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  1. Common Sense says:

    Happy New Year to All!…..it should be an interesting January 2018. The ongoing Investigation should continue to take the headlines with the Admin’s top priority to deflect and project. We still have at least 4-5 sealed indictments yet and let us not forget about indictment “A” that has not been opened up yet.

    The left says…..”Lock him up”…..the right says “It’s all a conspiracy by the left”….. time will tell and it just may be that 17% that end up making the call out of #45’s base! The 15% will not change their opinion….regardless of what #45 does!

    Once 45’s numbers dip below 30% there will be a re-evaluation and talk about the Mid Terms…..then things really should get interesting. What could possibly make his numbers dip below 30%?….. a Tape…..released in the near future of some events that happened in Russia years ago…… It’s called….Kompromat.

  2. cheyenne says:

    Happy New Year all. In California the sale of recreational marijuana will bring in millions, maybe billions in taxes. In Wyoming there was an 800% increase, that is not a misprint Wyofile confirms it, in oil/gas leases sold last year so 2018 will be a fracking good year. I have already seen that here in Cheyenne. Also Boeing, AT&T, Bancorp, Wells Fargo and many other businesses have said they will raise employee wages because of the savings they will receive from the new tax bill.

  3. Common Sense says:

    Cryptocurrencies ….just a fad or a way to Wealth? I gave Tim a Tip about 3 weeks ago on Stellar Lumens (XLM)…….I am up 500% since then…….hoping others are beginning to see it’s not just Bitcoin that can lead to gains.

    There is a short window into the pennies as I call them…..remember Bitcoin was .00001 when it first started out….today….its around $13,400.

    While most Penny Crypto’s won’t ever become a Bitcoin in value….Bitcoin is limited by its Technology and the only reason it is a household word is because it was the first!

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/02/theres-a-new-hottest-coin-of-2018-so-far-stellar.html

    To your Wealth and Timing!

  4. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

    That’s our President Donald J. Trump’s tweet from yesterday.

    While everyone seems to be concerned about the infantile nuclear brinksmanship, my thoughts are centered on a question: Is “Nuclear Button” Trump’s euphemism for micropenis?

  5. Common Sense says:

    Yuba and Siskiyou Counties have similar problems. Will Shasta and Lassen and others follow also by saying NO to 64? It was pretty simple folks…..didn’t take a Rocket Scientist to figure it out….when you say NO not in my backyard ( No to Prop 64) you have No state money to clean up or abate these illegal grows! No Government Grants from the State and NO tax money!

    http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/california-weed/article192665729.html

    So Shasta County…What is your Plan to Offset the Lost Millions in Tax Revenues? What is your Plan to get the money to clean up these Illegal Grows/environmental issues in our County? What is your Plan to create Jobs….the Jobs lost by saying NO? and last but not least….What is your plan to replace the Lost Millions in State Grants??? We are Waiting….

    We will be seeing more Consequences to the just say NO attitude…..meanwhile in Colorado…..tax money is flowing….unemployment is down and tourism is up…..amazing!

  6. Tim says:

    Redding’s K-Mart will close in April, just one more in a long line of closings from Sears Holding Company. The beleaguered retail company has not posted a profit since 2011 and has been shedding stores and assets to fund continuing operations.

    Total store count will drop to 940, down from 3,510 six years ago. Redding’s Sears survived this latest round, though its long term outlook remains bleak. Chico’s Sears and Eureka’s Kmart both closed last year…

  7. Common Sense says:

    Well here we are….the first week into the new year and we can throw out the word “Collusion”. It was a good word explaining some of the crimes against our Country but now we have a more Poignant word to start talking about….”Treason”. Thank you Steve Bannon for bringing this word to light so the many that have doubled down can now start to process what is coming….. Denial….it can be strong at times.

    What’s next on Fox News? REPORTER ” ….is Treason….such a bad thing……and what if he Did ummm do some things… umm …..would that really matter….should it really matter….. I mean….we all know…..well at least those of us with severe Cognitive Dissonance….that it was the Liberals that engineered this whole thing….right…it was Hillary….and Comey….and the Libs….yeah….that was it….and those emails…from 5 years ago…and….. the Little Elf Sessions and…..

    Tick…..Tick

  8. cheyenne says:

    Here we are finishing the first week in 2018. Already the residents of east Cheyenne have protested about the increase of fracking truck traffic racing down their residential streets. In Colorado the battle between rural and urban areas over fracking just keeps getting more intensive. Last year there was an 800% increase of oil/gas leases in Wyoming. Mineral extraction, a double edged sword, in Wyoming and Colorado, including coal, is rebounding because of less cost, IE; less labor. Fewer jobs means less nomads from out of state to take jobs that are going to locals. The Trump train is rolling down the tracks creating well paying jobs and bringing in much tax dollars to the horror of Democrats. Lighthouse Coal, which already exports coal to Asia through Canadian ports, is once again suing Washington state to open a coal export terminal in Seattle only this time they are being joined by unions who are tired of losing union jobs to Canada. Have the Democrats lost the union support?
    Who will stop the Trump train? Steve Bannon who is backing Kelli Chemtrail Ward in Arizona and Rex Rammell in Wyoming who says the only way to save America is for the states to take over federal lands. What’s next for Bannon, declaring the Bundys the new Camelot family? Steve Bannon has zero credibility.
    Tick…..Tick When will the Democrats wake up?

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Almost every state in the Intermountain West is booming, with growing populations, except one: Wyoming. Dead last in the United States in terms of percent population loss, whereas neighbor Idaho is #1 in population gain.

      The culprit is Wyoming’s dogged determination to keep nearly all of its economic eggs in the hydrocarbon extraction basket. Meanwhile, neighboring states like Idaho, Colorado, Montana and Utah continue to diversify their economies. Fear of the unfamiliar and bull-headed stubbornness delivering economic stagnation. Sound familiar, Shasta County?

      • cheyenne says:

        Steve, the areas in Wyoming that are losing population are the coal areas where the nomad outsiders were. These were not native Wyomingites but nomad energy workers. Here in southeast Wyoming population is increasing for two reasons. Denver refugees are moving in because of high prices in the front range. A real estate article in the Denver Post pointed that out. The second reason is fracking is going gung ho here and northern Colorado. Mineral extraction is still going on but with cheaper costs, less labor.
        KBeck, We are leaving Wyoming because of the high altitude not because of air quality. Cheyenne, according to the American Lung Association, is the #1 cleanest air city in the nation and Wyoming is the cleanest air state. This is threatened by the over populating Colorado front range as their air is getting dirtier and creeping into Wyoming.

    • K. Beck says:

      Are you the person who is leaving Wyoming because your wife cannot breathe there? Yet you tout coal mining/burning?…like the idea of numerous big rigs burning diesel on residential streets? Odd, seems to me. Enjoy your ride on the Trump Train!

