Friday, October 31, 2014

PLEASE MAKE TIME TO VOTE!!!! -----by Larry Fillmore

This coming Tuesday, November 4th, is voting day.  Many many Americans have sacrificed a great deal for the right to voice your opinion by voting in elections.  It would be a disgrace and a waste of many lives to not exercise your right to vote.  So, please make time Tuesday, November 4th to vote. 

There are several facts that are important to consider before casting your vote for Town Council:

1. Dale Crafts needs to attend more Council meetings and learn what and how the Town Council works and what the town’s issue are.
2. Dean Willey is the only candidate who is a taxpayer and has suffered the tax increases and knows the efforts on families.
3. Dean Willey owns a home in Lisbon.
4. Dean Willey is very involved in the community.
5. Lisa Ward does not pay real estate tax in Lisbon.
6. The three years Lisa Ward has been on the council our taxes have gone up every year.
7. Lisa Ward blocked every attempt to cut the Police Department budget.
8. Lisa Ward thrown out a resident, after she recognized him, for speaking against the Police Department Budget.   Our freedom of speech has been lost. 

Please take these facts into consideration when you vote for the best candidate for Town Council.

The most critical issue is that every resident of Lisbon take the time to vote.

Larry Fillmore

Arrest affidavit today against Rodney Forte, the executive director of the Metropolitan Housing Alliance in Little Rock, for a violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

By Chelsea Boozer , Nikki Wentling

This article was published October 30, 2014 at 5:08 a.m.

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley said he will issue an arrest affidavit today against Rodney Forte, the executive director of the Metropolitan Housing Alliance in Little Rock, for a violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

The action comes after the Metropolitan Housing Alliance sent an invoice to theArkansas Democrat-Gazette late Tuesday,charging more than $16,000 to hire outside workers to help the agency comply with a records-release request -- a practice the Little Rock city attorney and other Arkansas Freedom of Information Act experts say is illegal.

Jegley said that in his 23 years with the prosecutor's office, he has never before authorized an arrest affidavit for a Freedom of Information Act violation. The violation is a Class C misdemeanor.

"Usually, we can work things out for people to get the documents they're entitled to -- that's ultimately what it's all about," Jegley said, calling this instance with the housing agency "over the top," "outrageous" and "absolutely indicative of bad faith on the part of the agency and the responsible individuals."

New Zealand's Trade Minister Admits They Keep TPP Documents Secret To Avoid 'Public Debate'

from the who's-ill-informed? dept

A couple years ago, then US Trade Representative Ron Kirk explained why the negotiating text of trade agreements like the TPP needed to be kept secret: because if the public debated it, the agreement probably wouldn't be approved. He used, as an example, a failed trade agreement where the text had been public. Beyond the "small sample size" problem of this explanation, the much more troubling aspect is the obvious question of recognizing that if public debate would kill the agreement, perhaps it's the agreement that's the problem and not the public.

Apparently, New Zealand's current Trade Minister, Tim Groser, feels similar to Kirk on this issue. During a question and answer period, he was asked why he won't share the draft texts with, say, medical professionals for input, given that the current leaks suggest it would be a disaster for public health. Groser's answer is quite telling, in that he admits that he fears the public debate, because it would be "misinformed."
Hon Phil Goff : When the Minister has the right under Trans-Pacific Partnership rules to provide negotiating texts in confidence to relevant groups outside the Government, why has he not taken advantage of that right to ensure that core groups like medical professionals are properly informed about the issues under negotiation? 

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Best 7 minutes on gun control I have ever seen!

Elderly Man Justified in Shooting, Killing Robber Who Attacked Wife

Stocks Are On Borrowed Time

October 30th, 2014

The Fed announced that QE is officially over.
This is a MAJOR concern for stocks. The markets are currently holding up because it’s the end of the month.
Let me explain…
Unlike individual investors who don’t have to report returns until year-end, most investment funds have to report their performances for each month.
For this reason, it’s very common for stocks to rally into month end as institutions buy stocks to force the markets higher. Doing this allows them to record month end returns at the best possible levels.
The simplest term for this is “performance gaming.”
With October having been a terrible month for most investors courtesy of the 9% drop in stocks earlier, institutions are highly incentivized to push the markets higher today, despite the fact that QE has ended.
At the end of the day, the single biggest driver of stock prices has been QE.Every time QE ended, stocks have tanked. So a new QE program is not coming anytime soon.
This is a major problem for stocks. The Fed has “saved” stocks every time in the last four years with a new QE program. It won’t be this time.
In 2010, the S&P 500 staged a death cross, where its 50-DMA broke below its 126-DMA (the half year moving average). Stocks were in a perilous state with the 2008 Crash still in everyone’s short-term memory.
The Fed stepped in, hinting at, then all but promising, and then finally launching QE 2 in July, August, and then November, respectively.
This set off a rally in stocks that lasted until the EU Crisis erupted in full force in 2011. Once again stocks staged a death cross. And once again, the Fed stepped in with promises of action followed by the announcement of Operation Twist in September 2011. Stocks took off and we were back to the races.
Learn How to Save for a Big Purchase.
Which brings us to 2012. Europe was really going down in flames. Greece, then Portugal, and even Spain were lining up for bailouts. And the bailouts were getting larger by the month with Spain requesting €100 billion in June 2012.


