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Love BB, Laser Tag, Poker (Tournaments only). Work with Occupy camps. Willing to help you in your fight for justice (let's discuss it).

Journal Archives

Mitt.s not going to run again.....

They're not sayin.....

Woo Hoo My Daughter Marries Love: Thanks to Unsungs Like Jody May-Chang

Just this past week my eldest, dear sweet daughter, was able to marry her beloved, due in no small part, to many unsung heroes who risked much, in the cause for equality justice. Once such person I'd like to take the time to thank, pic below from her LinkedIn Profile, is Jody May-Chang. She had the temerity and tenacity to go after bad faith people and their oppressive agendas. Due to such activism, as is noted by Jody's profile remarks (posted immediately below her pic), my daughter was able to partake in her inalienable civil right joy - to marry her love of life.

WOO HOO! - Thank you all LGBT activists - and the many unsungs such as Jody May-Chang!

I have been an openly lesbian activist since coming out in the mid 1970s. I started blogging on PrideDEPOT.com in 2006 on LGBT politics and social justice issues and began writing as an independent journalist in 2009. As a regular contributor to the Boise Weekly, I received a second place award for my watchdog/investigative report from the Idaho Press Club for my debut investigate feature Exposing Homophobia about the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009. I have written for Religions Dispatches, Fairness, and Accuracy in Reporting’s magazine Extra!, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s magazine The Intelligence Report, and Windy City Times. I blog on 'As I See It' on May-Chang.com

Jody May-Chang meets Laser Haas

Jody and I collaborated (sort of) on cases of importance, after she was kind enough to do a story on her Wordpress Blog "Idaho Agenda" about my pursuits for justice against Mitt (the Pitts) Romney. Moi was (always have been and will continue to) attacking Romney. Jody detailed some, about my efforts on DailyKos and my discussion about her Vandersloot troubling matters (see "Idaho Agenda" and one item "Daily Kos features May-Chang/VanderSloot Saga"

Over at DailyKos, I ran a WeeklyBug Group and put up a thread about homophobic bullying Vandesloot that was titled

"Romney's Homophobic Vandersloot Bullies Bloggers Like Jody May-Chang"

This wonderful lady has big brass ones. With neither a whimper nor regret, Jody May-Chang does real journalism and gets to the truth, unvarnished, in her opines.

Rachel Maddow details Romney's guy Vandersloot Bullying Jody May-Chang

Here's a link to Rachel Maddow's Blog detailing the saga of Romney's 2012 campaign finance guy (Vandersloot) and his attempts to crush the activism of Blogger Jody May-Chang.


(If someone can find a Youtube link - I'll post an update)

And here's Glen Greenwald's praise of true journalism/ activism by Jody that moi posted on DailyKos;

Anyone who is the national finance co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign deserves probing, substantial scrutiny. That’s equally true of someone who continues to use their vast wealth to influence the outcome of our elections and our most inflammatory political debates. And it’s certainly true of someone who has made it a regular practice of threatening journalists, bloggers and activists who shine light on his political and business practices. Journalists like Jody May-Chang who focus their journalistic light on people like Frank VanderSloot provide all of us with a vital public service, and deserve our full-fledged support when they are targeted with threats and retribution.

From the Bottom to Top of My Heart

Thank You Unsung Jody May-Chang

We Love You for what you do

and the difference real journalist like you

- have made

Due to people like you

- my daughter married her love

Pope Asks Oklahoma Governor to Commute Glossip Execution: STAYED 37 Days

As things work in the spiritual universe - in mysterious ways - Pope Francis requested that Governor Fallin of Oklahoma to commute the execution sentence of Richard Glossip, who Susan Sarandon and Sister Ellen Prejean are proclaiming is an innocent man.

Though the Pope's request may have not gotten full consideration, the Governor "Stayed" the Execution, for 37 days.

It matters not what the reasoning/ excuse is (as Governor Fallin is upon the record stating the "Stay" is due to the fact that the lethal injection schedule, had legal issues); because there's no more time to get attention to the errant prosecution.

You simply can't undo an execution!

