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Big Government?

15 Dec

When any government strives to bring healthcare to all of it’s citizens, even the poorest among us, who have trouble affording coverage that is meant to exclude them in the first place…I consider that good government. Even if it perhaps oversteps its traditional bounds in an effort to level the playing field for everyone, as equitably as possible. That is government of the people and for the people and I do not mind paying extra taxes, if that is what it takes to help fellow citizens.

But when a government pays 80 million dollars to two men for their ideas on torture which include putting a prisoners lunch in a blender and pureeing it so as to shove it up his ass with a feeding tube (were these guys in middle school at the time?) Then I consider that as a perfect example of government too big and going way way too far.

80 Million dollars? For Torture consultants? Really? And Congressmen get bent out of shape when someone tries to buy organic food with food stamps?!

Of course spending 40 million dollars to write up a report about it is incredibly asinine also. Wasn’t anybody on the payroll writing this stuff down when they were paying those two adolescents 80 million in the first place?

This is the kind of irresponsible waste that needs to be eliminated from government…not basic food, medicine, healthcare and housing for its citizens.

What If?

13 Dec

What if that guy who jumped over the fence at the White House, eluded the Secret Service and made it all the way into the lobby, had done so when the President and his family were there and then had found his way up to the residence and then been shot dead by the President who was defending his family from the madman?

How long do you think it would have been before the Republican Congress had investigated, indicted and impeached President Obama and then sued him for the murder of an American citizen?

Or perhaps they would have hailed our president as the model home owner defending his family, 2nd Amendment rights, and the American way?

Which do you think it would have been?

Through a Glass Darkly

7 Dec

When it comes to guns and gun laws in the United States of America, things have gotten completely out of hand…case in point:

Responding with his partner to a 911 call about a man pointing a gun at people in a park in Cleveland, Ohio, (Ohio is a traditional open-carry state) Police officer Timothy Loehmann arrived at the scene where he immediately exited his police car and shot 12-year old Tamir Rice.

The open-carry of firearms by those who legally possess the firearm is a legal activity in Ohio with or without a license. Tamir had been playing with an Airsoft replica of a semi-automatic weapon, that, according to the police report, was missing its orange safety cap, which signals that it is fake…but Ohio is an open carry state where the open carrying of firearms is legal.

Tamir died the following day.

Officer Loehmann said that he had no choice but to shoot the child, who he mistook as a 20 year old, because he was pointing his gun.

But, Ohio is a traditional open-carry state where the open carry of firearms is legal. So if you can carry a gun legally out in the open and without a license then is pointing it in any particular direction illegal? And why would a police officer shoot at someone who is carrying a gun since it is perfectly legal for a citizen to carry it in Ohio…and without a license. What law was young Tamir breaking anyway? Even if the orange cap to his fake gun was missing?

And how do you instruct children in the dangers of gun carrying and pointing…when it is perfectly legal for everyone in Ohio to do it? And without a license!? 31 states allow the open carry of firearms without a license or permit.

The only explanation is that while legal, the practice is not common in urban areas, and often results in police responding. Of course urban areas are also areas in which you are more likely to find urban folks of varying colors. Could it be that a white person with a gun is obviously protecting his neighborhood while a person of color with a gun is obviously terrifying his neighborhood? That couldn’t be construed as racist in any way could it?

Guns DO kill people.

Outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns?

When we Allow “Open Carry”  how can we tell who the outlaws are?

Simply by the color of their skin I suppose?

(Here is a link to the video of the tragic shooting) http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/11/26/officials-release-video-names-in-fatal-police-shooting-of-12-year-old-cleveland-boy/

Speech Has Spoken

17 Nov

The 2014 general election is behind us and Speech has Spoken! 90% of all winning candidates spent more money than their opponents did. That’s a 9 in 10 chance of winning your elective office…if you spend the most money. And that’s after only 4 years of living with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision which declared money to be the equivalent of free speech. Who knows what the percentages will look like in a few more years…when money talks…it pretty much gets what it wants.

