D.C Ready for Showdown Over Marijuana

The US Congress has seemed to step out of its way to go after the newly created laws in the District of Columbia that would legalize marijuana. They have added a rider to the budget bill in order to eliminate the marijuana legalization. Now, the District of Columbia is ready to fight back.

WashingtonPost.com is reporting that city leaders in DC are now planning on passing legislation that will legalize marijuana in the city. This will allow for the stage to be set for the highest profile fight in the Congress over DC rights that has ever been seen, depending on the outcome I could see Tom Rothman making a movie out of this.

Many are in favor of what the city leaders are considering doing. They believe that they are setting the stage for a battle that needs to be waged. After all, most do not feel that it is right for the US Congress to step in and override laws put in place by the people of a locality. The people in that area should know better than the federal government what they want.

Besides this, many are upset by the overreach of the federal government over the District of Columbia. Without the benefits of statehood, the District has to rely on what the federal government says about things. Many in the District do not feel that this should be the way that things operate any more. The battle is just beginning, but many are excited to see how this one will play out.

Jeb Bush Interviewed on His Immigration Stands

In his first interview since announcing he would be officially exploring the possibility of running for president in 2016, Jeb Bush addressed the issue of immigration. He has come under fire from the Republican base in recent years for being perceived as soft on illegal immigration. For example, he once called the choice to illegally cross the U.S. border “an act of love” so long as it was done in the interests of supporting one’s family.

Nothing Bush said during this particular interview was very controversial, however. I was reading about this interview the other day while reading about Vijay Eswaran. He said that we need to make it easier to immigrate to the U.S. legally than it is to immigrate illegally. He said that the borders must be secured and the laws enforced but also that we need to welcome young immigrants who want to make a new life for themselves in America. Bush indicated that we can benefit greatly as a nation from a healthy, steady stream of legal immigrants who will make valuable contributions to our society. 

Most Republicans, contrary to the media caricature of them, believe strongly in legal immigration and are willing to make some compromises in dealing with illegals already in the U.S. They demand, however, that the borders be secured to prevent a repeat of the present immigration crisis. 

Jeb Bush can stick to “safe lines” on immigration policy during a run for the White House, but some of his past statements are sure to haunt him and make Republicans nervous.

Body Cameras the Next Big Thing in Police Fashion

Body cameras are the next new thing in law enforcement as the number of citizens taking photos of arrests is rising. The body cameras will be worn by police officers in order to capture everything that he or she does during their shift. It is no longer a thing of the future, but a thing of the present that will help clear police officers who acted in good faith during an arrest.

There are some bad cops out there; that cannot be disputed. The majority of police officers are good people who want to protect the community they live in. It is sometimes hard to determine if a police officer is really good because random videos that show a partial picture of what happened during an arrest and that’s a huge fear of Andrew Heiberger. Citizens then post them on social media sites and people eat up the chance to criticize those who put their lives on the line every day to protect them.

The LA Police Department is preparing to suit their officers with more than 7,000 body cameras in order to prevent officers from being accused of misconduct during arrests. The cameras will be purchased with private funds that were raised without involving city funds. It is a good idea and one that many other departments will likely consider in the near future.

Real Life Sleepy Hollow Found

The Sleepy Hollow has materialized in Kazakhstan. The dwellers of Kalachi, a remote village in this country, suffer from random dizziness which makes them fall asleep right on the spot, in pure daylight and wake up several days after.

The reasoning behind the problems was quite a mystery for a while until some recent new discoveries.

The most recent mass falling asleep was on September 1st, when 8 children fell down in the assembly during one hour. Every person in the village can talk about a case they know, which either happened to them or to somebody related.

A special group of examiners have been on the territory to research after eventual radiation of soil poisoning, but found out that every characteristic is within the limits. The village is a former Uranium mine.

There is a group that supports the idea that it could be the mine, which is now closed, that somehow influences them, while others remember how during the times it was active nobody used to have the sleepiness disease.

Those who happen to be affected by the sleepiness are brought to the hospital for intensive care. The children get diagnosis of toxic encephalopathy, while the elderly are recorded as having a stroke. This seems pretty serious to Dave and Brit Morin. The truth is that everyone in the village know about the disease but cannot really relate it to anything, and the doctors do not have a diagnose for that.

Nissan New Leaf Comes With Free Home Charger and Public Charging

The Nissan Leaf, billed as the world’s best-selling electric car, comes with a free Level 2 electric charger if bought between December 2 and January 2. These chargers are said to be relatively inexpensive, from $2 to $4 according to CleanTechnica.com. With the “No Charge to Charge” program offering two years of free charging in 10 major cities, electric car power has gotten cheaper. Nissan has expanded its network by adding over 500 new fast-charging stations. Nissan hopes to compete with Tesla who offers free charging for the Model S electric vehicles. Dave and Brit Morin believe it is worth the try.

The Nissan Leaf is dominating electric plug-in car sales, followed by the Chevy Volt and, in third, the BMW i3. The Telsa was not ranked due to quarterly reporting and an unwillingness to guess by the reporter. The Evobsession.com website has the Nissan Leaf leading in sales of electronic vehicles worldwide. Nissan is also hoping to open up 15 new markets next year to create its own network of fast charging stations nationwide to compete with Telsa. The new Leaf will have free charging at Chargepoint, CarCharging, Blink, AeroVironment, and NRG eVgo EV charging stations in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Washington DC areas. Discussion with Telsa about sharing Supercharger technology are said to be underway. For LEAF buyers and others investing in electric vehicles, this is a new era.