  9. cheyenne says:

    In the latest NFL speculation and guessing game is where will Tom Brady, if he is released/quits New England, will end up. He is from San Mateo. Could the Niners, with the Raiders going to Vegas, be his final stop. He says he wants to play until he is 45, that’s four more years.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I think the Niners believe they’re good with what they’ve got. I’ll bet Denver would take Brady in a heartbeat. They won their last Super Bowl with a Payton Manning who was far more washed up than Tom.

      Regardless, my bet would be that Hoody goes before Tom.

  10. Beverly Stafford says:

    I’m posting this in a couple of places so that everyone will know how contrite I am.

    Okay, since I’ve offended about half the of diners on A New Café because of my very poorly worded post which made me sound like a raging racist (I shouldn’t write when I first arise, obviously), I’m going to do penance by forfeiting the Doni-baked treat that I won in the January drawing. I’ll ask Doni to draw a sixth name and present “my” cake to another lucky diner. Mea culpa to all – especially to those who upbraided me.

    • No penance necessary, Beverly. The dessert is yours. It’s a token of my gratitude for your support of aNewsCafe.com. Thank you.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      As one who has put his foot in his mouth numerous times, I think you should follow the advice Clemenza from the movie “The Godfather.”

      “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

  11. Common Sense says:

    Robert Mueller to Potentially Interview #45 in the next 10 days. For a guy that has lied and/or misstated the facts over 1628 times in a year and has a serious mental issue or two….what could possibly good wrong.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/11/14/president-trump-has-made-1628-false-or-misleading-claims-over-298-days/

    You know what they say….always save the best for the last!

    P.S -You only interview the target when you are at the :End of the Investigation….. Indictment “A”….here we come!

  12. K. Beck says:

    I just saw this clip, priceless:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/13/bible-talk-with-jake-tapper-leaves-roy-moores-spokesman-speechless/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_with_top_mostshared_3_na&utm_term=.01aa5a2ee83b

    I ran for elected office (Delegate to CA Dem Party) a few times and was required to swear allegiance to the US Constitution. There were no religious books anywhere to be found. Of course, this was sort of the bottom of the political barrel, but none-the-less.

  13. K. Beck says:

    • Quotation of the day (NYT)

    “It’s sort of an America-last tax policy. We are basically saying that if you earn in the U.S., you pay X, and if you earn abroad, you pay X divided by two.”

    — Kimberly Clausing, an economist, describing how the new federal tax law could actually make it attractive for American multinational companies to put more assembly lines on foreign soil.

  14. cheyenne says:

    And while #45 appears to be a blithering idiot the Trump train is on the move.
    Reorganizing the interior depts. and moving them out of DC into the interior should have been done long ago. Denver real estate is sky high but the BLM offices will find cheaper diggings there.
    WalMart is joining AT&T, Bankcorp, Boeing, Wells Fargo and others in raising employees wages and benefits because of the tax savings from the GOP tax plan. Warren Buffet is investing in west Phoenix real estate because of positive business incentives from Trump.
    A new requirement that able bodied Medicaid recipients work is in the works. Shasta County does not need to worry as they are in California and this requirement will let each state decide on their own and California would never force it’s poor to work.
    Even when they screw up, as Sessions did with his attack on MJ, there is a positive result coming. With every single public official in Colorado and many other states protesting against Sessions the general consensus is that DC will finally resolve the MJ classification, not kick the can down the road like Obama did.
    The Trump train rolls on. Hopefully they will lose some of the real idiots on the tracks. Idiots like former Sheriff Arpaio who wants to become Senator Arpaio and stated today that President Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Cheyenne — Kick the can down the road like Obama did? Nah. Obama did what he could do……he made enforcement of federal laws against growing, possessing, and selling MJ a zero priority (except for growing it on federal land). It was Congress that did nothing—it’s only Congress now that can change the law.

      Where would you set the odds of the current Congress acting to put the legal status of MJ in the hands of the states, relative to the next Congress (which will likely be much more Democratic following a huge anti-Trump backlash)? I’ll go with 2 in 10 (20%) for the current Congress, and 8 in 10 (80%) for the next.

      • Common Sense says:

        Good point Steve! Obama’s hands would have been tied had he tried to do anything other than what he did. The Trillion Dollar “War on Drugs” has been an Abysmal Failure…. but Sessions hasn’t been able to work through his “Cognitive Dissonance” on the topic….and quite frankly….never will!

        With the RX industry sitting at around a $550 Billion Dollar a year Cash Machine……legalizing a plant that can cut into their profits in a BIG way is not coming anytime soon….there is just TOO much money at stake!

        I laugh Everytime I hear the war cry….”we need to find the cure for Cancer”!
        Donate now….NO….we need to Legalize the Cure for Cancer…..we HAVE the cure…..

      • cheyenne says:

        If only Congress can change MJ laws what is the uproar over Sessions announcement about. He is not Congress. And I think the Democrats are going to be caught clueless again, like in the 2016 election, because they think the 2018 elections are already over in their favor.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          Cheyenne — Sessions is the Attorney General—the top law enforcement official in the Executive Branch. The Executive Branch doesn’t make law, but it gets to decide how to prioritize its agendas and resources while enforcing the law. The Obama administration said that it would not prioritize enforcement of federal law regarding marijuana in states that had legalized it. Sessions—an old-school “Reefer Madness” zealot on the topic—gets to set the agenda for the Trump Administration because his boss isn’t interested in leadership or governing.

          Trump is too much of an imbecile to see how this violates the “states rights” advocacy of his own party, and too self-absorbed to contemplate how deeply unpopular this will be among the libertarian and younger members of his party, particularly in states like Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon that are still in play for the Republicans (for now). Trump is focused on spending his days on Twitter, redressing perceived slights and hurling witless insults.

          • cheyenne says:

            Steve, in 1996 California voted in legal MMJ. Over twenty years later, despite President Obama’s meaningless kick the can down the road memo I have read posted on these very pages how Shasta County has used federal funds to go after legal MJ growers like the Bennos. All Obama did was make a grey area greyer with his memo.
            Now, even Republicans who were against legal MJ like Coffman of Colorado are the biggest supporters of legal MJ. The nation is divided about taxes, immigration, the ACA, climate change but not legal MJ, the majority want it. Almost all the states, including Wyoming and Utah, have legalized some form of legal MJ. The ball is in Congress’s court now and the backlash about Sessions meaningless executive order, which almost every state has refused to honor, will lead to the feds reclassifying MJ. Why is it so hard for you to believe this? Are you so blinded by Trump hatred that you can’t see the obvious? This is not an insult to you as I know you are a reasonable person. Be a little optimistic and not so pessimistic.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Cheyenne — Obama’s policy wasn’t meaningless. If it had been meaningless, there would be no reason for AG Sessions to reverse it, no heartburn in places like Colorado about what that reversal will mean, and no backlash.

            The federal government still provides block grants to the states for drug enforcement. That the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office chooses to use that money to go after growers who flout our onerous zoning regulations regarding MJ cultivation is Shasta County business, not the doing of the feds. That said, I have zero problem with the State Water Quality Control Board and the Sheriff’s Office enforcing state laws (e.g., going after illegal water diverters/polluters).

