Wednesday, April 30, 2014

America's Shame - Death Penalty

I will always contend that Legal Murder has made us a very violent nation but partial thanks should go to Gun Enthusiasts and the NRA’s power to claim it's OK to shoot first and ask questions later. We will never extinguish violence as long as we promote that kind of mindset.
Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The judicial decree that someone be punished in this manner is a death sentence, while the actual enforcement is an execution. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offenses. The term capital originates from the Latin capitalis, literally "regarding the head" (referring to execution by beheading).
Capital punishment has, in the past, been practiced by most societies, as a punishment for criminals, and political or religious dissidents. Historically, the carrying out of the death sentence was often accompanied by torture, and executions were most often public.
Currently 58 nations actively practice capital punishment, 98 countries have abolished it de jure for all crimes, 7 have abolished it for ordinary crimes only (maintain it for special circumstances such as war crimes), and 35 have abolished it de facto (have not used it for at least ten years and/or are under moratorium). Amnesty International considers most countries abolitionist; overall, the organisation considers 140 countries to be abolitionist in law or practice. About 90% of all executions in the world take place in ASIA.
Clayton Lockett

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Tea Party's Ignorant Propaganda Pic of the Day

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Bad, The Vile and The YIKES!

The Bad, The Vile and The YIKES!
Facebook images of the day!

Paul Ryan's brown bag lunch story wasn't entirely untrue. Just the part that mattered.

Remember how Rep. Paul Ryan was so sad about the poor boy who didn't want that nasty free government school lunch, "because he knew a kid with [lunch in] a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him"? Ryan had been told that story by Eloise Anderson, a member of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's cabinet, who supposedly "once met" this boy, who directly from his own mouth told her that story.
Yeah, about that.
It turns out, that touching story is actually from a book about a kid in New York City in the 1980s, and the lunches he was getting for free were not from the government, they were from an ad sales rep who befriended him. And this story, repeated by trustworthy Republican wonk Paul Ryan as told to him by Wisconsin cabinet member Eloise Anderson, is taken just about word for word from that book. Except for the small detail about who was paying for the lunches:

Look, Maurice, I don’t want you out there hungry on the nights I don’t see you, so this is what we can do. I can either give you some money for the week–and you’ll have to be really careful about how you spend it–or when you come over on Monday night we can go to the supermarket and I can buy all the things you like to eat and make you lunch for the week. I’ll leave it with the doormen, and you can pick it up on the way to school.”
Maurice looked at me and asked me a question.
“If you make me lunch,” he said, “will you put it in a brown paper bag?”
I didn’t really understand the question. “Do you want it in a brown paper bag?” I asked. “Or how would you prefer it?”
“Miss Laura,” he said, “I don’t want your money. I want my lunch in a brown paper bag.”
“Okay, sure. But why do you want it in a bag?”
“Because when I see kids come to school with their lunch in a paper bag, that means someone cares about them. Miss Laura, can I please have my lunch in a paper bag?”
Paul Ryan and Cliven Bundy Birds of a Feather...

If it weren't for the ignorant, there would be no GOP! thinkingblue

Friday, April 25, 2014

A Whole Lotta Batty Going On

Again, on facebook, I found a fascinating image (more pathetic than fascinating) which I felt should get exposure on more than just facebook. The people who are supposed to represent us (We-The-People) are doing everything but serve us, the middle-class, (especially those who are identified by the “R” after their names) preferring instead, to cater to those who are misinformed, those who are intolerant, those who watch Fox News and listen to Rush Limbaugh, rallying to their call for NO GOVERNMENT. It really makes no sense because these so-called leaders work for the government (at least they should be working for the government, representing all the people). It's enough to make you feel...
A Whole Lotta BATTY Is Going On! 
PS: What Cliven Bundy is saying in his uneducated, illiterate way is EXACTLY what Paul Ryan and the rest of the Tea Party Posse Comitatus is pushing for. Just the words have been changed to protect the bigotry!

