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Do we have too many sadists among our nation's cops and prison guards?

From the large number of cases we've seen lately of cops badly beating up innocent
civilians for no apparent reason, it wouldn't be difficult to come to the question, "Are
Police Departments Hiring Too Many Sadistically Inclined Job Applicants to be Cops?"

Sadists enjoy causing pain and suffering to others. I can imagine the numbers of
them might be even higher among prison guards, where they can beat and humiliate
prisoners and not be found out for having done so. Prison guards can do it with

Police Departments and Prisons ought to be provided by their superiors with the means to
screen out sadistically inclined job applicants, and fire those sadists already employed,
who are found performing such acts. Such primitive types should not be given authority
over people. They, themselves, need to bear watching!

Is there any way of starting such a movement -- and nationwide? Enough is enough.!

Nadin in Reply #5 just informed that taking pics. in voting booths is not allowed in some states.

It is unfortunate, but not hopeless even in these states, since this ruling may be challenged
(on 1st Amendment grounds).

As for the other states, how does one proceed with the matter if one suspects them of having
committed vote fraud? Do all those picture-takers band together and demand a recount
to see whether or not any of them have been "miscounted?" They have the evidence of how
they had voted with them.

The above also supposes that a group has already been formed functioning as a headquarters
where all parties interested in picture-taking have already registered and may be contacted to
show up with their pictures when needed.

I can see a good deal of preparation for unexpected eventualities is needed.

I wouldn't expect much in the way of change for the first two years, should Bernie

win the Presidency in Nov. 2016. Things might go as follows:

1. If Democrats should also win both Houses of Congress (and by a large
margin), great changes will take place. But winning both Houses is not
likely to happen.
2. If Dems. should win only the Senate, some change will take place, but
don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.
3. If Dems. should lose both Houses to the Repubs., little or no change
can take place.

In cases 2 and 3, the Dems., of course, will be working hard to make the
changes anyway. And each time the Repubs. slam down on what the
Dems. are trying to do, Bernie and the Dems. should tell the American
people loud, clear and often, what the Repubs. have done, how it would
make things more difficult for all the American people, and not to forget
what the Repubs. have done when the next Election Day comes. Dem.
leaders should repeat over and over again, and each time, how important
it is to vote during the non-presidential years, if Americans want to better
things for themselves. It is the Republicans who are preventing the Dems.
from making life better for all.

I've noticed in recent years that the Dem. leaders (with the exception of a
few like Eliz. Warren and others) don't bother to talk on this point much,
when it should be driven home loud and clear each time it happens. In
every negative there is usually some positive opportunity. Each time the
above happens, it is an opportunity to let the lazy voters know that the
Repubs. are the bad guys, and they must be voted out of office in the next
Election. And there is no other way for Dem. leaders to get things done --
their votes are needed. It is an absolute must.

Dem. leaders need to hammer this point home time and time and time again.
If they should do this steadily for two years, there is some chance that we
might have both Houses - and by good margins - beginning in Bernie's third
year. Only THEN will things start popping!

If the winning of both Houses should be by small margins only, remember
the 400+ filibusters of Obama's first term. Dems. should keep on hammering
away at the Repubs. for their recalcitrance, making sure that they get the full
blame. More of the general public will get to understand who the bad guys
really are. And Dems. will be able to accomplish more during Bernie's second
term. Some people are slow in catching on. That's the way things are.

Well, we've seen these nut-jobs last night. Yet they could win the 2016 Elections. How? Through

fraud. And they have an endless number of ways of practicing this fraud: gerrymandering;
preventing the poor, the elderly, the minorities ..... from voting; rigged electronic voting
machines, etc. ........ They are deliberately evil in almost everything they do!!

Will we do more to counteract the above crooked means this time around? I think 2016 is
the one election we can't afford to lose.

10 Positions that attract the most sociopaths: 1. CEO. 2. Lawyer. 3. salesperson. 4. Journalist

5. Surgeon. 6. Policeman. 7. Media. 8 Clergyman. 9. Chef. 10 . Civil servant.

Also, just Google "The world is ruled by sociopaths," and maybe you'll get the surprise
of your lives.


Just imagine, if Dems. should win the Presidency, Senate and House, with Sanders,

Warren and Grayson holding the top position in each branch respectively. This is
wishful thinking, of course, but if it should happen, I believe most of the national
problems plaguing us now would be solved within 8 years.

If a Third-Wayer should win in the Democratic Primaries in 2016, I'd be very

disappointed, but I'd still vote for her/him. The Reason?

We'd still have 4 to 8 years of status quo. It's shitty, I agree, but the Democratic
Party would, at least, still be partially alive -- and where there is life, there's hope.

On the other hand, if a Republican were to win the presidency in 2016, I believe
that this time, all semblance of democracy still existing in our nation could very
well become history. Quite possibly there would be no more free elections. Or if
there should be any elections, they would be of the type used by Stalin in the days
of the former USSR -- just for show only. The Republicans' present-day practice
of fraudulent elections will be nothing compared to what will be in store for us.