How Cops Talk When They Think Nobody Else is Listening ---"Go ahead call the cops they cant unrape you"

Maryland Teen Tased By Police 5 Times While In Hospital Dies of ‘Natural Causes’

A man in Baltimore, Maryland walked into a hospital on May 6th, 2014 because of an allergic reaction to medication prescribed to him by a dentist. Unfortunately he did not walk out of the hospital alive. Now people believe it is because police extensively tased him after being admitted into Good Samaritan Hospital.

A recent investigation by the Baltimore City state’s attorney claims “King began suffering from seizures and when hospital workers tried to move him to ICU, he refused and became combative, resulting in hospital personnel calling police.”

When police arrived on the scene, the victim was not calm and so the police ‘tased him five times’.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Joke of the Day

'Maine's Most Fascinating': Governor Paul LePage

Insider Speaks Out About Education in Maine and U.S.A.

Letter from D.E. Hines Ph.D

Dwight E. Hines, Ph.D.
Livermore, Maine 04253
October 31, 2014
Ms. Cindy Gilpatrick, Editor
Livermore Falls Advertiser
Livermore Falls, Maine
Dear Ms. Gilpatrick:
Please consider this email for publication in the Livermore 
Falls Advertiser. Please do not publish an edited version 
without my permission. dh

I wish this letter was about beavers who are being beavers in Livermore and damming up Livermore culverts.  So far at least 5 busy beavers have been subjected to rural renewal and there are obviously more left.  That is a series of stories that needs to be told because the outcome of the contests of beavers versus humans is still unknown, though given beaver and human histories, I’d bet on the beaver.

Now, the other bad part about writing criticisms of elected or appointed officials is that criticisms are cheap and often reflexive so don’t add information to the discussions.  So, if you run over my foot, my first thought is not to ask “What can we learn from this?” but mostly unprintable unspellable expressions.  So, to make a long story short, we need to answer the most important question first and the answer is: We need a system that allows for conditional approvals for license renewals.  So, a problem of an incomplete application arises, the solution is to tell the applicant that the are approved conditionally subject to getting line X, page 5 completed.  Now for the parts you can skip, unless you are a political process junkie.

On the night of October 21, 2014, prior to the regular 6:00 p.m. Livermore Selectmen's meeting, a local Owner of a restaurant, the only restaurant in town, came to the Town Office for a 5:30 hearing for the annual renewal of his liquor license. The hearing was delayed for 15 minutes or so while everyone waited for the arrival of two selectmen, Mr. Kachnovich and Mr. Newman. They finally arrived and the hearing began. Note that there are two other places in Livermore selling prepared food, both are convenience stores and lack the ambience of linen covered tables, soft lighting, and meals that require lengthy and complex preparation.  Two weeks ago the Owner submitted his annual renewal application, something he has been doing successfully for 12 years now, and the application was rejected because on Line X of Page Y, the reason for his arrest was asked and the Owner, having been arrested 14 years ago or so, put down "pot".  Well, that was not acceptable to the Mr. Kachnovich and Mr. Newman, so the Owner had to resubmit the applications, which he did, along with a letter about his arrest for "pot". 

I think everyone in Livermore knows what "pot" is and, as the Owner explained, after being forced to wait for two weeks for action to be taken on his applications, it’s important to note there has never been a complaint about his restaurant and in 12 years the Owner has never had a problem with the liquor board.  The Owner's letter and explanations were not adequate for two members of the Board, Mr. Kachnovich and Mr. Newman. The two selectmen wanted to know what type of marijuana arrest it had been. "Marijuana arrests can be for a little bit of marijuana or a house full of marijuana", stated Mr. Kachnovich.  After much discussion, with Mr.  Kachnovich appearing to be undecided on how to respond to the Owner's statement that he could get the requested information to them tomorrow, — they could sign it and he'd be able to get his licenses renewed — Mr. Rod Newman stated that he thought the Owner could come back in two weeks and get the signatures then.  Mr. Kachnovich agreed, even though the Owner was concerned about meeting the time requirements of the state licensing boards.  

Well, leaving aside the waste of time and energy that annual renewals costs small businesses each year, even after the Owners have shown to be legitimate and ethical, as well as being contributors to the community in other ways, it appeared to me that Mr. Kachnovich and Mr. Newman were not just on an arbitrary and capricious power trip but were acting hypocritical in their demands because Mr. Newman used to have a non-bidded contract with the town for heating oil.

