Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bailout of Frannie and Freddie - Revisited

I am posting THE INFAMOUS BAIL-OUT OF FANNIE AND FREDDIE of July 28 2008 again, due to a comment made by a Reaganite. Good Grief will not these defenders of all that's bunk, quit? Probably not, even when that type of misleading political philosophy is a proven failure they still beat the drums in its defense. Please read the comment by ANONYMOUS (it figures, they never admit to who they are) and my reply. thinkingblue

Click here to go to webpage for more RJ Matson CartoonsThe Infamous Bail-out Of Fannie and Freddie

The Republican Party has contended for some 30 years or so that anything appearing to slant towards socialism is EVIL. Feed a hungry child "NO THAT'S SOCIALISM not with my dollar you won't". Universal Health Care "NO THAT'S SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, I want no part of that. Those without insurance are lazy and have too many kids anyway, why should I care about them!"... The "R" Party's collective mantra is a loud MAKE GOVERNMENT SO SMALL YOU CAN DROWN IT IN A BATHTUB. But when it comes to Corporate bail-outs, which is another name for Corporate Socialism QUICK PULL THAT GOV-GUY OUT OF THE TUB AND APPLY Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)... It's enough to blow your mind! I've put together some TV clips and article excerpts to illustrate the hypocrisy of our government. A short saga of the U.S. Bail-out of two mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. I guess the SHOW MUST GO ON.


PS: Next time you hear an "R" person yodel "IT'S NOT OUR DUTY TO HELP THE POOR", and

to think about all the Big Bucks, Your Bucks, My Bucks, our government has spent, bailing out the many Fat Cats and see if they will then say "Socialism is a dirty word, it's EVIL!". Yeah, right, but only if you're POOR.

The Infamous Bail-out Of Fannie and Freddie


UP NOW, SCOTTIE. Thinkingblue


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Socialism has NEVER worked in the
history of time!

Socialism destroys societies commensurate to the level of
socialism infestation.

USA is still recovering from FDR folly

11:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean REAGAN YOUR GOD's folly,

9:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol...Oh yeah. Reagan is the evil
one. FDR hitched us to the Keynesian policy of deficit
spending, claiming that in order to solve the depression
the government had to amass large deficit spending for
public programs. It didn't work. WWII brought us out of
the depression. Even economists in the 1940's acknowledge
the failure of Keyne's policies. Milton Friedman
mathematically proved Keynes to be wrong.

Reagan followed Hayeks advice. Yes Reagan did run up
deficit spending, but not for public works. It was for
defense spending, specifically for technological advances
up to and including the "star wars" defense
system. The soviets, by attempting to match the defense
spending, collapsed under the economic weight of spending
so much of their GDP on military.

Different kind of deficit spending under Reagan. You will
also note that under Reagan, we were rescued from oil
rationing, economic malaise and generally ineffectual
leadership. He lowered the tax rates and under Reagan,
more regular americans became millionaires than ever
before ( I know, millionaires are horrible, darn
capilatist pigs).

The socialism that you love so much has never worked. It
didn't work in Nazi Germany. It didn't work in Lenin's
Soviet Union, it didn't work in Italy or Spain, and it
didn't work in Cuba.

As many self professed socialist thinkers acknowledge,
the danger of socialism is that it naturally trends
towards fascism and totalitarianism.

I hate people who just parrot some ignorant party line
and don't know what the hell they are talking about (and
NO iam NOT a republican).

10:10 PM

Blogger thinkingblue said...

Oh my, you Reagan (anti-everything
humane) lovers will go on and on with your repetitive
unchanging rhetoric to prove that Reagan's (and all the
other self-serving, corrupt, covetous goons in the GOP)
doctrine of delusion was (and is) the only way to fly.
Even during blatant failure you still hold fast to the
mercenary beliefs of the right-winged ones who won't bat
an eyelash for anything or anyone down and out. To me it
certainly smacks of a death wish for America. I swear you
guys or either very mindless or part of the fifth column
who’s only goal is to bring America (the part that
idealizes Democracy and the Checks and Balance System
-America’s Constitution-) down.

The fear of Fascism? The Right-Wing political dogma will
definitely lead us into that nightmare.

Reagan’s voodoo economics were scandalous; A
reversal of Robin Hood, give to the Rich and Take from
the poor ideology.

