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Debbie Wasserman Shultz to Resign DNC Post

So after circumventing democracy and tipping the scales in Hillary’s favor, Debbie Wasserman Shultz decides to step down. Say what? You’ve done your damage and now you can just quietly slip away?

Oh, I hope not. She should be run out of DC on a rail. She needs to get the Hell out of politics. Because of her, we are now stuck with a candidate that, according to Michael Moore, can’t even beat Donald the Dump Trump. Bernie would have won the race hands down, but thanks to Debbie, we’re looking at the possibility of a serious disaster in the presidency, a disaster that this country might not be able to recover from.

If we hope to stop the train wreck of Trump it will require a whole not more of us getting out there and getting registered and voting. If we don’t, then we’ll get exactly what we deserve for our laziness and it is frightening.

 

Cannabis Candies Available to Children

I read the article today about how the candy form of THC is getting in the hands of children.  Do you realize what this means?

Nothing!

Absolutely nothing! Pot has been around for more than a year or two and it has always been something that kids might get their hands on.  Users of drugs sometimes accidentally leave their vices unguarded. The same is true for something far worse, alcohol and even worse than that, cigarettes. So why tell us about this now?

Here’s why it’s an issue today. There is a multi-million dollar propaganda campaign trying to kill legal cannabis.  They can’t beat it with the facts or with the truth so they have to bring up silly stories and try to scare everyone.

I read another article about how THC was found in the water supply in a Colorado town. Of course, it wasn’t enough to have any effect on anyone, but it was enough to scare the people. “Oh, my GOD! We’re all going to become REEFER MADNESS!”

The sad part is that this propaganda will actually work on some weak minded people and those people might vote. The only thing we can do about that is to make sure everyone who isn’t weak minded gets out there and votes, too.

Are We Getting Fed Up Yet?

What’s with all the senseless killings in our news? Is this how we will define our lives and how our children and grandchildren remember us?

Cops kill unarmed civilians, especially people of color. Grand juries find the cops not guilty.

The backlash against the cops is getting out of hand, but are we surprised, are we listening, yet?

What’s the thought process, today? “There’ll be more civilian killings until morale improves!”

Cops who kill civilians need to be tried in a court system that is separate from the system used to try civilians. There’s no way a court designed to believe the cop’s testimony above all else can possibly fairly try a cop, or a civilian for that matter. No wonder they’re usually acquitted for the murders they do.

Killing cops in retribution isn’t the answer but it’s obviously the symptom of a judicial system that is ceasing to function.

Fix the system now. Convict the killing cops and the problem will go away. Continue to neglect the problem like we’re doing now, and it will get worse, much worse.

Orlando Murders Demonstrates Our Media’s Continuing Failure

Most news outlets are calling the Orlando murders “Mass Shooting” and some even admit that it’s terrorism.  Unfortunately,  everyone seems to be afraid to call it whatit really is – religious extremism.  This is the same kind of extremism we witness regularly by our religious right murdering doctors and clinic employees and patients.

You see the media being so very careful to state ISIS when referring to radical extremism, so careful not to offend the American terrorists.

Just like other mental problems,  America can only begin to recover from our extremism when we are willing to admit that we have a problem with our own conservative extremism, religious and political.

The media is the only mechanism we have for facing the facts but we can’t when they hide the facts from us.

America needs an overhaul of our failed media.

What’s Next, Hillary Clinton?

The big mistake the Democratic politicians have been making for the past 30 years, the big reason Democrats are sick of voting for them, is that they campaign to the base (the Progressives) in the primary election and then move to the center to try to get the moderate voters in the general election.

How has this worked for the Democrats? I’ll tell you how. It’s pissing off the Democratic voters enough that they are leaving. Why is the Democratic part so ignorant that they can’t see this?

So, now Hillary says she has the primary election all wrapped up and she and Obama are saying it’s time for the rest of the party to come over to her side.

Here’s what I say about that. Bullshit! Those who aren’t voting for Hillary think she’s just another Republican. As she moves more to the right to foolishly try to catch the moderate voters, she will be further abandoning the real Democrats on the left.

Why should any of us come to the Republican side and vote for Hillary while she moves further and further into Republican territory?

