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We are Troy Davis

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

I watched Democracy Now in shock at what was happening in the State of Georgia in 2011.

I admired the dignity and grace of the Davis family who believed in American justice and who believed it would all become right.

I watched the dozens of police cars turn up when it started to become known SC Judge Thomas had the papers. I kind of knew what was going to happen. I just did not believe it.

For even the strongest defender of the death penalty will say, it should not apply when there is doubt. There was just too much doubt.

The United States of America has been responsible for thousands of deaths. One man should not make a difference. Except it does. The murder of Troy Davis by the State of Georgia is a wake up call to any who continue to support the death penalty. It is not just a question of mistakes being made. Whenever there is a murder, wherever you are in the World,there is an outrage and as a result a desire to “get who did it” and quick.

That desire to feed the press means innocent people get caught up.

Once they become the accused that accusation is difficult, if not impossible to disprove. Especially when you are faced with the whole apparatus of the State against you.

If the State murders in response to murder there is no way back for the “culprit” if later found innocent or for the original victim. Neither get a “do over”. There is no re-try button to press. There is no x box controller to pick up and try again.

I just hope that the screaming yahoos that cheered Perry now understand this. Perhaps we will see this tonight. People around the World did and watched many Americans sink in to a state of murderous depravity. We can follow them and cheer more death. Or we can learn from this. We can adopt the dignity of the Davis family and see that the death sentence is wrong.

It is nothing but judicial murder. Eye for an eye where everyone ends up blind.

We can all be Troy Davis.

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Pamela Geller’s UK blog deleted

July 28, 2011 5 comments


Victims of Geller’s hate mongering

The entire blog of the hate site “Stop the Islamisation of Europe” has been deleted. The SIOE/EDL were given massive financial and organisational boosts by hate monger Pamela Geller, she set up and became President of the sister group “SIOA”.

Her UK bigotbots are at least showing some shame.

When will so called “moderate” Republicans denounce her?

A First Lady who had a far greater impact on history than her husband

July 9, 2011 4 comments

Republicans hated her because of her liberal positions on social issues. Betty Ford was a passionate supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. She was pro-choice on abortion rights and became a leader in the Women’s Movement of the United States.

She was one of the most candid first ladies in history, commenting on every controversial issue of the day, including feminism, equal pay, ERA, sex, drugs, abortion, and gun control.

She also raised awareness of addiction when she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism in the 1970s.

Following her White House years, she continued to lobby for the ERA and remained active in the feminist movement.

She founded the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction and received the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President Carter appointed Betty Ford to the second National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year (the first had been appointed by President Ford). That same year, she joined First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson and Rosalynn Carter to open and participate in the National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas where she endorsed measures in the convention’s National Plan of Action, a report sent to the state legislatures, the Congress, and the President on how to improve the status of American women. Ford was an outspoken supporter of equal pay, breast cancer awareness, and the ERA throughout her life.

Betty Ford passed away today in California, her battles not yet won but by no means defeated.

The best of Weiner on this sadly avoidable day

Unlike Republicant perverts, Weiner did not drag his wife out in a show of “support”. Weiner apologised for “the embarrassment” that he caused and declared that he hoped to continue to fight for the causes dear to his constituents.

Republicants who have had numerous affairs with everything from animals to underage page boys, tend to get re-packaged for a Presidential campaign.

Liberal members of Congress, who never preach their morality over others do not get such leeway.

Weiner said “I make this apology to my neighbours and my constituents, but I make it particularly to my wife, Huma.”

Republicant Newt Ginrich who preaches morality for all but not for thee, in contrast told his cancer stricken wife – I divorce you for a younger fitter model.

Weiner declared he was resigning “so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbours can choose a new representative and, most importantly, that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused”

Republicant Mark Foley was at the same stage busy texting underage boys despite working on the committee to protect children.

Larry Craig was busy measuring bathroom stalls for his “wide stance”.

While we may joke, while we may laugh, I will miss the voice of Weiner in Congress, who to me had become more important after the gerrymandered loss of Rep Grayson.

Today, I am sad but Rep. Weiner has done the right thing. I feel for his family.

I hope he is and feels able to return to politics before too long. I for one will miss his voice.

Despite the high prospect of rain – tens of thousands celebrate gay pride in Birmingham UK

It was a great day, the rain largely held off and thousands of lgbt people and their friends had a great time. Here’s to all the other Pride festivals across the world, including those in Cities who have net yet been granted their basic human rights of just acceptance.