His total lack of empathy towards The Poor and Aid
victims displayed the inside workings (Bigotry) of a
pathetic little man. Remember Reagan's Cadillac Welfare
Queen? (Over a period of about five years, Reagan told
the story of the "Chicago welfare queen" who
had 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 Social Security cards, and
collected benefits for "four nonexistent deceased
husbands," bilking the government out of "over
$150,000." The real welfare recipient to whom Reagan
referred was actually convicted for using two different
aliases to collect $8,000. Reagan continued to use his
version of the story even after the press pointed out the
actual facts of the case to him.
) that he used such a prejudiced statement against black
single women at all is a testimony of his uncaring
nature… (You need only remember Bush and Katrina for
more of the GOP Jim Crowism attitude)
America has not only gotten worse off since Reagan was
elected - it damned near died under the GOP and their
outrageous "big lie" that small government and
low, low, low cut-rate taxes was the best way to run the
country. It accentuated the GOP mindset that government
is their private, personal ATM machine for the exclusive
use of the antiquated party of old rich white men. That's
why Reagan launched his 1980 presidential campaign in
Philadelphia, Miss., a town with a notorious Ku Klux Klan
history. He denounced "welfare queens"--a code
word for Blacks--for living off "government
handouts." As the AIDS epidemic began to claim tens
of thousands of lives, Reagan refused to even use the
name of the disease for six years. In fact, according to
his authorized biography, he once said, "Maybe the
Lord brought down this plague" because "illicit
sex is against the Ten Commandments."

You know what, there is no talking to those of the
neoconservative persuasion. Even if our country were
completely brutalized and bleeding, taking its last
breath you guys would be defending those ideologues who
brought it down. (Case in point i.e. NOW!)

Excerpts from:
and http://vidiotspeak.blogspot.com

From http://thinkingblue.blogspot.com

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Me and My Facebook

I was introduced to Mark Morford during the nightmare of the Bush/Cheney or is it the Cheney/Bush administration’s HELLISH 8 year reign. His articles with all its sarcastic truthisms helped me survive during those dark days. After the 2004 horrendous election when the unthinkable of all unthinkables happened and the lunatics occupying our highest house of authority were given 4 more years to wreck havoc. When Bush/Cheney and their minions, smirked at the cameras, I was beside myself in despair. Then Mark Morford wrote an article for New Year’s 2005 and suggested how to survive the gloom of the following years. Amongst other suggestions he said ‘WHY NOT START A BLOG’. LIGHTBULBS lit up for me, click link… http://thinkingblue.blogspot.com/2005/01/its-not-easy-being-blue.html I’ve been blogging ever since. Thanks Mark for that and thanks for this delightful article about facebook. thinkingblue.blogspot.com aka Carolyn

Me and my 5,000 Facebook friends

What happens when you reach the ultimate in cool, pointless thresholds?

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/07/17/notes071709.DTL&nl=fix#ixzz0LVssuJMo

Read Article click hereThere were no bells, just so you know. There were no alarms or whistles or charming notifiers, no clowns or sparklers or strippers, not even a measly congratulatory phone call from the zippycute billionaire
tweeners who run Facebook Inc. offering me a free Herman Miller chair, a fistful of stock options and a lifetime supply of Skittles.

There was no toaster oven. No plaque. There was no giftage whatsoever, no celebration or surprise party, nor was there the exact opposite -- no dire warning, no threatening email saying I have now officially encroached upon some sacred corporate territory and my account must be shut down unless I fork over $25,000, a hair sample and some semen to buy the next magical, top-secret insight, like the Mormons or the Scientologists or Oprah.

See, I have officially reached the ultimate threshold, the limit, the maximum allowable at this strange juncture in time. What a thing it is.

Yes, I have officially achieved 5,000 friends on my personal Facebook account -- which is, for some reason, the limit of what Facebook allows on one's personal pages. This, then, is clearly a major milestone, some sort of glorious pinnacle achievement, if only because the limit implies that it is and only because someone over at Facebook HQ set the limit at 5,000 and no one anywhere seems to understand or have a clue as to exactly why.

No matter. I have 5,000 Facebook friends! I made it! What does it mean? What is the point? Is it fascinating and revelatory and does it tell us something curious about the zeitgeist, or is it useless digital sound and fury, signifying nothing? Is it both? I think it's both.

See, I started my FB account not all that long ago as a dirty little experiment, to play and explore and investigate the social networking phenom, deciding right off that I'd say "yes" to every single friend request, to anyone and everyone interested and kind enough to friend me, somehow trusting that it wouldn't go awry or invite in all kinds of dark, dank, funky energy or open me up to all sorts of bizarre input or attacks or offers of who knows what. Childbearing. Sodomy. Booty calls. Marriage proposals. Peet's gift cards. Not all bad, obviously.