The Republicans did not make an all-out Putsch to take over full control of the
entire country during GW Bush's two terms in office. I believe that the main
reason was that they were not quite sure of success at that time -- and a failure
in something of this magnitude would have been an absolute disaster for them!

That was then. Today the story is different. The Republicans have been gaining
considerably in strength and power. They might no longer hesitate about making
their strike! If the Republicans should gain control of all three branches of
government in 2016, it could very well spell the end of democracy in our country

This is the main reason why I would still vote for a Third-Wayer. Where there is
life, there is hope -- the hope that more Americans will finally learn that Third-
Wayers' political views and what they stand for are simply too inadequate and
incompetent to accomplish any real change. So, in the following election, there is
the hope that a Real Democrat will finally be elected.

To those who would not vote for a Third-Way winner under any circumstances,
please be reminded that a short-term reaction to disappointment is understandable,
but don't just stop there. Please take a good look at the possible long-term
consequences of your not voting. Whether or not democracy will continue to exist
in our nation at all could be dependent upon what you choose to do. It's an awfully
big and huge decision you will be making!!!

Good luck to us all.

Princeton makes it official: USA has become an Oligarchy

by F. William Engdahl | November 11, 2014

<< American media is fond of speaking about “Russian Oligarchs” as if Russia were the only nation that allowed accumulation of such unprecedented wealth. The Yeltsin days of dis-order and collapse indeed saw the rapid rise of many fortunes and oligarchs—persons of very much wealth. Some of them have proven patriotic citizens, some like Khodokorvsky or the late unlamented Boris Berezhovsky proved to be loveless gangsters. A new study, however by a Princeton University Professor of the influence of very wealthy or economically powerful persons on American political policies makes clear for the first time that a genuine American Oligarchy has staged a slow coup d’etat over US foreign and domestic policy over the past three decades since the era of Ronald Reagan. This American oligarchy today is the major force for war and dis-order across the planet.


Martin Gilens is Professor of Politics at Princeton University together with Benjamin I. Page Professor at Northwestern University have published results of a unique analysis “using a unique data set that includes measures of the key variables for 1,779 policy issues.” The study concludes that, “Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination…”


In a subsequent media interview, Gilens noted what they concluded in their analysis of volumes of data from 1981-2002 for government policy decisions and the role of elites versus ordinary citizens in some 1,800 different policy initiatives: “One central factor is the role of money in our political system, and the overwhelming role that affluent individuals that affluent individuals and organized interests play, in campaign finance and in lobbying. And the second thing is the lack of mass organizations that represent and facilitate the voice of ordinary citizens. Part of that would be the decline of unions in the country which has been quite dramatic over the last 30 or 40 years. And part of it is the lack of a socialist or a worker’s party.” Party now or in the future].

The study verifies with ample empirical data what I have witnessed during the course of my own life as an American over the past four decades. There has been a silent coup d’etat of the monied class, an American oligarchy. Names such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, David Rockefeller, Sheldon Adelson (main financier of Mitt Romney for President), the Koch Brothers (main financiers of the Tea Party political movement), George H.W. Bush and family. The top 1% have reshaped the fundamentals of American life, culture and above all politics. A decision to wage war today against Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria depends not on the will of average Americans. Obama was elected on a pledge to close the US Army torture center at Guantanamo and six years on has yet to do. He won a Nobel Peace Prize in his first month and proceeded to wage more war in Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya and most recently Syria and Ukraine.

It is important to have this in mind when judging “America.” The United States of America today bears little resemblance to that I knew when I grew up in the early 1960’s, when a used good Chevy cost $650 and college tuition could be afforded by ordinary Americans if they were willing to study. The oligarchy that has taken policy control behind a thin façade of “democracy” has ultimately ruined the industrial and social fabric of the United States. They are the ones behind the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or bank deregulation so they can loot the planet. This new study by Princeton’s Prof. Gilens is a refreshing attempt, even if academic and from one of the most elite academic universities, to shed some light on what is fundamentally wrong with America over the past three decades. >>

Small wonder that the GOP is afraid of Elizabeth Warren, she is fighting for the life of and trying to resuscitate the American
Middle-Class. They are afraid that she might succeed.


Bernie Sanders to propose bill to break up big banks, he'll be supported by Sherrod Brown. But, i

question if there will be enough time for it to succeed, because the Republicans will
have the majority in the Senate in 2 weeks+. I wish Bernie had thought of this sooner.


With Elizabeth Warren, the Dem. Party can be in for a serious change - for real, this time:

This is what the vast majority of Democrats really want. We've been waiting so long
that it seemed to be forever. And now suddenly, here is Elizabeth! She definitely is
our best hope! I think this is why her popularity went up as rapidly and fast as a
shooting star.

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