We won’t! If Hillary wants the Democratic voters to vote for her, and not just the moderates, then she will have to move further into the Democratic camp, not further into the Republican camp.

Why is there even the slightest chance that a Republican idiot like Trump could get elected president? Because the Democrats are sick of their party moving further and further into the conservative crazy train. We are sick of voting for Republican lite politicians. We’re sick of voting for someone who says one thing in the primary and then moves into the enemy camp for the general election.

Hey, Hillary, if you don’t want your base, the Sanders supporters to stay home on election day, give us a Democrat to vote for, not just another Republican.

One Quarter of All Pregnancies End in Abortion

hangerThis is an interesting article in the BBC stating that estimates suggest 25% of all pregnancies end in abortion, worldwide.

One of the most important issues is that abortions are going down in developed countries but going up in under developed countries. Countries where women have access to birth control show a lower abortion rate.

What does that mean for America? If the Republicans get their way, birth control will continue to be difficult or impossible for some women to obtain. Add to that, the Republicans are pushing for abstinence-only education, making it even more likely that there will be unwanted pregnancies.

If you’re against abortion, you need to get the Republicans out of power in the USA.

It’s really that simple.

Trump – Not Owned By the Billionaires

If you’re one of the Trump supporters who felt Trump was safe from the influence of the 1% because he is rich enough ro fund his own campaign, think again. Trump is now soliciting campaign donations from billionaires to help fund his campaign.

Don’t you feel foolish for believing his lies? Don’t you wonder about what else he has lied about?

You didn’t really believe him anyway did you?

US Gun Ownership Explodes – What’s the Effect

Gun ownership in the US has exploded and along with it the number of gun deaths has gone up as well, just as one would expect.  It is quite concerning that many of those gun owners have the mental capacity of a squirrel or NRA member, believing that “more guns” is the solution.

This means that many of those mentally challenged gun toting people are out there with their weapons loaded driving their cars and sharing our public spaces, shooting up our schools and theaters.

This has got to stop. The US has got to take a stand against this stupidity and the needless deaths.

Now, dont jump to conclusions,  I’m a strong advocate for the right to own guns, within reason. I even enjoy target practice,  myself.

It’s sad that I see these squirrels on the social media sites spewing their NRA talking points but never sticking around long enough to defend their mistaken positions or risk actually finding out theyre on the wrong side of history.

Why do we continue to sacrifice our safety and the safety of our children so those iimbeciles can make up for their insecurities at our expense?

It’s time we regulated firearms like the constitution says.

 

Greenland Spring Thaw Comes Early

This is by far the earliest Greenland has seen their spring thaw. It is more than a half month earlier than anytime in the past.

This is just another proof of global warming.

Global warming will be devastating to the world’s economies whereas moving off fossil fuels today would actually stimulate economies.

When do we Just Say No to fossil fuels?

We Are Now In the Sixth Great Extinction

According to numerous university research studies, the earth is now in the 6th great extinction.

Why should you care?

According to their findings, humans will be one of the earliest species to vanish.

Every time we hear someone denying global warming, we need to humiliate them so their stupidity doesn’t infect other people. We have to fix this train wreck and we have to start serious changes immediately.

Go and read this BBC article. Then, get active.

 

Stop the TPP

The Free Trade trade agreements, like the pending TPP agreement destroy America’s sovereignty. Take this case for example.

Want to know what maggot infested third world country your meat is coming from? Forget it. Foreign companies can sue the US for our laws that protect the American consumer.

The TPP will only make this worse. We need to roll back all these foolish trade agreements and go back to protecting our consumers, our industries, and our economy.

A Political Revolution

Bernie Sanders has tossed his hat in the ring for US president. As some have already explained, this is good for America.

The main stream media (owned by billionaires and run by millionaires) does everything in their power to prevent senator Sanders’ voice from getting heard. The reason is that his voice frightens them to death.

They are afraid that if America hears what Bernie Sanders has to say, people will wake up to the failure of the media. America will wake up to the fact that our news is so corrupted by money that the real issues are no longer reported. Look at the news coverage on Baltimore, for example.  Non of the major news outlets explain what is causing the unrest in middle America.

Bernie Sanders, today, asked that the media clean up their act and not treat the election as a horse race or an opportunity to play politics, but rather to talk about the issues that the candidates present. Do you know what the media did with this challenge?

