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March 2, 2013

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March 1, 2013

They're really arguing over disrespecting humans and treating them as animals.

Welfare benefits are called charity by the right and a mercy to those in need. But the intent is to deny both humane instincts. GOP elected officials commonly term the poor and unemployed in terms that vilify them as mindless beasts.

Really, they want them to cease to exist. They are using language to facilitate suffering on those who can't help themselves. Drug addiction is a mental condition, that have been recognized as not being a crime, but an affliction. The 'choice' to use a drug with knowledge addiction will follow is not a rational act.

Once into the process, brain chemistry is altered and the person is no more in control of their craving than person with diabetes who needs insulin. The religious right claims that being 'born again' cures all of it. They trot out examples of those who get into religion and leave drugs. But the problem was mental to begin with, and they have substituted another one.

And they have their failures as well, and need constant reinforcement just as an alcoholic may go to AA meetings or a drug addict end up with a few psychiatric hospital stays to get back in balance. That is what people with the means to have insurance and handle other affairs can do and maintain their lives.

The GOP and the religious right demonize drug addicts who are poor, not those that have money like Rush. So they are playing a very cruel game that they use to inflame their voters against 'the other' whoever that will be decided it is. These are all human problems.

If it was not drugs they are accusing the poor of spending tax dollars on, it would be giving birth to children they cannot support. Then they want to deny them the means of contraception. Because their imaginations regard the poor as a group who should not exist, should not have the same things that are going on in their lives celebrated with diamond rings, elaborate weddings, honeymoons, baby showers and the like.

They deny they are eligible to become poor or that the poor are human beings. To them the poor are like ducks in a shooting gallery for their amusement. Just a few observations from watching these things unfold.

I made the unflattering suggestion for this women proposing this to do it in public, because people who live on public help are treated like a circus side show act. I don't approve of drug testing anyone unless it is parents who have been found to be abusing or neglecting their children or others who have committed violent offenses that they request mitigation in sentencing or waivers, due to drug addiction.

In such cases that is part of compliance to not re-offend. But the greater issue is this is a cowardly game being played on those least able to resist, and like trans-vaginal ultrasounds, meant to dehumanize and humiliate the targeted party. Saying that representatives should be drug tested is giving into the plantation or animal husbandry method of regulation of humans, instead of treating each other as deserving of respect.

Too long and maybe off course but I am fighting off a headache right now.

February 28, 2013

And anti-American, if this Founding Father is to be believed:

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Any questions as to who loves the Constitution, now?

February 27, 2013

A parent knows the truth of Obama's words even before this shooting. He said it better than I can:

Someone once described the joy and anxiety of parenthood as the equivalent of having your heart outside of your body all the time, walking around. With their very first cry, this most precious, vital part of ourselves -- our child -- is suddenly exposed to the world, to possible mishap or malice. And every parent knows there is nothing we will not do to shield our children from harm.

And yet, we also know that with that child’s very first step, and each step after that, they are separating from us; that we won’t -- that we can’t always be there for them. They’ll suffer sickness and setbacks and broken hearts and disappointments. And we learn that our most important job is to give them what they need to become self-reliant and capable and resilient, ready to face the world without fear.

And we know we can’t do this by ourselves. It comes as a shock at a certain point where you realize, no matter how much you love these kids, you can’t do it by yourself. That this job of keeping our children safe, and teaching them well, is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community, and the help of a nation. And in that way, we come to realize that we bear a responsibility for every child because we’re counting on everybody else to help look after ours; that we’re all parents; that they’re all our children.


No, it is not always going to be okay.
February 23, 2013

And the Nazis always promote race war as the chance for chaos and taking over the government.

The first group on their extermination list is all of the whites who don't go along, then minorities. Just a little genocide running in their heads all day long to give themselves a happy...


February 23, 2013

WAIT! The Democratic Party is paying for Twitter posts to smear the wingnuts? Sign me up now!

I'll be right there! You gotta love your work, because you gotta pay the rent.

February 23, 2013

Correct! 'Teh dronz r comin' Infowars crowd sez the NRA is FOR gun confiscation.

And every massacre is a hoax because Obama is comin' for their gunz, like he did in 2009. But this time, he really is comin'!!11!!!

To which I say, '4 REALZ ???'

February 21, 2013

'Blame for Sequester' should read Obama: 0%; Boehner: 100%.

WHO? I Will Tell You Who



The PowerPoint That Proves It’s Not Obama’s Sequester After All


Yet the conservative-billionaire-owned media lets Boehner go on the air and call it 'Obama's Sequester' and all the RW radio pundits echo the same incredible lie daily. And will continue to do so in the months to come as the pain grows...