            I’m more guarded than you are about federal reclassification of MJ. Many in Congress still has that “Reefer Madness” mentality. It’s not hard for me to believe that MJ wlll be reclassified by the feds, but that reclassification has been due for about 50 years and its status has survived both GOP- and Demo-majority congresses. But following the mid-term election “F*** Trump” landslide that’s coming, I’m cautiously optimistic that Congress will vote to leave the matter up to the states.

            However, even if a majority Demo Congress passes such a bill, the Toddler-in-Chief would still have to sign it into law. Right there is the source of my continued pessimism. If Sessions and extreme right-wing congressmen get in his ear before others, it’s over before it starts. We saw that recently with DACA.

  15. Common Sense says:

    Average Monthly #Job Gains
    -by year

    •2017: 171,000
    •2016: 187,000
    •2015: 226,000
    •2014: 250,000
    •2013: 192,000
    •2012: 179,000
    •2011: 174,000
    •2010: 88,000#JobsReport

    Yes, Obama DID do a good job with jobs in hindsight….

  16. Common Sense says:

    Diane Feinstein had enough…now everyone can see why the GOP didn’t want this released…..Oooopppsss!

    https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/3/9/3974a291-ddbe-4525-9ed1-22bab43c05ae/934A3562824CACA7BB4D915E97709D2F.simpson-transcript-redacted.pdf

    Fusion GPS is still working on this topic…..the question is….who is still paying them?

  17. Common Sense says:

    Why Jeff Sessions might have just put a nail in the Republican Coffin for the 2018 Midterms!

    Sessions is caught up still in the Reefer Madness Movies and thinking. The American People have Changed Their minds on the topic. By going Backwards on what the People Want…..this will surely not help the GOP in the Midterms.

    When the Majority of Republicans (51%) in American Now Want Cannabis Legalized and you still have the Dem’s (74%) want it legalized you can see the tidal wave forming in the Ocean….

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/25/politics/marijuana-legalization-republicans-poll/index.html

    Heck in Shasta County….The Board of Supervisors can’t even keep up with what their Country’s OWN Constituents want!!

    Get out and Vote when the time comes Folks…….that’s all I can say……

    • cheyenne says:

      Sessions MJ position will finally get the government to legalize, officially, MJ. They predict, in The Cannabis, legal MJ will bring in $125 billion in taxes and create one million jobs. No more past practice, kick the can down the road policies of President Obama. As far as Shasta County, they are in the same limbo as other states and counties, MJ is illegal in the fed’s eyes. Once the Trump administration legalizes MJ the Obama grey rules will be gone and there will be no more reasons to not bring MJ mainstream. And there are a lot more than 51% of Republicans that want it legalized. Being hesitant to legalize MJ rules because of the feds views is not against it but being cautious.

  18. Common Sense says:

    Todays Keywords – Money Laundering…..now we know why the Harsh Racist Haiti comments!

    “The Haitian government claimed in the 1980s that ousted dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier laundered stolen treasury funds when he bought Trump Tower apartment 54-K for $446,875 in August 1983

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/thomasfrank/secret-money-how-trump-made-millions-selling-condos-to

  19. K. Beck says:

    Juan Cole on “The U.S. Role in Turning Counties into “S*******s”

    Or, perhaps, more concisely: Trump throwing red meat to his constituents.

    https://www.truthdig.com/articles/u-s-role-turning-countries-shitholes/

  20. Dear ones, if you’ve never played Robert Burke’s reviews, today is a classic example of this young man’s wit and knowledge about movies. In this review he lists the worst movies of 2017, but not only is it a list, but a comprehensive break-down of what got each movie on his list.

    Personally, I like to play his review as I’m cooking or puttering around. He always makes me laugh, and he always teaches me something about movies. I forget that he’s a teenager. This guy knows his stuff!

    Enjoy!

    https://anewscafe.com/2018/01/13/roberts-reviews-roberts-worst-films-of-2017/#comment-185501

    • dawnie says:

      sounds good – will check it out – love His intro “Hello Clever People” – Young People have fresh ideas – they ought to be celebrated – encouraged – after all they are the next generation

  21. Tim says:

    The State of Jefferson movement is roiling after the “official” SOJ messenger took up a position against the legalization of Marijuana. I’ve never understood why many SOJ supporters want to pervert the movement with their particular brand of politics when almost everyone can get behind the single-issue of adequate representation for a geographically different region…

  22. dawnie says:

    I hate Weed – I hate Greed – my Nephew was incinerated and died in a fiery inferno in a bathroom in Chico making “Honey Oil” using tetrahydrocannabinol aka Marijuana – so there is that – just my 2 cents

  23. Common Sense says:

    Seems pretty “Stormy” around the big ol White House….Steve Bannon will be Singing like a Bird….he has cut a deal already. We have two Grand Jury’s now…one for Jr and one for Kushner…..oh…the Party….It’s just getting warmed up! Or as Stormy might say….the flxxf girl is done now…time for the main event.

    There’s still just a LITTLE time left if anyone wants to Quadripple down??….Cheyenne….anyone? R.V?

    Tick….tick….Boom….. is next

    • cheyenne says:

      Steve Bannon has zero credibility. Nobody believes what he says. He is not even last years news anymore. The Trump train is rolling down the track faster than Trump can tweet. The workers are getting raises from the greedy corporations. The US is primed, double edged sword, to become the third most oil producing nation. Wyoming, like other mineral states, has seen its income grow because of the mineral extraction, along with wind investments. If the Democrats don’t pay attention 2018 and 2020 will be like 2014 and 2016.
      It’s not tick tick anymore. It is clackety clack, clackety, clack.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Mueller not forcing Bannon to testify to a grand jury makes it likely that Bannon has agreed to sing. If what Bannon sings appears to be evasive, Mueller can always drag Bannon before the grand jury later. There, Bannon can plead the 5th to his heart’s content. I don’t know why he wouldn’t rather just sing in exchange for immunity. Bottom line, Mueller’s reputation is that he’s a brilliant and meticulous investigator, and I doubt he’s running down blind alleys just for the hell of it.

        This all seems headed toward the Trump clan being involved in Russian money laundering, and being willing to accept assistance from the Russians during the election that at the very least involved seeking trash on Hillary, and may have involved collusion in more serious election meddling. Worst case, the Russians have the goods on Trump (possibly something far worse than the “pee tape” being real), and the Trump clan are being blackmailed by the Russian government.

        Here are three things that are indisputably true at this point:

        1. Russians connected to the Kremlin interfered in our election—that according to our own intelligence community, and verified by the intelligence agencies of key allies.

        2. Trump has not had a single cabinet meeting to address Russian meddling in our elections—verified attacks on our sovereignty that Trump chooses to deny as “bogus” and “fake news,” and ignore.