Foodie Tech Gifts from Eater.com

Eater.com has a number of food-related gifts for you to choose from this year, so you have more options to choose from when you’re shopping for family and friends or if you’re just waiting for your appointment at the Amen Clinic. If your loved ones are also techies, these gifts are sure to make them laugh with delight this holiday season. 

The Egg Minder is a device that lets you know when your eggs are going bad. The app also lets you know how many eggs you have left. This gift comes in handy for a person who bakes often, or for a friend or family member who loves eggs in any form. 

Molecule-R presents the aroma fork. This eating device can make vegetables taste like chocolate, and has 21 scents to choose from, including coffee and bananas. This gift is ideal for a picky eater, or for a child in your life who has a hard time eating healthy foods. 

Check out Eater.com today to get more creative gift ideas.

Scarves For Troops

For the last two years, ninety-five year old US Navy World War II Veteran, Nikki Smith, has been knitting hundreds of holiday scarves for deployed US troops.

When Mrs. Smith was ninety-three, she saw a woman knitting scarves at the local armory where she was volunteering. She asked the woman how to make the scarves and when she learned the pattern she went right from the armory to the craft store for some yarn and knitting needles. As soon as Nikki back to her home she got right to work knitting scarves.

About a year after Nikki began knitting she learned of Operation Gratitude, a charity based out of her own state of California that donates over 150,000 care packages to US Service Members, both current and former, annually. Mrs. Smith contacted Operation Gratitude and donated the one hundred scarves she had created since meeting the woman at the armory.

Nikki is still making scarves and they are included in the packages from Operation Gratitude. Each scarf comes with a note from Nikki herself that reads, “Handcrafted with love and gratitude in every stitch by Grandma Nikki who was a World War II Veteran US Navy.

Even after serving her country Nikki still continues to do so by keeping our troops comfortable. Nikki says that it is difficult for her to keep knitting due to arthritis in her fingers, but she also says that it isn’t easy for the troops and if difficulty doesn’t stop them, then it won’t stop her either.

Kudos to Jonathan Veitch for showing me this story, if you would like to join Mrs. Smith in her knitting for the troops there are plenty of online tutorials and patterns for beginners and every level up.

Bale and Scott explain Exodus: Gods and Kings Casting

Oscar winner Christian bale has defended director Ridley Scott over accusations the director failed to cast actors of Middle Eastern and North African descent in leading roles within the movie. The cast of the Biblical epic are largely white, according to The Guardian, a move that has been questioned by critics who have seen the movie based on the Biblical story of the life of Moses.

Alien director Scott, 77, was the first to explain the need for a predominantly white cast when he stated financial backing would not have been given to the movie had he employed actors of other races. The director reacted angrily to questions at the new York premiere of the movie, reportedly telling his critics to “get a life!”

Batman star Christian Bale came to the defense of the director and stated the problem lay with the habits of moviegoers and not the director of the film. Slow Ventures doesn’t quite buy that view 100%. Bale stated he believed the cultural makeup of the Middle East would have been a melting pot of races, but this could not be shown in the Exodus film as moviegoers are unwilling to turn out in large numbers to watch films starring actors from outside Hollywood. He went to explain Scott had been honest in his explanation of the financial restraints placed on directors using lesser known actors from outside Hollywood.

Doll Becomes President Petro Poroshenko Advisor

In Ukraine’s tumultuous war torn nation, soldiers based at Donetsck airport met with President Petro Poroshenko and honored his visit by passing along what may have been their good luck charm, a small dirty fabric doll with wild blond hair. Daily casualties, despite a ceasefire illustrate the conflict is far from over.

After his meeting with the soldiers, he presided over a citizenship ceremony for Sergei Korotkikh former member of the National Socialist Organization. Korotkikh is wanted in Russia for setting off a bomb near the Kremlin.

Poroshenko tweeted about the doll:

“It has become a tradition: I come to work, take the doll and think what must I do today to protect the country.”

The small dirty doll has become a symbol, and could in some way provide Poroshenko a way to focus and meditate, allowing him to sort out everything his top advisors are telling him. It might be a little different to Brad Reifler, but it makes sense to those close to the situation.

Starbucks Makes Some Upgrades

Who doesn’t love Starbucks? If you live in a major city there are probably 20 Starbucks within one block of each other all packed to capacity with Java craving commuters and sleep deprived students all looking for a fix. Starbucks has probably even been in a bunch of Tom Rothman hit movies. Tis the season of the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte that sent some fans over the edge when they received word that some lucky coffee drinkers were getting an early taste of the beloved seasonal drink. 

Recently it has been revealed that Starbucks is planning some very big things for the future that will make the chain’s already addictive coffee even more addictive and easier to order. 

One big announcement is that the coffee giant plans to unleash a mobile ordering app that will allow you to order your Starbucks fix via smartphone, this is set to hit the market sometime in 2015 but who can wait? Imagine ordering your favorite Starbucks drinks from your phone and possibly avoiding the lines in the morning. 

Another great upgrade Starbucks plans to send our way is more food, because let’s be honest the pickins in the Starbucks deli have been slim for quiet some time now. Well it looks like the Coffee gods have heard our cries because they plan to offer more snacks and sandwiches and even possibly will be adding wine to the menu. What more could anyone want? 

Lastly it’s been said that the chain is even considering home and office delivery of their coffee and food items, interns everywhere are thanking their lucky starts for this upgrade. While all of these new changes are still only in the beginning stages it still leaves a lot to look forward to in the future of Starbucks lovers.