I wonder what those Supremes were thinking? In their majority decision they stated that there was no reason to believe or assume that those who donate large sums of money to political candidates would do so in order to obtain political influence. So they were either being stupid, naive or disingenuous. After all, Who doesn’t know that money buys things? That’s what money does doesn’t it? And when it speaks it says…”How much?” and that’s about all it says.

So now here we are, America in the 21st century, with a Representative Democracy that is 90% representative of free talking monied interests and 10% representative of the rest of us, who, when we all put our own money together can barely manage to speak above a discordant whisper.

I think it’s sad that our political representatives can now be bought and sold on the open market …The Koch brothers just bought 5 more political “friends” this election cycle and I really have no idea how many “friends” they already own (excuse me: foster, champion, cultivate, nurture, feed) but I know it’s a lot plus they have 2 Supremes in their caring and supportive pockets…but what’s even sadder than that is the kind of representatives that we all end up with.

Our hallowed halls of government are now stocked with the kinds of folks who will do, say and believe whatever they are told to do, say and believe or whatever they think that their benefactors would be happiest with them doing and saying and believing…and all for money. And that makes them all opportunists, toadies, bounders, mercenaries, charlatans, speculators, fortune hunters,rascals, bullies, hypocrites, frauds, scoundrels and liars…or some combination thereof…doesn’t it?

We all work for money but when we work against our interests and the interest of others, or don’t even consider either, for money then who or what are we? Certainly not leaders nor legislators nor governors. What’s the point in following someone who is “in it” just for the money unless you’re getting a piece of the action too? And what piece of the action do Americans get if it’s not also attached to a corporate interest?

Is it any wonder that this current version of Congress will go down as the greatest “Do Nothing” Congress of all time…and the one with the lowest citizen approval rating of all time too! If you stand for nothing, and represent no one except yourself, then you might as well do nothing also…while you wait around for your greedy handlers to give you some instructions. So what’s to do except call each other names, block each others bills (they literally phone in their filibusters!) and form committees to investigate each others “scandalous actions” (what other kind of Congressional action is there?)

If money is speech then it has definitely spoken… and it has declared Democracy…dead!

And the War Continues…

13 Nov

Scott Walker, The governor of Wisconsin says that one of his top priorities now that he has been re-elected, is to pass a law requiring recipients receiving food assistance and unemployment compensation to be drug free in order to qualify for benefits. As part of his re-election campaign, Walker vowed to require “a drug test for those requesting unemployment and able-bodied, working-age adults requesting food stamps from the state.”  So with his re-election he now believes that he has obviously received a mandate from the people to do so.

In Wisconsin, an estimated 836,000 people receive Food benefits, but about 40 percent of those people are children, and as of last week, 39,958 people have also filed weekly unemployment compensation claims in Wisconsin.

So I guess the plan is that depriving the jobless and the hungry, should they also be drug users, of food, will make them want to get jobs…even if they are kids?

The governor says that he will work with his Cabinet in the coming weeks “to craft a specific proposal,” which will be designed to move people from government dependence to independence. And so far there are 17 other states in our union who have similar programs for either unemployment benefits and/or food stamp programs and their recipients…

But I’d like to see the states go even further!

I’d like to see the states drug test every college student within their state. College students are over 1 trillion dollars in debt to the states and federal government and I bet there are some drug users in that bunch, don’t you? That might explain why they keep borrowing money without even having jobs so that they can pay it back! And if we find that they are using drugs we should kick them out of school…and definitely deny them and their colleges any kind of state aid! Shouldn’t we?

I’d like to see the states drug test all physicians and pharmaceutical companies within their borders. How can we have a prescription drug crisis in this country if the prescription writers and drug makers aren’t in on it? Why keep making more drugs or prescribing more drugs if so many people are abusing them? These folks must be taking their own drugs? Why should we be subsidizing them with any government money?

How about having the states institute mandatory drug testing for all of the bankers and financiers that are in their state? Those guys lost all of their (our) money 6 years ago and they couldn’t even tell us how they did it? Bankers wrote mortgages for people who didn’t have any money. Then packaged them up into neat little bundles and sold them to each others banks! They had to have been smoking or snorting something! Don’t you think? And if they fail a drug test we could put them in jail so they could bail themselves out rather than us bailing them out!

