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Hometown: San Francisco, Ca.
Home country: U.S.A.
Member since: Tue Sep 14, 2010, 03:05 PM
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About Me

San Francisco State University grad (Psychology).

Journal Archives

Who is your favorite living film director?

Joel & Ethan Coen

Honorable Mention:

-- Oliver Stone
-- Steven Spielberg
-- Martin Scorsese
-- Ron Howard
-- John Waters

(List as many favorites as you want)

Dog Dragged Behind Truck and Killed Deserves Justice (PETITIONS)

Animal Petitions.org
May 27, 2016

52-year-old David Kadow, of Vancouver, Washington, allegedly dragged his 9-year-old Pit Bull named Haley by her hind legs for several blocks.
The dog was reportedly tethered to the bed of Kudow's truck, and marks on the right side of the truck appear to show that she had been desperately clawing at it with her front paws.

Haley was apparently killed when the tether snapped and she got caught in a rear wheel, leaving her to be crushed to death by the vehicle.

The man responsible for this horrific act deserves the harshest punishment possible.

More often than not, the punishment for animal cruelty is little more than a fine and that's not acceptable.

Demand that authorities set an example with Kadow by giving him the maximum penalty for the torture and killing of this helpless animal, if he's found guilty.

Due to the extreme amount of cruelty in this case, there are two separate petitions.

1) Petition to Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson:

2) Petition to Barbara A. Madsen, Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court:

Free Tiger With Terminal Cancer Imprisoned For College's Football Games (PETITION)

Animal Petitions.org
May 27, 2016

For the past few years, Louisiana State University (LSU) has been bringing out a live, caged tiger to it's football games.
The university has gone through six tigers, and it's current tiger, Mike, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
While the college claims to be providing Mike world class care, this should take place in a sanctuary, not a cage.

Holding wild animals captive is detrimental to their physical and mental health.
These animals should be running through the trees, enjoying the sunshine, and engaging in natural behaviors.
Instead, these tigers have been carted around for entertainment, confined in small cages, and forced to endure the large, loud crowds of university football games.

It's cruel to continue treating Mike the tiger in this manner.
He deserves to have some peace and happiness for his remaining time on earth.

Please sign this petition and demand LSU retire Mike the tiger and no longer use live animals as mascots.

What's your favorite episode of The Honeymooners?

Mine is the one where Ralph & Norton do a late night TV commercial to sell a kitchen gadget.
("I'm the chef of the future!")

As Donald Trump Pushes Conspiracy Theories, Right-Wing Media Gets It's Wish

New York Times
May 25, 2016

WASHINGTON - Ever since talk radio, cable news and the Internet emerged in the 1990s as potent political forces on the right, Republicans have used those media to attack their opponents through a now-familiar two-step.

Political operatives would secretly place damaging information with friendly outlets like
The Drudge Report and Fox News and radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh -- and then they would work to get the same information absorbed into the mainstream media.

Candidates themselves would avoid being seen slinging mud, if possible, so as to avoid coming across as undignified or desperate.

Yet by personally breaching topics like Bill Clinton's marital indiscretions and the conspiracy theories surrounding the suicide of Vincent W. Foster Jr., a Clinton White House aide,
Donald J. Trump is again defying the norms of presidential politics and fashioning his own outrageous style -- one that has little use for a middleman, let alone usual ideas about dignity.

"They've reverse-engineered the way it has always worked because they now have a candidate willing to say it himself," said Danny Diaz, who was a top aide in Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, speaking with a measure of wonder about the spectacle of the party's presumptive nominee discussing Mr. Clinton's sexual escapades.

With Mr. Trump as the Republican standard-bearer, the line separating the conservative mischief makers and the party's more buttoned-up cadre of elected officials and aides has been obliterated
Fusing what had been two separate but symbolic forces, Mr. Trump has begun a real-life political science experiment.
What happens when a major party's nominee is more provocateur than politician?

That the Republican Party has embraced someone willing to traffic in the most inflamatory of accusations comes as wish fulfillment for an element of the right that is convinced that the party lost the past two elections because it's candidates were unwilling to attack President Obama forcefully enough.


Ohio voter suppression smacked down by Republican judge

Rachel Maddow Show
May 24, 2016
04;17 PM

Republican state policymakers have approved voter suppression policies across much of the country in recent years, but GOP officials in Ohio went further than most, going out of their way to place new hurdles between Ohioans and their democracy.

About a decade ago, in response to a messy and needlessly complex voting system, Ohio approved a vastly improved process for the state's voters.
In 2010, however, Republicans took control of Ohio government, deliberately undid the improvements, and by 2014, the state had imposed harsh new restrictions on voter registrations, absentee ballots, and early voting.

