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Only in America could a man assault a journalist and end up winning an election. Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was reportedly “grabbed...by the neck with both hands and slammed...into the ground,” by newly elected Representative Greg Gianforte in Bozeman a day before Montana’s special election for the lone, at-large House seat. Gianforte started punching Jacobs while on the ground, according to a Fox News crew that witnessed the attack and cooperated with authorities. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin donated $250 to Gianforte's campaign and announced he was charging Montana’s newest representative with misdemeanor assault. Gianforte must appear in court by June 7. If convicted, he faces a maximum jail sentence of six months and a fine of up to $500. Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert said he would have to review the case before commenting on whether the misdemeanor assault charge was appropriate, but he can alter the charge if he feels it’s necessary. “I understand this young man went to the hospital...I only know about the case from watching the media and reading the newspaper,” he informed. Lambert is in his 34th year as the Gallatin County Attorney and said he has “no reason to take issue with” Gootkin’s decision. “The sheriff and the deputies that work for him have a lot of integrity...to my knowledge the investigation was thorough,” Lambert said. Of the roughly 377,500 votes cast in the Montana special election for the at-large House seat, nearly 70 percent were submitted prior to the alleged assault occurring.…
The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position of the GCN Live newsroom. A guest editorial follows. “No Barriers, No Borders, We all need to co-exist.” –Katy Perry This week, headline news read, “MASSIVE Explosions” Rock British Concert… Bodies Everywhere… Fatalities Confirmed… “It Was Huge-You Could Feel it in Your Chest.” Yet, in London, we know that Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan told New York and London, “Terror attacks are a part of urban life.” In America, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges begins her little scripted diatribe on cue supporting those who follow the teachings of the Koran, all the while, overlooking the victims. This is all brought to you by your local, corrupt and treasonous politicians (Article 3, Section 3 of the US Constitution). Hegseth Confronts MN Mayor Who Gave State of the City Speech at Mosque Here you see them using divide and conquer to gain control of the chaos that politicians and the media are allied in creating (Mark 3:25). We see these officials act rather strange after these “terror attacks.” They seem to conglomerate on cue and ally themselves to condemn the acts, but not the actors. In the end, they ask the people to give up their rights while attempting to disarm them for the “global good.” Additionally, they attempt to forge new powers against the very people they are supposed to represent. When are Americans going to figure out that this is a global initiative? This…
While Birdman might sleep on a million dollars cash, you can get intimate with your money without sleeping with it. That’s a more lustful relationship with money than it is intimate anyways. The relationship I’m talking about is one that allows your money to give back. I recently wrote about how the science of keeping checkbook register is dying but is still badly needed. But it didn’t take long to realize that in order to make my money make more money, I’d need more than a checkbook register in my smartphone. To truly get intimate with your money you have to bring in a third party -- a money ménage à trois, or partie carrée for those ready for a finance orgy of four. Bring a Money Monitor into the Bedroom Having someone or something monitor your money habits might sound a little uncomfortable. There they are, looking lustfully at your money, salivating perhaps. But there’s really no need to worry. While online money monitors connect to your bank and credit accounts, their interest is to sell you their money management plans -- not steal your money. I used both LearnVest and Personal Capital, and I prefer LearnVest because it does more of the work for you. You can just make yourself comfortable and let her take control, so to speak. While LearnVest has a hard time determining from where your money comes and goes, she attempts to organize it in three key areas: income, fixed costs and flex spending.…
