Good Day, Mishpocheh! Yer ol’ Unk’s not been as “daily” as I’d like, but we’re getting there. There is so much going on… Some see it as nothing more than f…
Needless to say I was not happy with his canned answer as to why the legislature is dragging it’s feet on marijuana legalization….
Well Jim, I see that you are towing the (hateful party line) and still are singing the same old tune about a pathway to harder drugs…..people like you are so uninformed that logic is useless.
In fact, I’ve seen several testimonies where people profess that by smoking marijuana they were able to get off dangerous prescription pain killers, alcohol and other hard drugs (that I vehemently object to, like crystal meth and crystals of another kind [I’m not totally up on all that, I just know that they are there]). But cosmos forbid that helping them is akin to enabling them…..
You and your kind are only interested in major drug company profits, DAMN the damage they inflict.
The assault on our public education systems (in favor of for profit charter schools thanks to (governor Rick Snyder) “robbing’ $1.2 billion from our public schools [was that Betsy DeVos too?]), the refusal to support a livable minimum wage, or even a guaranteed minimum stipend that keeps people off the streets from being homeless destitute individuals, and, cosmos forbid (again, but seriously, I’m atheist), a monthly payment that allows them to have an address so they can actually apply for a job and hopefully support themselves without public assistance.
THAT would be “enabling them”… (bullshit!!!)….
Not many that are forced by unseen, and by no fault of their own most times, to be on welfare want to be on it, but they are just so behind the “eight ball” that getting out of this endless cycle of poverty that they simply, in many cases, just give up.
It’s time for some real change…. not the theocracy based (no work, no food) attitude of the fake ass evangelicals who are delusional, but real social democratic change.
If you are in this country there should be absolutely no reason for you to be homeless or hungry.
This is the richest country in the world and we are (sadly) a country that lets kids go to bed hungry, not have access to a good basic education, access to free state sponsored healthcare, we incarcerate prisoners at a rate that even the worst dictatorships cannot match (fact: the United States of America has only 5% of the world’s population, yet we incarcerate 25% of the world’s prison inmates [ minorities]) and have to watch those in congress refuse to lift a finger, to make their needs (and all Americans needs) a priority and actually address our most urgent, basic needs like clean air and water is tantamount to murder.
We actually need to put you people in prison instead……
I am appalled that we can waste trillions on a fighter jet that can’t even fire it’s own weapon (still after several years) and spend more (55% of our national budget) on a military that is so bloated that since 1998 they have over 8 trillion dollars that they cannot account for, and yet we have a non-responsive (bloated) congress (state AND federal), infused with millionaires, who have the ultimate healthcare, pensions that keep them millionaires for life and no positive/progressive actions are even remotely considered.
Time for the people to take control of the military and forcibly remove all the people in congress that have a track record of voting against any and all of these positive measures.
I realize that what what I’m advocating could be construed as treason, but I respectfully have to say, that that is exactly what our forefathers said should happen in this extreme circumstance.
I give you Donald John Trump who in a matter of days, what he has done, make what Hitler did in the 1930’s pale by comparison.
This is not a time for timid and spineless, bow down to the establishment, cowering, but a time that we are faced with the total destruction of the country (and democracy) we all (even the right wing idiots that have been fooled into supporting this fascist agenda) love.
There may not be another chance…..
There is not only an infestation in our federal government, but is goes all the way down to the local and state level.
You sir are part of the problem…..
Excuse me if I sound disrespectful, but that is my intention, because you and your kind deserve no respect.
Put me on a dissenter list if you want, but that will only give my voice a platform to expose all the corruption that exists and will continue to exist until these kind of actions are taken. (I will print out a copy of this email and register it with an independent organization…)
In Washington DC, and around the globe, protesters took to the streets to announce their distaste for some of the rhetoric, and plans which may come to light of the new US President, Donald Trump. …
There is something I need to say.
We are all one race, the human race.
The problem is that there are too many delusional assholes that think they know something, that it is impossible to know, and they falsely think there is a some flying dirty minded monster (who they claim, says in a book of ancient fairy tales) that you actually are required to cut off part of you penis, and that is what’s best.
This he/she/it they think that controls our known universe, (I think it’s about time IT got rid of those nasty black holes, quasars, super novas, radiation, not only from our only one light and energy source [the sun], but from the whole universe)……there are gamma rays, galaxies that crash into each other and all the other bad things that make this universe the most violent thing ever, real or imagined.
