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By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE - I am so angry I have no way to really express the depths of it. I was going to list the names and the office phone numbers of the selfish, greedy cowards that voted down the background checks but then I thought, “anyone that is too frigging lazy to not already know who voted for or against this isn’t worth my time to print it up for them!”
As for those worthless members that voted it down, including the Democrats. SHAME on you all! If there was ever a reason for TERM LIMITS you spineless people are it. More worried about keeping your cushy jobs than protecting the people that you are supposed to serve. The next tragedy, and there sadly, will be one, you had better hide your heads in shame and don’t even consider making a statement to the media expressing how deeply you are affected. Hypocritical slugs!
And then, there is the FUCKING MEDIA WHORES- FOX news, gloating all the while knowing that their lies and spin helped create the culture we find ourselves in. Oh and a big” EAT S***T AND DROP DEAD” to the little wanna be Limbaugh( I will not name him and give him the publicity) who said the reprehensible things about the parents of those slaughtered kids!
WS – Corporate Media has browned out the whole Manning case, except when the opportunity presented itself for Government propaganda. (Useful when your media company is also owned by “War Profiteers” and corrupt 1%ers.) Now their upset they got included in the “Browning Out”. If the Corporate media want’s to cry censorship, they should have reported the whole truth (Still Could) about the Manning persecution, torture and political imprisonment of this brave young man, the evil war crimes he exposed and the abuse of power our (Your) President is guilty of. Free Bradley Manning arrest Bush Obama and leave the reporting to the alternative news folks.
A U.S. military appeals court Wednesday refused to give journalists access to documents in Bradley Manning’s court-martial.
The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, in a 3-2 decision, rejected arguments by the Center for Constitutional Rights.
“Today’s decision flies in the face of decades of First Amendment rulings in the federal courts that hold that openness affects outcome — that the accuracy of court proceedings depends on their being open,” said Shayana Kadidal, the senior attorney who argued the case for the center.
WS – If you never heard of it… It never happened. On to the next article.
The online, low-profile, non-profit InsideClimate News won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for “The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You’ve Never Heard Of,” its seven-month investigation into the million-gallon spill of Canadian tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010 – triggering the most expensive, and still unfinished, cleanup in U.S. history – which grew into a damning look at national pipeline safety issues and the hazards posed by diluted bitumen, or “dilbit.” Yes: same stuff in the ExxonMobil spill in Arkansas, and Keystone XL. More…
WS – Another reason for getting rid of the USPS? We’ll see.
A Missouri School Trains Its Teachers to Carry Guns, and Most Parents Approve
WS – What Bullshit! - The only source for the headline cited in the whole article… “With few exceptions, school officials said, parents have reacted positively.”
It’s not shit reporting. It’s paid disinformation and propaganda from the NRA and gun lobbyist. (Follow the money!)
At 8:30 on a cloudy, frigid morning late last month in this folksy Ozark town, the superintendent of an area school strolled through the glass doors of the local newspaper office to deliver a news release.
Hours later, the content of that release produced a front-page headline in The West Plains Daily Quill that caught residents off guard: “At Fairview School Some Employees Now Carry Concealed Weapons.”
That was how most parents of Fairview students learned that the school had trained some of its staff members to carry weapons, and the reaction was loud — and mostly gleeful.
“Sooo very glad to hear this,” a woman whose grandchildren attend Fairview posted on the Facebook page of The Quill, adding, “All schools in America should do this.”
WS – Do they run on doughnuts? – Coming soon to a neighborhood near you… Collateral damage.
The US is at the dawn of “a new era in police surveillance,” the Associated Press revealed casually last week. In a Chicago-based story about the growing use of drones and other sophisticated, unmanned aircraft for aerial surveillance, it noted that the Congressional Research Service considers their future use “bound only by human ingenuity.”The story focused on one Illinois legislator who has proposed a limit on how far law enforcement agencies can go.
But bills have been introduced in almost 40 states, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee has two model ordinances to assist communities in the emerging movement against domestic surveillance drones. This isn’t science fiction, although the threat of an emerging Surveillance State does figure in my forthcoming novel, Dons of Time.
