Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Changing views of the world - relgion vs. science

Sharing religious views with others

Hey, Christians - try THIS on for size!

Bachmann 2012 state campaign chair pleads guilty on obstruction of justice charge

Rss@dailykos.com (hunter)
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 8:44 pm
Oops, did we do that?
Former Iowa state Senator Kent Sorenson, who was Michele Bachmann's Iowa state campaign chair before abruptly and very publicly switching loyalties to Ron Paul, has pleaded guilty over charges that he solicited and got secret payments from the Bachmann campaign in exchange for his support.
In the plea agreement, Sorenson admitted receiving and lying about monthly payments of roughly $8,000 from October to December 2011, when he was still named Bachmann's state chairman.
His resignation came just hours after Mark Weinhardt, a special prosecutor asked to investigate whether Sorenson had broken Iowa Senate rules, released a report saying it was "manifestly clear" Sorenson negotiated payments in 2011 in exchange for his work as Bachmann's Iowa campaign chair.
Sorenson pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and to "causing a campaign to falsely report expenditures."

Shooting report

Too many bad guys with guns - too many good guys with no reason to own a gun who use it in a fit of anger. Let's improve our gun control laws now!

Gun control - Because no matter how good the training, guns are STILL dangerous

A UN watchdog released a report on racism in the U.S. and we are not doing well

 FRIDAY, AUG 29, 2014 02:36 PM EDT

"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad."

The United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has recently concluded its 85th Session during which time it considered seven state reports, including one on the United States.
The report praised many progressive steps the U.S. has taken to ensure equality, including the termination of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, the adoption of the Fair Sentencing Act and the adoption of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
However, the number of issues the report raises is pretty abominable. CERD expressed concern over the following problems:
  • .Lack of a national human rights institution
  • Persistent racial profiling and illegal surveillance
  • Prevalence and under-reporting of racist hate speech and hate crimes
  • Disparate impact of environmental pollution in low income and minority communities
  • Restrictive voter identification laws leading to unequal right to vote
  • Criminalization of homelessness when homeless people are disproportionately minorities
  • Discrimination and segregation in housing
  • De facto racial segregation in education
  • Unequal right to health and access to health care
  • High number of gun-related deaths and "Stand Your Ground" laws, which disproportionately affect members of racial and ethnic minorities
  • Excessive use of force by law enforcement officials
  • Increasingly militarized approach to immigration law enforcement
  • Violence against women occurs disproportionately more frequently for women from racial/ethnic minorities
  • Criminal justice system disproportionately arrests, incarcerates and subjects to harsher sentences people from racial/ethnic minorities
  • Youth from racial/ethnic minorities are disproportionately prosecuted as adults, incarcerated in adult prisons, and sentenced to life without parole
  • Non-citizens are arbitrarily detained in Guantanamo Bay without equal access to the criminal justice system, while at risk of being subjected to torture
  • Unequal access to legal aid
  • Lacking rights of indigenous peoples (the report lists numerous different concerns)
  • Absence of a National Action Plan to combat racial discrimination
In a press conference convened Friday, CERD committee vice chairman Noureddine Amir highlighted the death of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown: "The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown. This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training and law enforcement officials."
In response to the UN's report, Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said, "When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad."

Assault-Rifle Sales Plummet As Scare Over Gun Control Fades

Brendan James
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 7:08 pm
Bad business for gun manufacturers may be good news for those rooting against new gun control legislation in the aftermath of high-profile shootings like Newtown, Connecticut.

Your religious bigotry does not trump other people's rights.

Fear - the heart and sole of the social conservatives

Know the source of your cheap goods.

Conservative icon not so conservative

Paying for the convenience of the gun nuts

When Fox News makes paying you less sound like a GOOD thing.

The Koch Brothers - Maybe there are such things as devils

Corporatism is a long standing problem in America

Our public education system can only function to the level that we support it.

Taliban or Republican?

Monday, September 01, 2014

If Chruistians REALLY knew their Bible, they'd know this...

Religion and dangerous nonsense

Let's treat religion like we treat alcohol.

It's Getting Harder for Companies to Pretend Workers Aren't Employees

Hamilton Nolan
Yesterday 4:07pm
Companies are constantly seeking ways to lower their payrolls. These methods inevitably end up screwing workers. But there are signs that the government may at last be ready to ask companies to take responsibility for their own employees.
Last month, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that McDonald's could be held liable for labor violations by the people who own its franchises-an important ruling that could make it much harder for large corporations to avoid responsibility for the way they keep wages down, just by claiming that their franchisees control that aspect of the business. For a labor movement that has been protesting fast food franchises nationwide for years now, it was an encouraging sign.
Now, the Wall Street Journal says that the NLRB may be ready to issue another ruling that could make it more difficult for companies to force employees into "contract employee" designations (often by using outside staffing companies, which are growing each year) that serve to give employers all the benefits of having employees, without the responsibilities that go along with actually having real live full-time employees. From the WSJ:
Unions say such arrangements enable companies to exercise control over wages and working conditions but escape responsibility when workers have problems or demands. But as labor groups ask the five-member NLRB to declare more companies joint employers, business groups are fighting back, saying such moves could defeat the efficiencies of contracting and expose companies to greater liability in labor matters.
(In semi-related news, an appeals court in California just ruled that thousands of FedEx drivers are legally employees, not independent contractors.)