We are fucking lucky to have a small oasis in, this most violent mass of dark matter, gas, exploding stars and other things that are out to annihilate life as we know it, and they would like to tell you how you must live this one (once again very unlikely) life that we have?
I hate religion. It is the true root of all evil.
The next thing that (I desperately need to vent) is the that we are forced to, and destined to, (since there are too many people on this tiny rock), live under the rule of some form of government.
In America we are now faced with the most critical election in our lives (short, in evolutionary terms) and they are trying to trick us into thinking that a narcissistic, racist, bigoted, sociopath is the person that will, not only improve the lives of millions in America, but will make, not only this country, (America, in case you are ADD) but the world a better, safer, more equal place????
I’ll just say that anyone that would cast a vote for Donald Trump is not working from a position of reality, but is as delusional as adults these with imaginary “friends”.
After the DNC cheated Bernie Sanders out of the nomination, that he (I believe and I have many others that think the same) won by a virtual landslide, and installed queen Hillary as the “preferred” candidate, this fact remains, there are too many people (including myself) who find Hillary Clinton repulsive for mostly MSM’s irrational “reasons” and yet we are willing to risk everything that we as a compassionate and (sometimes) caring people have gained in the last 150 years and throw all progress away????
That we will knowingly throw rational thinking to the wind as a form of protest and end up with a government that is totally controlled by the 1% at the cost of the 99%?
That makes me want to puke.
Vote blue all the way, democrats may not be perfect (who is?), but the republiKKKans are insane.
Donald Trump is the proof…..
It matters not which brand of God you favor, they are all imaginary.
When considering the mass murder in Orlando (06/11/16) there is no difference between that and any of the other of the too numerous to mention mass murders in the last 30 (or so) years.
Some were done by people that hate government (McVeigh) and others, which consists the majority of them, were committed by Christian or Islamic extremists. Mostly Christians.
Each religion has it’s extremists. These are dangerous people when they take their brand of ‘god’ as the right one and try to carry out his “plan” for living a righteous life, and if they still buy into the myth that there will be a reward in the afterlife, then this one life (that we know of empirically) becomes disposable to them in their deluded minds.
Comparing one (Abraham, Mohammed, John Smith or L. Ron Hubbard, or any of the thousands of sects in each) religion to another is like comparing a California orange to one from Florida.
I think that reason and logic need to be the main theme here and that all secular governments, like the USA and other non-theological countries need to come out and speak the truth about all religion.
Until reason and logic become accepted and the hypocrisy in all religious texts is considered, then put into rational thought, there can be no such advancement of equality and justice for all.
The fact is that there is no proof that anything written in ancient times is true, nor can it be confirmed empirically, therefore logic confirms that all these religions are nothing but myths (and stories passed on from one generation to another) and should be treated as so.
Until that happens and people are required to read the books of the Bible, Q’ran or Torah in an open minded and critical thinking state, where reasonable people can see the hypocrisy in all religious texts, nothing permanent will change.
Since we are over 2000 years removed (over 1400 for Mohamed) from any new things from their respective, so called God, and if we are so important to this God, then why, with all his supposed all knowing/all powerful attributes, does he not send us a new message to confirm this?
It certainly is within the realm of possibility for him if you believe in your brand of scripture, so what’s the problem?
I can tell you why with 99.9% certainty that the only logical reason is, is that God is imaginary.
We know that all scriptures are the product of ancient people that thought that the earth was flat and didn’t know where the sun went at night. There is no magic here (no talking snakes, talking/burning bushes or great floods where millions of species lived for over a year on a tiny, fragile boat) and there never was.
The bible, or any other scriptures, are not proof of anything, but merely stories that were most times passed down in speech since 90% of all people living in that time period were illiterate.
Try this at a party; start an untrue rumor at one end of the room and tell everyone to pass it on, then see how accurate it remains when it gets to the other end of the room. A simple experiment (damn, there’s that goddamn logic and science again!!!) that will show how these things get blown out of proportion.
All religion and all ‘gods’ are merely the product of the minds of men (that should also be noted) during early civilization in a time when there was little (if any) science and what there was, was considered as the evil work of man, so myths and fairy tales were the normal way of thinking then.
Is that too much to ask?
