Friday, June 22, 2018

Precious Memories Erased By A Spoiled Rotten President

I have a picture frame hanging on my living room wall that includes different snapshots of my grandchildren. I would occasionally look at it and smile. Now since the Trumpian Rule was enacted making it legal to grab someone else’s kids and hide them somewhere unknown with the intent of using these frightened children as pawns, so that a cruel, merciless, spoiled rotten president can get his own way. I now look at this collection of precious memories with a different perspective. 
As I gaze upon the picture, I imagine crying babies' pleading with their captors, "Mama" "Papa" and think about the horror of having your babies, taken away by force, perhaps, never to see them again, and I cry.
thinkingblue aka mema

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Help I'm Trapped in an Absolute Ignorant Nightmare!

Watch these women EXPOSE their total ignorance. thinkingblue
Excerpt:   "You are looking for a way to impeach my president that I worked very hard for,” Dr. Lynnett Bryant said.“Worst case scenario, if he slept with her, whatever,” Linda Churchwell later added. “That’s between him, the Lord, and his family. That is not about the job that he is doing in running our country, which he is doing an amazing job.”
Watch the clip

Sunday, March 04, 2018

An Opinion on What Mainly Causes Depression


An Amazing Article telling us that our depression may be caused mainly by social injustices brought about by political neoliberalism, rather than biological. In the times we are living most of us are bombarded with advertisement /propaganda using smiling people (actors) telling us if you buy this or that (or take this or that drug) you will be happy. Without a doubt, this is false and the only ones who wind up happy are those who have lined their pockets perpetuating this garbage. Beyond sad…
thinkingblue 



Here’s an Excerpt from http://inthesetimes.com/article/
How capitalist culture is making us sick.
All humans crave connection—to other people, to meaning, to the natural world. So we have begun to live in ways that don’t work for us, and it is causing us deep pain. We live as deeply lonely individuals, primed to believe life is about acquiring the unnecessary products we see in advertising, left to scream at each other through screens to mask how distressed we feel. Yet during the rise of neoliberalism, an alternative explanation for this distress was sold to us, largely by for-profit drug companies: the biomedical model.
They told us our distress is due to spontaneous chemical imbalances in our brains. This was promoted largely by pharmaceutical company PR departments rather than by scientists.
So, neoliberalism makes us miserable by creating a society designed solely for buyers and sellers. Then it uses the pain caused by such a dystopian project as an excuse to tell us our brains are broken and that they’re going to have to sell us even more things—drugs—to fix them.
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PS: Really brings new meaning to Bill Hicks comedy routine on Marketing… https://vimeo.com/62006235
https://player.vimeo.com/video/62006235

Neoliberalism

POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE WRITTEN BY: Nicola Smith
Neoliberalism is distinct from modern liberalism. Both have their ideological roots in the classical liberalism of the 19th century, which championed economic laissez-faire and the freedom (or liberty) of individuals against the excessive power of government. That variant of liberalism is often associated with the economist Adam Smith, who argued in The Wealth of Nations (1776) that markets are governed by an “invisible hand” and thus should be subject to minimal government interference. But liberalism evolved over time into a number of different (and often competing) traditions. Modern liberalism developed from the social-liberal tradition, which focused on impediments to individual freedom—including poverty and inequality, disease, discrimination, and ignorance—that had been created or exacerbated by unfettered capitalism and could be ameliorated only through direct state intervention. Such measures began in the late 19th century with workers’ compensation schemes, the public funding of schools and hospitals, and regulations on working hours and conditions and eventually, by the mid-20th century, encompassed the broad range of social services and benefits characteristic of the so-called welfare state.
Neoliberal ideology and policies became increasingly influential, as illustrated by the British Labour Party’s official abandonment of its commitment to the “common ownership of the means of production” in 1995 and by the cautiously pragmatic policies of the Labour Party and the U.S. Democratic Party from the 1990s. As national economies became more interdependent in the new era of economic globalization, neoliberals also promoted free-trade policies and the free movement of international capital. The clearest sign of the new importance of neoliberalism, however, was the emergence of libertarianism as a political force, as evidenced by the increasing prominence of the Libertarian Party in the United States and by the creation of assorted think tanks in various countries, which sought to promote the libertarian ideal of markets and sharply limited governments.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Alabama Kept Doyle Hamm Alive So They Could Legally Murder Him.


The Republican Party in all its lack of wisdom is behind the preservation of the Death Penalty. They tout baby killers at a woman’s right over her body, yet the mantra kill, kill, kill they display when thoughts of war or state murders rear its ugly head. It doesn’t matter that there are those who lack funds to get them out of horrible mistakes they’ve made in their trek through existence (as the wealthy have available). Locking criminals up who murder and maim for the rest of their life is not enough for this bloodthirsty mindset. They (the R people) advocate death without ever considering critical thought and shades of gray (or even mistakes made during trials), black and white is all that they can see. The more life I go through the luckier I feel about being free from such hate that embodies those who pull the lever for a Republican leader. If we keep going in the direction of such hate, a collapse of all that is good, all that is decent for we humans is drawing near. Scary is too mild a word to define it. thinkingblue
PS: BTW, they kept Doyle Hamm alive even though he was dying from terminal cancer, just so they could inject lethal serum into his body that would legally murder him. 

