Watch Autistic Boy Chillin’ With His Guardian Angel (VIDEO)

Dogs are a great judge of character. And this adorable little boy has an adorable guardian angel.  Words are unnecessary.

WATCH:

 

 

 

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Robert Reich For President in 2016? A Man With A Plan (VIDEO)

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If you are not familiar with Robert Reich, now is the time to familiarize yourself. The first reason is because he’s incredibly intelligent and informative. The second reason is that he might be running for President.

Let me just put this out there: I am NOT ready for Hillary “Wall Street” Clinton. I don’t care for her. And I think Elizabeth Warren can do far more good in the Senate than in the White House. I’d love to see Bernie Sanders as President, and he’ll run if we the people (NOT the Kochs and the Corporations) $upport him in a grassroots, boots on the ground campaign.

But back to Robert Reich.  Yesterday this was his status update:

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I like Robert Reich as much as I like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. He isn’t afraid of anyone. Like Sanders and Warren, he isn’t afraid to call out Democratsincluding President Obama–as well as Republicans and anyone that is doing the country or the world harm.

He spells out how the economic recovery is anemic and why, while offering suggestions on how he might do things differently–given the opportunity. He’s not just blathering, he’s pointing how we’re getting screwed by the gross inequalities along with viable options and solutions.

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He has knowledge: He is currently a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and a Senior Fellow at Blum Center for Developing Economies. And he has some interesting insights on education in today’s world.

He has political experience: He was the Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration–when the economy and incomes were very good.

And…

He has a plan: A plan that benefits the greater good, not just the already wealthy few.

Check his documentary “Inequality For All

And

WATCH his interview with Bill Moyers:

 

You can follow Robert Reich on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook. Inform yourselves on all the potential candidates. Doing thins like voting for woman simply because of gender, or voting “straight red” or “straight blue”, is irresponsible and silly. Democrats run as Republicans and vice versa. And just because someon has anatomy similar to yours doesn’t make them the right person for the job.

Inform yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter and here on my blog!  You’ll be glad you did this too!

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Madison Bumgarner Is 100% STUD; Fells Tree With Bare Hands (VIDEO)

Madison Bumgarner, badass pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, made a commercial for Carhartt on his ranch in North Carolina. A ranch he purchased after he got his $2million bonus as the first round draft pick, with his high school sweetheart and now-wife Ali.

He loves the smell of the ranch, telling USA Today’s “For The Win“:

“We’ve got a lot of horses, and they have a very distinct smell about them. Anybody out there that owns them knows what I’m talking about. You miss that, and the smell of the woods, the grass, the creeks. All the different smells that you don’t get a chance to be around living downtown somewhere.

We’re outdoorsy type people. Sometimes we go work for fun, and we enjoy doing it. I’m not in ranching for the money, for sure. It’s just a lifestyle that I enjoy living.”

He says that working with his hands and keeping them tough is important for baseball too, keeping his hand-eye coordination sharp. The King of Snot Rockets impresses.

WATCH him chop down a tree with his bare hands:

 

 

 

 

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Georgetown, Texas: 1st In The State To Go 100% Renewable Energy

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Georgetown, Texas signed a 25 year contract with SunEdison for 150 megawatts of solar power beginning 2016. SunEdison will be building the solar farm in West Texas to meet the solar needs of Georgetown.

One megawatt of solar power can power as many as 100 homes on the hottest days. On milder days, it can power more than twice that number.

Georgetown also signed a 25 year contract for 144 megawatts of wind power that will be harnessing the wind from a farm outside of Amarillo.

Citing their doubts in a future with fossil-based fuels, like coal and gas, they locked in these contracts as cost saving measures as well as their renewability.

Because of the sheer size and number of sunny days, Texas should be the obvious leader in going solar. However, state legislators have provided fewer incentives than any other state, always favoring big oil.

Georgetown will be the only city in the State of Texas that will be relying 100% on renewable solar and wind power, with their own municipally-owned facilities.  Most Texas cities rely on competing energy companies, not all of which offer 100% renewable energy programs.

 

 

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Small Town Learns Sign Language For Hearing Impaired Man (VIDEO)

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With 24/7 access and coverage of all the horrible things that go on in this world, sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the good things people do for each other.

This video shows an entire town learned sign language to help a hearing impaired man, and–truth be told–to help Samsung make a commercial highlighting what they are doing for the hearing impaired.