Cliven Bundy's an Old-Fashioned Racist – And He's Not Alone
By Jimmy Williams
When I hear white people talk about race, I get a little clammy. When I hear Cliven Bundy talk about race, I get really pissed off. This “tea party” favorite, an American grandfather who’s a rancher with a very loyal family, seems to have bared his soul for the press. He likes the bully pulpit that comes from being a “taker,” a freeloader, a tax evader. He’s a man who doesn’t recognize the U.S. government in any way shape fashion or form. He’s also a man who said this, as reported by the New York Times:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
The “negro?” Picking cotton? Seriously? Who the hell is this guy? Let me tell you who Cliven Bundy is. He’s a bigot who believes in “freedom.” In case it’s lost on you, Bundy is the ultimate government subsidy. He believes in feeding his cattle for free. He doesn’t believe he owes federal taxes. He doesn’t believe in the rule of federal law. Bundy is purely and simply a common criminal who deserves to go to jail.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

GOP Impeachment Fever, Deja Vu All Over Again!

Upon reading this article and feeling a bit of the ole ‘Deja Vu All Over Again’ from the time when the Republicans with all their repulsive bullying went after Clinton for having (consenting adults) quickie... (Not defending President Clinton because he knew the hateful GOPers were breathing down his neck, sniffing around like the devil and his dickens, for the smallest crumb to hurt him in some way and they found it hidden in Clinton's sexual appetite) The fact that so many Americans have been brainwashed to believe that hateful, unabashed bullying is the only way to win at politics; says a lot about our country and ... IT AIN’T PRETTY... thinkingblue

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Unbelievable Trial!

Just came upon this story this morning via a facebook image (below). I would like to say this story is UNBELIEVABLE but the older I get the less I can tack the word UNBELIEVABLE on to news concerning the convoluted goings-on in our supposedly democratic system of justice (Really, tomorrow’s, astonishing “unbelievable” news will be met with a… “Ho Hum, WHAT ELSE IS NEW?”).
The phrase I used on my DailyKos blog is: “A search for truth will find injustice!” Today, with the help of SCOTUS our system of justice will too soon, no longer stand for fairness; It will be the very wealthy not We-The-People who will decide who is and who is not worthy of Due Process or the Electoral Process. Anyway, I am going to follow this trial and hope that the civilized people's call for JUSTICE will still have some strength and Cecily McMillan will get her Fifth Amendment Right of Due Process.  thinkingblue

More at this Link: The Trial of Cecily McMillan
More Links on this UNBELIEVABLE STORY:Charges Against Cecily McMillanExcerpt: Occupy participant Cecily McMillan is being prosecuted for felony police assault and may face up to 7 years in prison. In reality, it is the NYPD that should be on trial for their assault on McMillan. The trial has already been delayed because of the credibility of the arresting officer, however, New York City should review the case and drop all charges against McMillan.
The Outrageous Trial of Cecily McMillanExcerpt: Two years ago, a young activist named Cecily McMillan attended a protest at Zuccotti Park marking the six-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. When police moved in to clear the demonstrators, a cop roughly grabbed her breast—photos show an ugly bruise—and she ended up being injured so badly that she had a seizure and ended up in the hospital. In a just world, she would be getting restitution from the City. Instead, in a grotesque act of prosecutorial overreach, she’s currently on trial for assault and facing up to seven years in prison.
Reclaim Democracy!Excerpt: Introduction to Corporate Personhood
Our Bill of Rights was the result of tremendous efforts to institutionalize and protect the rights of human beings. It strengthened the premise of our Constitution: that the people are the root of all power and authority for government. This vision has made our Constitution and government a model emulated in many nations.
But corporate lawyers (acting as both attorneys and judges) subverted our Bill of Rights in the late 1800's by establishing the doctrine of “corporate personhood” — the claim that corporations were intended to fully enjoy the legal status and protections created for human beings.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hold the Press, This Is As Big As Limbaugh's Mouth!