As I learned while researching, drones already fly pretty freely in US airspace. Law enforcement groups use them for search and rescue operations, for security along the border (mainly the one with Mexico so far), for weather research and scientific data collection. In fact, last year Congress authorized the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to open the nation’s airspace to widespread drone flights by 2015.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE – Yes I am. If we , the 90 percent of Americans that WANT gun reform can’t force our elected officials to stop worrying about their cushy jobs and stand up to the NRA then we deserve those clowns we have in office!
Get on the phones, send e-mail and letters. Talk to your family and friends and neighbors. Talk to strangers. Get the word out. Tell them. HELL, show them just how big of a fucking HOLE a semi-automatic makes in flesh and bone. There are photos galore and film on the internet of not only hunting but target shots into different objects. Ask them to look at their kids or grandkids. Say to them, “Imagine their heads blown off, limbs missing, intestines pulverized”. Too, indelicate? Fuck that emotion, that bit of civility. Those parents in Newtown had to SEE that with their own eyes. Those first responders and the hospital personal had to. The FUNERAL directors had to. There was and is NOTHING civil about this. Worse than the sick man that did this, is, to me- the DAMN NRA.
Even if I thought that their board members really cared about the 2nd amendment MORE than their ties to the gun manufacturers, they STILL should rot in hell when their time comes. They can’t be that lacking in COMMON SENSE and DECENCY.
WS – The US government lets the private corporation Stratfor to do it. Why is this news? This is the New America after all.
New information received by the ACLU regarding the Internal Revenue Service after a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year indicates that the agency does not feel it is necessary to obtain a warrant before reading Americans’ emails.
The ACLU sought to obtain disclosure from the IRS about the practices of its Criminal Tax Division, which, as its name implies, essentially oversees the initiation of criminal and civil litigation on tax-related charges.
Though the IRS complied within a reasonable amount of time, divulging 247 pages of documentation in response to the ACLU’s FOIA request, the civil rights group says it avoided directly answering whether it considers warrants necessary before reading private email communications. The agency did, however, essentially disclose that it did not think Internet users had “any privacy expectations” when using email. A 2009 IRS Search Warrant Handbook stated as much:
“The Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage, such as email messages stored on a server, because internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.” More…
By Milva Milenova Matseva,CJE - It’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.
This is what a friend of mine posted on facebook a few weeks ago.
Dora Videva, a Russian-Bulgarian graduate of an American university is currently working in Germany. Her job is exactly by her major, she has her first car and an apartment, plus the freedom to be out of her low-income, bad-economy country.
But she wants to go back.
As a European citizen she can travel the whole European Union with no problems, she can work and live in any European Union country she wants. Except, she doesn’t want to live in any.
“I want to go back home.” She says. And this is all the answer she gives to the people who ask.
5 years ago, when her country was not a EU member, everybody wanted to go to the EU. Partly because it was so hard to get there. Bulgarians have a tendency to chase the forbidden fruit. And not only Bulgarians.
Videva’s situation is coincidentially developing at the same time president Barak Obama is pressing the Senate and the Republicans to vote on his new immigration proposals. Surprisingly, as we go around the States, we can see more people like Videva, who, honestly, don’t give a crap about the new immigration laws.
In times when everyone is talking about immigration reforms, getting papers, living the new life, European immigrants actually are going back home.
“Everyone thinks, Oh, America, wow! But when you actually stay to live here it is very different,” said Tatyana Josan, a former J1 student who decided to stay after her 4 month work and travel visa. She changed her status into an F1, an international student, and stayed to study in Bible College in South Carolina.
Judge rules administration overlooked fracking risks in California mineral leases
WS – Note the word-smithing…” overlooked fracking risks” . No… The Obama administration broke the law. This is Corporate Media “Fogging”. COMPLETELY IGNORED and OVERLOOKED are not synonymous.
A federal judge has ruled the Obama administration broke the law when it issued oil leases in central California without fully weighing the environmental impact of “fracking,” a setback for companies seeking to exploit the region’s enormous energy resources.
The decision, made public on Monday, effectively bars for the time being any drilling on two tracts of land comprising 2,500 acres leased for oil and gas development in 2011 by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management in Monterey County.