The pictures above, are from the UK's Dailymail online publication - that states;

The Pope (pictrued in the Vatican on Wednesday) has asked the Governor of Oklahoma to commute the death sentence of a convicted murderer Richard Glossip. He was set to be executed at 3pm, but he was granted a stay of execution by Governor Mary Fallin

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3255084/Pope-asks-Oklahoma-governor-commute-execution-convicted-murder-languished-death-row-18-years-claiming-innocent.html#ixzz3nGKM3Lp4
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

It doesn't matter what the reason.... Richard Glossip is still alive.... hence, justice has a chance

Here;s my thread on the previous stay

Woo Hoo! Court STAYs Execution - Thanks to Susan Sarandon & Others

Hey.. Started a Thread to get 1 Million for Sanders by Plus 1 at a time

Are you guys and gals in?


1 Million by Plus 1: Bernie Sanders for President

It would be nice to show Senator Sanders that many of us here at Democratic Underground - are for him in the Democratic Primaries. We can do this by just letting Senator Sanders know how many of us there are out there.

To get to 1 million - you have to start somewhere - and I suggest we start here;

Will you be a Plus 1 for Bernie Sanders?

I've also started a Facebook group with the same name.

1 Million by Plus 1 for Bernie Sanders for President


Journo HA Goodman has joined the Facebook Group

1 Million by Plus 1 for Bernie Sanders for President

Democratic Underground venerate Omaha Steve

has a Funding Thread for Bernie

They only need a few hundred to make $20,000

22. Can we get $1 from 10 DUers over the next hour?

Donate to DU for Bernie at Act Blue here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforbernie

The goal is to end the month with $20,000 for the end of the quarter FEC report!

Sen. Warren P.R.: Senate Passes Bipartisan Truth in Settlements Act

Source: Press Release Senator Warren's website

WASHINGTON, DC - On Monday evening, the United States Senate passed by unanimous consent the Truth in Settlements Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) to increase transparency around major settlements reached by federal enforcement agencies.

When federal agencies close investigations and settle cases, they often tout the dollar amount obtained from the offender, but in many cases that amount is misleading because of tax deductions and other "credits" built into the settlement that reduce the settlement's true value. The Truth in Settlements Act will require more accessible and detailed disclosures about these agreements to allow the public to hold regulators accountable for the true value of these deals.

"The idea behind this bill is straightforward: If the government is going to cut deals on behalf of the American people, the American people are entitled to know what kind of a deal they're getting," said Senator Warren. "I'm glad the Senate unanimously passed the Truth in Settlements Act to provide more transparency around government settlements. This legislation will shut down backroom deal-making and ensure that Congress, citizens and watchdog groups can hold regulatory agencies accountable for strong and effective enforcement that benefits the public interest."

Read more: http://www.warren.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=964

This BILL will stop the games being played upon the public - as noted from the FACTS sheet...

Truth in Settlement Act FACT Sheet (in PDF format - HERE)

. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and other entities recently settled a case with JPMorgan Chase for
$13 billion. However, it appears that approximately $11 billion of the settlement amount will be tax
deductible, which reduces the ultimate value of the settlement to the taxpayer by up to $4 billion.

Federal Agency Settlements that Include “Credits” for Routine Conduct

1. In 2013, the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency claimed that they settled for
$8.5 billion with 13 mortgage servicers accused of illegal foreclosure practices. Of that $8.5 billion
figure, $5.2 billion – over 60% of the settlement value – was in the form of “credits” for what the
agencies described as “loan modifications and forgiveness of deficiency judgments.” But that vague
public statement left out a key detail: servicers could simply rack up those credits by forgiving mere
fractions of large unpaid loans. For example, a servicer that wrote down $15,000 of a $500,000 unpaid
loan balance would get a credit for $500,000, not $15,000.

Here's the actual BILL


Marine Forced into Retirement After Beating up US-Protected Pedophile

Source: Anti Media

Afghanistan — “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” Gregory Buckley, Sr. recalled his son telling him shortly before he was shot to death on base in southern Afghanistan in 2012.

Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. was distressed about the ongoing sexual abuse by Afghan police of boys brought back to base.