Mr. Kachnovich’s situation is more complicated.  Before he was elected as a selectman, he might have won a annual contract back in 2011 or 2012 for mowing/maintenance of the Livermore cemeteries, for $15,000 plus.  Currently, $22,000.00 is budgeted for the Livermore cemeteries but I’ve not found the records for how the extra $7,000.00 is to be spent.  A public request to view the contracts found no contract that was signed by the selectmen or Mr. Kachnovich but did find the bid requirements and Mr. Kachnovich’s response. There are no records of other bidders.  There were records of payments for ads in two newspapers but I have not had time to go to the archives and see the actual ads.

Somewhere in this letter you need to realize that Mr. Kachnovich have not committed any criminal acts according to Maine law, unless they did more that what is in the records because the Board approved of the contract, and the unadvertised extension of the contract.  A Maine Judge made a ruling in another part of Maine about such situations within the past few months.  Please note that I do not have the minutes yet of the meetings where the contract was approved initially or when it was renewed.

Mr. Newman, following a complaint to the Maine FOAA Ombudsman, only recently took the required Maine FOAA course, after being in office for over a year, but his ignorance of the law did not stop him from opposing public participation at public meetings and opposing having the Town keep complete minutes of the selectmen’s meetings.

Given that Forbes Magazine has rated Maine as the worst of the states in being friendly to business for several years, it appears that an honest report to them has to state that some in Maine are not improving in how we treat the little business people, the ones who are paying significant taxes because the big business people are still leaving the state.  During the campaigns going on now for different political offices, much has been said about how Maine needs to attract new businesses, create more jobs.  Little has been said about how we need to be sure that the businesses we have now are being treated properly by our governments.

Dwight Hines

P.S. There is no action for anyone to take action on the Selectmen’s meeting — I just wanted to let people know that there is a real need for Maine to have a Civil Gideon law, with appropriate procedures, because the small business owners can not afford an attorney, and because civil actions by attorneys, like in Silicon Valley, stimulate economic development, and because if an attorney for the Owner of the restaurant had been at the meeting last night, the Board's treatment of the Owner would have been different. As it is, not being an attorney, I'm not sure if the Owner of the restaurant has a cause of action against the Board, although most people know that the Fourteenth and FIfth Amendments require due process and adequate notice is a significant and necessary component of due process.  Adequate notice was not present in the ambush tactics employed by Mr. Newman and Mr. Kachnovich.  Good government provides us laws and rules that increase predictability in all our lives, something all of us, including small business people, need in a world of uncertainty.  What happened at the meeting was wrong and unfair. The decisions were downright unfriendly.  