Hey kids, is this the real thing or is it just fantasy? Good grief, like Coca Cola,  I hope it's the Real Thing! This right-wing bag of wind should have been kicked off our airwaves years ago; it's hard to believe he still has a following with some of the Limbaugh brand of hate-filled quotes he sputtered through the years, with little or no retribution. The only worth this nut has, is he shows, all of us semi-reasonable folks, just how hateful Rushbo's Ditto-Heads can be. thinkingblue

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Charles Murray White Nationalist

Charles Murray is A WHITE NATIONALIST and SUPREMACIST!. What a piece of shit is (this) man, with ideas bordering upon Nazi Eugenics!
The news: The art of blaming poor people for their poverty is certainly nothing new. It has a long history that's often rooted in racism and the convenient denial of facts. This is especially true in the United States, where politicians have used this method to avoid responsibility for the problems they've helped create.
Paul Ryan: "We have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities in particular of men not working, and just generations of men not even thinking about working, and not learning the value and the culture of work. So there's a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with."

"As someone who sits on the Budget Committee with Mr. Ryan, I know that his assertions about the racial dynamics of poverty are not only statistically inaccurate, but deeply offensive.
White nationalists argue that the demographic shift in the United States towards non-whites brings a new culture that is intellectually and morally inferior. They argue that with this demographic shift comes affirmative action, immigrant ghettos and declining educational standards. Most American white nationalists say immigration should be restricted to people of European ancestry.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Liam Neeson wants to be Muslim

Mr. Neeson better look out for the Christian Proselytizers!

Excerpt from the Stealth Crusade:
The growing movement to hunt souls in Muslim lands-by missionaries who often pass as aid workers, teachers, or business owners-has raised hackles outside the evangelical world. Missionaries themselves acknowledge that their work endangers the lives of converts, and critics charge that it disrupts the delivery of humanitarian aid and fuels resentment of Westerners during one of the most dangerous moments in recent history. But to those at the heart of the movement, including Rick Love's students, any damage done by their work is outweighed by the importance of their mission: to wipe out Islam. "I believe it's a false religion, and I'd like to see it be gone," says Kim McHugh, a 36-year-old CIU student who is training to convert Iranian refugees in Turkey. Her husband Brent agrees. "If they don't have a chance to experience Jesus," he says, "they're going to hell."

How blind and ignorant those who think their belief system should rule people so they go around the world trying to convert whole populations... What a foolish and intolerant mindset these people have been brainwashed into...  I heard Liam Neeson during an interview claim an objective adoration of the Islamic religion. It seems it is not any more or less violent than so many other religious beliefs. If only human beings would start to THINK for themselves, the world that human beings coexist in, might not be so cruel. thinkingblue

Hollywood veteran Liam Neeson says he wants to be Muslim
On filming in Istanbul, Neeson told the Sun: “The call to prayer happens five times a day, and for the first week, it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit, and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing… There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning, and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim.” Click here
This might seem odd, given that Islam’s image is that of not just of a violent faith, especially since the Sept. 11 attacks, but also of a “regressive” system at clash with modernity and everything that falls within the framework of political liberalism.
Mr. Neeson’s spiritual tryst with Islam set off global attention, with its wide coverage from the Irish Central magazine to the Huffington Post.
The image of Islam as a violent faith did not begin with 9/11. It took roots in the western world ever since the Crusades, even though Christianity had a worse record of tolerance at the time.
The continuing hostility among many Muslims towards western values, which appear to them as emblems of hegemony, explains why prejudices against Islam seemed to have stuck on. The global jihad has of course reinforced the idea of Islam as an abetter of violence.
Some Muslims have undoubtedly taken to violence, just like many others across all religions.
Hilter killed six million Jews. Certainly more than a million died under the ruthless orders of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge party in the latter half of the 1970s. Stalin, Mao and Hideki Tojo, Japan’s 40th Prime Minister who triggered the Pearl harbour bombings, all have the blood of millions on their hands. From Rwanda to Dafur, violence has wiped out whole populations.
Religious prejudice, nationalism, racism, cults and ideologies have motivated abominable mass extermination right from ancient times down to the 1400 years we call the “modern era”.
In the Old Testament, Deuteronomy has often proclaimed violence: “But thou shalt utterly destroy them – the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites – as the LORD your God has commanded you” (20:17).
Long before the Holocaust unfolded, Jews faced two expulsions from Rome itself. (Blood and Soil A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur, Yale 2007).
We are currently in a phase of intermittent violent history where Islam has been linked to violence. Even so, viewed as a political system, it has claimed far fewer lives than the World Wars or Communism itself.
So, the whole point is, we need a balanced view of Islam to be able to put the so-called “Islamic terror” in perspective.
Mr Neeson’s views on Islam prove that it will take a little more effort to understand Islam and what it is all about.  More at this link:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Comedian Limbaugh, Upset Over CBS Colbert Pick!