I had no idea what to expect, really, or even if anyone would care -- or, more importantly, if I'd care, if I'd hook into it in some constructive way, or if I'd simply open an account and play with it for a month and then, like millions of Web 2.0 dabblers the world over, abandon the damnable fluffbucket for the next pointless shiny thing, like a teenager with new roller-skates, her first camera or heroin.

(For the record: By way of some odd miracle, I've only had to block two people to date: one an insane stalker-ish type who posted psychotic Christian screeds on my wall, and the other an old high school acquaintance who never evolved beyond simpleminded homophobic jackass. Not bad, considering).

I wanted ... I don't know exactly what. To see how far I could go? To gather fans and friends and like-minded perverts into a hot, cultish cluster of shared love and laughter and random vibe? To stroke my own ego and go giddy with unknown faces and unusual names and peer into the lives of myriad strangers and have them peer right back, see if any of it added any value whatsoever to my world? Damn right.

But something unexpected happened on the way to the faddish digital spectacle. My Facebook page evolved into a valuable, useful, nicely addictive, fascinating creature, an alive and dynamic thing offering all sorts of unexpected delights: histories, memories, karmic dangers, weirdness, casual curiosities, new friendships, old groanings. It's also turned out to serve the most important function of all for someone in my line of work: helping me establish and maintain countless writer/reader relationships. Which, come to think of it, was really what I was after in the first place. Well, mostly.

Here's the thing: With the miserable rise of nasty, inane, puerile, meaner-than-thou anonymous commenting on every media website in the world (see most of below), with the concomitant death of intelligent email correspondence and the end of the sacred author/reader bond, it turns out only Facebook is now offering the kind of connection most creative types I know dream of having with their audience.

Which is to say: active, responsive, reasonably or even wildly intelligent, at least somewhat authentic, intimate, human.

On Facebook, no one can hide behind fake names and rancid anonymous ideologies and sneering spittle-flecked right-wing Bill O'Reilly bulls--t, and if they try it, not only can you see who they are and just how sad and low their lives hang to make them behave that way, but FB makes it a snap to kick them to the digital curb, forevermore.

But it's not just that. I keep track of old friends I never imagined I'd find or hear from again. I keep track of yoga students and fellow yoga teachers and their schedules, of circles of friends with their own peculiar swirls and trajectories, of various marriages, breakups, announcements, writers and their works-in-progress, ex-girlfriends and so on. And of course, if they so desire, they can all keep track of me.

Facebook offers its own creative pleasures. Hell, I've messed with the verbiage of my status updates to such a degree that a beautiful writer friend even wrote a piece about them, the wonderful replies they receive and the found poetry it all offers up, en total. I mean, how meta can you get?

But now it's all over. The experiment has reached its threshold. Unless I start un-friending hundreds of people, I can invite no one else in. The current gang is astonishing indeed, but it's better when it's moving and growing and writhing. Something's just not right about the 5K limit, particularly when the whole point of social networking is, presumably, to see just how social you can get.

I do have options. Facebook, of course, offers unlimited fan pages, which behave similar to the personal pages except they're wide open to the world -- no private friend requests, no easy groupings, far less dynamic interaction, etc. -- but they strip away my beloved illusion of intimacy and replace it with this implied wall, this barrier where I suddenly turn into some sort of entertainer/commodity and my readers are forced into the role of leering fans/groupies and, well, something is lost. The chasm is made wider. The connection is mutated.

Is there something better? Can I go elsewhere? I have a lively Twitter feed, but the intimacy level is irrelevant and true interaction almost nil. I have a personal
home page
and a yoga site for my teaching, though neither is designed for cool interaction. I have a hot but very sporadic and unpredictable personal newsletter I invite you to join right now, but that's not exactly community, or dialogue. I have a wild blog in the works, but I don't anticipate many offers of marriage and designer clothing and oral sex from it. Or do I?

So for now, I can only do what I can do. Here, then, is my new Facebook fan page. I don't like the sound of it. I'm not sure I like the modes of communication it offers. But it's not bad. After all, I wasn't too sure of Facebook itself, in the beginning. Maybe this will be the coolest thing since the Jackhammer Jesus.

Will you join? Can we chat and hang and peer into each other's worlds respectfully, happily, unexpectedly, half naked and warmly buzzed and ever in awe of the mad swirl around us? Why the hell not? The experiment continues.