U.S. District Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose ruled that the federal government erred, and violated U.S. environmental law, in declining to conduct a full-fledged environmental impact study of its oil leasing for the Monterey Formation.
JUDGE FINDS RISKS ‘COMPLETELY IGNORED’ More…
Today is “Name Yourself Day” – Is Yasser Arafat to over the top?
WS – Will this lead to treatments for depleted uranium mutations too? Let’s hope.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE – I’ve been fighting an uphill battle with some of my right wing republican conservative friends over my belief that the very rich exist in an entirely different realm than most of our country. From cradle to grave the reality is so strikingly opposite of the majority to be almost a country unto itself. They say I’m just jealous or over the top in my opinions or that I’m bigoted towards the ulta-wealthy.
Check out WEALTH T.V. on your cable if not check via a computer. Here’s one day’s programming,http://www.wealthtv.com/listingstodayp2.php . This is the lifestyle. Now, I do NOT begrudge anyone their wealth (unless they acquired it in an unethical manner). I do want the rest of us to get a firm grasp on what it means to be truly wealthy. Until and unless we can see things through the eyes of those in that 1 or 2 percent we will continue to let them divide, use and abuse us.
Britain’s Iron Lady is dead:
WS – Ding Dong the Witch is dead… Hey! Your forgot GHW Bush. Come back…
Former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher passes away aged 87 after suffering a massive stroke
Iron Lady had suffered from poor health over the past decade
British Prime Minister David Cameron: ‘We’ve lost a great leader and a great Briton’
Mrs. Thatcher likely to have full ceremonial funeral – similar to the service afforded Queen Elizabeth II’s mother in 2002
Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister who gained worldwide renown as the Iron Lady has died today aged 87.
Developing a formidable partnership with President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s, Mrs. Thatcher stood up to the ‘Evil Empire’ of the Soviet Union, eventually witnessing its collapse. More…
Today is ”Zoo Lovers Day” Take time to stop and look around you. And Don’t feed the animals.
WS -Time to quit smoking!
A recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) reveals that the agency is seeking a “massive” online database capable of pulling up individuals’ personal information, connections and associates.
On March 28, ATF posted the notice on FedBizOpps.gov, entitled “Investigative System.” The solicitation was updated on April 5 with a few minor changes.
The document says that the system will be utilized by staff “to provide rapid searches on various entities for example; names, telephone numbers, utility data and reverse phone look-ups, as a means to assist with investigations, and background research on people, assets and businesses.”
The overview of the solicitation states:
Staff will utilize “a number of internal databases as well as external sources to provide timely and relevant information and intelligence products to law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels.”
The system “provides a means to rapidly check records across the country” and is “necessary in assisting investigators, agents and analyst to find people, their assets, relatives, associates and more.” More…
Today is ” Anything Is Maybe Day” – I’m sure…
WS – Almost 99% of Americans hit with “Trust Issues” after Government and Media keep playing down the Fukushima nuclear disaster altogether.
Researchers have discovered that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has had far-reaching health effects more drastic than previously thought: young children born on the US West Coast are 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hyperthyroidism.
In examining post-Fukushima conditions along the West Coast, researchers found American-born children to be developing similar conditions that some Europeans acquired after the 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
“Fukushima fallout appeared to affect all areas of the US, and was especially large in some, mostly in the western part of the nation,” researchers from the New York-based Radiation and Health Project wrote in a study published by the Open Journal of Pediatrics.
Children born after the 2011 meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant are at high risk of acquiring congenital hyperthyroidism if they were in the line of fire for radioactive isotopes. Researchers studied concentration levels of radioiodine isotopes (I-131) and congenital hypothyroid cases to make the association.
The Education Beat: The Drone Assessment Plan; Standards (x 2); What Gates Hates; Artistic Control; Heard it On Oprah
by John Konopak, Ph.D. (LSU, 1989, Education) WWH/CJE
Camp Nama: New Details of the US-Run Torture Prison in Iraq
WS – They now walk among US. - Hero’s…
Detainees captured by SAS and SBS squads subjected to human-rights abuses at detention centre, say British witnesses
British soldiers and airmen who helped to operate a secretive US detention facility in Baghdad that was at the centre of some of the most serious human rights abuses to occur in Iraq after the invasion have, for the first time, spoken about abuses they witnessed there.
