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- Abortion isn’t Murder, but Why does the Pro-Lifers act like Pro-Deathers?
- Civility vs Incivility
- Republicans are attempting to end democracy in America
- The Love of Money
- The Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
- The Tea Party and Racism
- What do you want in a Second Term for President Obama?
- What is up with out of touch Republican Governors?
- Conservatives and Republicans are Right
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No Justice Since the 1980s police forces around the nation have been militarizing and police departments have gone from upholding the peace to becoming America’s version of Storm Troopers. The use of force has become the number one tool in law enforcement’s arsenal. Rather than using psychology to resolve problems and calm down hot situations, the reaction has been to treat all Americans as the deadliest of criminals.
I know that the small minded partisans who can’t see pass their political bias will try to dismiss the use of psychology, but that simply means using all intelligence that a well trained office should have to deescalate a ferocious situation…. (Justice)
A one-chart summary of every Ferguson eyewitness’s grand jury testimony This great PBS NewsHour chart shows an analysis of the eyewitness testimony provided to the grand jury that investigated the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
The chart shows many contradictions between some eyewitnesses — and lots of questions that went unanswered in different interviews.
There are two key points of near agreement: Brown was facing Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson as he was fired upon, and Brown did have his hands up during his final moments. (Justice)
The Love of Money When greed and selfishness becomes the norm we must stop and reevaluate the reasons why. We do not have to look far to find our answer, the airways are filled with get rich quick schemes, the media is full of messages tell about taking care of number one and we hear politicians playing on peoples fears and greed telling them,” it’s your money!” Then somebody asked,”Why has America seen such a moral decay?” This simple, it’s because of the love of money. (Religion)
“Conservatives and Republicans are Right“ On the subject of personal responsibility then President Ronald Reagan said, “You can’t help those who simply will not be helped.” There are all lots of people who no matter how much you try to help them, no matter how many programs, no matter how much money you throw their way and no matter how many people you involved in helping them, it almost seems to be a waste of time and effort… (Political)
The New Evangelical AgendaNot really. But it was a disaster for the religious right, which had again tied its faith to the partisan political agenda of the Republican Party — which did lose the election. But Nov. 6 was an even deeper disaster for the religious right’s leaders, because they will no longer be able to control or easily co-opt the meaning of the term “evangelical.” (Political and Religion)
Who’s Got the Political Will to Save the Middle Class? The changes that are necessary to arrest this decline are so fundamental that they virtually require a new political order. In essence, wealth and income now flowing almost entirely to capital has to be redirected to wages, through a combination of corporate tax reform that rewards companies that boost wages at capital’s expense, a re-legalization of collective bargaining, major increases in taxes on high levels of wealth and income, and massive public works programs that move the nation towards full employment. Read or make comments by clicking here. (Political)
This article is titled, “What is an Evangelical? An Overview” Most people know evangelicalism only through the big, bellicose voices of TV preachers and religio-political activists such as Pat Robertson, the late Jerry Falwell and James Dobson. Not surprisingly, my friends hadn’t experienced an evangelicalism that sounded particularly loving, accepting or open-minded.After eschewing the descriptor because I hadn’t wanted to be associated with a faith tradition known more for harsh judgmentalism and fearmongering than the revolutionary love and freedom that Jesus taught, I began publicly referring to myself again as an evangelical. By speaking up, I hoped I might help reclaim “evangelical” for what it is supposed to mean. Join our discussion of this article at free-fire-zone.com/post/What-is-an-Evangelical… (Religious)
“Republicans are attempting to end democracy in America“There are two histories of voting in the United States, there has been those who shrine to see that every citizen has a right to vote and there has been those who have strived to limit the number of voters to those who will favor their candidate or causes. Conservatives have used everything from a poll tax to removing voters from the voting rolls to limit who votes, ten-hour waiting lines have been the norm in many of these red states. Of course such delays were only found in Democratic districts… (Political)