Mark Morford Mark Morford's column appears every Wednesday and Friday on SFGate. Contact him here. To get on the notification list for this column, click here and remove one article of clothing. To get on Mark's personal mailing list (appearances, books, blogs, yoga and more), click here and remove three more. His website is right here.

Mark's also on Facebook and Twitter because, well, why the hell not?

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Richard Bruce Cheney Is NOT ABOVE THE LAW!


The law of the land is to be respected by everyone. Not just those residing on the lower rungs of the heap. We are all the same when it comes to the law (This is the essence of Democracy). When this truth is abandoned and those at the top commit transgressions, considering themselves Above The Law, (and getting away with it) they weaken Democracy to the point of collapse. Richard Bruce Cheney, is not above the law, he must be held accountable for his criminal activities or there will be another "Dick Cheney" waiting in the shadows for his chance at power and High Crimes and Misdemeanors. thinkingblue

Sign the petition

"Attorney General Holder, it is your duty to uphold the constitution and protect the rule of law. The evidence before you demands that you launch an investigation into possible crimes committed under the Bush administration and to prosecute if warranted. This investigation must not be limited to low-level foot soldiers, but should seek justice at the highest levels. Assign a prosecutor to investigate torture and do not rule out as targets architects of the Bush administration's torture program including former Vice President Dick Cheney and his legal adviser David Addington."


Start torture investigation with Cheney and AddingtonCLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION

Newsweek reported Saturday that Attorney General Eric Holder is considering appointing a prosecutor to investigate whether the Bush administration illegally tortured terrorism suspects.

A decision is expected in the next few weeks. Holder should investigate torture, and he should start with former Vice President Dick Cheney and his legal adviser David Addington.

Sources suggest that a Department of Justice investigation of torture -- if ordered by Holder -- is likely to focus solely on those who went beyond the legal boundaries set by the administration officials who provided a legal framework for torture -- but not the architects of the torture program themselves.

The Department of Justice and Attorney General Holder must give a prosecutor the ability to hold the torture architects responsible. Narrowly confining a torture probe to low level foot soldiers would fall short of the accountability moment required to protect our constitution from further abuse.

Attorney General Holder must assign a prosecutor to investigate torture and that investigation should start not with low level interrogators who crossed the line but at the top with torture architects Cheney and Addington.

Cheney Knew In 1994 That The Iraq War Would Be A Mistake


Powell's Chief of Staff Proposes Impeachment

By David Swanson

On Thursday, May 10, 2007, Lawrence Wilkerson, speaking on
National Public Radio, proposed impeaching President George W.
Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Here's the audio.

Wilkerson is a Retired Army Colonel, the former Chief of Staff
at the State Department from 2002 to 2005 under then Secretary of
State Colin Powell, a Vietnam War veteran, the former Acting
Director of the Marine Corps War College at Quantico, and
currently a teacher of national security at William and Mary College.

The program, On Point, was hosted by Tom Ashbrook, who focused
the discussion on a need for greater public accountability for
the Iraq War, but who maintained that the public was not outraged
or interested. (Ashbrook should read some polls and invite on
organizers of the impeachment movement.)

Also on the program was Ken Adelman, who promoted the war and
said it would be "a cakewalk". Adelman argued a case
for not holding public officials accountable.

Wilkerson said in early comments on the show: "This
administration doesn't know how to effect accountability in my
opinion." But he did not raise the possibility of
impeachment until after a member of the audience had phoned in.

The first caller who was put on the air demanded an
investigation of the lies that launched the war, and asked for
accountability "all the way up." In response to
Adelman's claims that history would hold people accountable, the
caller said "I would love to have a job where, worst case
scenario, my historical record is flawed."

Ashbrook framed the question in terms of alleged limitations
of the U.S. political system, and Wilkerson replied: "Well I
do think that that's a reality of our system. However, let me
back up just a minute and say that I really do think that our
founding fathers, Hamilton, Washington, Monroe, Madison, would
all be astounded that over the course of our short history as a
country, 200 plus years, we haven't used that little two to three
lines in Article II of the Constitution more frequently, the
impeachment clause. I do believe that they would have thought had
they been asked by you or whomever at the time of the
Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia 'Do you think this will
be exercised?' they would have said 'Of course it will, every
generation they'll have to throw some bastard out'. That's a form
of accountability too. It's ultimate accountability."

After an interruption, Wilkerson continued: "The language
in that article, the language in those two or three lines about
impeachment is nice and precise – it's high crimes and
misdemeanors. You compare Bill Clinton's peccadilloes for which
he was impeached to George Bush's high crimes and misdemeanors or
Dick Cheney's high crimes and misdemeanors, and I think they pale in significance."

