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I have a ? for Mr. Trump: Are your clothes made by rapists?



http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2015/07/03/trump-clothing-line-made-in-china-and-mexico/

Happy Treason Day

"Your Fourth of July is invasions and wars. My Fourth of July is the pure sunbeam of peace."

Your Fourth of July and My Fourth of July
By Juan Cole | Jul. 4, 2015 |

Revised for the 2010s:



Yours is the Confederate flag and nostalgia for the hierarchies of slavery.
Mine is ‘all men are created equal.’

Yours is kowtowing to billionaires in Las Vegas and disregard of public opinion.
Mine is “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

Yours is profiling and discrimination.
Mine is “all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”

Yours is “My country right or wrong.”
Mine is avoiding “Offences against the Law of Nations”

Yours is the repeal of universal health care and rejection of Kyoto,
Mine is an America that cares about the wellbeing of our children.

Yours is politicians above the law.
Mine is, with Tom Paine, “in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other.”

Yours is drone attacks in countries against which we are not at war.
Mine is “and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.”

Yours is NSA surveillance of millions of innocents
Mine is the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”

Yours is poverty wages and union-busting.
Mine is “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Yours is off-shore drilling, coddling polluters and ‘all of the above energy”
Mine is a stewardship of America the beautiful for succeeding generations.

Yours is the privatization of war and the deployment of whole divisions of “contractors. . .”
Mine is an America where privates do not risk their lives for a tenth of what a mercenary is paid by the Pentagon.

Yours is the criminalization of the people’s protests.
Mine is, “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Yours is over 800 military bases around the globe.
Mine is America, the pure sunbeam of peace.
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http://www.juancole.com/2015/07/your-fourth-july.html
With apologies to Kahlil Gibran.

"What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech




FULL TRANSCRIPT:
http://www.democracynow.org/2015/7/3/what_to_the_slave_is_4th

The Fireworks Show

The Paragraph On Slavery That Was Cut From The Declaration Of Independence

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation hither … And he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he had deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/slavery-declaration-of-independence-juy-4

Relax - Sarah Palin just solved California’s drought crisis

Sarah Palin just solved California’s drought crisis

People smart enough to pay $99.99 a year to subscribe to the Sarah Palin Channel learned that their winking maverick hero has solved the California drought crisis:

“You might ask, though, why don’t they just fix the infrastructure problem, why don’t they just build more reservoirs and plants? After all, California is a coastal state. It’s got a whole ocean right there, water all around ya.” “If we built reservoirs to capture the water coming down out of the mountains instead of wastefully putting it into rivers (to preserve wetlands and fish runs) there would be plenty of water.”

http://boingboing.net/2015/07/03/relax-sarah-palin-just-solved.html

NASCAR Dumps Trump

NASCAR leaves Trump resort in the dust

BY DAVID J. NEAL

NASCAR’s burning rubber away from Trump National Doral in the wake of resort owner Donald Trump’s remarks denigrating people of Mexican descent.

The racing organization announced Friday at Daytona that the Xfinity Series/Camping World Truck Series postseason banquet, held at Trump National Doral Resort for the first time in 2014, wouldn’t return there in 2015. This year’s location had yet to be determined, although the convenience of being in the same city as NASCAR’s annual season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway put the Trump-owned resort in good stead.

“Everything weighs in,” NASCAR spokesman David Higdon told reporters in Daytona, where NASCAR annually races during the July 4 holiday. “We started talking about this early in the week. Given all the attention brought to this matter and how it impacts our partners, sponsors, our teams and our drivers and certainly ourselves, it ultimately was decision made today that we will not being going back there.”

Considering the significant power of sponsors in auto racing, a Friday letter from Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis undoubtedly pushed NASCAR’s accelerator in zooming away from the resort. Lemonis wrote he wouldn’t attend the ceremony if it’s held at a Trump property.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article26422174.html#storylink=cpy

LEAKED: How the Biggest Banks Are Conspiring to Rip Up Financial Regulations around the World

LEAKED: How the Biggest Banks Are Conspiring to Rip Up Financial Regulations around the World
by Don Quijones
WolfStreet.com
July 2, 2015

WikiLeaks got its hands on part of
the secret trade pact for services


By Don Quijones, Spain & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET.

It’s almost impossible to keep anything secret these days – not even the core text of a hyper-secret trade deal, the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), which has spent the last two years taking shape behind the hermetically sealed doors of highly secure locations around the world.

According to the agreement’s provisional text, the document is supposed to remain confidential and concealed from public view for at least five years after being signed! But now, thanks to WikiLeaks, it has seeped to the surface.

.............

According to the treaty’s Annex on Financial Services, we now know that TiSA would effectively strip signatory governments of all remaining ability to regulate the financial industry in the interest of depositors, small-time investors, or the public at large.


sordid details (lots more) HERE:
http://wolfstreet.com/2015/07/02/leaked-how-megabanks-are-conspiring-to-rip-up-financial-regulations-around-the-world-tisa-tpp-ttip/
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