In these trying times when life can seem so heavy, when joy seems as a forgot time memory, when life is little more than a burden there is hope. This world can wear you out, money can seems so little, the demands for your time so great that it begins to seem maddening and we wonder what is the use of it all? This Faith video “Take My yoke” is based on what Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Religious)
“Conservatives Confused as State Minimum Wage Attacks Fail“ Legislators in Arizona conceded defeat this week in an attempt to gut the state’s minimum wage law. House Majority Leader Steve Court admitted that the law, enacted in a landslide 2006 ballot initiative with 65% of the vote, is still unassailable. Court’s decision wraps up a rough couple of months for legislators and lobbyists intent on rolling back minimum wage laws.First, presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney went off-script for over a month strongly supporting annual increases in the minimum wage, and inadvertently lending support to measures to raise the minimum wage in at least fifteen states. After conservative leaders succeeded in pressuring Romney to retract his position, the candidate’s statements have lacked conviction and consistency. Post your comments at http://www.free-fire-zone.com… (Political)
This article “Hate Kills” In a cartoon drawing Sean Delonas made his hate message of assassination clear. What should be alarming to everyone is the thought of assassination, which is the real implication of the cartoon. The projecting of this type of hatred violates everything that this Nation was founded on. It is such hateful propaganda which has lead to the shooting at Churches and of elected officials. What we must remember is that regardless of political bias, hate begets hate, we are a better nation than this. (Religious)
“Civility vs Incivility“As children we may have said cruel things to other children, we may even have been on the receiving end of cruel words, it was just something about being a kid. For most of us it wasn’t about picking on the weakest or being a bully. Most of us were only having fun without thinking about how our words might hurt the feelings of someone else. Like I said it with being a kid… (Political)
This Video article “Fears and Victory” Since the fall of man evil, selfish men have brought misery upon the world. Though the ages they have enslaved many by force or fear. Through fear they can control people and enslave them. Today the story is the same and we often feel hopeless. We pray for, work for and fight for change, only to be faced with more of the same. Maybe things really are changing for the better and we do not see it because of evil men shirring up fear. It really does not matter if these fears are real or imaginary, the affect is the same. I do not wish to address any particular issue which might provoke such fears; instead I want to focus on how we handle these fears. I have put together this video of Psalms 37 which I have found to be a real help. If I were to pick out one passage it would be this, for it speaks of how God always takes care of those who put their full trust in Him. (Religious)
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The Tea Party and Racism
Transcript for video “The Tea Party and Racism”
The people of the Tea parties tell us that they are not racists, they actually get angry if anyone accuses them of being racists and yet their meetings are filled with racial hate signs. Signs signs everywhere signs, signs of hatred, signs of bigotry, signs of prejudices, signs of intolerance, signs of ignorance, and yes, signs of racism. Years ago they would have flown the flag of the Klan as they terrorized African Americans.
The forerunner of today’s Tea Parties set crosses on fire in front of the homes of African-Americans, bombed Black houses of worship and hung Black men from trees as their children would look on in horror. There was little difference in the racial attitude between that old KKK and today’s Tea Parties.
The far right started by installing fear in the hearts of the weak minded racists with lies about the President. These children of the Klan have tried to paint President Obama as an other, somehow different from real Americans. These bigots questioned his citizenship even after the President provided proof with his birth certificate and newspaper announcements his birth. Their attitude was one of, “How dare that that Black man beat a White man and win the Presidency?” Yes, the people of these Tea Parties claim that they are not racists but everything they say or do, screams racism. All one need do is to look at all the signs of hate at these Tea party events.
Such Signs of the first African American President as a monkey, which has been a racial slur against Blacks for years, this screams racism. Even more signs of the President as a witchdoctor, which is a shrieking howl of racism. Oh, yeah Tea parties aren’t all about race, they are equal-time haters. They hate Blacks, they hate Muslims, they hate women, they even hate children for they refuse to feed them, they hate anyone who isn’t a carbon copy of themselves.
If the descendents of the Klan had their way we would return to a day when only rich White men could vote. African Americans would have to stay in the shadows and never speak their minds. If these bigots could have any wish, this would be a “Whites Only” nation.
Thank God that the Founding Fathers had a far more Liberal vision for America.
Listen to how the Constitution begins:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America
The Founding Fathers dreamed of a day when all would be equal. They envisioned a day when no one would need to go to bed hungry. They would have been horrified at the thought of so many Americans being homeless or imprisoned. It would have been unimaginable that veterans who put their lives on the line for this country would be hopelessly roaming the streets homeless. The extreme right has been ignoring these American heroes. All that doesn’t matter to the Tea Parties, who think that poverty is just God’s punishment of the wicked and the government has no business interceding.
The Far-Right has gone mad because of their insane hatred of our first Black President. They don’t even realize that they are supporting policies which adversely affected them. This radical hatred of anything different, be it that difference one of race, of religion, of gender, of orientation or philosophy blinds the hater to the madness which is being entered.
Yes, Alan Grayson is right, the Tea Party is no more popular than the Klan was.
The Tea Party gets angry when their racism is exposed, when they they should be angry that there is any racism to be exposed.
Such racism and bigotry is rooted in a strong sense of inadequacy. The insecurity that possesses these people is so severe that they seek anyone they can demean to boost their egos. They tell themselves that they are better than other groups of people. By signaling out those deemed to be inferior these bigots feel artificially elevated above those feared. When people like those in the Tea Parties are defeated by those they believe to be beneath them a type of madness overtakes them.
This insanity is losing favor with the American people, which is why the extreme right will soon pass into history as cowardly individuals without any patriotic loyalty to America. Hopefully, these racists do not spell the end of the GOP, but if the Republican party does pass the way of the wigs because of these extreme racists, they will only have themselves to blame for having catered to them.
The Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Watch the complete ceremony marking the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Abortion isn’t Murder, but Why does the Pro-Lifers act like Pro-Deathers?
Author: Jessica Austrum
I watched these two news videos on the Rachel Maddow show and I can’t believe that people can call themselves pro-life and advocate murder of real living human beings. These same people who scream that a fetus is a baby and abortion is murder, don’t seem to care what happens after the birth. These are the same people who oppose aid to mothers with children known as welfare, oppose food stamps and oppose government-sponsored health care for these children. These are the same people who want to cut public education, they don’t seem to care that thousands upon thousands of children go to bed hungry every night. The same people who call themselves pro-life, say how sad it is that children are gunned down, but will do nothing to stop again on violence. So I just don’t see how they can call themselves pro-life when all they are is Pro-birth and then it’s obvious that they are pro-death and they should be ashamed.
What do you want in a Second Term for President Obama?
Author: Marty Martorella
Most second terms don’t mount to a hill of beans, I somehow feel that this President will have a shining second term, one that will be so bright that we will be left wishing for more. Most presidents leave office with the public being glad to see an end, but I believe that President Obama will leave us calling for a third term.
There are many things that I want to see happen in this second term, here is my list of hopes.
I want to see the middle class increased.
I want to see the income of that middle class increased.
I want to see a return to a fair tax code, including an end to the favoritism towards the rich corporations.
I want to see the cap on the amount of Social Security tax which the rich pay removed, so that every dollar is taxed the same.
I want to see the age for retirement lowered to 60 for both Social Security and Medicare.
I want to see our roads and bridges repaired.
I want to see a single payer health care system for all Americans.
I want to see prescription prices be brought down to a more reasonable cost.
I want to see an end to wars and a long time of peace.
I am sure that there are so many more things which can be listed, so I ask you what do you want to see in this second term?
Civility vs Incivility
Author: Bee Clauson
As children we may have said cruel things to other children, we may even have been on the receiving end of cruel words, it was just something about being a kid. For most of us it wasn’t about picking on the weakest or being a bully. Most of us were only having fun without thinking about how our words might hurt the feelings of someone else. Like I said it with being a kid. That doesn’t excuse being wrong or hurting someone else. All I can say is that most of us out grew such immature, irresponsible behavior.
As I remember it, by time we reached high school such behavior was frowned on by most. Well at least that’s the way it was in my day. To quote the apostle Paul, “When I was a child, I thought and spoke as a child, but when I became an adult, I put away childish things.” Like I said that was how it was in my day, but my day was a long time ago. These days it seems that we’re becoming a more cruel society. You have celebrities on the radio and TV mocking those they don’t agree with. When adults act childish, who will set the example for the children to outgrow their childishness?
What people like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage and Bill O’Reilly say by way of their actions and words to the youth of America is, is cool to be cruel. Back in my day we outgrew this because there was peer pressure to be civil to others. Today it seems that it is just the opposite, today we see those in the name of news attacking the president of the United States with outrageous lies. But that is not the worst, for when someone runs for public office they put themselves in the public light and such attacks are inevitable. What should never be acceptable, are the attacks on average Americans simply speaking their minds.
The answer today is the same as it was so many years ago, peer pressure. We need to make the bully feel very uncomfortable when he says cruel things. We as a society must standup to such childishness and make it clear that such behavior not only is unacceptable it will not be tolerated.
Republicans are attempting to end democracy in America
Author: Matthew C. King
There are two histories of voting in the United States, there has been those who shrine to see that every citizen has a right to vote and there has been those who have strived to limit the number of voters to those who will favor their candidate or causes. Conservatives have used everything from a poll tax to removing voters from the voting rolls to limit who votes, ten-hour waiting lines have been the norm in many of these red states. Of course such delays were only found in Democratic districts. All of these attempts to subvert the vote of the American people have been outrageous but they are nothing compared to watt Republicans are planning for the future.
From Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, GOP officials who control legislatures in states that supported President Barack Obama are considering changing state laws that give the winner of a state’s popular vote all of its Electoral College votes, too. Instead, these officials want Electoral College votes to be divided proportionally, a move that could transform the way the country elects its president. Link
On the surface many will say that the Electoral College needs to be reformed. That is true, is not reform but rather rigging. It is an attempt to allow one side with far less votes to win.
What this means, is that Republicans are able to take large concentrations of Democrats and put them in one district while creating thousands of small Republican districts. Each district would have an Electoral vote, which would mean that state with a million votes cast, with nine hundred thousand could go to the Democrat while only one hundred thousand going to the Republican. under this scheme the Democrat will receive one electoral vote while the Republican would receive thousand, even though the Democratic candidate would have received the 90% of that state’s popular vote the majority of the electoral votes would have gone to the Republican. This is the clearest example election fraud, it wasn’t enough to take Democrats off the voting rolls, it wasn’t enough to give them few voting polls were to cast their votes causing 10 hour-long lines now the Republicans are attempting to make the votes of the majority it relevant. The Republican Party is quickly becoming a regional party only able to win small elections by popular vote. What is their solution? Are they considering changing to meet the needs and wishes of the majority of Americans and thus after their votes? No, what they are planning to do is to rig all future elections. As you might imagine Democrats are outraged and the party is prepared to fight back.
As expected, the proposal has drawn strong partisan reactions, with state Democratic Party chair Jim Burn posting on his party’s blog: “This is the ultimate sour grapes. After getting swept in statewide elections, Pennsylvania Republicans are trying to change the rules to help Republican politicians.” Link
As I look at the solution is quite simple, end the electoral college. the purpose of the electoral college was based on the fear that the majority of the people might not make the right choices and by electing a group of representatives to cast the actual votes for president there would be a stop gap measure to prevent the public from making a bad choice. This type of thinking is outdated and we have outgrown it. It is time to count the vote as the voter meant it to be. It is wrong for a Republican living in a Democratic district to have his vote counted as a Democratic vote, in the same way is wrong for a Democrat living any Republican district to have his go to a Republican. It is time to return to a majority rules in our election processes. It is time to put to death the electoral college, allow all Americans to vote and count all the votes as cast.
Conservatives and Republicans are Right
Author: Frank Bennett
On the subject of personal responsibility then President Ronald Reagan said, “You can’t help those who simply will not be helped.” There are all lots of people who no matter how much you try to help them, no matter how many programs, no matter how much money you throw their way and no matter how many people you involved in helping them, it almost seems to be a waste of time and effort. The reason is very simple, as President Reagan said you can’t help those who don’t want to be helped. There is a serious need to focus on a personal responsibility to better oneself. What if someone refuses to take personal responsibility for their own actions and those actions harm others, then the responsibility falls upon us all to do what is right.