        3. Trump, on nearly a daily basis, attacks our own media, verifiable facts, and objective reality in the ways normally reserved for despots. Shamefully, his “fake news” dog whistle is now being used by other despotic leaders around the globe.

        • cheyenne says:

          Despite all this the Trump Train keeps rolling along. Why, because the economy is booming. The financial pages stated that on-line holiday purchases set a new record as did in store purchases. People feel confident about the economy so they are spending more. Many companies have announced higher wages in the future. And as these companies boost higher profits that means their stock holders get more dividends and who are those stock holders? A large portion of them are public pension funds which will increase their investments and halt the looming pension crisis. I am optimistic about the future as the majority of Americans are.
          Clackety Clack, Clackety Clack.

          • Common Sense says:

            LOL…Despite all that…. ( I don’t want to hear facts)…… Tick Tick….

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            One year in, and one major piece of legislation passed—a tax overhaul that overwhelmingly favors the über-rich and will add $1.5 trillion to the federal debt and stimulate an economy that didn’t need stimulating because it was already cooking.

            Other than that, all of Trump’s legislative efforts have cratered, hard. There is high anxiety about the likelihood of war—this time one that could cause millions of deaths. Additional anxiety because we have a POTUS who every day fans the flames of divisiveness, makes America the object of scorn and scoffing, and is obsessed with one thing only: his image. An image that is shabby at best—he has record low approval ratings that drop further with each passing survey.

            Consumer confidence? After rising each year during the Obama administration to reach the highest level in 17 years (when it peaked toward the end of Clinton’s tenure), it went down last month. The decline in confidence was fueled by a somewhat less optimistic outlook for business and job prospects in the coming months.

            The kind of optimism you’re experiencing regarding the Trump Train goes by other names, and it’s not widely held.

        • Common Sense says:

          Steve, your Critical Thinking Skills are top notch!… Bannon didn’t want to give the House any good info as Devin Nunes is a Trump Puppet and would give them a heads up on how to try and stop the missile that is heading towards them.

          Bannon is doing a Sit down One on One with Mueller….a Tell all….THAT is where the rubber will meet the road….he’s going to spill it ALL.

          Election Collusion aside…..we are looking at some pretty Serious Financial Crimes at this point….follow the money they say….The Russians Wired payoffs to Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak and many others just after the rigged election was won…and they did that through a US Bank…..which Mueller now has records of…..follow the $$.

          And of Course, Cheyenne knows all this…..as we supposedly read the same info according to earlier comments….lol

          Financial Crimes/Obstruction of Justice……a Given now…..the rest….time will tell. Impeachment takes time and a Congress is on board….when 45’s numbers dip down in the high twenties….All Bets are OFF….they will move to oust him. Until then….lets through some more kids off health insurance and come up with a plan to cut SS/Medicaid……we have to free up some money to pay for those Tax Cuts for the Rich and Corps!…oh and throw some more people out of our Country…..

      • K. Beck says:

        …just waiting for the derailment!

  24. Common Sense says:

    Republican Senator Jeff Flake calls it the Way it Is…..Good to see a Real Patriot!

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jeff-flake-full-transcript-speech-senate-floor-trump-sustained-attack-on-press/

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      It’s amazing what a conservative Republican senator will say right out loud when he no longer has to pander to a constituency of Arizona idiots, or follow the lead of the Toddler-in-Chief.

      And then there’s the two GOP senators who flat-out lied about what they heard from Trump during the DACA meeting in the White House.

  25. Common Sense says:

    Form Drug Manufacturing Giant Lilly Executive (Alex Azar) Slated to be in charge of HHS ….any guess where Your RX prices are going?

    This is the same Republican Senate Finance Committee that took $7 Million from Big Pharma….

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/senate-panel-approves-hhs-nominee-alex-azar/article/2646211

    • cheyenne says:

      Most RX prices, the ones used by the majority of people, are driven by market conditions. That is why WalMart sells most prescriptions because they are cheaper. When I switched from Albertsons to King Soopers my RX costs dropped. The expensive ones are the experimental rare ones. If there is a future RX price raise it will be because MMJ is legalized and the insurance companies will have to pay for them.

  26. cheyenne says:

    One of the facts I see missing by the posters on here is how the new tax bill will benefit craft brewers by reducing their excise tax by 50%. I would think that would be highlighted on here where posters often talk about quality of wine and beer and there is a craft beer columnist.

  27. Common Sense says:

    If that is what it looks like when you take Ambien and golf twice a week and Lie a lot…..I think I will pass!

    Sarah Palin is starting to look really good now……

    The Republicans Control the Senate and House and the Whitehouse…..Blaming a Shut down on the Dems is a JOKE!……Can’t even avoid a shutdown …..Pathetic!…..It’s called Deflection….

  28. cheyenne says:

    Why is Big Pharma spending so much on politicians? Because they want legal MJ. Why, because it is a billion dollar industry and they want their slice, probably the biggest slice. According to one poster on here, and what I have read in the Colorado newspapers, the health benefits of marijuana have already been proven. With this proof Big Pharma could get MJ health products approved without years more of testing. But, only with a GOP president and Congress who would look at the taxes, jobs and a positive health outlook and pass it. If the timid Democrats get in there they will want more testing. Will this harm the environment, will it harm the water, will it harm the quality of life and MJ approval will languish in a grey area for years.
    And where would Big Pharma build a production center? Stillwater Park would be the ideal location. Near the airport and I5 for distribution and close to suppliers. I don’t care what anybody says, Humboldt Bud is the best organic MJ around. And Big Pharma has more money than God and could overcome any local opposition.
    CS, your Trump hatred is clouding your vision of the obvious.
    Clackety Clack, Clackety Clack.

  29. Common Sense says:

    I don’t hate 45. I feel very sorry for #45…he has many issues.

    The only way that Big Pharma would venture into this realm is with it Legalized at the Federal Level. If that were to happen….they would have to jump in…as their profits would go down tremendously once everyone were using it to treat the Myriad of things it helps or cures.

    I totally agree that Stillwater is the Most Logical place to have an Industrial Park of Ag Companies….producing quality products….employing hundreds if not thousands potentially…and the tax money….can be used.
    If the RX companies wanted it Legalized…..it would have been a long time ago! With Valuation at $550 Billion….they can buy off just about Any Politician…..obviously! They have been fighting it year after year as they don’t want the competition….but they will have to succumb when it finally is Legalized at the Federal Level….they will have no choice at the point….they have Stock Holders!