Ashbrook asked for some examples of such high crimes and
misdemeanors, and Wilkerson replied: "I think that the
caller was right. I think we went into this war for specious
reasons. I think we went into this war not too much unlike the
way we went into the Spanish American War with the Hearst press
essentially goading the American people and the leadership into
war. That was a different time in a different culture, in a
different America. We're in a very different place today and I
think we essentially got goaded into the war through some of the
same means."

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Rise Of The Right Wing Hate

Going through my email this morning, I found this interesting webpage and video on Crooks&Liars, thought it worthy of blogging. I have blogged about the Right-wing Hate before, because what they do in the conservative media is promote hate pure and simple. It annoys me to no end and for the life of me, I don't, I repeat, I DO NOT understand why it is legal. It's against the law to yell fire in a crowded building, yet promoting hate and violence on the airwaves is perfectly OK!!! I don't like the right-wing talking heads, actually I can't stand the sight of them because I know that every time they open their mouths, something wretchedly vile will assuredly come out. As long as they can get away with their hate mongering they will do so. It's a tool for winning (which is a sad statement about the culture we live in) and like I've said before that is all that matters to these repugnant people. Please view the video below and I’ve also included some vids I've posted during the last couple of years regarding this very subject. thinkingblue

The Pap Attack- The Rise of Right Wing Hate

Posted: 08 Jul 2009 05:00 PM PDT
Mike Papantonio gives our own David Neiwert a shout out in his
Pap Attack on GoLeftTV.

Since 9/11, the right wing hate talkers have stepped up their
vitriolic attacks against anyone who doesn't agree with them or
doesn't look like them. Through their demonization of liberals,
Muslims, Hispanics, and gays, they've opened the door to a new
era of intolerance and hate in this country. And with that hate
has come an increasing number of politically-based murders -
murders which are becoming so frequent this year, that we haven't
gone a solid month without some right wing nutjob pulling out a
gun and killing people who didn't agree with their beliefs. Mike
Papantonio discusses the mental breakdown in this week's Pap Attack.

The Rise of Right Wing Hate

WHY McCain/Palin Will Not Allow Supporters To Be

The Right-Wing Talk Radio Hate Shows

Jerome Corsi - Cockroach for GOP Smear Machine

Directly From The Butt Of Rush Limbaugh
(The next video was removed from youtube)
It now resides (with different music)on yahoo videos)

Rush Limbaugh and Katrina @ Yahoo! Video

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Friday, July 10, 2009

I'm Still Angry After All These Years

Please Sign A Hope Card To Obama

Hi thinkingblue,
Care2 members across the country and the world are showing their
support for President Obama and all he's achieved in nearly six
months in office.
Will you join them?

What do you hope President Obama can continue to
Joan C. in Minnesota is hoping for policies
that end discrimination against LGBT people. Joey L. from
Colorado wants clean energy and protection for our wild places
and creatures. Loretta K. from New Jersey supports the
president's path to economic recovery.

I hope President Obama leads the charge for a public option
health care plan.
What are your hopes for President Obama?

As the Republican Party continues in their attempts to drag our
president down, it's time for the American people to rise
above the partisan sniping
and project a higher level of
We support President Obama and reject Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh's claims that he
has already failed!

thinkingblue (still angry after all these years) two cents worth: I thought the Republican Party's sickening malevolence would become a thing of the past once the American people woke up and realized their responsibility towards defending our nation against fifth column organizations such as the GOP. In 2008 Barack Obama was elected because many of the sleepy heads removed their rose colored glasses and turned away from the smear machines and chanted…
“Wait A Freakin’ minute, I'm getting bumpkis, nada, zilch and losing what little I did have because of the hateful Karl Rove Republicans. Hey, with so much at stake, I think I’ll vote for this new guy who offers hope instead of hate!” (I can dream can't I?)

This “awakening” allowed Obama to win by a fairly large margin.

As for the GOP fading and giving us all a break? No way, not if they can help it. In fact, they are back at it using the same contemptible language and fear tactics that made them winners in the first place. When I see one of their
talking heads and listen to their words, I can’t believe any individual or group could display such hypocrisy without a blush or squirm of shame.

