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Blissful Bottom Line: Marijuana: Let the Colorado Green Rush Proceed

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

The Rocky Mountain Legal Doobie Debut numbers are in -- and the pot of gold that was hoped for in Colorado's Green Rush did indeed appear at the end of the Recreational Use Revenue rainbow. A chillin' 34 million dollars (presumably much in highly-scented sacks of even colder cash) blew into the State of Colorado's coffers from the sales of marijuana -- sin-taxxed to the max -- in the virgin legalized retail month of January.

For a speedy gauge, the combined tax revenue sales of clothing, shoes and furniture scuppered in for the same period was just shy of double of them there cannabis tax cash millions! Washington state will soon make economic history when their own elevated pot revenues stream in to impress skeptical bean counters.

Bud Tender Dan Ericson, left, fills an order in Denver. LATimes image

Bud Tender Dan Ericson, left, fills an order in Denver. LATimes image

Where else are you going to come up with upwards of a million in legal revenues A DAY, 48 idiot (including many in Broke Ass territory) states that are still for all intents under Prohibition?

Colorado will be reinvesting a large share of their Mary Jane Monies into the best interests of a wildly needy population: their schoolchildren. Appears that these immodest sums will add up a tad faster than the mighty admirable Box Top$ For Education campaign. As far as good old capitalism goes, here's your sign of a bullish bud future: the First Family of Weed, featured on [msnbc's fair-haired new hope of a lad] 'Ronan Farrow Daily' on Tuesday.

It'd also be great to know that when the eldest nephew here in Vermont [which decriminalized down to a ticketed fine in 2013] wants to enjoy a skosh of some rad Alaskan Thunderfvck on the weekend, that it's safe to purchase and no one is going to end up in a jail cell because we Puritans were still glued to the urban myths and Regressive paranoia channels. Man.

Related wag o' the finger? Jerry Brown, WTF is up with the public mellow-harshing, mann?? And Mickey Hart just barely hailed Governor Moonbeam as a hero -- that's Dead Cred, mannn!?!

New York State, however,  is more than a bit behind the high times, Andrew Cuomo only recently gave the grand gubernatorial nod to medical, but having Rx dispensaries and growers in such a key NE state is a mega-win for the Cause. A wowed reporter over at Alternet was actually allowed on some ride-alongs with a high-end bud bike-delivery service that merrily brings ganja to your door in the Big Apple -- called Secret Fleet. The incoming supply pipeline is not optimal. For anybody.

The weed comes to New York on many modes of transportation. “It’s like prohibition,” Brian says. “You ever seen that show ‘Moonshiners’? It’s like that. They’re hiding it in VW vans or putting it in trucks and covering it in manure. Anything they can f**king think of.”

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Raising Minimum Wage Doesn't Hurt Economy -- Ask Washington State

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Whenever you need to test a theory, it's best to look at history and see if there's something you can learn from it. It seems Republicans haven't taken the time to do their homework. They just have categorically declared war on the working class stiffs who are stuck with minimum wage jobs. Saying"no" for them is easier than saying "why not?"

So what are the facts about raising the minimum wage and how will it hurt us -- as the GOP town criers warn us? Perhaps a look at Washington State which has the highest minimum wage in the country will shed some light.

Let's look at Bloomberg:

When Washington residents voted in 1998 to raise the state’s minimum wage and link it to the cost of living, opponents warned the measure would be a job-killer.

You may be wondering how that worked out. 1998 is over 15 years ago. That's surely enough time for the experiment to provide definitive results:

In the 15 years that followed, the state’s minimum wage climbed to $9.32 -- the highest in the country. Meanwhile job growth continued at an average 0.8 percent annual pace, 0.3 percentage point above the national rate. Payrolls at Washington’s restaurants and bars, portrayed as particularly vulnerable to higher wage costs, expanded by 21 percent. Poverty has trailed the U.S. level for at least seven years.

Whoa there, all you GOP Chicken Littles. The sky didn't fall in? Payrolls expanded as did job growth. Poverty has fallen. The economy of the state didn't collapse. Mass destruction and corruption didn't reign supreme? How could the Boehners, Cantors, and Paul Ryans of the world be so wrong? They're part of the Republican hate machine.

How else do you describe their refusal to pass unemployment insurance extensions while 2 million are refused aid? How else do you interpret the GOP Conservative stance on not extending citizenship to those already here but without proper papers? If it was good enough for Reagan, why not for them?

So let's let history, not Republican histrionics, rule the day. Boost the minimum wage and let's pass the extension of long-term unemployment benefits. It's time to yell at the mad men in the Republican Party who don't know what they're talking about.