“My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture”

Once again, organized sexual abuse of children has returned to Afghanistan as an acceptable and even expected practice; and the problem is so pervasive it has a name — bacha bazi — literal translation: “boy play.”

{Special Forces Captain Dan } Quinn was relieved of duty and removed from Afghanistan after he beat up a U.S.-backed militia commander who kept a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave.

Read more: http://theantimedia.org/marine-forced-into-retirement-after-beating-up-us-protected-pedophile/

Wikipedia details the history of "bacha bazi" and the facts looming large that;

During the Taliban's rule (1994-2001), bacha bazi carried the death penalty. The practice of dancing boys is illegal under Afghan law, being "against both sharia law and the civil code", but the laws are seldom enforced against powerful offenders and police have been reportedly complicit in related crimes.

PBS has a 2010 Documentary filmed titled "The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan"

Inhumanity - Pedo Laughs About Child Abuse

This story above does not detail the fact that Captain Quinn was not alone at the time of the incident. When the boy in question revealed his wounds and told his woes, it was too a Green Beret Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland and Captain Quinn who was "Team Leader" of an attachment to fight the Taliban in the Kunduz Province.

Upon confronting the accused commander Abdul Rahman... it is reported that Rahman continued laughing about how it was no big deal and then went on to beat up the boy's mother, for her kid reporting the crime.


As one who has suffered the angst - That facts are never facts until someone of consequence reports them - (talking about moi's own case against Romney, Bain Cap and Goldman Sachs having confessions; but getting off 'Scot Free') - I'm able to see clear through the babbling, obfuscating BullChit by the Pentagon's claim that there was NO policy in place. When - in fact - this was the policy;

“The bigger picture was fighting the Taliban,” ------- “It wasn’t to stop molestation.”

This is a direct quote from the New York Times article that started all the banter about these particular cases (see Sept. 20, 2015 NY Times item titled "U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies"

Lance Corporal Buckley was killed by "Tea Boys" Abducted by Bazi Abuser Mr. Jan

As noted by the PBS link above, everyone knew this was going on. Hence, the Pentagon has ZERO plausible deniability - that they didn't know this was going on. The policy the Pentagon claims was in place, was to have it reported to Afghan authorities; but that is BullChit too - and here's why.....

Per the NY Times article (here) Mr. Sanwar Jan was reported for his pedophile abuses. One of the U.S. military officers who reported that abuse - was Major Jason Brezler.

Bacha Bazi Abuser Sanwar Jan was arrested in 2010 and two years later put inside Forward Operating Base Delhi, in Helmand.

Upon learning of this travesty of justice, Major Jason Brezler "dashed out an email to Marine officers at F.O.B. Delhi, warning them about Mr. Jan and attaching a dossier about him".

All to no avail - resulting in one of the boys with Mr. Jan, grabbing a gun, killing Lance Corporal Buckley and other Marines!

Father of Lance Corporal Buckley seeks answers, agonizing over whether his son was killed, as a result of this flawed policy. Meanwhile the Marines have initiated a process to involuntarily discharge Major Jason Brezler.

As the Pentagon fallaciously claims there was no policy of willful blindness and that no one can prove that there were any such orders official, all moi has to say on that matter, is that the Marine commanders also never had, in the manuals

a Code Red!

It is written by many esteemed

That the world,s worst evil, is good men who stand by idle by and do nothing in the face of evil.
These good men tried to protect innocents if the future, by making a point......and many find fault with that.
Sad state of affairs

MIT professor invites Ahmed -- to his ‘dream school’

Source: Boston Globe

MIT astrophysics professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein reached out on Twitter to the aspiring engineer, who was wearing a NASA shirt at the time of his arrest, to invite him to the university.

Read more: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2015/09/16/mit-professor-invites-ahmed-texas-teen-arrested-over-mistaken-clock-his-dream-school/RXaNxi36gHfhUxFTKazgbL/story.html

Here's the Tweet invite by the MIT Professor;

Anil Dash ✔ @anildash

Ahmed and family have set up an official Twitter account: @IStandWithAhmed Please follow it for their own updates.