Shooting report

Like most gun control advocates, I don't want to see guns taken away from everyone - I just want to know that those who have guns are most likely to use them in an appropriate place.

Gun control - Because if I walked into Starbucks and saw this, I'd walk right back out again.

Abrahma Lincoln on the "Know-Nothings"

Lifted from foundingfatherquotes on Tumblr.

I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes.” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty - to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy.

Abraham Lincoln, letter to Joshua Speed, August 24, 1855

Proof That Illegal Immigration Was Worse Under Ronald Reagan Than It Is Under President Obama

Allen Clifton
July 25, 2014
According to Fox News, and pretty much any conservative you run across, President Obama has refused to enforce our immigration laws which has led to a record number of illegal immigrants rushing to our borders.
Of course that statement sounds troubling - and it would be - except the facts simply don't support it.
Currently, President Obama is on pace to deport more illegal immigrants than any president in United States history.  I'm still waiting for someone to explain to me, how is he "soft on illegal immigration" while simultaneously deporting more undocumented immigrants than any other president before him?
That brings us to the notion that Obama's policies have led to a record number of illegal immigrants flooding our borders.
Another right-wing talking point that's completely untrue.
In fact, on average, we're seeing over 600,000 fewer attempts per year by illegal immigrants trying to cross our border under President Obama than we saw under Ronald Reagan.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, during Reagan's eight years we saw an average of 1,056,500 illegal immigrants try to cross our border every year.  Under President Obama, that number is down to 417,000.

Positive thought for the day - elect progressives

Suing our government

Obama's words only mean something to someone who can think.

They want our business, but they don't want to pay our taxes

Republicans - progress is not an option.

Defending freedom for all. Or not.

Conservative stupidity is still just stupidity.

Ronald Reagan - not qualified

Conservatives mistrust their government? Look who they vote for.

When the news networks fail us.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Christians - read your Bible - you are a little likely to be less devout.

A good philiosphy for believers to follow...

Traditional marriage

Texas Judge Warns Rick Perry Not To Threaten Grand Jury

Published AUGUST 22, 2014
A Democratic state judge in Texas is suggesting that Republican Gov. Rick Perry's strong denunciations of his indictment could be seen as a threat to the grand jurors, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Julie Kocurek, an elected judge, said "no one is above the law."
"I have a duty to make sure that our members of the grand jury are protected," she's quoted as saying. "I am defending the integrity of our grand jury system."

It's far from clear that Perry was threatening the grand jury. The statement he made, to which Kocurek was reportedly referring, was this: "I am confident we will ultimately prevail, that this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is, and that those responsible will be held to account."

[I understand the ruling. Those responsible for the indictment are the grand jury members and Perry is threatening to hold them to account. One has to ask - how do small minded people like Rick Perry get elected to office? - Bozo]

Shooting report

Just more evidence that stronger gun control laws are needed.

Gun control - because our children would be better off reading and playing with calculators than playing with toys that kill.

Cubs Cut Workers' Hours To Avoid O-Care Mandate, Then Disaster Struck

Dylan Scott
Friday, August 22, 2014, 12:59 pm
Earlier this week, the Chicago Cubs grounds crew experienced a disaster. As rain poured onto Wrigley Field, they were unable to cover the playing surface with a tarp in time. They were booed. The game was called. Because of the mismanagement, their opponents, the San Francisco Giants, protested the game after it had been called as a win for the Cubs. They succeeded. It was the first successful protest in Major League Baseball in 28 years, according to Deadspin.
But the whole bizarre episode was cast in a new light Thursday when the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Cubs had slashed worker hours to keep them under 30 hours a week to avoid paying health benefits under Obamacare.

[It is such sweet satisfaction to watch conservative assholes get what they deserve. - Bozo]

Judge: SWAT team can't claim immunity after using excessive force

Rob Beschizza
11:07 am Wed, Aug 27, 2014
Police might be able to bash your home's door down and summarily execute you, but that doesn't mean they can use their qualified immunity to escape even the possibility of legal redress.
On May 18, 2008, a heavily armed SWAT - or special weapons and tactics - team unit knocked down Terebesi's door, threw stun flash grenades into his Easton home and fatally shot 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan of Norfolk as the two men watched television. ...
In a 51-page ruling that upholds a lower court decision, the appeals court said the police responded with unnecessary and inappropriate force and under the circumstances, are not protected by "qualified immunity" from the lawsuits.
"The plaintiffs presented evidence indicating that all of the defendants understood that the warrant was for a small amount of drugs meant only for personal use. The basis for the officers' entry, in other words, was related to an offense that was neither grave nor violent," the appeals court wrote in a decision released late Monday.

[If only this reasonable ruling will hold up in higher courts, we might get more reasoned responses by the police - Bozo]

Reasons to legalize pot.