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  1. The issue is far more complicated than the average consumer / taxpayer understands. While many taxpayers will complain about farm subsidies, they certainly do not understand the lower price they pay at the grocery store is a direct subsidy paid by the taxpayers. The answer, in my opinion, is very painful and will result in many farm bankruptcies but the Government needs to get out of the farm subsidy business. Once the Government is out, I believe and hope the free market will prevail and consumers will be forced to pay market price for their goods and hopefully the farmer will reap the reward for producing the crop or produce in demand. Simple supply and demand curve from Economics 101. The American consumer and taxpayer has been spoiled by low food prices and the failure of our educational system to properly educate the consumer. The school lunch program is another catastrophic program which is in the farm budget and should be in either the education or welfare budgets. This is another way for the corrupt politicians to hide the true cost of their welfare programs from the taxpayer and the failure in turn is on the taxpayer for not demanding more information from the elitist politicians. Only in the U.S.A. can an individual of modest means run for public office, if successful in this endeavor, continue in their position on the public teat, and retire with fantastic taxpayer subsidized benefits, and become a millionaire at the same time.
  2. Nearly the same for me. At the time, I was more partial to Red Man chewing tobacco instead of snuff so I never needed a can to spit. Never chewed tobacco inside. I had friends who would put a pinch or two between their gums and spit in an empty beer can while out partying and usually the can was held by the spitter. In my case, while playing a game of doubles pool at the bar, my opponents girlfriend placed one of the spit cans next to my cold beer. Between shots, I grabbed the misplaced can and quickly took several large gulps. The contaminated liquid came up just as rapidly as it went down. I was fortunate to catch my bearings rather quickly and carry on with the evenings activities. As I recall, my girlfriend at the time, now my wife, carried the day and we won the challenge pool game. My wife then and now may be able to stomach one (1) beer and if necessary, always was a designated driver. As I grew older snuff became a habit and was the most difficult for me to quit. Snuff in the bloodstream and almost immediate reaction in the brain.
  3. Vintage Mack Radiator Cap...and by vintage I mean friggin old    
  4. That is your, and the Democrats theory. Past precedent by a Republican President and Republican controlled Senate and Democrat President and Democratic controlled Senate begs to differ. President Trump has a duty and obligation to fulfill all duties of his Presidency up to and including the date of inauguration of either Trump or Biden. The responsibility and duties of an incumbent President does not end until the torch passes hands. Their is absolutely NO question if the shoe was on Schumer's foot with a Democratic controlled Senate, Schumer would move forward with lightning speed to hold a confirmation hearing.
  5. USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus Contact: FPAC.BC.Press@usda.gov Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Begins Sept. 21 WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020. “America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump is once again demonstrating his commitment to ensure America’s farmers and ranchers remain in business to produce the food, fuel, and fiber America needs to thrive,” said Secretary Perdue. “We listened to feedback received from farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations about the impact of the pandemic on our nations’ farms and ranches, and we developed a program to better meet the needs of those impacted.” Background: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use funds being made available from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and CARES Act to support row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture and many additional commodities. USDA has incorporated improvements in CFAP 2 based from stakeholder engagement and public feedback to better meet the needs of impacted farmers and ranchers. Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices. This program provides financial assistance that gives producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Producers will be compensated for ongoing market disruptions and assisted with the associated marketing costs. CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities – Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities. Price Trigger Commodities Price trigger commodities are major commodities that meet a minimum 5-percent price decline over a specified period of time. Eligible price trigger crops include barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton, and all classes of wheat. Payments will be based on 2020 planted acres of the crop, excluding prevented planting and experimental acres. Payments for price trigger crops will be the greater of: 1) the eligible acres multiplied by a payment rate of $15 per acre; or 2) the eligible acres multiplied by a nationwide crop marketing percentage, multiplied by a crop-specific payment rate, and then by the producer’s weighted 2020 Actual Production History (APH) approved yield. If the APH is not available, 85 percent of the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option (ARC-CO) benchmark yield for that crop will be used. For broilers and eggs, payments will be based on 75 percent of the producers’ 2019 production. Dairy (cow’s milk) payments will be based on actual milk production from April 1 to Aug. 31, 2020. The milk production for Sept. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020, will be estimated by FSA. Eligible beef cattle, hogs and pigs, and lambs and sheep payments will be based on the maximum owned inventory of eligible livestock, excluding breeding stock, on a date selected by the producer, between Apr. 16, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2020. Flat-rate Crops Crops that either do not meet the 5-percent price decline trigger or do not have data available to calculate a price change will have payments calculated based on eligible 2020 acres multiplied by $15 per acre. These crops include alfalfa, extra long staple (ELS) cotton, oats, peanuts, rice, hemp, millet, mustard, safflower, sesame, triticale, rapeseed, and several others. Sales Commodities Sales commodities include specialty crops; aquaculture; nursery crops and floriculture; other commodities not included in the price trigger and flat-rate categories, including tobacco; goat milk; mink (including pelts); mohair; wool; and other livestock (excluding breeding stock) not included under the price trigger category that were grown for food, fiber, fur, or feathers. Payment calculations will use a sales-based approach, where producers are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales. Additional commodities are eligible in CFAP 2 that weren’t eligible in the first iteration of the program. If your agricultural operation has been impacted by the pandemic since April 2020, we encourage you to apply for CFAP 2. A complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap. Eligibility There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Applicants who are corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships may qualify for additional payment limits when members actively provide personal labor or personal management for the farming operation. In addition, this special payment limitation provision has been expanded to include trusts and estates for both CFAP 1 and 2. Producers will also have to certify they meet the Adjusted Gross Income limitation of $900,000 unless at least 75 percent or more of their income is derived from farming, ranching or forestry-related activities. Producers must also be in compliance with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions. Applying for Assistance Producers can apply for assistance beginning Sept. 21, 2020. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 11, 2020. Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap. Documentation to support the producer’s application and certification may be requested. All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded from farmers.gov/cfap/apply. For existing FSA customers, including those who participated in CFAP 1, many documents are likely already on file. Producers should check with FSA county office to see if any of the forms need to be updated. Customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with the team at the FSA county office. All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Our program delivery staff will be in the office, and they will be working with our producers in the office, by phone and using online tools. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.
  6. This is incorrect as well. Scalia died on February 13, 2016 and Merrick Garland was nominated on March 16, 2016. The election was held on November 8, 2016. By my math, the election was held a little less than eight (8) months after the Garland nomination.
  7. You are incorrect. There was NO LAW requiring Merrick Garland to be granted any consideration. The difference is the Senate was controlled by the Republicans and the nominating President was a Democrat. In the case at hand, the Senate and President are both controlled by the Republican party. Sadly, you failed to do the requisite research. Supreme Court vacancies in presidential election years Amy Howe Independent Contractor and Reporter Posted Sat, February 13th, 2016 11:55 pm Supreme Court vacancies in presidential election years In the wake of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, questions have arisen about whether there is a standard practice of not nominating and confirming Supreme Court Justices during a presidential election year. The historical record does not reveal any instances since at least 1900 of the president failing to nominate and/or the Senate failing to confirm a nominee in a presidential election year because of the impending election. In that period, there were several nominations and confirmations of Justices during presidential election years. The first nomination during an election year in the twentieth century came on March 13, 1912, when President William Taft (a Republican) nominated Mahlon Pitney to succeed John Marshall Harlan, who died on October 14, 1911. The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Pitney on March 18, 1912, by a vote of fifty to twenty-six. President Woodrow Wilson (a Democrat) made two nominations during 1916. On January 28, 1916, Wilson nominated Louis Brandeis to replace Joseph Rucker Lamar, who died on January 2, 1916; the Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed Brandeis on June 1, 1916, by a vote of forty-seven to twenty-two. Charles Evans Hughes resigned from the Court on June 10, 1916 to run (unsuccessfully) for president as a Republican. On July 14, 1916, Wilson nominated John Clarke to replace him; Clarke was confirmed unanimously ten days later. On February 15, 1932, President Herbert Hoover (a Republican) nominated Benjamin Cardozo to succeed Oliver Wendell Holmes, who retired on January 12, 1932. A Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Cardozo by a unanimous voice vote on February 24, 1932. On January 4, 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt (a Democrat) nominated Frank Murphy to replace Pierce Butler, who died on November 16, 1939; Murphy was confirmed by a heavily Democratic Senate on January 16, 1940, by a voice vote. On November 30, 1987, President Ronald Reagan (a Republican) nominated Justice Anthony Kennedy to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Lewis Powell. A Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed Kennedy (who followed Robert Bork and Douglas Ginsburg as nominees for that slot) on February 3, 1988, by a vote of ninety-seven to zero. In two instances in the twentieth century, presidents were not able to nominate and confirm a successor during an election year. But neither reflects a practice of leaving a seat open on the Supreme Court until after the election. On September 7, 1956, Sherman Minton announced his intent to retire in a letter to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and he served until October 15, 1956. With the Senate already adjourned, Eisenhower made a recess appointment of William J. Brennan to the Court shortly thereafter; Brennan was formally nominated to the Court and confirmed in 1957. The fact that Eisenhower put Brennan on the Court is inconsistent with any tradition of leaving a seat vacant. And in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Abe Fortas, who was already sitting as an Associate Justice, to succeed Chief Justice Earl Warren, but the Fortas nomination was the target of a bipartisan filibuster – principally in reaction to the Warren Court’s liberalism and ethical questions about Fortas, although objections were certainly also made that it was inappropriate to fill the seat in an election year. That filibuster prompted Homer Thornberry, whom Johnson nominated to succeed Fortas as an Associate Justice, to withdraw his name from consideration in October 1968, because there was no vacancy to fill. Moreover, the failure to confirm Fortas as the Chief Justice did not leave the Court short a Justice, because Chief Justice Earl Warren remained on the bench.
  8. Sadly, the Republicans have difficulty rallying around "duty" unlike the Donkey's who fall in line like comrades around Schumer. Mitt needs to remember it is his failed Presidential bid which brought us Amabo.
  9. Coal explained Coal takes millions of years to form Coal is a combustible black or brownish-black sedimentary rock with a high amount of carbon and hydrocarbons. Coal is classified as a nonrenewable energy source because it takes millions of years to form. Coal contains the energy stored by plants that lived hundreds of millions of years ago in swampy forests. Layers of dirt and rock covered the plants over millions of years. The resulting pressure and heat turned the plants into the substance we call coal. Types of coal Coal is classified into four main types, or ranks: anthracite, bituminous, subbituminous, and lignite. The ranking depends on the types and amounts of carbon the coal contains and on the amount of heat energy the coal can produce. The rank of a coal deposit is determined by the amount of pressure and heat that acted on the plants over time. Anthracite contains 86%–97% carbon and generally has the highest heating value of all ranks of coal. Anthracite accounted for less than 1% of the coal mined in the United States in 2018. All of the anthracite mines in the United States are in northeastern Pennsylvania. Anthracite is mainly used by the metals industry. Bituminous coal contains 45%–86% carbon. Bituminous coal in the United States is between 100 million and 300 million years old. Bituminous coal is the most abundant rank of coal found in the United States, and it accounted for about 47% of total U.S. coal production in 2018. Bituminous coal is used to generate electricity and is an important fuel and raw material for making iron and steel. West Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Indiana were the five main bituminous coal-producing states in 2018, together accounting for 75% of total bituminous production. Subbituminous coal typically contains 35%–45% carbon, and it has a lower heating value than bituminous coal. Most subbituminous coal in the United States is at least 100 million years old. About 45% of total U.S. coal production in 2018 was subbituminous and nearly 89% was produced in Wyoming. Lignite contains 25%–35% carbon and has the lowest energy content of all coal ranks. Lignite coal deposits tend to be relatively young and were not subjected to extreme heat or pressure. Lignite is crumbly and has high moisture content, which contributes to its low heating value. Lignite accounted for 8% of total U.S. coal production in 2018. About 52% was mined in North Dakota, and about 43% was mined in Texas. Lignite is mostly used to generate electricity. A facility in North Dakota also converts lignite to synthetic natural gas that is sent to consumers in the eastern United States. Last updated: October 11, 2019
  10. Very quick to the draw! Well played sir!
  11. The approval process does not include the House of Representatives. Only the advise and consent of the Senate, which of course means the approval of the RINO's Susan Collins from Maine, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, and the very lovable former Massachusetts Governor and failed Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, now the Senator from Utah. The confirmation process for judicial appointees is filibuster free which means it will not be necessary for sixty (60) votes but fifty one (51). Republicans can stand one (1) or two (2) defections as Vice President Pence, in the event of a tie, can cast the deciding vote.
  12. Thank goodness the protestors were mostly peaceful, imagine the damage if these protests had turned into a riot. Norah O'Donnell is a bigger moron than I initially gave her credit for.
  13. Was it you who stated in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg thread to be forgiving. Do I detect a case of hypocrisy. Me, I possess far more intestinal fortitude (cojones) and redneck to be forgiving. That is God and Jesus job.
  14. RichardDSalyer


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