February 20, 2013

50 Years Ago: The World in 1963 in 50 Photos of Our Lives (Dial-Up Warning)

50 Years Ago: The World in 1963
Feb 15, 2013

A half century ago, much of the news in the United States was dominated by the actions of civil rights activists and those who opposed them. Our role in Vietnam was steadily growing, along with the costs of that involvement. It was the year Beatlemania began, and the year President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin and delivered his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech. Push-button telephones were introduced, 1st class postage cost 5 cents, and the population of the world was 3.2 billion, less than half of what it is today. The final months of 1963 were punctuated by one of the most tragic events in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. Let me take you 50 years into the past now, for a look at the world as it was in 1963.

I still weep seeing these scenes, but left out those farther from my attention that year. They are etched in my heart and my mind, and will always be a large part of who I am.

Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. waves to supporters on the Mall in Washington, D.C. during the "March on Washington," on August 28, 1963. King said the march was "the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of the United States." (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy ride in a parade in Washington, D.C., on March 27, 1963. (National Archive/Newsmakers)

Black college student Dorothy Bell, 19, of Birmingham, Alabama, waits at a downtown Birmingham lunch counter for service that never came, April 4, 1963. She was later arrested with 20 others in sit-in attempts. (AP Photo)

Rev. Ralph Abernathy, left, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., are removed by a policeman as they led a line of demonstrators into the business section of Birmingham, Alabama, on April 12, 1963. (AP Photo)

A 17-year-old civil rights demonstrator, defying an anti-parade ordinance in Birmingham, Alabama, is attacked by a police dog on May 3, 1963. On the afternoon of May 4, 1963, during a meeting at the White House with members of a political group, President Kennedy discussed this photo, which had appeared on the front page of that day's New York Times. (AP Photo/Bill Hudson)

A cheering crowd, estimated by police at more than a quarter of a million, fills the area beneath the podium at West Berlin's City Hall, where U.S. President John F. Kennedy stands. His address to the City Hall crowd was one of the highlights of his career. (AP Photo)

A picketer in front of a Gadsden, Alabama, drugstore turns to answer a heckler during a demonstration, on June 10, 1963. About two dozen black youths picketed several stores and two theaters. There were no arrests and no violence. (AP Photo)

Attorney General Robert Kennedy uses a bullhorn to address black demonstrators at the Justice Department, on June 14, 1963. The demonstrators marched to the White House, then to the District Building, and wound up at the Justice Department. (AP Photo/stf)

Alabama's governor George Wallace (left) faces General Henry Graham, in Tuscaloosa, at the University of Alabama, on June 12, 1963. Wallace blocked the enrollment of two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood. Despite an order of the federal court, Governor George Wallace appointed himself the temporary University registrar and stood in the doorway of the administration building to prevent the students from registering. In response, President Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard. One hundred guardsman escorted the students to campus and their commander, General Henry Graham, ordered George Wallace to "step aside." Thus were the students registered. Kennedy addressed the public in a June 11 speech that cleared his position on civil rights. The bill that he submitted to Congress was ultimately passed as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (OFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Mourners file past the open casket of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi, on June 15, 1963. On June 12, Evers was shot and killed outside his home by by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens' Council. (AP Photo/stf)

Firefighters turn their hoses full force on civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 15, 1963. (AP Photo/Bill Hudson)

The statue of Abraham Lincoln is illuminated during a civil rights rally, on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. (National Archive/Newsmakers)

Folk singers Joan Baez and Bob Dylan perform during a civil rights rally on August 28, 1963 in Washington D.C. (Rowland Scherman/National Archive/Newsmakers)

A civil defense worker and firemen walk through debris from an explosion which struck the 16th street Baptist Church, killing four girls and injuring 22 others, in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15, 1963. The open doorway at right is where the girls are believed to have died. The horrific attack rallied public support to the cause of civil rights. Four men, members a Ku Klux Klan group, were responsible for planting a box of dynamite under the steps of the church. Three of the four were eventually tried and convicted. (AP Photo)

President John F. Kennedy greets a crowd at a political rally in Fort Worth, Texas in this November 22, 1963 photo by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton. (Reuters/JFK Library/The White House/Cecil Stoughton)

Flanked by Jacqueline Kennedy (right) and his wife Lady Bird Johnson (2nd left), U.S Vice President Lyndon Johnson is administered the oath of office by Federal Judge Sarah Hughes, as he assumed the presidency of the United States, on November 22, 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas (Cecil Stoughton/AFP/Getty Images)

Three-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father's casket in Washington in this November 25, 1963 photo, three days after the president was assassinated in Dallas. Widow Jacqueline Kennedy, center, and daughter Caroline Kennedy are accompanied by the late president's brothers Senator Edward Kennedy, left, and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. (AP Photo)

The rest of the photos are at the link below. Some are of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement in the northern states, and other social events. I left a few out as they were so painful. More happened in the years that followed. But these are first in my mind.


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