    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/if-cannabis-can-kill-incurable-brain-cancer-why-it-criminalized

  30. Gary Tull says:

    Individual Privacy
    One of Trump’s worst judges just handed down his first opinion — and it’s awful.
    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/01/john-k-bushs-opinion-in-peffer-v-stephens-is-truly-awful.html

    • K. Beck says:

      …might be just the tip of the ice berg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_K._Bush

      He is chair of the Louisville chapter of the Federalist Society.[8][9] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_Society

      Federal judicial service[edit]
      On May 8, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Bush to the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit vacated by Judge Danny Julian Boggs who took senior status on February 28, 2017.[5][6][10] A hearing on his nomination before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary was held on June 14, 2017.[11] On a questionnaire submitted to the committee, Bush acknowledged that between 2007 and 2016, he had pseudonymously authored approximately 400 blog posts on Elephants in the Bluegrass, a blog founded by his wife, Bridget.[12] His blog posts espoused conservative political views and expressed opposition to gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, public financing of political campaigns, and the idea of trying terrorists in civilian courts.[13][14] Bush also compared abortion to slavery, calling the topics “the two greatest tragedies in our country.”[14] When questioned about his blogging during his judicial nomination process, Bush said that “my personal views are irrelevant to the position for which I have been nominated” and that “Blogging is a political activity. It is not appropriate to bring politics to the bench.”[15] On July 19, 2017, the Senate voted in favor of cloture by a vote of 51-48.[16] On July 20, 2017, the United States Senate voted 51-47 to confirm him.[17] He received his judicial commission on July 21, 2017.

  31. K. Beck says:

    More on homeless housing:

    Is Redding applying for any of this HUD money? Of course, I would suspect they would have to present a plan.

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-gets-an-extra-9-million-from-feds-to-fight-12491884.php
    SF gets an extra $9 million from feds to fight homelessness this year
    By Kevin Fagan Updated 4:34 pm, Thursday, January 11, 2018

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Sheds-for-homeless-in-Oakland-are-proving-to-be-a-12502634.php?t=5909165205
    Sheds for homeless in Oakland are proving to be a useful tool
    By Otis R. Taylor Jr. Updated 6:00 am, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  32. Common Sense says:

    Clackety Clack, Clackety Clack and then the Barn Fell down! The Last time the Government shut down it cost the US $24 Billion Dollars! So let us look at the 2013 shut down and some tweets about it from our current President via Twitter-

    Obama and the Democrats want this shutdown.They think it helps their electoral prospects in 2014- Don’t Believe it! – Donald Trump – Oct 1st 2013
    ———————————————————————————————————————–
    My sense is that people are far angrier at the President than they are at Congress re the shutdown—an interesting turn!

    1:05 PM – Oct 7, 2013

    Donald Trump
    —————————————————————————————————————–
    But of course he will deny he ever tweeted that!

    Washington Post/ABC News Poll -Jan 15-18 2018

    Trump and Republicans are responsible for the shut down- 48% of Americans Agree with this.

    Democrats are responsible for the shut down- 28% of Americans Agree with this.

    Neither-1%

    No Opinion -5%
    —————————————————————————————————
    That large wave out in the Ocean that is starting to Rise up……keep your eye on that for the Midterms!

  33. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Remember when Obama putting his feet on his desk in the Oval Office was considered by many to be an outrageous breach of presidential etiquette?

    Man, I miss the naiveté of those days. We were young and knew nothing.

    • Common Sense says:

      Hahaha….I spit my coffee out….shame on you Steve!

      So Explain to me once again….The W.H is all Republican…..The Senate is Republican Controlled….the House is Controlled by the Republicans and the Shut down is the Dem’s Fault?…LOL …Your Hypocrisy is noted!

      Dougie La Milfa says the Dems did this…What a piece of work this guy is…..I noticed that KRCR turned off the comments on his statement of an Alternative nature
      ( failing to mention it’s his OWN party that couldn’t come together and make it happen) …..and KRCR…by the way your new Horrendous Website is NOT secure! Slanted Journalism at its finest….thank God Anewscafe lets Both sides share their views!!

      Let us all remember….Alternative Facts are not facts at all…they are LIES!

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      I have a t-shirt with this statement:

      Remember back when
      Sarah Palin was the
      craziest person in politics?
      GOOD TIMES!

      • Beverly Stafford says:

        The above comment was supposed to follow Steve’s but posted here instead.

      • Common Sense says:

        LOL….yep…good times….. I think things will get a bit Stormy er before we hit Bottom! The Great Enema….that is precisely what is happening right now….It’s not going to be pretty when it all goes down….tick tick tick

  34. cheyenne says:

    A budget to keep American workers working is scuttled because of no protections for illegal workers. That makes no sense.

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      And to top that, while Federal workers are being “furloughed” (read: laid off) and National Parks are being closed, the geniuses in Congress will still receive paychecks.

    • Common Sense says:

      Yeah…why is that the Republicans that have a majority can’t all stick together?

    • Common Sense says:

      Maybe ask the 5 Republicans that voted NO on their own parties plan?

      • Tim says:

        The House passed the continuing resolution with ease. The Senate vote was 50-49 along party lines (60 votes needed for budget measures). McCain was absent (with some speculation he is on his deathbed), but every other Senate Republican voted for the resolution.

        So it was the Democrats who shut down the government, and the only real sticking point was the fate of Obama’s legislation-by-executive order known as DACA. That may have been a principled vote, but it was a stupid one. Trump won swing voters in large part by promising to crack down on illegal immigrants. Democrats are risking the mid term elections, mere months away, by shutting down the government to try and make Obama’s flimsy promises to illegal children come true.

  35. cheyenne says:

    In the paper today it was announced all roads, other than those closed by snow, will be open in Rocky Mountain Park. And those laid off federal workers will be paid their back pay when the shutdown is over. Just like other shut downs it is a paid vacation for furloughed workers. One bright side, the person who pushed the wrong button in Hawaii will be furloughed.
    And I will ask the question of all who voted against the budget. Why is an immigration bill included in a budget bill? There was no immigration funding involved.

    • K. Beck says:

      This is called “the way the US Government Works.” If Congress can’t get what it wants they attach an unrelated bill on to something that must get passed. Business as usual. People need to pay attention to how this Government works.

  36. Gary Tull says:

    50 years ago today a U.S. military jet crashed in Greenland – with 4 nuclear bombs on board.
    https://theconversation.com/50-years-ago-a-us-military-jet-crashed-in-greenland-with-4-nuclear-bombs-on-board-87155

  37. Common Sense says:

    Fox News Poll on DACA….so why is it that the President is against DACA but 74% of Americans want it? Perhaps the same Reason Sessions is against Cannabis but 71% of Americans want it legalized across the country….

    https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/955237577019314176/photo/1

    Interesting!….and get your check book out….YOU are paying for that wall…..

    • Tim says:

      That was not a Fox poll, that was a poll on which Fox reported (Quinnipiac).

      These polls depend tremendously on how the questions are worded. For instance, a recent Rasmussen poll showed 52% of Americans want illegal child immigrants returned to their homes in Latin America ( http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pay-us-back-americans-want-central-america-to-compensate-taxpayers-for-crisis/article/2550547 ).

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        You’re right, Tim. It was interesting reading all 5 questions Rasmussen asked—how they’re seemingly designed to lead the persons answering the questions down the path to saying, “Get rid of ’em.”