In 2015 Dr. Thad Ocampo and Dr. Tonya Rans published a paper looking at cannabis allergies that ranged from eczema to asthma to anaphylaxis. Daily Mail now reports 36 million Americans could be allergic to marijuana, stating 73 percent of the 50 million people who react to pollen also have issues with cannabis – and the figure is rising. This comes as no surprise as marijuana is a plant that carries pollen. Those exposed to second hand cannabis may be at risk as well. In 1971, a 29 year old woman claimed to have smoked marijuana for the first time when she went into a full anaphylactic reaction, being unable to breath. Cannabis sativa is one of the more common strains of cannabis used and its hypersensitivity could cause one to have any of the following: Cough Sneezing Wheezing Rash Itch Hives Runny eyes, conjunctivitis Difficulty breathing Image from Positive Vibrations Cannabis indicia is the other more common strain, whose leaves are wider and may pose allergic risks as well. Dr. Ocampo and Rans also discusses cannabis seed encrusted seafood which caused an anaphylactic reaction in a patient who was not allergic to seafood. EpiPens could provide support for those suffering reactions and may need to be on hand for those who smoke or are exposed to marijuana smoke. Allergic reactions occur when an allergen enters the body and the immune system tries to reject it. This defense mechanism, however, could cause many symptoms, including bronchoconstriction, preventing one from being…
Producer / Director Zack Snyder has dropped out of the production because of a family tragedy. Autumn Snyder, Zack’s daughter from his first marriage, committed suicide on March 20th. Initially, the family wanted to keep Autumn’s death private -- telling only close friends and relatives. The film was shut down for two weeks so the Snyder’s could attend to the aftermath of the sad event. Everyone, including Mr. Snyder, thought the film would return to its original schedule after the bereavement period. Eventually, Zack had a change of heart: “In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it. The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming. And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization … I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.” Completely understandable. Warner Bros. appears to be standing beside Zack and offered to push the release date back, allowing the family time to recover. But Zack Snyder and current wife Deborah Snyder (also a producer on the film) decided it would be best for the movie to be completed on schedule. Enter Joss Whedon. The Justice League film is actually in post production with all of principal photography complete. But Zack wanted to add additional…
American farmers have been voting against their own interests for quite some time. Despite Republican President Calvin Coolidge vetoing farm relief way back in the 1920s, the majority of farmers and ranchers have continued to vote Republican because they think Republicans support the American farmer, when in fact, Republicans really just support themselves. Ten Republican lawmakers have taken $6.7 million in taxpayer money in the form of farm subsidies dating back to the 1990s. The annual payout for farm subsidies was just $20 billion as of 2015. The annual budget for corporate welfare was $100 billion in 2012, and the annual expense of actual welfare in the same year, which is under Republican attack again, was $212 billion. So corporations get five times the welfare than farmers and ranchers that feed us and half as much as those in need. Only in America. But now, as Donald Trump looks to cut, cut, cut from farm subsidies, food stamps and Medicaid in order to increase defense spending and free up money for his border wall, farmers will have reason to consider other candidates at the polls in 2018 and beyond. Trump has proposed slashing the United States Department of Agriculture discretionary budget by $4.7 billion -- or 21 percent -- by cutting funding for rural clean water initiatives and rural business services, reducing some USDA statistical services and cutting county-level staff. This will not go over well with the rural voters who elected him. Trump is already in hot water with…
In April, a South Carolina high school student collapsed in class and later died. The coroner’s report, revealed this week, cited caffeine as the cause. The caffeine induced a cardiac arrhythmia, abnormal heart rhythm, and 16-year old Davis Allen Cripe tragically died within an hour. What’s shocking is the amount of caffeine he ingested was not very high. According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, Cripe drank, within a two hour period, a large Mountain Dew, an energy drink, and a cafe latte from McDonald's. The teen had no medical problems or family history of heart issues. A large Mountain Dew contains 54 mg per 12 fluid oz. So a 20 oz drink would be close to 100 mg caffeine. Energy drinks, depending on the brand, contain approximately 80 mg of caffeine per can. A cafe latte from McDonald's, medium size, contains 142 mg of caffeine. This in total would equal approximately 320 mg of caffeine ingested within a two hour period. The lethal dose of caffeine in adults range from 150-200 mg/ kg body weight. So a 70 kg adult could consume a toxic level of caffeine at 10 grams (10,000 mg). So 320 mg of caffeine is well below the toxic level. But what caffeine could do could be the more dangerous part. Caffeine has been known to induce arrhythmias. It’s a stimulant, hence it can affect the heart’s electrical conductivity that manages the organ’s pumping action. Once the electricity is disrupted, the heart muscle fails to have…