They’re now trying to blame President Obama for America’s ills. A GREAT BIG FAT… “HUH”? Calling him a TAX AND SPEND president… Here comes another

Come on America we are much more intelligent than that. It hasn’t been that long ago, since the wool that covered our eyes had been removed. We can’t fall for their vicious maneuvers again. We cannot ever allow them to go near the helm. They had their chance and proved beyond a doubt, that they are capable of destroying America from within. They have only one goal in mind and that is to win at any cost.

Please click this link and voice your opinion http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction

Thanks, thinkingblue

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Cutting Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face (continued)

Today I am blogging two responses and my comment, from the post on Daily Kos July 9, 2009

Talk About Cutting Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face (about legalizing medical marijuana)

The only way this will happen is if Big Pharma can figure out a
way to make money from it. There are many possible effective
treatments and cures that never get a second look because they
are naturally occurring. Unless Pharma can tweak a molecule to
make a buck, they won't even look at it. If they don't want it,
we won't get it - period. Sad, isn't it? - "Hold fast to
dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that
cannot fly." -Langston Hughes (by luckylizard of KOS)
There are many powerful players opposing the common sense idea of
legalizing marijuana: Alcohol, Tobacco, Pharmaceutical (as noted by luckylizard),
Police unions, Corrections unions, Law enforcement agencies,
"tradition family values" types, religious
organizations, drug testing companies, etc.

All of these guys profit from the drug war and it is in their interest that it continues.

Just one more example of the sad, but undeniable fact that this country is a corporate oligarchy.

"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." - Albert Schweitzer (BY Apost8 of KOS)


thinkingblue: Just for the hell of it I thought I might research (via google) and try to get an answer (or a manipulation of facts) as to why "THE MAN" refuses to put forth a sensible bill to legalize marijuana. Then I remembered... "Oh, I think I've already tried and also blogged this perplexing question...




Along with, signing numerous petitions and writing letters to our public officials
concerning this stupid-make-no-sense-at-all, law we are forced to live under...

Still, even though we are sliding into an abyss of financial ruin, STILL, this archaic law stands antagonistically, in our faces, unrelenting and challenging us to break the law. I know we humans have built an enormous (out of control) political machine called "living", but someone, somewhere must poke their conditioned mind outside the culture box and question ... "I think there is something wrong with this picture."

Until that time, I will go on signing petitions, writing letters and contributing small amounts to any organization (i.e. MMP) who is unafraid to demand that this law be eradicated and marijuana become available legally... thinkingblue

Click link for a review of an interesting book "WELCOME TO THE MACHINE"

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Talk About Cutting Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face

This morning I gave $25 to the Marijuana Policy Project: Their quest is to legalize marijuana for medical and adult use. I have glaucoma and have to be under a Doctor's close examination every 6 months to protect my eyes from blindness. Medical Marijuana has been a proven treatment and beneficial for all kinds of ailments; yet the government, for some irrational reason, will not allow it to be bought legally. They have spent millions to keep it illegal.(Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.) Below is a short thank-you from MPP with a link to donate. Isn't it amazing that over 80 million of the American people believe marijuana should be legal yet will not contribute any financial help to promote this cause. Please be counted as a believer and contributor to this sound cause by clicking this link. https://secure2.convio.net/mpp/site/Donation2?idb=808374656&df_id=1501&1501.donation=form1

Thank you, thinkingblue.

PS: You don't have to give $25, any amount even $10, will help enlightenment to shine through the opaque blanket of disinformation; governments sometime enjoy throwing over the masses.



Donation Amount: $25.00

Even though national opinion polling shows that more than 80
million American adults believe that marijuana should be made
"legal" for adult use, only 25,000 people have ever
donated to MPP. Thank you so much for being one of the few with
the initiative, foresight, and personal commitment to actually do
about our country's failed marijuana policies.

Your donation will help fund our efforts to end marijuana
prohibition. When — not if — the battle is won, it will
be because of the financial support from members like you.

Once again, thank you for your gift.


Salem Pearce
Director of Membership
Marijuana Policy Project

P.S. If you requested a membership gift (t-shirt or DVD), please
allow up to six weeks for arrival of your item.

Thank you for your patience.

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Marijuana may help stave off Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON - Good news for aging hippies: smoking pot may stave off Alzheimer’s disease.
New research shows that the active ingredient in marijuana may prevent the formation of deposits in the brain associated with the degenerative disease.
Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in California found that marijuana's active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can prevent an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase from accelerating the formation of "Alzheimer plaques" in the brain more effectively than commercially marketed drugs.
THC is also more effective at blocking clumps of protein that can inhibit memory and cognition in Alzheimer’s patients, the researchers reported in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics.
The researchers said their discovery could lead to more effective drug treatment for Alzheimer’s, the leading cause of dementia among the elderly.
Those afflicted with Alzheimer’s suffer from memory loss, impaired decision-making, and diminished language and movement skills. The ultimate cause of the disease is unknown, though it is believed to be hereditary.
Marijuana is used to relieve glaucoma and can help reduce side effects from cancer and AIDS treatment.