Chanda (王嬋娟 @IBJIYONGI
.@anildash @IStandWithAhmed we would love to have Ahmed visit us at MIT!
7:23 AM - 16 Sep 2015
687 687 Retweets 1,474 1,474 favorites

And his response...

Chanda (王嬋娟 @IBJIYONGI
Ahmed Mohamed ✔ @IStandWithAhmed

@IBJIYONGI @anildash I would love to!! MIT is my dream school.
9:30 AM - 16 Sep 2015
366 366 Retweets 1,241 1,241 favorites

Woo Hoo! Court STAYs Execution - Thanks to Susan Sarandon & Others

Every once in a while, justice gets a chance. Today was one of those days when an Oklahoma Appeals Court granted a two-week stay of execution to review extraordinary evidences of botched trial attorney's and more. This is undoubtedly due, in no small part, to Oscar Winner Susan Sarandon who played Sister Helen Prejean in the "Dead Man Walking" film.

Susan Sarandon, Sister Helen Prejean and everyone involved in getting this "chance" for justice - Are My Heroes!

Believe it or not, even Cowboys coach (as DU'r "MadeinMaryland" pointed out) Barry Switzer and Senator Tom Coburn joined the people who reached out to the Oklahoma Governor requesting a Stay of Execution (see local KFOR News 4 - HERE)

As always, Sister Helen Prejean is active against the Death Penalty and it is absolutely wonderful that her works have garnished the likes of Susan Sarandon and others to take interest in the troubling matter of "reasonable doubt" executions.

The Innocence Project is always on the case and posted the tweet about Barry Switzer and Senator Coburn;

Innocence Project @innocence

Oklahomans @TomCoburn @Barry_Switzer & innocence advocates urge @GovMaryFallin to stay execution of #RichardGlossip http://huff.to/1ijDvUx

11:47 AM - 11 Sep 2015

If we keep executing defendants in cases like Richard Glossip's, where the evidence of guilt is tenuous and untrustworthy, we will keep killing innocent people.


"Oklahoma delays Glossip execution amid evidence concerns"

(CNN)An Oklahoma appellate court granted a two-week stay of execution for Richard Glossip just hours before he was scheduled to die Wednesday, meaning that a man whose lawyers say is innocent has at least a temporary reprieve.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals issued the order about three hours before Glossip's scheduled afternoon execution for the 1977 death of motel owner Barry Van Treese.

The move came amid concerns, expressed by Glossip's supporters and attorneys, about his trial and the way the state planned to execute him. The appellate court said it needed time to consider several motions that Glossip's attorneys made less than 24 hours before the scheduled execution, including one asking for an evidentiary hearing.

You can see my previous DU thread "OK Gov Rejects Susan Sarandon Plea To Stay Glossip Execution"

That focused on this video by Susan Sarandon;

Thanks to ALL/ ANY who took the time to call and promote the quest to Stay

ADDED INFO DU'r "ScreamingMeemie" Had Earliest Post on STAY"

ScreamingMeemie had an earlier post than mine, on the stay... she said I didn't have to post a link - but I am;

"Death Row Inmate Glossip Granted a 2 Week Stay"

She has a REAL COOL - sig line pic

Again - thanks to her and all of you - for taking the time to care....

9th-grader arrested -- taking homemade clock to school: 'So you tried to make a bomb?

Source: Dallas Morning News Paper

After taking a homemade clock to school, Irving MacArthur High student Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was taken in handcuffs to juvenile detention. Police say they may charge him with making a hoax bomb — though they acknowledge he told everyone who would listen that it’s a clock.

He showed it to his engineering teacher first thing Monday morning and didn’t get quite the reaction he’d hoped for.

“He was like, ‘That’s really nice,’” Ahmed said. “‘I would advise you not to show any other teachers.’”

He kept the clock inside his school bag in English class, but the teacher complained when the alarm beeped in the middle of a lesson. Ahmed brought his invention up to show her afterward.

“She was like, it looks like a bomb,” he said.

“I told her, ‘It doesn’t look like a bomb to me.’”

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/northwest-dallas-county/headlines/20150915-irving-ninth-grader-arrested-after-taking-homemade-clock-to-school.ece

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