You guessed it, they flat out ignored him. “Bernie who?”

Don’t discount this man as a viable candidate. He already has the same approval rating that Obama did at this point in his election.

Look at what Bernie Sander has to say and look at how he has voted and you will find that he represents the interests and wishes of the vast majority of Americans.

What things really matter most to you? Here are things almost all of America agrees with Bernie Sanders on:

  • No more lousy free trade agreements
  • Bring our jobs home
  • Improve the pay of the poor and middle class
  • Save the environment
  • Get our billionaires under control
  • Get our billionaires out of our government

Go see what Sanders has to offer. Don’t wait for the media to tell you because it’s in their best interest to ignore anyone who wishes to reduce the strangle hold the wealthy have on our country.

Go to BernieSanders.com and sign up. Go to SandersSenate.gov to see how he has voted.

I’m not endorsing Bernie Sanders as a candidate, at least not yet, I’m just trying to get the word out that the corrupt media is trying to hide.

Are You Paying Attention

The Republicans have been in control of both our houses of Congress now for a couple weeks. They were telling everyone how Obama was destroying American and how they were going to show him.

Well, it’s been weeks now and what are they working on fixing?  Is anyone paying attention?  Are the Republican voters watching to see how wonderful things are?

If they were playing attention they would see that their party has done absolutely nothing to benefit America.  In fact they would see that their party instead has:

  • Attacked Social Security
  • Attacked Net Neutrality
  • Attacked Women’s Rights
  • Attacked American’s Health Care with no plans for any fix
  • Attacked Food For Starving Children
  • But, hey, the one thing they didn’t attack was XL Pipeline for Billionaires

Is anyone paying attention out there?  Are the Republican voters getting what they want?

No. I suppose not.

 

Obama Success

How Things Have Changed Since Obama

Under Bush Under Obama
Major attacks on our soil Trade Center Twin Towers None
Number of Wars Lied Into 2 0
Benghazi Attacks 11 1
New Jobs per Month -700,000 +200,000
Health Insurance Inflation Rate Over 30% 12%
Price of gasoline Over $4.00 – Drill Baby Drill Under $3.00
Economy Greatest recession since Great Depression Stock Market at all time high
Common Sense of Conservative Voters Poor Even Worse

 

The Republicans hate Obama so much they want the good old days back.

And, get ready. We’re going to see them and much worse that we could have imagined.

The Oligarchy Is Now In Control

Due to pathetic Democratic turnout in the Congressional election, the Oligarchy is now in control. This is what our elections will look like from here on out, unless we can get money out of politics.

And the only way we can get money out of politics is to get the Republicans out of power. The Republican party loves prostituting for big doners. They have opposed any correction to Citizens United. Many states and cities are passing referendums supporting the overturn of Citizens United but it will have to be done without the support of the Republicans in control.

In fact, liberal ballot measures all across the nation passed with huge margins. Now, ask yourself, if Republicans and Democrats were voting FOR the liberal laws but AGAINST the liberal politicians, isn’t it an undeniable fact that those people are voting against their own best interests? Isn’t it obvious that the unlimited money in politics is making voters into fools, voting for the things they want but against the representatives they need to get those things into law?

It is a fact that negative advertising doesn’t get voters to vote for the opponent, but makes them not want to vote at all. Maybe that’s why this was the lowest voter turn out since 1942.

Why?

Negative advertising.

If you are one of the voters who stayed home, your absence was the same as a vote against anything you want or need. Way to go! You can’t let the negative ads deter you from getting out and voting.

It’s Getting Real

We are coming down to the wire this election cycle. We have one last week of early voting in Nevada.

Let’s all make sure we vote and that two of our friends vote too, and two of their friends…

Many people consider this election less important than the presidential election, but they’re wrong. The constitution creates the Congress to be the strongest and most critical of all three branches of government. There are more pages on the role of Congress than the president and the courts combined.

This election will decide if we want our president to do the things he was elected to do or not.

There are certain political parties that don’t want you to vote. They spare no money on ads convincing you how awful everything is in the hopes you don’t vote. After all, as one political party says, “quite candidly, our leverage in the election goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

Get out there today. This just may be the most important election in your lifetime.