With love from LGBT Brum

Just what has President Obama done for America?

April 6, 2011 5 comments

President Barack Obama laid out an agenda, including his goals for education and dealing with Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Obama and Biden will refocus American resources on the greatest threat to our security — the resurgence of al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They will increase our troop levels in Afghanistan, press our allies in NATO to do the same, and dedicate more resources to revitalize Afghanistan’s economic development. Obama and Biden will demand the Afghan government do more, including cracking down on corruption and the illicit opium trade.

His education policy is in the works and is a source of controversy.

Still in the face of the worst economic disaster in more than 70 years, having inherited two wars, and despite an increasingly volatile political climate, President Obama is rising to the occasion to become one of the country’s most effective leaders.

He withdrew 100,000 troops from Iraq and ending the occupation is in progress:

– In June 2009, U.S. Forces occupied 357 bases. U.S. Forces currently occupy 121 bases, and are expected to reduce that number to 94 bases by the end of August.

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In Iraq, Biden Reaffirms Deadline for Troops’ Exit

He added troops to Afghanistan, which is what he said he would do, but he has also announced the withdrawal will begin in summer of this year.

Obama Plans $42 Billion Cut in War Costs With Iraq, Afghan Troop Reduction

The Obama administration’s plan to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan will cut the Pentagon’s war budget by $42 billion — a 26 percent decrease from this year’s level, according to government officials.

The proposed $117 billion for fiscal year 2012, which begins Oct. 1, would be the lowest expenditure for the wars since fiscal 2005.

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The Pentagon today has roughly 97,000 troops in Afghanistan and 47,000 in Iraq. The 144,000 total is the lowest since July 2006, when the U.S. had about 148,100 deployed, according to military data compiled by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. U.S. troops are scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of this year.

The war-spending number is the smallest since Congress approved $102.6 billion in fiscal 2005, said Amy Belasco, war cost analyst at CRS.

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Last week, the DNC passed a resolution calling for an end to the war in Afghanistan

President Obama promised to close Guantanamo, and he is still trying to do so, but not everything goes according to plan: President Obama Correctly Rebukes Congressional Attempt To Hinder Transfer Of Guantánamo Detainees To U.S.

On the environment: 7 Big Green Moves by the Obama Administration

    7. Offshore oil and gas drilling bans. It was a bit of an obvious call to put a moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling in the midst of the horrific BP oil spill last year. Nonetheless, it was an important decision. Going further, later on in the year, the administration decided to cut regulatory shortcuts for deep-water drilling projects. It didn’t cut this fast-tracking for shallow-water drilling projects, unfortunately, but at least deep-water projects will receive more oversight. And, in December, the Obama administration extended some of the offshore oil and gas drilling bans that had been implemented in the summer for another 7 years.

    6. Fast-tracking of clean tech patent approvals. To help the country roll out promising clean technologies faster, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has had a policy in place for about a year now to significantly speed up clean tech patent approvals. The program is reportedly doing well and helping more clean technology get to market and has been extended for another year.

    5. EPA reversed largest Appalachian mountaintop removal permit in U.S. historyIn a big move to help protect the mountains of West Virginia and the communities living in or near them, the EPA recently vetoed the largest single mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history. This was a huge, unprecedented step that hopefully signals a reversal of mountaintop removal coal mining policies in the U.S.

    4. Cape Wind, large offshore wind farm near Cape Cod, finally approved….

    3. Clean energy tax credits. Clean energy industries received a lot of support in 2009 when the Obama administration decided to give companies a “tax credit of 30% is for investment in new renewable energy manufacturing facilities and re-equipped or expanded facilities” as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This program has been highly successful at creating jobs and improving the economy and has now been extended for another year (2011).

    2. Over $10 billion invested in high-speed rail

    1. The EPA ruled CO2 a pollutant. Due to the fact that CO2 is a major cause of global warming, the EPA finally ruled that CO2 was a pollutant and needed to be regulated in late 2009. With Congress essentially unwilling to address climate change, this ruling is likely to become a very important way for the U.S. to cut its global warming emissions relatively soon. To get things rolling, Obama recently transferred the regulation of greenhouse gases from refineries and coal plants emitting over 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases to the EPA. (Note: with plenty of support from the courts and science, climate zombies would have to find some really innovative, extreme ways to block the EPA from climate action now that this ruling is in place.)