Suspects were brought to the secret prison at Baghdad International airport, known as Camp Nama, for questioning by US military and civilian interrogators. But the methods used were so brutal that they drew condemnation not only from a US human rights body but from a special investigator reporting to the Pentagon.
The abuses they say they saw include:
• Iraqi prisoners being held for prolonged periods in cells the size of large dog kennels.
• Prisoners being subjected to electric shocks.
• Prisoners being routinely hooded.
By Diana May-Waldman,CJE-I would like to think that I am a kind person. Yeah, yeah, I am a bleeding heart. But, I am somewhat of a contradiction, because at times I have no filter. I open my mouth and say what comes to mind. This normally happens when I see or feel something that I think is unjust.
And hypocrites? Hypocrites drive me crazy. I personally think they are fucking morons and they make my blood boil. You know those people who get smashed –drunk every chance they can, make fun of other people, then come Monday they are preaching the word of God? Those who go to church every Sunday but use the words, “faggot” and “nigger?”
I love a good debate and I love learning from other people. It’s part of what makes the world go around. But, I confess that I automatically tune out when you start spouting off about God and Jesus and the Bible. I know what the Bible says. I was raised Catholic (against my will). It took me years to wash off all that Catholic guilt.
Then I had to rewash when I learned about all the Priests molesting little kids–rewash again when nothing was done about it. It felt like rape and violation to me. Oh wait–IT WAS.
My mother always said something like, “Birds of a feather, flock together.”
So, yeah no thanks, I’m not flying with that crowd. Kind of makes me feel like an accessory to the crime.
WS -Bohemian Grove is a secretive an all-male gathering held once a year for the world’s most influential corrupt politicians, business leaders and media executives.
Each year the attendees witness the Cremation of Care ceremony, which depicts a mock human sacrifice. This is no shit folks!
Attending the elusive Bohemian Grove retreat should be a priority for former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, News Corp executive Andrew Knight allegedly writes in an email to US Gen. Colin Powell obtained by RT.
The mysterious computer hacker known only as Guccifer has once again supplied RT with a trove of presumed personal emails in which the private correspondence between some of the world’s most influential men is put under the looking glass. The hacker’s target is once again former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and this time the discourse dives into a topic rarely discussed: the annual summer retreat at California’s Bohemian Grove.
: We have mentioned MANY times here that the “charter school” movement, at it’s root, is both result of and the tool for the the overwhelming CorpoRat plan for the privatization/destruction of “public schooling,” in the USofA. A couple of corpoRat hack/political lickspittles at the NYTimes recently weighed in with an approving, summary piece, the MOST ‘critical’ part of which reads:
“We’re not providing adequately now,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association. “Why would you take away financing from public schools?” Why indeed. The same forces that want to cut taxes for themselves do not want to pay for your public education system. So divide and conquer.
WS – Rahm Emanuel. – Corrupt Corporate Jester, hates poor people.
The Chicago Teachers Union is rallying support against closures that will disproportionately affect black, Latino kids
On Wednesday Chicago will see a mass rally, led by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), to protest the planned shuttering of 54 elementary and middle schools before the next school year. Critics of the closures have pointed out that the vast majority of schools targeted (50 are on the West and South Sides of Chicago) provide for black and Latino children. While only around 40 percent of children in Chicago are black are Latino, 90 percent of children whose schools will be shuttered are black or Latino.
“The only thing that’s like it is Hurricane Katrina,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey of the potential devastation, “except this is being done on purpose.” The closures will affect 30,000 students and around 1,000 teachers. Labor Notes’ Samantha Winslow explained that “the union opposes what leaders call a ‘manufactured crisis’: a series of intentional policy decisions to underfund public schools while boosting charter schools. Once public school enrollment drops, the board can close public schools and justify charters.” Winslow reported on the mass rally planned for Wednesday afternoon: