Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Prisons Are Adopting The Walmart Business Model

"CCA's plan to become the Walmart of reentry may be good for its investors, but it should alarm the rest of us. First, the for-profit prison industry's history of abuse, neglect, and mismanagement raises serious questions about what kinds of abuses would occur if we hand over control of even more elements of our criminal justice system to CCA and similar profit-driven companies. Second, CCA fights aggressively to shield its operations from public scrutiny -- even though incarceration and rehabilitation are some of the government responsibilities where transparency and accountability are most important." 

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FBI Report Casts Doubt On NRA's 'Good Guy Stops Bad Guy' Nonsense

"Only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Wayne LaPierre

Not. Here's how gun incidents actually ended taken from the latest report from the FBI. 56 percent  ended when the shooter took his or her own life or stopped shooting or fled the scene. 26 percent terminated with the shooter and police volleying gunfire; nearly all of those gunman were either wounded or dead in the end. In 3 percent of shootings studied by the FBI, the shooter was successfully disarmed/restrained by unarmed civilians. In only 3 percent of the incidents in the studied shootings were gunman confronted by armed civilians and some of those were security forces who were on duty.

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Monday, September 22, 2014
400,000 At People's Climate March In NYC

Hundreds Of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City
 "Today I march because I want to behold a brighter future. We have destroyed ourselves. We have destroyed our health and I'm here because our political leaders have failed us. We know together we can build our bright future."Stanley Sturgill, a retired coal miner from Kentucky
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Mentally Ill Locked Up Alone For Months

"At many jails and prisons around the country, solitary confinement has become kind of the default placement for the mentally ill." Dr. James Gilligan, a New York University psychiatrist

Jailed, Some Mentally Ill Inmates Land In Solitary Confinement

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
This Man Wrote Letters Warning Politicians Not To Lie. It Worked.

"I think fact-checking has caused big important changes in how we cover the news now and it's gotten especially the younger generation of reporters much more interested in going beyond that 'he-said, she-said' reporting." Brendan Nyhan

Political scientist Brendan Nyhan explains why fact-checking keeps candidates honest…sometimes.
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How Superbugs Hitch a Ride From Hog Farms Into Your Community

"Factory-scale farms don't just house hundreds of genetically similar animals in tight quarters over vast cesspools collecting their waste. They also house a variety of bacteria that live within those unfortunate beasts' guts. And when you dose the animals daily with small amounts of antibiotics—a common practice—the bacteria strains in these vast germ reservoirs quite naturally develop the ability to withstand anti-bacterial treatments."

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Friday, September 12, 2014
Incredible Woman

Meet The Incredible Woman Who Has Changed The Lives Of Nearly Two Dozen Foster Kids
This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define FamilyTM” series installment features an interview with Mary Keane, age 65, of New York City, who found her interest in supporting teenagers in the foster care system snowballed from one youth to taking in almost two dozen. At age 50, while going through the foster parent certification process, she moved from a studio apartment to a large Victorian house, which she spent a year renovating in order to provide a welcoming home for her new family. Mary’s commitment to these young people may be more than most people can imagine but the wisdom she gained along the way is inspirational and instructive for any current or aspiring foster-adoptive parents.
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Six Domestic Violence Survivors Explain Why It’s Never That Simple
"This week, stories like theirs became part of a national conversation when a video surfaced of pro football player Ray Rice violently punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an elevator. Palmer, who married Rice just a few weeks after the incident, was criticized for having stayed with him. Then, something remarkable happened: Writer Beverly Gooden shared her own reasons for staying in an abusive relationship on Twitter, using the hashtag #WhyIStayed. Within hours, hundreds of survivors were tweeting their own reasons for doing the same. "
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Candidate- Rachel Burke for NH State Representative

Rachel Burke

(603) 755-3353

Rachel Burke is running for her fourth term as a State Representative. Born in Dover and reared in Somersworth, Rachel lived in Farmington for 19 years. A shoe factory worker for over 32 years, Burke was a proud member of the United Shoe Workers of America. Early activity on the Committee on Political Action, a member driven union committee, developed her interest in politics.

During her time as a Representative, Burke served on the State Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs and Education Committees. She passed legislation that improved education for New Hampshire’s youth, including raising the dropout age, defining adequate education, and instituting kindergarten.

When she is re-elected, Burke wants to continue her work to improve the state’s infrastructure, traffic, and public school systems. She is a strong defender of women’s health and reproductive rights, and is an advocate for supporting the rights of working families over special interests.

Also vote for Candidate- Martin Laferte for NH State Representative.
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Candidate- Martin Laferte for NH State Representative

Martin G. Laferte

(603) 755-3335

Martin “Marty” Laferte was born in Rochester and has lived most of his life in New Hampshire. He is a lifelong Democrat. After earning his engineering degree he worked for Earth Tech, an international engineering firm, managing projects all over the world . He took 10 years out from the private sector to serve as Public Works Director for Rochester. He returned to work for Earth Tech, retiring as a senior engineer. He moved to Farmington with his wife Billie in 1999. Since he and Billie moved to Farmington, Marty has served the community by participation on the Capital Improvements and Economic Development Committees, and Town Planning Board. His work on the Town Planning Board earned him the appointment as Farmington representative to the technical advisory committee for the Strafford County Metropolitan Planning Organization. He has also been elected and served as Vice President of the New Hampshire Jaycees. His focus in the state legislature will be on budget and finances. Marty would like to make sure that our state funds are well spent. His experience managing complex engineering projects all over the world will serve him very well in this task.

 Also vote for Candidate- Rachel Burke for NH State Representative.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Internet Slowdown Protest Today-Protect Net Neutrality

Big ISPs want the power to slow (and break!) sites like ours. Tell lawmakers: “Protect Internet freedom. Defend net neutrality.”

 Activists are hoping for a protest to equal the now-infamous web blackout of 2012 , when many of the most popular websites went dark to protest two laws that would've more tightly regulated copyright online. Activists feared those laws would also hurt the open Internet. Thousands of websites participated participated in that protest, and the two laws never passed. http://huff.to/1siOgYg
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Monday, September 8, 2014
Women Who Risked Everything To Expose Sexual Assault In The Military

"Women in the US military are being raped and sexually assaulted by their colleagues in record numbers. An estimated 26,000 rapes and sexual assaults took place in the military in 2012, the last year that statistic is available; only 1 in 7 victims reported their attacks, and just 1 in 10 of those cases went to trial."

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Late Summer Photos-Our Adopt-A-Spot

By this time of year our Adopt-a-Spot on Spring Street is looking a little worn, as most gardens are. With that being said here are some shots of the late summer blooms. Enjoy!

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Tri-Town Democrats Meeting September 11th 2014

Tri-town Democrats
Meeting at Emma Ramsey Center, Milton
September 11, 2014

Call to order 7 PM Milton Chair, Ellen Kriete

Minutes of Previous meeting

Treasurer’s Report
Social Media and other Committee Reports
Letter writing committee

Old Business

Farmington Hay Day
Strafford County Picnic

New Business
Election Activity
Milton Pride Day
Strafford County Event
visibility events
phone banks/canvassing
yard signs

Communications between towns

Recruiting New Members?

Social activity/fundraiser for the spring or summer?

Next meeting:  Ooctober 9, 2014 in Milton (the Farmington Dems chair)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
We're Are Very Far From Being Post-Racial

In 1964 the Civil Rights Act was signed into law. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin was officially outlawed. It also officially ended segregation in schools, in the workplace and in public places. Fifty years later you'd think we'd be pretty close to a post-racial society, but nothing could be further from the truth. These three pieces show exactly hoe far we haven't come.
15 Charts That Prove We're Far From Post-Racial

Segregation Now- Investigating America's Racial Divide

 3 maps that show school segregation in the US
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American Religious, Political Ideologies-In One Graph

To find out more about how to read this graph and read some interesting observations about religions in our nation, politics, and how our ideologies intersect and don't, follow the link.



Observations from the graph

There’s a lot of information stuffed into this one graph, but here are a few key things we can see:
  • Churches that are similar religiously are also similar ideologically.
  • Evangelicals are classic conservatives (small role in economy, protect morality). Pentecostals want a larger role for government on economic issues.
  • Presbyterian Church in America, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and smaller Methodist churches have historical ties to both evangelicalism and mainline denominations. On the question of government and morality, they are between other evangelical churches and mainline denominations.
  • Mainline churches hold similar economic views as evangelicals but want less government involvement protecting traditional morality.
  • Christians in traditionally black denominations and evangelicals are similar in their views toward morality policy, but there is a large divide on economics.
  • Catholics are large and represent the center on both dimensions.
  • Jews are centrist on the economy. There is a major divide between both Conservative and Orthodox Jews and other streams of Judaism. This divide falls along the morality dimension.
  • The “nones” are united on their ideology toward morality (keep government out!) but there are interesting divides on government services. Atheists want more government services; agnostics favor less governmental involvement in the economy. If you consider Unitarians part of this group, then they’re the most supportive of government services.
- See more at: http://tobingrant.religionnews.com/2014/08/27/politics-american-churches-religions-one-graph/#sthash.EPnvySPL.dpuf
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The Farmington Democrats believe that equality of opportunity can be achieved through community involvement, political action, and a shared vision of social justice.