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Monday Links

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A Violinist's Triumph Is Ruined by Thieves

Not a headline, just an interesting article on the history and impact of the Grand Coulee Dam.
The Cost of the Grand Coulee Dam

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Christians Might Be Surprised to Find That Not God, But Men, Decided What They Would Believe

So where do you get water on Mars when you're thirsty? From the red dirt, of course.
Mars water surprise in Curiosity rover soil samples

Pussy Riot's Stars Tossed Out of Pussy Riot

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First She Lied In GOP Reply To SOTU, Now Her Party Turns On Her Ethics

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You know you must really have some enemies when the GOP doesn't have a problem with your blatantly lying in the official party reply to the State of the Union address, but they jump on you for other actions. How heinous can they be?

The seemingly lone Republican female face on that great party of inclusion, the GOP, now has a whistleblower problem. One of Congressperson Cathy McMorris Rodger's (R-Wash.) former aides says she played a little footloose and fancy free (oh, you gotta love those old descriptive slang expressions) with official re-election funds. The aide accuses her of abusing official funds and co-opting them for her personal gain, a committee chairmanship. In case you didn't know, yes, these seats are contested and in many cases bought with promised favors and of course, re-election cash. Who determines who gets them? Ask Speaker John Boehner.

Oh, and here's the kicker to this breaking story: It's not the Democrats who are singling her out for her alleged indiscretions. It's the House Ethics Committee, chaired by Republican, Michael Conaway.

From Politico:

GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces a possible House Ethics Committee investigation over allegations by a former staffer that she improperly mixed campaign and official funds to help win a 2012 House leadership race.

The Office of Congressional Ethics has recommended that the Ethics Committee conduct a full probe into the case.

Well, certainly this is a bit of a stain on the woman who so charmed us so with her skewed, lightly tangential official reply to the President's State of the Union address a few short weeks ago. Until now, this mostly invisible congressperson was only paraded out in the public spotlight when the Republicans wanted to show that they had some members of the female persuasion in their caucus. The lie she told about a woman's insurance premiums going through the roof under Obamacare was instantly jumped on by the press and exposed as a blatant lie. Since that revelation that she wasn't being truthful in her SOTU reply, she had sneaked off (or was banished) to hide out of plain sight. Lay low. Looks like low just hit a new benchmark, in low-ness.

Hmm. I guess it's not just Boehner, Cantor and McConnell in the upper ranks of the GOP hierarchy that have a problem with straight talk and honesty. Maybe McMorris Rodgers is innocent of these charges. But her accuser in this action is a committee dominated by her own party members who are calling her out on this irregularity, an ethics violation.

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Dead, Buried And Now Serving Their Community

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I get a chuckle over mistaken identities. I've been mistaken a number of times for Martin Short -- even to the point that to get rid of these folks so I could eat, I accepted their request for an autograph and finally got to enjoy my wife and kid's company.

Another time, there was someone with the same name as mine, living in the same city, who's name appeared in the obituaries. Rather than read and find out that I wasn't a 72 year old Black man originally from Georgia, these people picked up the phone and called in condolences.  My wife got calls for three days and  laughed about it for even longer.

But that's the thing with mistaken identity. It can be humorous. It can also be the opposite.

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I'm talking about being dead an nobody notices. Think about it. You can't have had that much of an impact on the living if they don't even know when you're gone. So it's with a bit a snide bemusement that I read this coverage of the Washington State election results:

Courtesy of The Seattle Times:

Two candidates in separate races in the state are winning in Tuesday’s election despite being dead.

In Des Moines, John Rosentangle won 71 percent of the vote over write-in candidates in King County Water District 54. The 63-year-old died in August of an illness.

In Aberdeen, John Erak is leading Alan Richrod with 53 percent of the vote in a City Council race. The 81-year-old Erak was a former state representative who died in June shortly after announcing he was running to retain his seat on the council. His current lead is only 12 votes, and the results aren’t final.

Both men died after the filing period closed, and their names could not be removed from ballots.

How sad that neither of these candidates got to live to see their election wins. But please allow me a few snarky comments despite the tragic loss of both individuals. It's meant as a commentary on today's politics,  no disrespect for the individuals.

With these results, its evident that nothing candidates say mean anything, because these people didn't say anything and still won, while tucked away in their sod cabanas.

Candidate Rosentangle won in a landslide. That's helpful when you're going to be buried in a hole, six feet under.

Now in the interest of fair reporting, John Erak hasn't officially been declared the victor, yet. The city council will have to wait as only 12 votes separate the top two vote getters. Is this what they mean by a dead heat?

I doubt if we'll hear Mr. Erak calling for a recount. Now when he registers a vote, it's not for the other side, it's from the other side.

I bet neither candidate voted for himself.

Is casting your mortal coils the same as casting your vote?

Thankfully, both men have been spared making any sort of concession speech. We're still waiting on a victory speech.

Will their swearing in be a candlelight vigil?

I could go on and on, unlike these candidates, but I won't.

Okay, slap my hands. I just couldn't help myself. Bad, bad, David

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What I will not write about today

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Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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What I will not write about today

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Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

See if you sense a theme (I couldn't even bring myself to add commentary this time):

 

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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