It’s beautiful:

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Warmonger GOP Senator Sends Open Letter To Iran Attempting To Sabotage Negotiations

Freshman Senator from Arkansas, Tom Cotton, true to his personality had the unbridled nerve to pen an “Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” to let them know that if Congress does not approve of the Obama Administration’s deal, that it would merely be an “executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei.”

This open letter was signed by Cotton, as well as the chamber’s entire party leadership including GOP Presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.  This, in an effort to pressure the President into giving them input on the negotiations as well as discourage Khamenei from signing anything without the GOP having prior consent.

Other GOP Presidential hopefuls, like Rick Perry and Jeb Bush have made it publicly known that they do not support the President’s proposals.  Jeb Bush tells IsraelHayom.com:

I can’t tell you why he is doing this. I think that the important thing, as it relates to our process, is to have the U.S. Senate play a more engaged role and to have bipartisan consensus on what an agreement should look like. A future agreement has to be passed by the U.S. Senate, as any major treaty would. The president has said he was going to do this by executive order, which gives me great concern.

Tom Cotton, who wrote the open letter, was on CNN in January saying, “We have to be on the offense around the world and kill them over there before they have a chance to kill us here,” adding, “The threat around the world is as great as it’s ever been.”

On Morning Joe, he added, “The more we bomb, if we’re killing terrorists, the safer we are.”

At the Heritage Action for America Summit he called for a complete regime change in Iran.  Alan Grayson told Huffington Post, “Senator Cotton is already on his way to marking himself as the premiere warmonger of the 114th Congress. I think this is just the beginning of his efforts to see that we’re involved not just in one war or two wars, but perhaps 15 or 20 wars; that’s the way he’d like to see it.”

You can see a short video clip here.

 Featured image from Arkansas News.

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Judge Rules “Jessica’s Law” Infringes On Rights Of Convicted Sex Offenders

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Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter just retired in January–but not before wrapping up what he started and ruling that, “Blanket enforcement of residency restrictions against these [convicted sex offender] parolees has infringed on their liberty and privacy interests, however limited, while bearing no rational relationship to advancing the state’s legitimate goal of protecting children from sexual predators.”

This is in response to 4 registered sex offenders challenged “Jessica’s Law” saying that it infringed on their rights by restricting where they could live. “Jessica’s Law“, which passed in 2006, gives the state the ability to “detect, track and apprehend sexual offenders. Jessica’s Law prohibits sex offenders that are released from prison to live within 2,000 feet of parks and schools, as well as other restrictions.” This expanded upon “Megan’s Law“, which gave the public online access to sex offenders and their locations, which passed in 2004.

Baxter also determined that, “The residency restrictions place burdens on registered sex offender parolees that are disruptive in a way that hinder their treatment, jeopardizes their health and undercuts their ability to find and maintain employment, significantly undermining any effort at rehabilitation,” and that the limitations on the locations of the convicted sex offenders housing requirements had no rational connection to Jessica’s Law’s original intent.

3 of the 4 convicted sex offenders that were challenging the law were homeless and one lived in a van. The court argued that it is far easier to track an offender with a permanent home address than one who is homeless or transient, living in a vehicle.

As of today, this ruling only immediately applies to San Diego County where less than 3% of multifamily housing is available to convicted sex offenders. However, it is anticipated to eventually be instituted in other densely populated areas.  SFGate reports:

Parolees and their advocates have complained that the 2,000-foot residency restriction excludes ex-offenders from housing in most urban areas, where they would have access to jobs and rehabilitative services, and forces them into the streets. In San Francisco, where virtually all housing is within 2,000 feet of a park or a school, a report in 2010 found that more than 80 percent of paroled sex offenders were homeless.

 

Baxter said that the restrictions violated the sex offenders “basic constitutional right to be free of unreasonable, arbitrary and oppressive official action.”  He went on to say, “The residency restrictions place burdens on registered sex offender parolees that are disruptive in a way that hinder their treatment, jeopardizes their health and undercuts their ability to find and maintain employment, significantly undermining any effort at rehabilitation.”

Reuters reports this ruling is

“…an opportunity for sex offenders in other major California cities to challenge the restrictions based on similar arguments.

A spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the agency was reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision.”

 

Although he is officially considered retired, Baxter continues to work on cases that he participated in that originated before his retirement.

 

Featured Image via SCPR.org

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