        His mode of questioning reminds me of the old SNL skit where Sam Waterston sells robot insurance to old people on late-night TV. If Rasmussen was conducting a poll of the threat of killer robots, it would go like this:

        1. Have you heard about killer robots escaping from the labs of liberal universities?
        2. Do you think Obama’s liberal policies are responsible for this flood of killer robots?
        3. Are you aware that killer robots seek their victims by looking for Bush/Cheney, McCain/Palin, and Trump/Pence bumper stickers on older American sedans?
        4. Do you think that killer robots should be returned to their labs to be dismantled?

        Rasmussen is widely viewed among sampling experts as a snake oil salesman. He employs leading questions, polls grossly inadequate sample sizes, and his methodology ensures that the pool of those polled tilts toward older Republicans (he only calls registered land lines).

  38. Common Sense says:

    Prohibitionists’ Poll Backfires, Reveals 83% Support for Cannabis Reform. Sessions if fighting a war he can not and will not win!

    https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/prohibitionists-poll-backfires-reveals-83-support-for-cannabis-reform

    • cheyenne says:

      That is not news as the pot advocates, along with everybody else, predicts MJ reform now. President Obama could have legalized MJ, he passed the ACA without any Republican support and if he would have tried to pass legal MJ he would have gotten some Republican support.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Drugs are bad, m’kay? Marijuana is bad, m’kay?

  39. Common Sense says:

    Things appear awfully Stormy at the Whitehouse still… Sessions now joins Bannon/Papadopolous/Flynn and probably others that we don’t even know about yet in the “FLIP”…..The Singing for the supper….or more appropriately the “Not spend 10-20 years in jail tune”!….It’s been Too Quiet lately…..no door bashing in, no arrests of late….I think Something BIG is just around the corner……Real Big!

    tick….Tick….TICK

    Get your Rain Coats on….The Stormy Weather….is going to make things Messy!

  40. cheyenne says:

    High Country News has an article on the State of Jefferson centering on Redding.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      The HCN article did an okay job of describing the tilting-at-windmills aspect of the movement. I felt kinda bad for the young woman who, along with her husband, gamboled 5 years on Steve Baird and his ilk only to be cast aside, apparently for some obscure transgression that possibly involved failure to walk 10 paces behind Baird and the Rapozas without asking any probing questions, like: Where is this going? Alas, the side of the conservative movement that eventually gave us Trump is built on a foundation of chumping rubes.

      It would have been a better article if HCN had delved more deeply into who is benefitting economically from the Jefferson movement—how much money is being generated selling shirts, bumper stickers, and beer cozies, and received in donations, and where that money is going. I think it’s telling that the SOJ leaders don’t seem to have formed a non-profit—that would require them to open their collective kimono and let their followers and everyone else see what’s really going on within the organization, including finances.

      I did enjoy the photo in the HCN article of the SOJ sign posted on a chain-link fence in Redding, next to what looks like a sex shop. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere.

      • Beverly Stafford says:

        Another SoJ sign on the chain link fence across Churn Creek from Dairy Queen stated, “Let My People Go.” I chatted with one of the SoJ women who wanted me to join the movement, and I said, “It’ll never happen because L.A., San Francisco, and Sacramento will vote it down.” “No, no,” said she, “They want Northern California gone because they no longer want to pay for our welfare recipients.” I smiled and left.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          I covered that issue in the three-part SOJ article I did in March 2015 right here on anewscafe.com. https://goo.gl/42GkXY

          Every county that has shown an interest in breaking off to form SOJ is a revenue-suck: We all receive far more revenue from Sacramento than we send to Sacramento. At first glance, that parasitism might seem like a motivation for the rest of California to shave us off like mange-infested fur.

          But California’s economic engine is so enormous, and our portion of it so small, that their ongoing subsidy of our country-cousin lifestyle is less than a drop in the bucket—not us, but to them. We don’t even qualify as a mosquito bite. So it’s really no motivation for them to be rid of us at all.

        • Tim says:

          It is unfortunate that a small group of Tea Party activists have hijacked the SOJ. They can claim to have roots in the movement from the 20s-40s all they want, but the guys behind soj51.net certainly wouldn’t have joined Jeffersonians in voting for the Progressive Party’s Robert La Follette in 1924… Besides, the current movement is splitting over Marijuana, so any momentum is gone.

          As for Steve’s revenue suck allegation, what do you expect when we can no longer make use of our natural resources, when 75+% of our land is off-limits, when accounting standards say tax income from driving over rural roads (or flying over them) is earned in Sacramento, etc? It is one thing if you want to enforce environmental protections, but to then allow imports from outside jurisdictions having no environmental regulations is classic NIMBYism.

  41. K. Beck says:

    NYT Breaking News:

    Larry Nassar, the ex-U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. Over 150 women testified that he sexually abused them.
    Wednesday, January 24, 2018 12:42 PM EST
    —————————————————–
    Most of those “women” were children when he abused them.

    175 years sounds about right.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      That he was able to do this for so long to so many is indicative of how f***ed up gymnastics culture has been for decades. The coaches and trainers are gods, and parents hand their children over to authoritarian, power-drunk strangers. The kids are taught that unquestioning obedience is paramount, which is why so few girls tried to expose him. And those who did either weren’t believed, or were told that what he was doing was legitimate treatment. His guilt is shared by many who were complicit by varying degrees.

      Expose your kids to lifetime sports, and let them have fun.

      • cheyenne says:

        Steve, paint brushing a whole sport, gymnastics, as a f***ed up culture does a great disrespect to those families who participate. I worked with a guy at Shasta, he is at Foothill now, who’s daughter was in Gymnastics. The sacrifices they made to have their daughter participate in a sport you don’t approve of were great. Their daughter had to live with a host family in the Bay Area to be near a gymnastic coach because none were available in the north state. All sports, actually all activities from music to art, have some coaches who prey on their students. As far as strict obedience demanded, all coaches do that, including the coaches in the Super Bowl.
        I had coaches in wrestling, track and football who demanded doing it their way or quit. Have you ever participated in any sport?

        • Beverly Stafford says:

          My question is where the Hell was IOC during these years of abuse (such a sugar-coated word for molestation). This isn’t the first time that IOC has come under fire for its behavior. The committee seems to think of itself as god-like – just as the coaches and this damned doctor do. Fellow prisoners don’t like child molesters; so I wonder how the remainder of the doc’s life will be behind bars.