Petition for an ordinance for a method to recall Livermore elected officials with the ordinance attached.
Town of Livermore Ordinance for Recall of Elected Municipal 
SECTION 1. Establishment
Under M.R.S.A. Title 30-A Section 2602 (6) amended Oct. 13,1993 a town may 
enact an ordinance for the recall and removal of elected municipal officials with the 
exception of school board members as noted in Title 30-A M.R.S.A. §2602.
SECTION 2. Purpose and Authority
This ordinance provides the means and method by which citizens of the Town 
of Livermore may seek the removal from office of a Town of Livermore elected official. 
This ordinance is enacted pursuant to Title 30-A M.R.S.A., §2528, §2602, §3001, and 
SECTION 3. Procedure
a. The petition for recall must contain only signatures of the registered voters of 
the Town of Livermore, equal to ten percent (10%) of the number of votes cast in the 
last gubernatorial election.
b. The petition shall be addressed to those members of the Board of Selectmen 
having no interest in the subject matter of the petition.
c. The petition shall state the name and office of the person whose removal is 
being sought, and incorporate the petitioners' statement of the reason(s) such removal 
is desired as outlined in Section 3.d.
d. An elected official may be recalled for 
(i) failure to appropriately carry out duties and responsibilities of the 
office (such as failure to represent the will of the people of Livermore);
(ii) engaging in conduct which brings the office into disrepute; (iii) 
engaging in conduct which displays an unfitness to hold the office; or (iv) for the 
indictment or conviction of a crime under the laws of the State of Maine or a felony 
under the laws of the United States or entry of a plea of guilty to such an offense.
e. If recall of more than one official is being sought there shall be a separate 
petition for each official whose removal is being sought.
f. Each page of the petition shall provide a space for the voter's signature, 
address and printed name.
g. The petition blanks shall be dated with the date petitioner initiates the recall 
request. The petition shall be available for signatures for 30 business days. At the 
expiration of said 30 business days, the Town Clerk shall declare the petition closed.
h. All petition pages thereof shall be filed as one document.
SECTION 4. Incumbent Duties Continued
The incumbent (unless he/she has submitted a written resignation to the 
Selectmen) shall continue to perform the duties of the office until the results of the 
recall election are certified. If not recalled, the official shall continue in office of the 
remainder of the unexpired term, subject to the subsequent recall. If recalled, the 
official shall be deemed removed from the office upon certification of the election 
SECTION 5. Clerk's Certification
Within ten (10) days of receipt of the petition, the Town Clerk shall certify the 
signatures contained on the petition and shall determine if the petition meets all of the 
qualifications as set forth in Section 3 of this ordinance. Should the petition be found 
insufficient, the petition will be filed in the clerk's office and the voter who filed the 
petition will be notified.
1SECTION 6. Calling the Recall Election
a. If the petition is certified by the Town Clerk to be sufficient, he or she will 
submit the same with his or her certification to the Board of Selectmen at their next 
regular meeting and shall notify the official or officials whose removal is being sought 
of such action.
b. The Selectmen upon receipt of the certified petition shall within ten (10) days 
time of receipt order an election by written ballot, pursuant to 30-A MRSA § 2528, to be 
held not less than 30 nor more than 60 days thereafter, provided that a regular 
municipal election will not be held within 90 days of receipt of the certified petition. In 
this case the selectmen may, at their discretion, provide for the holding of the recall 
election on the date of the regular municipal election.
c. In the event that the Town Selectmen fail or refuse to order an election as 
herein provided, the Town Clerk shall call the election to be held not less than 30 days 
nor more than 60 days following the Selectmen's failure or refusal to order the 
required election.
d. If, between the time of ordering the recall election and the 21st day before 
said election, the official whose recall is being sought requests a public hearing, the 
Selectmen shall promptly schedule such a hearing to occur not fewer than 7 days 
before the election, and shall provide adequate posting at least 7 days before said 
SECTION 7. Ballots for Recall Election
Unless the official or officials whose removal is sought have resigned within ten 
(10) days of receipt of the petition by the Board of Selectmen, the ballots shall be 
printed and shall ask the question , "SHALL (name of official) BE RECALLED?," and 
provide adjacent boxes for “Yes” or “No” responses.
SECTION 8. Result of Election
a. In the event of an affirmative vote for removal, such vote shall take effect as of 
the recording of the vote tabulation into the records.
b. A tie vote will defeat the recall.
SECTION 9. Vacancies to be filled
A vacancy resulting from removal from office under this ordinance shall be filled 
in accordance with Title 30-A M.R.S.A., §2602.
SECTION 10. Limitations
a. No petition for recall shall be filed against an official with fewer than 4 months 
in office, or with fewer than 60 days of a multiyear term remaining.
b. If an official has been subjected to a recall election and not removed, no 
recall petition shall be filed against that official until at least twelve months (1 year) 
have passed since said recall election.
SECTION 11. Validity
It is the intention of the municipality that each section of this ordinance shall be 
deemed independent of all other sections herein and that if any provision within this 
ordinance is declared invalid, all other sections shall remain valid and enforceable.
SECTION 12. Amendments
This ordinance may be amended by majority vote of any legal town meeting 
when such amendment is published in the warrant calling for the meeting.
SECTION 13. Effective date as of the recording of the vote tabulation into the records.

After-Birth Abortion The pro-choice case for infanticide. ----------- These people are sick

By William Saletan
A Dutch baby born on Feb. 29, 2012

Photograph by Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images.

Just when you thought the religious right couldn’t get any crazier, with its personhood amendments and its attacks on contraception, here comes the academic left with an even crazier idea: after-birth abortion.

No, I didn’t make this up
. “Partial-birth abortion” is a term invented by pro-lifers. But “after-birth abortion” is a term invented by two philosophers, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. In the Journal of Medical Ethics, they propose:

[W]hen circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible. … [W]e propose to call this practice ‘after-birth abortion’, rather than ‘infanticide,’ to emphasize that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus … rather than to that of a child. Therefore, we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be. Such circumstances include cases where the newborn has the potential to have an (at least) acceptable life, but the well-being of the family is at risk.
William Saletan

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.Predictably, the article has sparked outrage. Last week, Reps. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., and Chris Smith, R-N.J., denounced it on the House floor. But it isn’t pro-lifers who should worry about the Giubilini-Minerva proposal. It’s pro-choicers. The case for “after-birth abortion” draws a logical path from common pro-choice assumptions to infanticide. It challenges us, implicitly and explicitly, to explain why, if abortion is permissible, infanticide isn’t.

Let’s look at some of those assumptions.

1. The moral significance of fetal development is arbitrary. I often hear this argument from pro-choicers in the context of time limits on abortion. In a debate last fall, I drew up a timeline of fetal development, week by week. The response from Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, was that it would be arbitrary to use any point in that timeline to draw a legal limit on abortion rights. Giubilini and Minerva seem to share this view. “Abortions at an early stage are the best option, for both psychological and physical reasons,” they write, conspicuously omitting the idea that abortions at an early stage are better than late ones for moral reasons. “Merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life,” they write. “Indeed, many humans are not considered subjects of a right to life,” such as “spare embryos where research on embryo stem cells is permitted” or “fetuses where abortion is permitted.”

Furedi accepts birth as the first logical time limit, though not for reasons of fetal development. (See her comments 44 minutes into this video.) But Giubilini and Minerva push beyond that limit. They note that neural development continues after birth and that the newborn doesn’t yet meet their definition of a “person”—“an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents a loss to her.” Accordingly, they reason, “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus, that is, neither can be considered a ‘person’ in a morally relevant sense.” 