Medical Marijuana Patient Dying After Dr's Denied Transplant

DEA raids medical marijuana collective, breaks Obama's promise

Best Marijuana Legalization Debate So Far!

Pro-marijuana ad pushes pot as Calif. budget fix

By MARCUS WOHLSEN, Associated Press Writer Marcus Wohlsen,
Associated Press Writer – 10 mins ago

SAN FRANCISCO – A pro-marijuana group is launching another
television bid to legalize pot in California — this time
with the pitch that legalizing and taxing the drug could help
solve the state's massive budget deficit.

The 30-second spot, airing Wednesday and paid for by the
Marijuana Policy Project, features a retired 58-year-old state
worker who says state leaders "are ignoring millions of
Californians who want to pay taxes."

"We're marijuana consumers," says Nadene Herndon of
Fair Oaks, who says she began using marijuana after suffering
multiple strokes three years ago. "Instead of being treated
like criminals for using a substance safer than alcohol, we want
to pay our fair share."

State lawmakers are bitterly debating how to close a $26.3
billion budget deficit that likely means cuts to state services.

In February, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, introduced
a bill to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. Bill
supporters estimate the state's pot industry could bring in more
than $1 billion in taxes.

The ad will air on several cable news channels and network
broadcast affiliates in Los Angeles, Sacramento and the San
Francisco Bay area, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.

The group said in a statement that three California stations
— KABC-TV in Los Angeles, KGO-TV of San Francisco and
KNTV-TV in San Jose — refused to air the ad.

Representatives from the three stations did not immediately
return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.

In an e-mail to the group, a KNTV account executive said the
station's standards department had rejected the ad.

Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Bruce Mirken said the ad was
meant to promote conversation about the issues, not to encourage pot use.

"It was consciously unsensational," Mirken said.
"It's time to talk about this, and we feel very frustrated
that some of these stations have taken it upon themselves to
stifle the discussion."

In a phone interview, Herndon said that before filming the ad,
she had not told very many people about her marijuana use. But
she said her concern over the state's fiscal crisis and her
support of medical marijuana led her to go public.

"I came out of the closet with this ad," she said.

Herndon said she worked as a policy analyst for several state
social services departments during a 38-year career.

She said she was approached to star in the ad while her husband
was taking classes at Oaksterdam University, an Oakland trade
school that trains students to grow medical marijuana.

California Tax and Regulate ad from 2009

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

2 Documents To Help Celebrate July 4th

Two Important Documents in the
quest for Human Dignity 1215 and 1776

Click here to go to wikipediaMagna Carta, also called Magna Carta Libertatum (the Great Charter of Freedoms), is an English legal charter, originally issued in the year 1215. It was written in Latin and is known by its Latin name. The usual English translation of Magna Carta is Great Charter.

Magna Carta required King John of England to proclaim certain rights (pertaining to freemen), respect certain legal procedures, and accept that his will could be bound by the law. It explicitly protected certain rights of the King's subjects, whether free or fettered — and implicitly supported what became the writ of habeas corpus, allowing appeal against unlawful imprisonment.

Magna Carta was arguably the most significant early influence on the extensive historical process that led to the rule of constitutional law today in the English speaking world. Magna Carta influenced the development of the common law and many constitutional documents,
including the United States Constitution. Many clauses were renewed throughout the Middle Ages, and continued to be renewed as late as the 18th century. By the second half of the 19th century, however, most clauses in their original form had been repealed from English law.

Magna Carta was the first document forced onto an English
King by a group of his subjects (the barons) in an
attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their
privileges. It was preceded by the 1100 Charter of
Liberties in which King Henry I voluntarily stated that
his own powers were under the law.

In practice, Magna Carta in the medieval period mostly
did not limit the power of Kings; but by the time of the
English Civil War it had become an important symbol for
those who wished to show that the King was bound by the law.

Magna Carta is normally understood to refer to a single
document, that of 1215. Various amended versions of Magna
Carta appeared in subsequent years however, and it is the
1297 version which remains on the statute books of
England and Wales.