          • cheyenne says:

            Same question could be asked about Penn State officials. I think all these abuses are coming to the forefront because of the #METOO effect. They truly are the Person of the Year. Here in Wyoming the Secretary of State has announced he is leaving politics when his term is up. He has now been accused by two women, so far, of sexual assault years ago. In fact former Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis has asked him to resign. I think 2018 will be the year of sexual abuses being exposed.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          Cheyenne — Since you asked: My dad was a college coach. I grew up in a family that was all sports, all the time. My primary scholastic sports were baseball (catcher), tennis, and wrestling. I was good enough at the latter to have wrestled internationally on the AAU Pacific freestyle team, including a four-month stint in the Far East. I also competed in “lifetime sports.” Tennis, racquetball, skiing, running, backpacking, fly fishing, etc. My dad, in fact, encouraged us to focus mostly on lifetime sports. My wife and I are the 3.0 tennis club champions at Sun Oaks. 3.0 isn’t the highest USTA level, but we have about 20 years on most of the people we play against, and I just got bumped up to 3.5. I’m afraid of zero of the other 3.5 guys (after that one guy got bumped to 4.0). We just finished an in-house doubles tournament last week, and my partner (also a recent 3.5 bump) lost in the 3.5 finals in a 10-point tiebreaker (10-7) to the defending champs.

          So yeah, I’ve participated in sports.

          My mom worked for years at a private gymnastics facility owned by friends—the gymnastics coach at the college where my dad was the wrestling coach. Much of my sense of gymnastics culture is from her, and there’s nothing like it in any of the sports I played, except maybe tennis long ago. The tennis culture changed decades back in the United States—people stopped sending their kids off to tennis academies to be raised by other people. It’s cost USA tennis in terms of having top-flight professionals, and we’re just now recovering owing to a sort of hybrid approach where top talents are trained locally and go to tennis camps (like the Williams sisters) rather than living in academies in Florida.

          In my opinion, the top-down authoritarianism of USA Gymnastics is what allowed that shit to happen. My beef isn’t with gymnastics as a sport, per se. It’s with the sport’s organizations and how they demand 100% devotion by very young girls—many of whom get chewed up and spit out, either physically or mentally. And even if they achieve, they’re usually washed up before they’re out of their teens. Worse, hand-in-hand with that 100% devotion is the demand the the girls be 100% deferential to their coaches and trainers. It’s toxic. USA Gymnastics, as an organization, should be burnt to the ground, and the earth beneath it salted.

  42. Subject change: For those who notice (hi, Beverly), my column had some error issues last night, and I was unable to schedule it for today. I’ll post it asap. In the meantime, enjoy this letter to the editor.

  43. Common Sense says:

    Science Slowly catching up…now if we can get some regulators to open up their minds it will be amazing how many can be helped!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/01/24/marijuana-based-anti-seizure-drug-may-hit-u-s-market-in-2018-after-strong-study-results

    • Gary Tull says:

      Absolutely! Similar scientific evidence has been ignored for decades. Now, if only local skeptics and local skeptical regulators would simply open this link and read the article. Shasta County’s failing Stillwater industrial park could possibly become a place where something very positive is produced to prevent epileptic seizures for young AND old. A win-win for all.

      • Common Sense says:

        Good Point Gary, if rational heads prevailed, Stillwater could be the Golden Goose and get the Monkey off my back that they all have dealt with for how many years now?

        That’s a large leap In Consciousness…. From- “Not in Our Backyard”….
        to Welcome! Thanks for the 400 jobs provided and the Tax Money! Now we get to retire that $40 Million in Bonds…IMAGINE THAT!

        Let’s take the Still Waiting Park and make it what it was Created for…..a place to Provide Jobs and Tax Revenues!! Shall WE…..I-M-A-G-I-N-E THAT…..

        I fear this foot-dragging will have cost us Millions though…….Opportunity Lost….Very SAD.

    • cheyenne says:

      I am not sure I understand this, even after reading and commenting on the Post article, is this a new drug. A couple of years ago both Wyoming and Utah passed laws allowing the use of Cannabis oil in treatment of Epilepsy which families could get from Colorado where it was already produced. What’s the difference in this new oil and the oil already being used. Cost?

  44. Common Sense says:

    Grab a Cold One….It’s MUELLER Time!

    Today’s Key Words- “Obstruction of Justice”

    Note to Devin Nunes: Nice Try!

  45. Common Sense says:

    Standing her ground…. 1st Lady cancels the trip to DAVO’s to unexpectedly show up at the Holocaust Museum…..the Irony of it all……Then off to her Divorce Attorney to review the Pre- Nup! Can you blame her?…..She Bet on the Wrong Horse TOO!….Don’t feel bad. Even She was Duped!

    Fasten your seatbelts…..this ride is going to get Bumpy!…..ding

  46. Russell K. Hunt says:

    Watch JAILS NOW on You Tube.

  47. cheyenne says:

    In the Prescott Courier today. 21,000 Walmart employees will share over $18 million in raises and bonuses. A full time Arizona Walmart employee starts at $14.09 an hour. Family and maternity leave are being offered to employees. A Walmart spokesperson said this was partly due to the new tax cuts. As Boeing, AT&T, Bancorp and others start hiring and raising wages, as they have stated because of the tax cuts, it will be hard for Democrats to tell Americans that just got a job and received raises that the tax plan hurts them. As for Devil’s Advocates who say in the future those cuts will hurt these employees don’t take in account that most of these employees live paycheck to paycheck and a raise or small bonus makes a big difference now.
    Klackty Klack, Klackty Klack.

    • Tim says:

      ~$16/week raise per employee? Stop the presses!

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Bend over, chumps. The über-rich 1% of ‘Murica’s population make 20% of the nation’s income and have cornered over 50% of the nation’s wealth, and the new tax overhaul is going to make it worse. And the sunset clauses of the tax cuts for the middle class will make it worse on top of that. And the coming Medicare/Social Security overhauls will make it worse on top of that. Chumps, chumps, chumps.

        https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/2/16720952/senate-tax-bill-inequality

        • cheyenne says:

          I have been hearing for forty years that the Republicans are going to cut Social Security and Medicare. Let me know when that actually happens. Conspiracy theories are a dime a dozen.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Cheyenne, it’s hardly a conspiracy theory when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is saying that’s what needs to happen next, and is drawing up the plans. It’s happened before—in 1983, to be exact, when Reagan signed a law making SS benefits taxable. That was at least a bipartisan reform effort, so there were additions as well as reductions to SS and Medicare benefits in that bill.

            As we know, bipartisanism is dead, and Speaker Ryan is philosophically opposed to the very existence of *any* such entitlement programs.

          • cheyenne says:

            Steve, My Social Security Benefits are not taxed. After a certain age they are no longer taxed. That is a conspiracy theory driven by Democrats. Those who retire early or on disabilities may be taxed. In fact I just received my SSN tax statements and no taxes are taken out. In fact I don’t think there is any state that taxes SS. Retirement funds, such as Calpers, are often not taxed by most states. The few states that tax retirement plans usually have a set limit before they are taxed. The rich get taxed when the poor don’t. Some states, like South Dakota, make a business out of being a residence for retired people because they have no state income tax.

          • Gary Tull says:

            Cheyanne, No conspiracy theory about it. House weas.. ah, Speaker Ryan has been openly pushing to eliminate Social Security & Medicare for years. He refers to them as nonessential social entitlement programs even though his stepfather’s S.S. was used to finance his college expenses.