2. Prior to personhood, human life has no moral claims on us. I’ve seen this position asserted in countless comment threads by supporters of abortion rights. Giubilini and Minerva add only one further premise to this argument: Personhood doesn’t begin until sometime after birth. Once that premise is added, the newborn, like the fetus, becomes fair game. They explain:


This happened in 2012, but the reason it is being highlighted today is the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan recently released a statement highlighting the fact that the “Justice” Department has failed to prosecute the officers involved. The DOJ claims that: “this tragic event does not present sufficient evidence of willful misconduct to lead to a federal criminal prosecution.”

How can anyone who sees this video agree with that statement. The bad guys won again. Justice no longer resides in America. No wonderFerguson exploded.

California Cops Passed Around Explicit Photos Harvested From Arrestees' Phones

Another argument for default phone encryption: to keep criminals from accessing your personal photos and sharing them with others.

CHP Officer Sean Harrington, 35, of Martinez… confessed to stealing explicit photos from the cellphone of a second Contra Costa County DUI suspect in August and forwarding those images to at least two CHP colleagues. The five-year CHP veteran called it a "game" among officers, according to an Oct. 14 search warrant affidavit.That this criminal (and his criminal cohorts) happened to wear a uniform makes him no less of a criminal. The difference here is that the phone containing the photos wasn't stolen by a criminal but rather seized during a DUI arrest and accessed during booking.

[T]he investigation began with a single incident: Harrington's conduct during the Aug. 29 arrest of the San Ramon woman. The woman discovered that photos had been stolen from her phone five days after her release, when she noticed on her iPad that the photos had been sent to an unknown number. A record of the messages had been deleted from her iPhone, but the phone had been synced to the iPad.

NYPD Officers Strip-Search, Assault, Arrest and Charge Man with Jaywalking for Recording Cops

Posted October 29, 2014 3:25 pm by PatriotRising
“We got you motherf—–, now you’re going to jail for assaulting an officer”

In case you thought tales of the NYPD couldn’t get any worse, here comes the story of Jose LaSalle

Exactly one month ago, LaSalle, 44, was recording NYPD officers to protect against police abuse, when he himself became the target of police abuse. Oh, the irony. The painful, humiliating irony, as cops grabbed LaSalle’s camera, threw him against a fence, handcuffed him, strip-searched him, and charged him with “jaywalking.”

LaSalle, who runs the watchdog group Copwatch Patrol Unit, approached three uniformed officers while recording with his camera phone, and asked for their badge numbers, citing the section of the NYPD patrol guide requiring them to provide their badge numbers.

Rather than follow the law, the officers demanded LaSalle’s identification, an order which requires reasonable suspicion of a crime. When LaSalle asked what he had done wrong and why they needed his ID, the cops threw him a beating.

According to the New York Daily News:

“So one grabs one arm and the other grabs the other arm,” he recalled. “My face slams against the gate. I felt something snap in my shoulder.”

California issues mandatory Ebola quarantine order that “applies to anyone”, possible criminal charges for violation


330th Military Police train with L.A. Metro Police (Photo Credit: California National Guard/Flickr)
330th Military Police train with L.A. Metro Police (Photo Credit: California National Guard/Flickr)
LOS ANGELES — Although White House and State officials claim there is little to no chance that an Ebola outbreak will become a reality in America, the State of California moved forward with their plans Wednesday, issuing a new Ebola quarantine order.
In fact, California State Health Officer and California Department of Public Health(CDPH) Dir. Dr. Ron Chapman says that he took action to “prevent the spread of the disease” is California State.
Text from the California Department of Health’s website “14-189″ posted on Oct. 29, 2014, “applies to anyone” and reads:
“Today we’re establishing a statewide, standard protocol requiring some level of quarantine for those at highest risk of contracting and spreading Ebola,” said Dr. Chapman. “This order will protect the health and safety of Californians and support the state’s local health officers’ existing authority to develop protections against disease spread.”
The order, which applies to anyone traveling to California who has 1) traveled to California from an Ebola affected area; and 2) has had contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Ebola, requires those travelers to be quarantined for 21 days. A person traveling to this region that has not come into contact with a person with Ebola will not be subject to quarantine. An Ebola affected area is one determined as an active area by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which currently includes Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
While “specific requirements of an Ebola quarantine order” may vary based on the officer’s discretion, the order remains vague, leaving large loopholes and room for abuse.

SEC Caught feeding early market notices to 'preferred' partners by study (US stock trading)

The seal of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hangs on the wall at SEC headquarters in Washington, June 24, 2011.


(Reuters) - Hedge funds and other rapid-fire investors get access to market-moving documents before other users of the Securities and Exchange Commission's system for distributing company filings, giving them a possible edge on the rest of the market, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing two independent studies.

The two sets of researchers have been examining when paying subscribers receive SEC filings compared with when they become available on the agency's website, the newspaper reported.