President Obama has also established a record as the most pro-regulation President in last 40 years:

Other Achievements:

The package of major legislative accomplishments:

  • January 29, 2009: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-2
  • February 4, 2009: Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (SCHIP), Pub.L. 111-3
  • February 17, 2009: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Pub.L. 111-5
  • March 11, 2009: Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub.L. 111-8
  • March 30, 2009: Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-11
  • April 21, 2009: Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Pub.L. 111-13
  • May 20, 2009: Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-21
  • May 20, 2009: Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-22
  • May 22, 2009: Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-23
  • May 22, 2009: Credit CARD Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-24
  • June 22, 2009: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, as Division A of Pub.L. 111-31
  • June 24, 2009: Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 including the Car Allowance Rebate System (Cash for Clunkers), Pub.L. 111-32
  • October 28, 2009: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Pub.L. 111-84
  • November 6, 2009: Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, Pub.L. 111-92
  • December 16, 2009: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, Pub.L. 111-117
  • February 12, 2010: Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act, as Title I of Pub.L. 111-139
  • March 4, 2010: Travel Promotion Act of 2009, as Section 9 of Pub.L. 111-145
  • March 18, 2010: Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, Pub.L. 111-147
  • March 23, 2010: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub.L. 111-148
  • March 30, 2010: Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, including the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, Pub.L. 111-152
  • May 5, 2010: Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-163
  • July 1, 2010: Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-195
  • July 21, 2010: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Pub.L. 111-203
  • August 3, 2010: Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-220
  • August 10, 2010: SPEECH Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-223
  • September 27, 2010: Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-240
  • December 8, 2010: Claims Resolution Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-291, H.R. 4783
  • December 13, 2010: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-296, S. 3307
  • December 17, 2010: Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-312, H.R. 4853
  • December 22, 2010: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-321, H.R. 2965
  • January 2, 2011: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111-347, H.R. 847
  • January 4, 2011: Shark Conservation Act, Pub.L. 111-348, H.R. 81
  • January 4, 2011: Food Safety and Modernization Act, Pub.L. 111-353, H.R. 2751

Rachel Madow

MADDOW: If the Senate ratifies the START Treaty tomorrow, it caps an astonishing period in American political history.

For the last two years, Democrats have held the White House as well as big majorities in both the House and the Senate. Their record of achievement in that time, even in the face of unified, at times totally random Republican opposition, Republican opposition even do things Republicans had proposed in the first place, unified Republican opposition even to their own ideas—their track record even in the face of that is historic.

Whether you agree or disagree with what Democrats have done in the first two years of President Obama‘s presidency, they have freaking done it. The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for women, expanding children‘s health insurance, new hate crimes legislation that they said could not be done, tobacco regulation, credit card reform, student loan reform, the stimulus – which in addition to helping pull this country back from the brink of a Great Depression was also the largest tax cut ever, the largest investment in clean energy ever, the single largest investment in education in our country ever.

There was also a little thing you may have heard of called health reform. Also, Wall Street reform, the improvements to the new G.I. bill, the most expansive food safety bill since the 1930s.

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Presidency in progress.

With thanks to ProSense

GOP Answer For The Disabled? Ship ’em To Russia

Martin Harty - soon to be one of the people he wants shipped off to Russia.

Okay, next time maybe you’ll actually go out and vote. Because this is what happens when Democrats get complacent and stay home for the midterms. “Let’s just cross our fingers and hope for the best. After all, we got Obama into office, now we can take a break for 4 years, right?”
A New Hampshire state house Republican freshman resigned Monday after he suggested to Sharon Omand, a manager of a community mental health program and a constituent, that the mentally disabled be shipped off to Russia.

“It was a girl that (sic)wanted money for the crazy people, the people … a good percentage of the homeless people are mentally disturbed.” ~ Republican Martin Harty

He claimed, afterward, that he was “joking”. And maybe he was, but in light of fact that the state’s GOP is proposing huge budget cuts that greatly defund programs for the disabled, one has to wonder.

Harty told Omand, that “the world is too populated” and that there are “too many defective people.” When asked what he meant, she said Harty clarified, “You know the mentally ill, the retarded, people with physical disabilities and drug addictions –the defective people society would be better off without.”

There’s a pattern here folks; pay attention. It is always the people with the smallest voice, who are most in need of our community support, that Republicans attack. And why? Because someone has to pay for the loss of revenue caused by the loss of tax cuts for those with strongest voice in government – corporations and the wealthy. And because they are not as smart as they think they are -are, in fact, unable to see a day passed their own self-interest – they don’t even realize that their policies, in the long run, slit their own economic wrists along with the rest of ours’. Taking spending power away from the consuming class topples their cherished free market system from within.