When we come across those who refuse to take responsibility, it falls upon us to make them be responsible. If someone will not be responsible with their drinking and driving, then it becomes the responsibility of the community to see that that individual curtails one or both of those activities. We do this every day and think nothing of it, so why should we pause at the thought of forcing someone to be responsible with firearms? If guns were just a little annoyance that harm no one, then we might say live and let live, but as we have seen with the countless deaths, even the deaths of little children, we’re not talking about something that is just a little annoyance. We are talking about a crisis in our nation that will if left unchecked it could one day swell up to the point that the public would demand far more stringent actions. Of inaction, President Reagan said this, “To sit back hoping that someday, someone way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.” If we do nothing, the problem will indeed engulf and devour us. President Obama has laid out some very sensible guidelines to responsible gun ownership.
It’s time for Congress to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun.
Congress should restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, and a 10-round limit for magazines.
Congress needs to help, rather than hinder, law enforcement as it does its job. We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this. Since Congress hasn’t confirmed a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in six years, they should confirm Todd Jones, who will be — who has been Acting, and I will be nominating for the post.
And at a time when budget cuts are forcing many communities to reduce their police force, we should put more cops back on the job and back on our streets. For the full transcript click here.
I would add to these a list of gun responsibilities, to begin with all firearms have a serial code. That serial number should have to be registered and a license issue after the background check has proven that the individual is legal to own such a weapon. Just like we license an automobile, we must license all guns. Such licenses would include passing competency tests which would involve training for both marksmanship and safety. Once that license was issued, that gun would be the responsibility of its owner, he or she would be on the hook if someone picked it up, gain access to it because that weapon was not properly secured. This would mean the use of gun safes and trigger locks to ensure the safety of children and adults.
Four years Republicans have chanting the mantra personal responsibility, well when it comes to gun safety what could be more pointed to this personal responsibility belief? It is my belief, that Republicans need to stand up and say yes we believe in personal responsibility and we will not stop at anything less than that with gun ownership. What the President is recommending is reasonable and responsible, and it’s high time we employed something like this. The President concluded by saying this;
This is the land of the free, and it always will be. As Americans, we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights that no man or government can take away from us. But we’ve also long recognized, as our Founders recognized, that with rights come responsibilities. Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will comes an obligation to allow others to do the same. We don’t live in isolation. We live in a society, a government of, and by, and for the people. We are responsible for each other.
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The Love of Money
Author: Marty Martorella
I can recall a time in my early teens when we often would go to bed with the doors left unlocked and not of thought in the world about it. Today people can have five locks on their doors and still feel unsafe. I remember thinking when I got my first debit card how I would no longer have to worry about losing money because of getting stuck with a counterfeit bill. Now we are faced with hackers getting into our bank accounts through those same debit cards and clean us out. People work their whole lives, saving and scraping so they might have a retirement with dignity only to find that the CEO of the company that they work for has left the country with all the pension funds. The problem is that our society has truly become a me society. One is left wondering why?
When greed and selfishness becomes the norm we must stop and reevaluate the reasons why. We do not have to look far to find our answer, the airways are filled with get rich quick schemes, the media is full of messages talking about taking care of number one and we hear politicians playing on peoples fears and greed telling them,” it’s your money!” Then somebody asked,”Why has America seen such a moral decay?” This simple, it’s because of the love of money.
On my way to work there is a big sign over the freeway announcing the size of the Powerball lottery drawing. Saturday’s lottery was up to $350 million and though all that is so tempting I find myself asking how would that change me? I find myself coming to the answer that I would not want such wealth, I have decided to be happy with what the good Lord has given me and trust Him for all my needs.
Someone said to me but if you were to win that $350 million would you really want to see a third of it go to taxes and I responded that they were looking at it wrong. Instead of looking at the amount of taxation they should be looking at what they have after taxation and realizing how blessed they are. The trouble is that people fall so in love with money, power and all their possession that they lose track of what really matters. One of the biggest lies that is perpetrated today, is the saying,”He who dies with the most toys, wins.” For me, success or winning will be to leave this world a little better than I found it. If upon my passing people can say that their lives are better because of my life, then that in deed will be a successful life.