Are politicians drug tested regularly? There is something the states could do. Many politicians don’t even know our nation’s history or how to use words correctly in sentences. Many couldn’t even tell their own elbows from a woman’s reproductive system…let alone their asses. I bet when they throw their big parties and festive balls and expensive donor dinners they don’t just drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. They must have some other drugs of choice available. What do you think? And if they fail a drug test they should be shown the door immediately! And no pensions! And no lobbying jobs! And definitely no free food!

And all of the states have costly public  athletic stadiums filled with costly athletes. Let’s drug test them too…well, OK we do test them now but what’s the penalty? 50 days of vacation and then they are welcome to come right back to their million dollar jobs and adoring fans as though they have learned their lessons and will never do it again. Let’s ask all of those drug user has beens how well they would be able to hit, pass, catch, kick and dunk now, if we had taken away their money and made it harder for them to find something to eat while they were suspended! Why should the state governments subsidize these wealthy teams and owners if any of their players use drugs for any purposes at any time?

And don’t forget…if any of these college students, university presidents, bankers, financiers, doctors, lawyers, corporate executives, owners, athletes, coaches etc. are caught using drugs…They are immediately fired from their jobs and their kids don’t eat too! Doesn’t that sound fair and reasonable to you?

Awww Heck! Are we running a war on drugs and unnecessary public subsidies here or not?…

Or is EVERYONE on drugs?… Are you?

Gimme Shelter

4 Nov

So far the survival rate for Americans who have become infected with the Ebola virus is 100%. We’re 3 for 3! In Africa where the disease originated it’s fatal in about 50% of all cases. That’s one of the big the differences between living in a First World country and a Third World country.

Here in the United States, on this election eve, the Republicans are eager and hopeful of winning a majority in the Senate. And right now it looks as though they have a very good chance. It is important to note that One of the things they are promising to do, should they obtain the majority, is to pull out all of the stops in an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. At the very least their hope is to undo the law’s funding provisions through a special parliamentary process requiring only a simple 51-vote majority…without funding they hope to cripple the law’s ability to help people who don’t have enough money of their own to purchase health insurance. Why?

Because, as we all know, spending money on helping Americans to have better Healthcare is bad for the economy…or is it?

If you live in first world America then let’s be honest: You have little to fear from the Ebola virus…but if you live in third world America as 50 million fellow Americans do, then your potential future infection and survival of this deadly disease may just be…a vote away.

So, if you really are worried about the Ebola virus and about disease, pandemics and plagues, Please vote for health and not money this election day. Because in the long run voting for money may cost you and your family (1st, 2nd, 3rd world or not) more than you’ll ever know…and will that really be worth it?

Godless Christians?

1 Nov

Here in the United States you can watch your television at just about any time of the day or night and find someone who lauds our country as “The greatest democracy of all time” or “The greatest Christian nation in the history of the world”…

But last night I was watching a show on television and part of the host’s and guest’s debate focused upon whether the religion of Islam was an ill-conceived faith that directs its followers along violent pathways that all Muslims must adhere to (or not) and then if that is true all Muslims and Muslim governments throughout the world are ultimately culpable and accountable for jihadist terrorism wherever it may happen..is that fair to say?…or not?

Which got me to thinking…our U.S. Supreme Court has found that corporations (legal entities) are now equivalent to individuals, with rights and privileges that heretofore only belonged to human beings and that money (a thing) is representative of free speech, which is a right that until now belonged exclusively to people. And when we feel the need to defend or avenge ourselves against outside aggressors we now send unmanned drones (or robots) to do our bidding. They are very effective at killing the bad guys but they also kill many innocent bystanders at the same time that they are doing our bidding…

So would you say that these leadership decisions are representative of good Christian values and government or rather godless in nature?…and as good Christians in a good Christian nation are we then all just as culpable… or not?

And if I’m just too liberal to understand the difference, please someone explain it to me.

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