couple of things I've been wondering about for a long time:

    1. If there's a jailbreak, who pays the cost of rounding up the escapees?

    2. If a prisoner's civil rights are violated, who gets sued?

    I'll be surprised if the answer to #1 is something other than "us taxpayers". The principle is, privatize the profits, the taxpayers pay the losses.

  •  Hoopa Tribe negotiating with BP! (2+ / 0-)
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    on a carbon credit deal..

    BP gets to pollute, pays the Hoopa Tribe to not log.

     The Hoopa Tribe is one of the three tribes in the Klamath River watershed.

    Two Rivers Tribune is an excellent northern california paper/blog. Real journalism.

    The article also details the Yurok Tribe's recent deals for it's terrific old growth timber.

    The tribal meeting on Hoopa’s possible deal with BP comes just under two months after the neighboring Yurok Tribe signed a deal with New Forests Inc. on February 11, to manage 7,660 acres of Douglas fir and mixed hardwood for carbon sequestration.

    Yurok Tribal Chairman Thomas O’Rourke said, “This carbon offset project will foster the restoration of a significant swath of forest.”

    The Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, a 12-mile by 12-mile square in Northeastern Humboldt County, has large areas of untouched old-growth forests.
       According to a 2012 preliminary study by carbon credit brokerage firm Finite Carbon, Hoopa’s old-growth forests have the potential to generate $80 million to $120 million for the Tribe, if left uncut for 100 years.

    Sean Carney, president of Finite Carbon, told the TRT in mid-2012 that Hoopa’s forests are among the best they’ve seen.

    - See more at: http://www.tworiverstribune.com/...

    I think this is a good thing, the tribe desperately needs this and I hope it gets to create some better world for them.

    If I was a jerk..and i am, I would say 'money for nuthin and the sticks for free' but I won't. Having your legacy lands reduced to a 12 x 12 mile parcel is pretty bad, altho sadly  rich by some tribe's conditions.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 11:16:43 PM PDT

  •  not really Duchamp's artist of tomorrow (3+ / 0-)
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    Boston Police reportedly arrested a man Monday evening after he allegedly caused a disturbance by shouting and dropping a backpack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the anniversary of the bombing there last year. According to CBS Boston, the suspect is a 25-year-old man named Kayvon Edson who is being charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and possession of a hoax device. CBS also reported the bag contained a rice cooker and confetti. Instagram videos show a man wearing a long black veil and shouting "Boston strong!" before he allegedly dropped the backpack.

    A man using the name Kayvon Edson who appears to match photos of the suspect shown by NECN has an extensive digital trail where he documented his activities as a "performance artist." On Facebook, a page for Edson features a picture of one of the brothers charged with last year's Marathon bombing, Dzokhar Tsarnaev. The photo, which was posted by Edson about 14 hours ago has a heading saying, "Had a blast at the marathon!!!"

    "#BloggoristAttack — with Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent," wrote Edson in a caption under the photo.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/...

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 11:37:08 PM PDT

  •  The prison industry..... (4+ / 0-)
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    is an INDUSTRY now? (ok, I actually knew that) With benchmarks to be reached?! In other words, they need to GET prisoners for the purpose of reaching "benchmarks" for the purpose of getting more $ for their "industry" profits?
    WTF is wrong with that picture?
    I have a friend in prison. What I'm learning is appalling.

    "If what we think is right and wrong further divides the family of man, there must be something wrong with what we think is right." - A U.S. Senate Chaplain, but I can't discover conclusively which one.

    by Soulmentor on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:04:23 AM PDT

  •  Walgreen corporate offices may move overseas... (1+ / 0-)
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    Investors reportedly want the Deerfield-based drugstore giant to move its headquarters to an overseas tax haven. Some of the company's largest investors are urging the company to re-domicile overseas.
    Just another case of tax avoidance in my opinion.

    Source...

    "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General.

    by Mr SeeMore on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:21:28 AM PDT

  •  New post (1+ / 0-)
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    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 01:02:51 AM PDT

  •  Prisons for Profit (2+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64, JeffW

    Prisons for profit, soldiers for profit, and homes for the elderly for profit. Who can claim to be surprised when these things turn out to be costly disasters? How can anything function correctly when all decisions are based on satisfying investors?

  •  Ukrainian parachutters defect for Russia (1+ / 0-)
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    Ukrainian parachutters  defect for Russia
    http://ccoaler.com/...

    Merkel is currently close to the Vesuv on Ischia.

    Eastern Ukraine glides off the hands of Kiev: parachutters defect

    Defective? German armed forces’ Kujat nerved by NATO disability to negotiate

    Donetzk mayoral offcies get stormed by proRussian activists

  •  Prisons for profit: summarizes well the GOP (2+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64, JeffW

    …and its ENTIRE body of work!

    When one's supporters PROFIT from people getting imprisoned, what is one's incentive to help reduce crime rate???

    When one campaigns on a platform of "government doesn't work, government is the problem", what incentive does one have to make government work and govern?

    I present you the Republican Party!

  •  The worst of the worst (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    Private prisons are not staffed by qualified guards.  They are underpaid and under trained.  They do not care about rehabilitating the prisoner,just the bottom line is profit.  Sad that politicians are selling us out for their own profit and those who are making big profits.  

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