They found a wide variation in the lag time, from no delay to one lasting more than a minute. The ability to get the information before it is on the SEC website can give traders extra seconds to act on the news, WSJ said.

The studies focus on the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system, or Edgar, which is used to disseminate earnings reports and other documents filed to the regulator.

Representatives for the SEC were not immediately available to comment on the report outside regular U.S. business hours.

However, an SEC spokeswoman told the Journal that the agency has reviewed the working paper and was conducting a thorough assessment of the dissemination process to make necessary systems modifications.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Last night at the Lisbon Community School cafeteria, approximately 40 residents gathered to listen to Tom Seekins, Siemens Representative and Don Fellows from the Planning Board.  The briefing was to explain the Self-Funding Energy Reduction project which is Question 3 on the town’s ballot.  The people of Lisbon will be voting on this issue come Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

I have included with this article the slides utilized during this presentation.  After the briefing, there was a question and answer period and only two questions were asked by Dean Willey.

It is important that the residents of Lisbon turn out to vote on November 4, 2014.

Larry Fillmore

Meet The Candidates for Androscoggin County Sheriff Seat

Good Morning,

You are invited to attend a meet and greet for the candidates running for the Androscoggin County Sheriff seat.  

What:   Androscoggin County Sheriff 
Candidates Meet and Greet

Where: MTM Center
 18 School Street
 Lisbon Falls

When:  Wednesday, October 29, 2014
at 7:00 P.M.
FMI Contact Tim McClure at 844-3356 or by email at

Susan Collins mad a Pledge to only serve 2 terms.........Broken Promise ----- Can we trust her word?

Joke of the Day

Indiana town moves to seize over 350 homes to make room for private developer

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:55 CEST

© Facebook
A resident mows his lawn in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood of Charlestown, Indiana.Charlestown , Indiana - A town is working to "demolish a working-class neighborhood" by seizing 354 homes and passing the land off to a private commercial developer. Using federal dollars and the highly-abused power of eminent domain, the city intends to evict multitudes of families to make way for economic progress.

The community under fire is called "Pleasant Ridge." It contains hundreds of small homes that were built during World War II as military housing. Today the homes are privately-owned and contain working-class and poor families, many of which have owned their homes for decades.

The City of Charlestown intends to demolish the community in order to allow new commercial and residential real estate to be built in its place - privately-owned real estate. The city declared its intentions in June 2014, when it applied to the state for permission to use eminent domain and for $5.3 million in "Hardest Hit Funds," a federal grant program administered through Indiana's Blight Elimination Program (BEP). The land grab might not have been economically feasible if not for being directly subsidized and incentivized by the federal government.

Protests against the looming seizure have persisted for months, and Pleasant Ridge formed its own neighborhood association this summer to coordinate opposition. The government's decision on the project is supposed to be made in November or December.

The perilous power of eminent domain has been in use for as long as governments have existed, but it was traditionally (and constitutionally) constrained to projects involving "public use" of the land. These might have included roads or government facilities.

In 2005, however, the U.S. Supreme Court egregiously ruled that it was "constitutional" for a city to seize homes for the benefit of private developers (see: Kelo v. City of New London). The benefits of "economic development" have been henceforth recognized to trump private property rights in the USA. In other words, people can be involuntarily kicked off land they own free-and-clear, if government bureaucrats believe another private party could use it to bring in more tax revenue for the city.

Lisbon Maine Town Council Meeting Oct. 21st, 2014

Meet the Candidates for Town Council

Letter to Mike Michaud about hurt inflicted on women ------ from Linda Wooten

To my Dear Friends and Acquaintances ,

Some of you already know that I had started a petition campaign to help Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Michaud understand the hurt inflicted on women when he and his campaign promoted a video in collaboration with a Rapper who degraded U.S. Senator Susan Collins and the Women of Maine. Representative Deb Sanderson asked for Mike Michaud's apology but received a reprimand by him instead.

I tried to help get this apology or at least an acknowledgment that Women of Maine care about being degraded. 103 women and 2 men supported our petition and that covered representation for 12 of our 16 counties. I hand delivered the petition to Mike Michaud after the Lewiston, Maine Gubernatorial forum 3 weeks ago. We have received no acknowledgment from him or his campaign. I asked for a meeting and received no acknowledgment from him or his campaign.

I then sent an editorial to the Portland Press Herald one week ago and have not received any acknowledgment that the letter will be published. As a last resort, I thought that if I let all of my email contacts know this information that it might help them to make a wise choice with their voting. Too much information that people should know is swept under the rug. Regardless if you support Mike Michaud or another candidate, my hope is that this information will help you to make more of an informed choice.

The following information contains the petition including the supporters, the letter to the Portland Press Herald Editor and photographs of Mike Michaud with his Rapper friend and of my delivery of the petition to him. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to provide further information. I appreciate your time and review of this information.