It’s a bottomless pit for Limbaugh as far as the hatred he hawks, but he is not the problem. There would be no Limbaugh if there were no Limbaugh followers. Devotees who enjoy the Limbaugh brand of backstabbing NASTY. I do not understand why people enjoy despotic behavior in others (and perhaps, even in themselves) and I am very pleased to admit that. For, if I thought Limbaugh a hero, I would not want to face another day in that kind of psychopathic and cutthroat existence.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Let's Stamp Stampede to Get Money Out of Politics!

Look what was stamped on one of my dollar bills... What a good idea to pass the message on. Here is facebook's Link:
I'm joining and buying a stamp to spread the word to STAMP MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. The Supreme Court just opened the door a little wider to help the oligarchs elect politicians who will further line their pockets and give them more power. I'm talkin' 'bout you Mr. and Mr. Koch!
The USA is fast becoming a Plutocracy. We the people need to act fast if we are to save the Democracy that the Supreme Court wishes to destroy!
Buy a stamp and start stamping...
It's time for everyday 
Americans to have a voice!
Take the Pledge.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Rich GOP Are Makers, Everyone Else Takers

Why are Paul Ryan and the GOP so angry with poor people, calling them TAKERS every chance they get? Why do they wish them to go hungry and without shelter (and health care) even though these so-called TAKERS, work exhaustedly in low paying jobs collecting pittance minimum wages that he and the GOP do not want raised?  It's hard to understand someone like Paul Ryan who has led a charmed life and followed a Christian set of beliefs, taught to him by the Catholic Church that he identifies with. Wait a minute, wasn't it Jesus, who lived and died helping the poor, the sick, the very young and the very old; which in turn gave these TAKERS hope?  Ryan and his ilk wish to take hope away from the downtrodden in the guise that if they are helped, they will not ever wake up, (like him and his wealthy pals) and suddenly become rich. This man's head is brimming with Ayn Rand’s philosophy that selfishness is the correct path for all humanity. Below is an attempt to decipher the convoluted Ayn Rand Philosophy of Selfishness:
Question: What does Ayn Rand mean when she describes selfishness as a virtue?
Answer: Ayn Rand rejects altruism, the view that self-sacrifice is the moral ideal. She argues that the ultimate moral value, for each human individual, is his or her own well-being. Since selfishness (as she understands it) is serious, rational, principled concern with one's own well-being, it turns out to be a prerequisite for the attainment of the ultimate moral value. For this reason, Rand believes that selfishness is a virtue.
It appears, Paul Ryan and most of the GOP have bought into this idea that turning your back on those who need help is a virtue and giving aid to those who are in need, is a disfavor. By George, I think I got it and I also, got a good whiff, IT STINKS!
PS: People who follow and believe this should never serve in public office, leaders should represent all the people not just the few who only need Government's help, to get Richer.