It’s no secret that attending a Major League Baseball game is expensive despite being the cheapest option ($31) when compared to the NBA ($55.88), NHL ($62.18) and NFL ($92.98). I’ve been to 16 of the first 24 Minnesota Twins home games, but just experienced my first pair of doubleheaders over the last four days -- one a split doubleheader and one a traditional back-to-back. I doubt I’ll see many more split doubleheaders, as taking a break between games tends to leave seats empty during the second game. Getting into the ballpark isn’t prohibitively expensive. You can get into Angels Stadium in Anaheim for less than $10, and standing room only tickets at Target Field in Minnesota are usually $11. But eating and drinking beer, liquor, soda or water at the the ballpark is expensive. The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies have the most expensive beer in baseball, followed by Minnesota in second, according to Fortune. That doesn’t include tip. My research revealed that you can buy 16 ounces of Bud Light, Miller Lite or a Bud Lime-A-Rita for $7 at Target Field. You can expect to pay close to $5 for a water and more for soda. Doubleheaders don’t have to be doubly expensive, though. I enjoyed two games, a meal and three drinks for less than $35. Here’s how you can save money at the ballpark. Don’t Exchange Your Ticket for a Different Game When your game gets rained out, don’t exchange your ticket for a…
So, I totally buy the argument that there is a lack of knowledge in proper tipping etiquette. There was a time when I was unaware that people didn’t tip. It never occurred to me to not tip and it never occurred to me that others wouldn’t do it. And then in 1992, when I was twenty years old, I watched Tarantino’s, Reservoir Dogs. You know the scene I am talking about. The tipping scene. Steve Buscemi, as Mr. Pink has this exchange with the others at the table: NICE GUY EDDIE Alright, everybody cough up some green for the little lady. [Everybody whips out a buck, and throws it on the table. Everybody, that is, except Mr. Pink.] NICE GUY EDDIE C’mon, throw in a buck. MR. PINK Uh-uh. I don’t tip. NICE GUY EDDIE You don’t tip? MR. PINK No. I don’t believe in it. NICE GUY EDDIE You don’t believe in tipping? MR. BLUE Do you know what these chicks make? They make shit. MR. PINK Don’t give me that. She don’t make enough money, she can quit. NICE GUY EDDIE I don’t even know a fuckin’ Jew who’d have the balls to say that. So let’s get this straight. You don’t ever tip, huh? MR. PINK I don’t tip because society says I have to. Alright, I mean I’ll tip if somebody really deserves a tip. If they really puts forth the effort, I’ll give them something extra. But this tipping automatically, it’s… for the birds. As…
The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position of the GCN Live newsroom. A guest editorial follows. “I once sent a dozen of my friends a telegram saying 'flee at once - all is discovered.' They all left town immediately.” ―attributed to Mark Twain When one looks at the quote above, one might ask, to what does this apply? It is simple. It applies to those who have been exposed for crimes who were found out (Luke 12:2) and fled. In America, the culprits in the Church and in the government have been found out again and again. Yet, they do not flee. They are encouraged to continue on. Strength is simply added to their tyrannical ways by those who tolerate their crimes (Jeremiah 9:6; 18:12). "The greatest sin of our time is not the few who have destroyed but the vast majority who sat idly by." -Martin Luther King, Jr. The Church in America Took the Bait My columns are not about magnifying the crime, but rather magnifying the law (Psalm 94:16) against the crime to bring forth righteousness and peace, like that of the good police officers that we have in this country. They have painted on the side of their cars “Peace officer.” Peace officers enforce the law against the crimes to maintain order. Law and Order: America, you are the Law! “Hearken unto Me, My people; and give ear unto Me, O my nation: for a…
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