Linda Wooten
Auburn, Maine


Dear Mr. Michaud,
We the undersigned at this time are attempting to help you to understand our grief with the rap that was used to promote a video about you titled, The King of Maine on the Road with Mike Michaud. While we realize that you did not write the words of the Rap and did not choose this Rap for the video that was created to promote you, you did share the link to the video in which many people viewed and heard the video.  The video was also featured on the Bangor Daily News blog of Alex Steed and featured on the early morning radio talk show, George Hale and Ric Tyler of WVOM 101.3. Thousands heard the Rap that references a female, namely-United States Senator Susan Collins, in a degrading manner.

Many women are insulted by this and although you did not create the Rap or the video, you did in fact promote the video and had a photo op with the Rapper which has the appearance of you and the Rapper as friends and has the appearance of your approval for the degrading line concerning falletio performed by a female . Many attempts have been made  besieging you to apologize to Susan Collins and the women of Maine. 

The wrong people are being attacked for bringing this to your attention and your supporters are furthering the damage by telling us that our concerns are invalid and petty. We are women and we deserve respect and we deserve from someone like you to understand the hurt that is inflicted on our gender by condoning the degrading lyrics that were used to portray a decent woman of Maine, Susan Collins, or any women! We stand with Representative Deb Sanderson with wanting an apology!

Please Support the Women of Maine,

Linda Wooten (Auburn, Maine)
Signed by over 100 women 

Dear Editor Portland Press Herald,

I want to express to women of Maine and to Gubernatorial Candidate for Governor Mike Michaud how sorry I am for not being effective with Michaud on my attempt to help him understand the hurt that left a mark on the female gender by not denouncing the rapper who was a collaboration for a video produced on Michaud’s behalf. In that Rap, Susan Collins and women everywhere were degraded. We asked Shenna Bellows and Michelle Obama if they would support us but we got no response. We did gain support from 105 men and women in a tripartisan effort including several current and past Maine House Representatives and Candidates from 12 of our 16 Maine Counties. 
Although I handed Michaud a petition to ask for his acknowledgement and apology for promoting the rap/video collaboration, he did not. There was never a mention that he cared.  It was as if the concern by women was invalidated by him and not worth his time. In regards to that, I hope that my letter will be published to personally thank all 105 people who supported the effort.  Hopefully our effort is not in vain for future endeavors to instill in others a respect for our gender.

Linda Wooten

Auburn, Maine

A Letter From David A. Rustebakke, DVM

Editor, Lewiston Morning Tribune:

If I wish to import a horse into the United States from Liberia or any African country other than Morocco, the horse needs to undergo a 60 day quarantine period at a USDA approved quarantine facility prior to mingling with the general population of horses in this country. Africa has a disease called African Horse Sickness that does not exist in the US; this is the way we have kept it out of this country. African Horse Sickness does not cause disease in people, only horses; our government has determined that it would be devastating to the US horse industry if it were to come here.

The United States (and virtually all other countries) require a myriad of tests and often quarantine prior to bringing in a foreign animal.

I can’t legally cross state lines in the United States with a horse or cow without a health certificate signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian stating that the animal has been inspected and found free of infectious disease. In most cases blood tests are also required. In fact I can’t legally cross the Snake River and ride my horse in Idaho without a health certificate and a negative blood test for Equine Infectious Anemia.

I’m not complaining; the United States of America, the States of Idaho and Washington as well as the other 48 states take the health of our livestock very seriously, and we have a very good record at keeping foreign animal diseases out of our country. I am happy to do my part to maintain biosecurity in our animal population.

If I am a resident of Liberia incubating Ebola, to enter the United States all I need to do is present a valid visa, and lie when asked if I have been exposed to Ebola. Within hours (no quarantine required) I can be walking the streets of any city in the United States.

I feel very fortunate to live in a country that values our animals so highly.

David A. Rustebakke, DVM

Saying Hi To a Woman = Harassment? Yes According to Feminists predicted Cyber-Attack explosion of Antares Rocket Launch on OCT 27...a day before it happened

Cyber-Attack and Subsequent EMP Planned for Antares Rocket Launch on OCT 27Posted: October 27, 2014

David Chase Taylor
October 27, 2014

SWITZERLAND, Basel — Unable to execute the North Korean nuclear EMP attack on October 24, 2014, during the2014 World Series in San Francisco, it now appears that the Obama administration (at the behest of the CIA) is plotting a second EMP attack, only this time on the East Coast of the Unite States.

Come Monday night, October 27, 2014, the Antares rocket is slated to launch from the Wallops Flight Facility, inVirginia. The nighttime launch will be visible along much of the eastern seaboard. At some point during its flight, the rocket will likely suffer a so-called “cyber-attack”, resulting in a massive EMP-like explosion, knocking out electricity on the East Coast of America for good.

The evening launch of the Antares was evidently chosen in order to gain the most amount of “live” viewers. Needless to say, a massive nuclear explosion would be much brighter in the night sky of New York City as opposed to the bright sun of Florida where U.S. rockets have been historically launched from.

