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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 11/21/14: Zhane feat Fam - Hey Mr. D.J (1993)

This is probably the kindest DJ request song without cursing out the said DJ. This 1993 classic from Queen Latifah's once lead duo Zhane has served as a smooth party groove song that still is top class to this day.

Although this was the highest point the duo reached, the Naughty by Nature produced track featured an energetic verse from Rottin Razkals rapper Fam that added to this song's greatness. It deserving reached #6 on the Billboard charts and is a fitting choice for today's first flashback Friday video selection.

More to come in The Flashback Fridays in a bit. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Music Wakeup Call For 11/18/14: Sluggah Jells - Clutch (2014)

First main song I'm promoting from me, and it serves as your wakeup call for today. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Election Day 2014 Thread #1 For 11/4/14: More Ballot Initiative Talk (First Version)

To continue off from yesterday, Colorado was left off the list with North Dakota and Tennessee on placing pro-choice under the microscope. The personhood amendment, labeling unborn human beings under the definition of "person" and "child" in the Colorado criminal code, looks set to be sensibly slapped down as polling shows a majority in opposition against it.

Marijuana decriminalization is on the line in Alaska and Oregon, with Florida having "medical marijuana" on the ballot.

On the vital tax ballot measures, Georgia's right wing group is trying to be slick and see that the maximum state income rate is not increased. Unfortunately, many idiots in the middle class are being willing doped and look set to help the rich men keep most of their money as the polls indicate. Also trying to pull a fast one on their middle class and poor is Michigan, as they try to get rid of the personal property tax and likely give a whole corporate giveaway to Rick Snyder and the powerful. And Tennessee Republicans are hell bent on seeing their government be denied the ability to place a tax on earned personal income.

Also of note, Louisiana wants to make tax collectors even more scary, bullying, and annoying by allowing agents to assist in the tax sale process or recovery of tax costs.

Criminal justice measures also warrant key ballot measure attention today. North Carolina has a measure that will or will not allow criminal defendants to waive a jury trial, while New Jersey potentially could place a harsh measure on criminal defendants by placing them in jail for good before their trial. California could take a key step in showing common sense by lowering nonviolent crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Protecting voting rights are key, with Connecticut, Missouri and Montana seeking to expand early voting. Illinois, again, looks to protect the right of anyone to vote in midst of a voter ID law being floated in the state.

Missouri holds the one initiative across the country attacking teachers, with a ballot measure that will determine teacher's pay and raises to their "performance evaluations."

Washington has two ballot measures on the gun issue, with the anti-NRA one requiring background checks for all gun purchases, and the half pro-NRA/anti-NRA one preventing confiscation of firearms without due process and implementation of more extensive background checks than those at the federal level. Washington is also seeking to reduce the students' class size with their school measure helping teachers.

Oregon is seeking to hit at the food giants who don't want them to know what's in their food, with labeling of GMO's on the line today.

(More to add in a bit on these key ballot measures here at TWD). 

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Election Day 2014 Thread #1 For 11/3/14: The Key Ballot Initiatives (Multiple Versions)

Photo from The Olympia Report 

Though the story of the Senate likely falling in the hands of the insane party is getting the top attention, not to be lost in the crucial details of the American nation is Election Day 2014's key ballot measures. With many states once again asking important questions from their citizens, the shape of policies for the next few years across the country will get key answers regarding their future.

The fight for an increase in minimum wage for workers has reached a zenith, with five states placing the future of working class wages on their ballot for a vote. Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota will hopefully see their states make improvements on their workers' wages. Although Arkansas raise is quite pathetic (from $6.25 to $8.50, and only implemented by 2017), all five states look set to pass that common sense measure.

Unfortunately for those on the right and common sensical side of the "women's right to choose" issue (pro-choice for abortion), right wing agendas in North Dakota and Tennessee place it under the microscope once more.

North Dakota will asks its citizens the tired question of whether "life begins at conception," with it seemingly in favor of the anti-choicers. Tennessee is also giving the power to those who want to meddle into a women's personal decision with their measure allowing their legislature the extreme power to strip away from Roe v Wade, including even in cases of rape. The polling is all over the place on Tennessee with the decision firmly in the balance come Tuesday night.

Second Version 

Illinois is the only state where all ballots truly have a defining impact on its state citizens in my mind. Besides minimum wage, a right to vote measure, a crime victim's rights, requiring birth control in all prescription plans, and increasing taxes on millionaires to help fund Illinois' public schools are all important votes that hopefully the states' voters will make the right choices in all of them.

(More to come in this thread about the key ballot initiatives on Election Day 2014, unofficially sponsored by the good folks at Ballotpedia.)

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