Question #3 Amendment to Nevada Constitution

It is a real disgrace but we are suffering a multi million dollar ad campaign, or should I say lie and deceive campaign against the amendment, Nevada ballot measure, question #3.

I will try to add some reality to the actual question and try to dispel the most common lies and deception. Most of the talking points can be found at their website, Coalition to Defeat the Margin Tax Initiative.

  1.  The tax is a small, contrary to the claim, “huge,” in the lies. 2% is a small tax.
  2.  The tax is only calculated on the gross sales if the company wants to file that way. Even then, it’s 70% of 2% or 1.4%. Not all so huge.
  3.  If the business decides to, they can claim tax only on proceeds after subtracting cost of goods sold (and that includes labor/payroll costs). In other words, a business that is making millions in sales but little or no profit will have little or no tax since cost of goods sold will be almost as much as gross sales.
  4. The money collected will be put in the State Distributive School Account, to be distributed in a manner provided by laws that already govern those funds. There is no risk that the funds will not go to the school district.
  5.  Few if any businesses will have to close or relocate because of this tax. However, if the companies elect to move rather than repaying the community that supports them, then I say good riddance to bad rubbish.

So much for the down side of this ballot measure. Let’s now consider the good:

  1.  It is in the state’s best interest to decouple the school system funding from our property taxes. The way the system works now, those poor communities where property taxes are low have the lowest funding for their schools.
  2. Getting away from the destructive notion that the rich get a free ride in Nevada because we don’t expect them to pay their fair share in income taxes, is a good move in the right direction.  After all, this tax is only for businesses with more than $1 Million in revenue.

If I’ve missed anything here, go right ahead and make your case in the comments below.

 

OMG!! EBOLA!

We are now seeing Ebola victims in hospitals all across Africa, in Spain, Germany, and the USA, and so many more.

I hear people say it’s Obama’s fault. Well, the same people say everything is Obama’s fault so their arguments are meaningless. But how should we be dealing with this nightmare?

Should we shut down our airports and turn away everyone from every country that might have an Ebola patient? Maybe only the ones with brown or black Ebola patients?

If we decide to shut down the airports, we should also shut down our sea ports. And for that matter, maybe we should just start shooting anyone who looks like they might be trying to come to the USA.

Well, okay, I was being facetious, but these issues have to be discussed seriously and without fear and hatred.

Thomas, the Ebola patient who died in Texas followed screening guidelines. The news at first was reporting that he lied on the questionnaire, but it turned out that he didn’t realize his relative had Ebola at the time. She died later.

This demonstrates and a little common sense indicates that there is no way we can prevent any and every case from coming to the USA. We should be diligent and limit the numbers who come but to expect to get 100% is just a dream.

So, what do we do to successfully manage this disease once it’s come to the USA? Obviously what we’re doing now isn’t working. The health care worker who worked on Thomas has now come down with the disease. Again, obviously what we’re doing now isn’t working.

We need a national health care system that can work as a unit, following guidelines for preparing for the incoming patients and guidelines on how to treat the patients. This can’t be done on a for-profit basis. Why would a hospital pay the money up front to prepare only to find that they never get an Ebola patient. Thomas was turned away from the hospital on his first visit because they couldn’t make money on him.

What is even more important is that since the Texas Governor wants to play politics with the lives of poor working Texans, a full 25% of working Texans do not even have health insurance. They are not going to be going to the doctor when they really  should be. They’ll wait until it’s an emergency and then go to the emergency room in the hospital, all the while spreading the disease.

Thankfully we have Obamacare to help those in the Democratic states. They will be going to the doctors rather than spreading the disease. The red states? All I can say is I hope they wake up before it’s too late.

Don’t Attack ISIS

ISIS is goading us into another war.

They would like us dropping bombs in Iraq, killing more Muslims.

They would like us killing more Iraqis.

They would like us creating more enemies, more terrorists.

How has this shoot first approach worked for us so far? Are we seeing more terrorists or fewer? The obvious answer is more.

You don’t defeat hatred by bombing and killing people. You show yourself to be the better human, the better country, the better religion.

Hey, Obama, stay out of Iraq. Don’t bomb ISIS.

Do you disagree? Leave a comment and make your case.