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Survive the New Gun Law with "I am not a threat Tees."


StevieslawMarketplace: “I am not a threat” Tees Available after Background Check.

Karl Andren of the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports in the Centre Daily Times today that the so called “castle-doctrine”, the right to use deadly force if you feel your life is threatened in your home, will be expanded to include any public place.  To loosely paraphrase Rep.

The Low-life in Corporate America: You, Me, and Upton Sinclair

StevieslawSnipit: The Low-life in Corporate America

In a corporate world in which the Pennsylvania DEP would clearly issue a gas fracking permit to drill right beside—let’s say—the only oasis to supply water to the desert city of wishyouwerehere, before being asked, Smokey and I were still surprised at the news out of Iowa, reported in this morning’s CDT.  Apparently, Iowa has introduced legislation to make it a crime “to produce, distribute, or possess photographs and videos taken on an agricultural facility without permission of the owner.” Lying on your agricultural worker application—we are admittedly having trouble picturing this application—with the intent of doing any of those investigative things, would also be criminal.  Similar legislation is planned for Florida and Minnesota, where copies of Upton Sinclair’s novel, The Jungle, are being given away free, so that they can be burned next Wednesday night.

We sent a normally intrepid Smokey Diamond, our investigative reporter out to Iowa to get the rest of the story.  Smokey kept muttering stuff about ropes, cottonwood trees and frontier justice as we dragged her to the airplane. 

Smokey spoke to Ann Hormel, spokesperson for both the Iowa legislature and the State’s agribusiness, w

Detaxing the Rich and the Corporate, or Waiting for the Trickle-Miracle

With school boards, elected local officials, mayors and governors across the nation getting set to fire your neighbors, relatives and friends, the hardheaded among us are asking once more why the very rich are paying at the lowest tax rate in decades, corporate giants---like GE---are paying no taxes, whole industries---like fracking for natural gas in Pennsylvania---are not being taxed at all, and why Republican Paul Ryan proposes privatizing Medicare while lowering the corporate tax rate? The answer was given to us years ago by the Great Communicator, Ron Reagan, as trickle-down economics, but perhaps we have forgotten the basics.
To reeducate us, Smokey Diamond---our intrepid investigative reporter---caught up with Justin Lacking, spokesperson for the Republican think tank, Stickittoya. Lacking said, “I’m happy to have this opportunity to explain.” “Think of Corporations and the very wealthy as benevolent---mortgage bankers or options dealers, come to mind---job creating machines,” he said. “If taxed they will create only a certain amount of jobs, say A.” ”If untaxed, they will create B number of jobs.” “Sometimes B is actually more than A, and sometimes the extra jobs are not created in Indonesia or Viet Nam, or as we say,” he waxed poetically, “A trickle-miracle occurs. “In hard times in particular,” said Justin, “we must not tax the rich or the Corporate because that might inhibit the trickle miracle.” Smokey asked next if the “trickle-miracle” had ever happened.
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