          • cheyenne says:

            Business Insider among others have said on Friday January 12th 2018, not only my birthday but this year, that Paul Ryan announced there would be no action on cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security in 2018 because there is no appetite in Congress, even from President Trump, for cuts to these programs.
            Like I said let me know when it actually happens. Until then it is nothing but a conspiracy theory.

    • Common Sense says:

      So 9,400 are losing their jobs at Walmart and you are Celebrating the 21,000 that get a small bonus?…Clickety Boom! Bam….Boom……pissst

      What’s the percent of Walmart Employees on Government Assisted Health Care?…90%? 95%?

      http://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-suddenly-closes-sams-club-stores-2018-1

      Middle Americans Tax Cuts are “Temporary”
      ……all this won’t be real until they cut “your” SS check and Medicaid….and that’s coming….

      YES we can agree…the Tax Cuts are Helping the Corporations make more money…..indeed!

    • Common Sense says:

      The AVERAGE wage is now $14.09! Good try though….but the facts are the facts…..

      Walmart’s new average hourly wage for full-time associates in Arizona will be $14.09, the company said.

      https://www.dcourier.com/news/2018/jan/28/21000-walmart-employees-arizona-share-186m-pay-hik/

      • cheyenne says:

        CS, I know you read the same article I did because you posted it. It said starting wages for full time employees is $14.09 an hour, not average wage. The facts are the facts.
        And how much are wages at KMart, and Sears and all the other retailers that are closing stores nation wide? Try $0.00.
        Just because Arizona has over 300 MMJ stores, some with drive up windows, bringing in millions in taxes don’t show your jealousy.
        As I have stated before Shasta County is not the meanest county, it is the most pessimistic county and can’t stand the fact that other places are doing good.

        • Common Sense says:

          Walmart’s recent announcement that it would increase the “starting” wage rate for all hourly workers in the U.S. to $11 and increase some benefits, will mean more money for one million hourly employees, including more than 21,000 Walmart associates in Arizona.

          Boy you Don’t like facts do you?

          I guess this just shows that two people can read the Same article….and come to different Conclusions!

        • Common Sense says:

          The AVERAGE WAGE is $14.09……the STARTING Wage is now $11.00…..

  48. Common Sense says:

    I am now Clearly seeing how Trump got elected…….no body cared about the Facts….

    • cheyenne says:

      Trump was elected before Walmart announced its new starting wage in the whole country would be $11.00 an hour. As most of the country follows the federal minimum wage of less than $8.00 an hour that is a $3.00 an hour increase, more than a third.
      Instead of trying to find fault with other areas that are doing good why don’t you stick to fixing what is wrong with Redding. Redding has two foundations that most areas would kill for, McConnell Foundation and Bethel Church, but when either one does something positive for Redding half the comments are positive and half the comments are negative. Sounds like the dysfunction in Congress.

      • Common Sense says:

        I found fault with your alternative facts….that is all…carry on

      • Common Sense says:

        I find it very interesting that you continuously try to tell others what they should and should not do? Perhaps sticking with actual facts might benefit you more in your position in these debates?. I am guessing you worked at a job for a long time….where they Told you …over and over….what to do and how to do it? Yes?

        • cheyenne says:

          CS, now that you are turning to personal attacks I am guessing, because you post anonymously like the cardboard cutouts of politicians at town meetings, that you are on welfare and use the free services like the computers at the library. Yes I worked, have you?

          • Common Sense says:

            Its called constructive criticism….if you take it personally….that is your issue. When you constantly tell someone what to do….it shows control issues…reminds me of a president we have.
            I don’t hang out at the library….if I did….It would be to see if your book were still there….how to put in your time to get your Calpers as a Janitor without taking everything personally.

  49. Common Sense says:

    Happy Early Retirement to Andrew McCabe! ….we all saw this coming…..and a Very Happy Welcome to Dana Boente and David Bowditch…These two will be holding the bottom corners in the “W.H”, house of cards…..very loosely I might add….

    tick….tick….B

    Ohhhh…it’s going to get REAL interesting the next two weeks!

    Tighten your lap belts…..Ding

    • cheyenne says:

      Only interesting to you because the rest of the country is surviving nicely. Thank you.

    • Roman Hruska says:

      Dan? Dan Brown? Is that you? Why have you developed an interest in Redding politics?
      Seriously, calm down with the ellipses. Your crimes against grammar in “The Davinici Code” might have made you millions; however, They are not appreciated here.

  50. Common Sense says:

    Amazon pushes the envelope….Seattle home to the Spheres. Very cool….Jeff is a Visionary….changing how retail is done.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2018/01/29/why-amazon-built-its-workers-a-mini-rainforest-inside-three-domes-in-downtown-seattle

    Remember that Amazon stock tip a while back…..

    • cheyenne says:

      Could Stillwater get Amazon HQ2? In the Denver Post an article by a Colorado Law School professor asked where Amazon would get their 50,000 hi tech employees if they chose Denver. Colorado has a 2.7% unemployment rate and all the hi tech employees are already employed with noncomp agreements signed. The professor said that only California prohibits noncomp agreements. Opportunity is knocking.

    • cheyenne says:

      CS, perhaps you should read the comments on the sphere article that you posted. They are not positive, in fact you could call them negative.

  51. domestictranquility says:

    It was our own lack of US border security allowing those children to be brought in…
    they are now part of our policy history…..our failed bi-polar political management…
    we dont punish any kids for our own mistakes, its not who we are.
    ID, vet, process…within set legislative parameters
    and secure & better maintain our border policies.
    The US is only the coldest-hearted bastard to the worlds coldest-hearted.

  52. Tim says:

    And making the rounds on social media:

    Last night an Enterprise High School student posted a snapchat selfie with what looked to be a pellet gun and the warning “don’t come to school tmr.” Redding police contacted the student before school and determined that it was neither a firearm nor a credible threat. The principal announced that the student would not be attending school for the next few days.

    http://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/Enterprise-High-School-student–471799663.html

    • Tim says:

      A Cottonwood school went on lockdown today after a man with a gun was seen riding a bike nearby. It too turned out to be a BB gun…

  53. Common Sense says:

    It’s gotten so bad that even Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted to Obstruction today….goodness!

    “The only thing the president applied pressure to is to get it resolved, so you guys and everyone else can focus on the things Americans actually care about: making sure everybody gets the Russia fever out of their system once and for all.” She flat out admitted that Trump pushed McCabe out in the hope of making the Russia scandal go away. She confessed that Trump committed felony obstruction of justice.

    Thanks Sarah!…. Mr. Mueller needed a break with all his hard work….add that one to the Pile!

  54. Tim says:

    Free college comes to the northstate. Thanks to grants from the state of California and the generosity of the owners of Sierra Nevada, Butte Community College will offer two free semesters of college to new fulltime students: http://www.chicoer.com/social-affairs/20180129/butte-college-offering-two-semesters-of-free-tuition-for-new-students

    • Common Sense says:

      Great news! Hopefully many will take advantage of that and it will lead to graduating from CSUC or another institution!

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