As the measures were being approved, the editorial board of the Cleveland Plain Dealer argued,
"Ohio House Republicans appear poised to pass two measures that, disguises aside, aim to limit voting by Ohioans who might vote for Democrats...That's not just political hardball, it's an affront to democracy."
Republicans, led by Gov. John Kasich (R) imposed the restrictions anyway.

Today, the Columbus Dispatch reported that a federal judge pushed back against the far-right tide.

"The GOP-dominated legislature unconstitutionally violated Ohioans' voting rights by eliminating 'Golden Week' and other actions that cut access to the ballot, a Republican federal judge ruled today.
Judge Michael H. Watson of U.S. District Court in Columbus ordered Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine to stop enforcing the decreased voting period.
If the ruling stands, that means Ohioans will now be able to vote 35 days before the November general election - including for a so-called 'Golden Week' in which an eligible resident can register to vote and cast an absentee ballot at the same time."


"In Major Decision,Federal Court Blocks Cutback In Ohio Registration/Early Voting 'Golden Week"

In a 120-page opinion, a federal district court has held that the Ohio legislature's elimination of "Golden Week," a week in which Ohio voters could both register to vote and cast an early ballot at the same location, violates both the 14th Amendment of the Constitution and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
This is a big victory for Marc Elias and the Democrats who brought this suit.

Democrats have relied heavily on "Golden Week" in the past and fought the Ohio Legislature
(dominated by Republicans) to keep it.
The theories accepted by the trial court are sure to be controversial, and it is not clear how they will fare in the Eighth Circuit.
However, the Sixth Circuit has among the most pro-voting rights views of both constitutional and voting rights theories.
The case could well go en banc to the Sixth Circuit, especially because of a likely 4-4 split at the U.S. Supreme Court, leaving the Sixth Circuit as likely the last word on the meaning of the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act in the area covered by the Sixth Circuit for this election.

(Scroll down to 10th story)

Conan O'Brien on Trump and Nazis

"At a Donald trump rally the other night, a supporter shouted out the Nazi salute 'Sieg Heil!'
Trump immediately responded, 'There is no place for that here - save it for my inauguration."

Republicans are blaming President Obama for creating Donald Trump

"Republicans are blaming President Obama for creating Donald Trump.
While others say he was created in a lab when a young real estate developer was bitten by a radioactive douchebag."

Conan O'Brien


Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wi) via CREDO Mobilize

I believe our economy should work for middle class families and not just the 1%.
Unfortunately, it's hard to level the playing field when Wall Street CEOs and Hedge Fund Managers are writing their own rules.

That's why I'm leading the effort to stop Wall Street's revolving door and am proud to have Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Barbara Mikulski join my fight.

The Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act would prohibit the practice of incentivizing private sector employees to take jobs in the government, make federal employees recuse themselves for two years in cases involving their former employers, and close the lobbyist loophole.

Here's how it happens.
There is a fast-spinning revolving door between the government and private sector industries.
Employees in the private sector can actually accept incentives from their compnaies to take jobs in the government.
Then, once they become government officials, they only have to wait one year before regulating their old companies.

The same thing happens in reverse.
Federal employees can take jobs at companies they oversaw immediately after leaving the government.
They can become "outside advisors" or "strategic counselors" and lobby their former government colleagues in an unofficial capacity that allows them to skirt legal requirements registered lobbyists have to meet.

Americans deserve to know exactly who their government officials are working for.
We can't trust federal employees tasked with reining in Wall Street to be strict if their pockets are being lined by their former bosses.

Americans should be able to trust that public servants are, in fact, putting the interests of the people first.
But, it's not easy when private-sector employees, namely from the financial services industry, take jobs in the government where they are tasked with overseeing their former companies.
This practice is rife with conflicts of interest.

Join me and sign my petition in support of Congress taking action to restore trust in government by stopping the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington.

The Washington Post REALLY Wants You To Know Something About Bernie Sanders

By Klaus Marre

When two Washington think tanks released tax and spending proposals earlier this (month),
the Washington Post REALLY wanted readers to know that the non-partisan experts determined that implementing them would add trillions of dollars to the national debt.

Obviously, and in-depth look at how much Sanders' plans would cost is news and should be covered by an outlet like the Post...After all, a lot of criticism has been directed at the Vermont senator for making promises on the campaign trail that would be difficult to keep.

One story would have done the trick, especially because the Post and all other major newspapers keep telling voters that the race for the Democratic nomination is over.
So it wouldn't make sense to spend a lot of ink and time on writing about a cost analysis of the plans of the guy who has no chance of winning, right?


The Post did not cover one story on the study conducted jointly by the Urban Institute and the Tax Policy Center, it published four of them within hours of the analysis being made public.

First there was "Sorry, Bernie fans. His health care plan is short $17,000,000,000,000," which was published on the "Wonkblog" and provided a summary of the study
(complete with the Sanders campaign disputing the findings).
That probably should have been the end of it with regard to the coverage of the analysis.

But it wasn't.

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