Click here to go to WikipediaThe United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

After finalizing the text on July 4, Congress issued the Declaration of Independence in several forms. It was initially published as a printed broadside that was widely distributed and read to the public. The most famous version of the Declaration, a signed copy that is usually regarded as the Declaration of Independence, is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. According to most historians, Congress signed this document on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4, as is often believed.

The sources and interpretation of the Declaration have
been the subject of much scholarly inquiry. The
Declaration justified the independence of the United
States by listing colonial grievances against King George
III, and by asserting certain natural rights, including a
right of revolution. Having served its original purpose
in announcing independence, the text of the Declaration
was initially ignored after the American Revolution. Its
stature grew over the years, particularly the second
sentence, a sweeping statement of human rights:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This sentence has been called "one of the best-known
sentences in the English language" and "the
most potent and consequential words in American
history". The passage has often been used to promote
the rights of marginalized groups, and came to represent
for many people a moral standard for which the United
States should strive. This view was greatly influenced by
Abraham Lincoln, who considered the Declaration to be the
foundation of his political philosophy, and promoted the
idea that the Declaration is a statement of principles
through which the United States Constitution should be


Thursday, July 02, 2009


sign petition here, TELL CONGRESS - HUNGER HURTS!

Do you want to know just how easy it is to turn your back on your fellow human being? If you are not acquainted with the HOW TO, here it is in a one word nutshell… RATIONALIZE! (Rationalize - to invent plausible explanations for acts, opinions, etc., that are actually based on other causes…)

George W Bush "People are poor because they are lazy… (and) The government doesn't have to help poor people -- because they are lazy.'

Far right radio talker Bill Cunningham — who Sean Hannity considers a “great American” – (claimed that people who are poor in America are not poor…) ”because they lack money,… People are poor because they lack values, morals, & ethics"

Glenn Beck: Poor people are ‘lazy.’

And the other day, on the issue of the poor not having affordable health care, one conservative unthinking dolt claimed “So you hold the successful to be the problem? Should we all strive to be unsuccessful and strive for the government to take care of us? … The reason many people do not have health care is because they have not been successful. Who do you blame for that?” http://clipmarks.com/clipmark/BC0B069B-AB6C-45E4-BA51-0A821AB4A849/

OK you leaders in Congress, let’s hear the latest rationalization (excuse) for why the “working (you know those guys who get up every day and go off to work so they will NOT make enough money to feed themselves and their children) poor” do not make a living wage in a country such as ours. THINKINGBLUE
Tell Congress: HUNGER HURTS Hard-Working Families!
Target: U.S. House of Representatives
Sponsored by: Feeding America (formerly known as Second Harvest)
In today's troubled economic climate, it isn't surprising that many Americans are struggling with hunger. What may be a surprise is exactly who is suffering. Many believe hunger is a problem only for the homeless. Unfortunately, statistics prove that 40 percent of those seeking food assistance are employed. More and more it is America's working poor who are at risk of hunger.
Please let your representative know that you want a comprehensive strategy to fight hunger written into law today. Together, we can work to eliminate hunger in America.
Dear Representative,
Many people,
don't realize that hunger is not just a problem for the homeless in America.
40 percent - of all those asking for food assistance are actually employed.
have a job but still need extra help to provide for your family
that is the situation for the working poor,
Your name

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SCOTUS- Declares Strip Search Of 13-Year-Old Student Unconstitutional

U.S. Supreme Court Declares Strip Search Of 13-Year-Old Student Unconstitutional

Ruling In ACLU Case Is Vindication of Students' Constitutional Rights
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that school officials violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old Arizona girl when they strip searched her based on a classmate's uncorroborated accusation that she previously possessed ibuprofen.
"We are pleased that the Supreme Court recognized that school officials had no reason to strip search Savana Redding and that the decision to do so was unconstitutional," More Here


Thanks, to the ACLU, for taking on and winning the case of a young teenage girl, strip searched at school because another student claimed she had given her Advil. What the hell is wrong with some school officials? There are times they do not seem in possession of the brains they were born with. The case, of one child's frightening experience that will, without a doubt, be with her for the rest of her life and that’s not the chilling part. School, a place for learning, had become, this day in 2003, a place for terror... With all the bullying that goes on, many of our children are in fact, already afraid to go to school. Bullying by kids is one thing but harassment by a top school official (our employee) goes beyond the pale. A little Common Sense carried out by the school higher ups, would have absolved the whole incident with dignity for everyone. But, in defense of the school's (inept) vice principal, in (Bush/Neocon) 2003, insanity reigned supreme and Common Sense was in short supply! thinkingblue

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