Excerpt “It was a gory, botched execution. They gave up when they could not find a vein,” Bernard Harcourt, a professor at the Columbia University Law School who is representing Hamm, said by email on Sunday.
The execution has come under federal court review, with a U.S. district judge calling for the state to preserve evidence, including the clothes Hamm was wearing.
Alabama Department of Corrections officials were not immediately available to respond to Harcourt’s comments.
States including Oklahoma and Arizona have also conducted botched executions that raised questions about death chamber protocols in the 31 U.S. states with the capital punishment.
“I wouldn’t necessarily characterize what we had tonight as a problem,” Jeff Dunn, Alabama Department of Corrections commissioner, told reporters shortly after the execution was called off.
There were two sets of medical personnel who tried to place a line in Hamm’s groin area or in an area between his knees and feet, Harcourt said, adding the inmate, who was examined by a doctor after the execution attempt, had at least 12 puncture wounds.
In court filings in the days before the planned execution, Hamm’s lawyers said he had terminal cancer and a history of intravenous drug use that had severely compromised his veins.
They said Alabama was rushing through a specialized execution protocol, increasing the chances of a flawed procedure.
The state responded at the time it knew what it was doing and could handle the lethal injection. It has not indicated if it will seek a new execution date.
The plan called for the insertion of intravenous catheters into Hamm’s leg or central vein, legal papers showed.
“Our case was that this would be tortuous and bloody and they wouldn’t succeed,” Harcourt said.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

GOP is Rotting Away

David Brooks wrote an interesting article in the NYT about his beloved Republican Party. Make no mistake this article isn’t the same ole, same ole Republican trite about pulling up boot straps and their mistaken belief that only conservatives know what is best for the rest of us. Brooks now sees what has happened to the GOP and is angry, sad and depressed to the point of hopelessness. Wait a minute, he's a conservative to the degree of severely just like Mitt Romney,
"Romney told right-wing activists that he had been a “severely” conservative governor."
yet Brooks feels the same hopelessness we progressive Democrats are feeling with the toxic nature present within the 3 branches of our government. If one staunch Republican (I disliked Brooks way of thinking thoroughly) has finally stopped drinking the GOP koolaid and opened his koolaid hangover eyes to reality, maybe our future won't be as hopeless and bleak, as we, who can still think, thought. thinkingblue
The G.O.P. Is RottingBy David BrooksExcerpt: The Republican Party is doing harm to every cause it purports to serve. If Republicans accept Roy Moore as a United States senator, they may, for a couple years, have one more vote for a justice or a tax cut, but they will have made their party loathsome for an entire generation. The pro-life cause will be forever associated with moral hypocrisy on an epic scale. The word “evangelical” is already being discredited for an entire generation. Young people and people of color look at the Trump-Moore G.O.P. and they are repulsed, maybe forever.
 Now watch VICE NEWS video about why Alabamians are so proud of their ignorance and bigotry. UNBELIEVABLE and incredibly sad!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lest We Forget the Unsung Heroes

Sadly, Bigotry, Hatred and Malice monopolize our humanity even though the types who foster these vile traits are in a minority. When we remain silent, we allow the hatred cancer to metastasize. Thank all that is good, there are people who step away from the maddening crowd and literally risk their lives trying to become a voice for those who have none. Lest we forget, the unsung heroes who have walked among us, unafraid to speak out against injustice and tyranny. thinkingblue

Family, friends to gather at memorial service for woman killed in Charlottesville attack

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Frankenstein's Monster Within the GOP

A FB member's honest opinion about those who voted for Trump and who are now also trying to wiggle out of the embarrassment by calling their Frankenstein, a Democrat.