The impeding cyber-terror attack on the Antares is a redux of the Minotaur V launch of September 6, 2013, and theMinotaur Rocket launch of November 1, 2013, both of which were also launched from the East Coast precisely so that a cyber-attack and subsequent EMP explosion could transpire.

The Antares is comparable with the Delta II rocket which admittedly contains the “Extra-Extended Long Tank Thor“, a derivative of the Thor ballistic missile. In other words, the Antares rocket is a de facto nuclear missile which may suffer an EMP-like explosion should it come under an alleged cyber-terror attack.

The impending cyber-attack on the Antares is slated to commence during a Monday Night Football game between theWashington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys at 8:30 PM (EST). Due to the “live” audience of the game, potentially hundreds of millions of people will witness the lights going out in America for good.

Nurse Kaci Hickox says she won't obey Maine's Ebola quarantine: I won’t be 'bullied by politicians'

Eun Kyung KimTODAY

>Nurse Kaci Hickox — who remains symptom-free after spending three days in a New Jersey isolation tent after flying home from Ebola-stricken West Africa — remains under quarantine at home in Maine, but for only another day, she tells TODAY's Matt Lauer.

“I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and have been this entire time completely symptom free,” said Hickox, who wouldn’t emerge from Maine’s 21-day voluntary quarantine until Nov. 10.

“I truly believe this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I’m not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public.”

Hickox, who pointed out that top health officials believe a quarantine is unnecessary unless someone develops symptoms, also said:
She will pursue legal action if Maine forces her into continued isolation: “If the restrictions placed on me by the state of Maine are not lifted by Thursday morning, I will go to court to fight for my freedom.”

She plans to return to Africa to help Ebola patients: "My work in Sierra Leone for four weeks was amazing and I feel privileged to have been able to fight this battle and I do plan on going back. It’s not just will I, it’s more of a when.”

State officials should maintain health guidelines but New Jersey officials demonstrated a lack of scientific rationale: Hickox said policies need to be based on evidence, but what she saw at Newark airport showed no such basis. "I saw complete disorganization. I saw no leadership, and if you’re going to put a policy like that in place, that impedes on my civil rights, then you need to have the administrative details worked out before you start detaining me in an airport for no reason."

Obama Administration to Ship Ebola Victims to US at a Cost of $300,000 Per Patient

Obama’s post-election plans for a secret radical agenda

by Paul Sperry October 26, 2014 | 12:00am

He’s the Staller in Chief — President Obama has punted almost every hot-button issue past the key midterm elections on Nov. 4.
Obama has postponed decisions on a raft of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, Gitmo, immigration and his Cabinet.
This is partly to protect Democratic candidates and hold onto the Senate. But it’s more than that. Obama plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying less attention.
This includes a forced transformation of our neighborhoods, a huge influx of immigrants and billions of dollars in additional taxes.
Will midterm voters really be fooled? Probably not. Republicans are expected to hold both the Senate and the House starting in the next term. But whether anyone can stop the executive actions Obama quietly plans is another matter.
In fact, the president is hoping you don’t even notice.


In June, Obama vowed “to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress,” but now he’s taking no executive action on immigration until after the midterms.
The White House reportedly is preparing to provide amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants in late November, including work permits and green cards for up to 34 million.
Immigration and border security have become the most divisive and important issues of this election cycle, thanks to growing threats from Islamic terrorists and Ebola. Most Americans already opposed amnesty.


Even though Attorney General Eric Holder stepped down last month, Obama hasn’t named a replacement — that’s because he has someone more radical in mind: Thomas Perez.
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Perez, now serving as labor secretary, is a dangerous race-baiter — and a shameless liar to boot.
He recently told an all-black crowd at Howard University that he learned while visiting a Mississippi school district that officials were locking up black kids for farting. He used the outrageous anecdote as an example of lingering white racism in the Deep South. But as I reported earlier in The Post, the African-American school superintendent denied the whole story and said Perez never even visited schools there.
School administrators aren’t the only people Perez has framed as racists. He’s also compared bankers to Klansmen, whom he says practice a more “subtle” kind of racism that’s “every bit as destructive as the cross burned in a neighborhood.”
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As the Justice Department’s civil rights chief, Perez sabotaged a landmark housing discrimination case before the Supreme Court to protect his use of the dubious “disparate impact” theory to shake down bankers for billions in payola for Democrat groups.
When Congress investigated his role, Perez swore he never personally intervened in the case, even though e-mails and voicemail transcripts say otherwise. In fact, the evidence shows Perez went out of his way to derail the high-court case — including flying to meet with the petitioners to get them to drop the case and then insisting they not leave a paper trail.
Radical Latino activist groups have pressured Obama to appoint Perez as the second-ever Latino attorney general. But Perez is certainly not someone who will enforce the nation’s laws equally — or enforce them at all in the case of illegal immigration. As he revealed in a National Press Club speech last week, he’s all about getting more immigrants in to vote for Democrats to bring about more “shared prosperity.”
Obama is expected to ram through his radical nod in the lame-duck session before newly elected Senate members take their seats in January.