Thank you, Bruce Lindner
Milwaukie, OR · 
An interesting thing has been happening. I'm sure you've noticed it too. The "Never Trump" movement is merging into the mainstream. For those who don't know who the Never Trumpers are, they're the Republicans who opposed Trump before, during, after the election, and continue to do so to this day. Republican stalwarts like David Frum, Steve Schmidt, Ana Navarro, Bill Kristol, and Rick Wilson. 
Even my Republican pal that I argue with via email is starting to get a little wobbly in his love for Trump. For the past year, he's been a true believer. He even wears the MAGA hat on his Facebook profile picture. But lately, he says he "wants to look forward," and not dwell on the Boy Scouts incident, the ObamaCare fiasco, etc. Nothing to see there, after all... just more unpatriotic liberals trying to bring him down. But he finished up with this: "Bruce, I'm surprised at you. I figured you'd be happy to see that Trump's been replacing all his key people with Democrats."
And late last night, Joe Scarborough, who until just last month was a lifelong Republican, tweeted this: "There are no Republicans around Donald Trump and why should there be? He supported Hillary and Schumer and was a Democrat until he was 65."
Not so fast there guys. Donald Trump at his core is neither a Republican or a Democrat. He's a Trumpian. He's in it for himself. As for party allegiance, he's flip-flopped back and forth between them, between the issues, and between the tenets of each party's agenda for fifty years.
But let's be clear on this. To my Republican friends, whether true believers or late to the party Never Trumpers, you *own* this man. He's as connected to you as if he were your Siamese twin. He's registered as a Republican. He campaigned in the Republican primaries. He participated in the Republican debates. He funneled millions into Republican down-ticket races. He married himself to the Republican Party megaphone, Fox News. He ran AGAINST the Democratic candidate. And on Election Day 2016, a plurality of white, mostly blue-collar, rural, REPUBLICANS elected him. And of the "faith and values" crowd, 80% of them didn't so much as flinch when it came to pulling the lever for the man who boasted about sexual assault.
So nice try, but no cigar. Donald Trump isn't just a textbook conservative, he's one who's pushed right-wing values to every despot's fantasy: Fascism. And since fascism is the antipode to liberal ideology, that's yet more proof that your claim of Trump is secretly left-leaning is absurd on its face.
It's already been said by some historians that Trump will go down as one of our worst, if not THE worst president ever. (Let's hope we never endure anyone worse than him). But I'd take it a step further. In my opinion, with the exception of convicted rapists and murderers, etc., he's one of the worst PEOPLE in American history. He's as flawed a human being as I can imagine. He's a textbook sociopath, whose only concern is the welfare of Donald J. Trump.
Yet he was the choice of the party of Lincoln. Go figure.
So what motivated 62M Americans to cast their vote for him? Joe Sixpack: "He's a multi-millionaire who won't take any shit from anyone. And he'll take the gloves off when dealing with our enemies." That's just great. The same was true of Meyer Lansky and Frank Costello. Only in their defense, neither of them was a narcissist. Nor were they particularly diplomatic, which is why they entered the line of work they did.
So here's this man, elected by the far-right wing of the Republican Party, embroiled in multiple scandals right out of the gate, and only now... only NOW we're seeing cracks in his base. But rather than admitting "Maybe we were wrong about him," their excuse is "What do you expect? He was never really a Republican."
No way. You own him. You fucking OWN him. When the Access Hollywood tape was released, you said nothing.When he mocked a handicapped journalist, you said nothing.When he called Mexicans "criminals and rapists," you said nothing.When he went on a sexist tirade with Megyn Kelly, you said nothing.When he promised to ban 1.3B people from coming to these shores based on their faith, you said nothing.And now that he's up to his armpits in snakes, suddenly you think he's a closet liberal..Sorry. He's all yours. In fact, he's YOU. And you are him. To suggest at this point in his disastrous presidency that he isn't, is the height of cowardice. Which frankly, seems to be yet another Republican trait. (Senators Collins, McCain and Murkowski, rare exceptions).
So no my email friend, when Trump's era ends, and it won't end well, I won't confine myself to "looking forward." I'll reflect on where we were, and how we got there. And I will never, EVER let you off the hook for your vote. I'll hang it around your neck like one of Trump's 4 foot long ties.
And no Joe Scarborough, the fact that Trump may have contributed money to Clinton and Schumer in the past doesn't mean he's at heart a Democrat. The fact is, he has no heart. And your eleventh hour renouncing of the party of racism, bigotry, greed and corruption isn't fooling anyone. If you really wanted to stand against Trump on principle, the time to do that was two years ago—when you were giving him twelve hours of air time per month.~Bruce Lindner~On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/macbruce/posts/10155412832676145

“I am not mad at you that Clinton lost. I am unconcerned that we have different politics. And I don’t think less of you because you vote one way and I vote another. No...I think less of you because you watched an adult mock a disabled person in front of a crowd and still supported him. I think less of you because you saw a man spouting clear racism and backed him. I think less of you because you listened to him advocate for war crimes, and still thought he should run this country. I think less of you because you watched him equate a woman’s worth by her appearance and got on board. It isn’t your politics that I find repulsive. It is your personal willingness to support racism, sexism, and cruelty. You sided with a bully when it mattered and that is something I will never forget. So, no...you and I won’t be “coming together” to move forward or whatever. Trump disgusts me, but it is the fact that he doesn’t disgust you that will stick with me long after this election.” ~Author Unknown~ 
Quote:  I still fear that Trump will not get his full comeuppance... Because metaphorically speaking, the Republicans have such a stranglehold on Justice; they can pummel it down to a size that will easily drown in a bathtub. Our country has so many ignoramuses it’s gonna take a VERY, VERY long time before we see the enlightenment at the end of the tunnel. By thethinkingblue on Facebook

Some of the people who gave us Trump: https://vimeo.com/218279271