God didn’t write the Bible (buybull), the Bible wrote ‘god’………
How much security can one safely expect in the modern world?
About this terrible shooting by Omar Mateen in Orlando, Florida last weekend. Here is some weight I have to get off my conscience. It goes like this;
This shooter should never have had access to the weapon used, but because of our laws, that so far have served the purpose they were intended to, he was.
Why is that?
Our constitution is supposed to guarantee certain inalienable rights. The second amendment says we have the right to bear arms, but it also says that privilege is limited to “a well regulated Militia” and we now have the National Guard for that purpose. That still leaves open the definition of what constitutes a Militia. Is it run by the government? Then it is not a true Militia.
The other part of the 2nd Amendment that says that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”; is also open to interpretation, an interpretation widely held by some people to be absolute without any restrictions. But that one is too vague on it’s face.
This man involved had been on an FBI or Homeland Security watch list and that is where I have a problem. Our government is supposed to be of the people, by the people and for the people, yet we have our own government virtually spying on it’s own citizens and that is unconstitutional in my estimation.
The 14th Amendment is about civil rights and basically says, and this is supposed to apply nationally, that; “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges and or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection under the law.
This man had been spied on and evaluated and yet he still got a weapon and was still not denied his right to bear arms even with the spying. So we’re supposed to think that this spy system we have now gives us a sense of security? It sure doesn’t me. It must be eliminated.
One former president said that those that give up any rights and expect to gain security lose their rights and have no security (paraphrased of course).
He’s the problem. Assault type weapons. No one should have the right to any gun that has clips that require virtually no reloading, shots that can be fired as fast as one can pull the trigger, can be altered to full automatic easily and are basically weapons that only a trained military enlisted person should own. Why? Because they have just one purpose, to kill as many people as fast as possible.
That’s my interpretation of the 2nd and 14th Amendments and although I believe that this man had yet to commit any felony and therefore should not have been spied on, he had all the rights to these weapons just like any other U.S. citizen.
It’s the weapons that are so easily available is what needs to change here. Not the constitution, but the changing of some constitutionally legal laws designed to do some “well regulating” if you will.
This tragedy might have been prevented with a federal law that bans ALL assault type semi-automatic rifles.
I believe that also to have a real lasting effect the ban should also include any hand gun with the same features (semi-auto, clip fed, easily altered).
This stance, or opinion if you prefer and I expect to be called out. Be my guest.
This is legal to do and should be done. As for the whole spying thing, another day another subject.
Another mass killing in Orlando and yet some want to pass the blame away from guns and towards terrorism.
Another mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, and once again we have the pundits on Fox (is not) News going on TV and repeatedly spouting the lie that this is NOT about guns, it’s about terrorism. WTF?
Of course it’s about guns.
It’s about the ease in which one can obtain weapons that are designed to do only one thing, kill people.
It’s about knowing there are people that should never have any kind of gun, yet they can obtain any weapon they choose through gun shows and straw purchases or other means.
It’s about the attention (to a radical view be it a religious one or not) one person can attain, even though in many cases it’s posthumously, when using guns with the ability to kill dozens in a matter of seconds.
When are we going to have the balls to demand a change, to take measures to reduce this massacre?
Unless we are willing to face the fact that without some radical measures to limit the type of weapons that are legal to have, the amount of ammunition one person can legally possess, addressing the mental health issue or even the total confiscation of ALL privately owned guns, (don’t get your tidy whiteys in a bunch, that’s not what I am advocating here) there will be no change, or chance of any change.
I should go into the elected representatives, um, republican representatives that refuse to even pass one simple measure to make it harder to get any gun, won’t support a ban on assault type weapons, won’t close the loopholes that are used daily by people filled with hate and mental problems, but I believe I’ve said enough.
Oh, one more thing. Vote out all these idiots that refuse to do what a majority of Americans want and vote for those that will act on the will of the people and are willing to make these much needed changes.
Until that happens, get ready for another news flash about another mass shooting somewhere in America, maybe even in you own backyard.
The supporters of Hillary Clinton are trying to place the blame on Bernie supporters if she should happen to lose in November.
As it is said many times that this election will be decided on the internet, and I believe that is an accurate statement. When watching mainstream media on TV you can see why this is thought of like that as there is a monumental difference in the coverage given to the main three candidates left, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and [sociopath] Donald Trump (also know as Drumpf or the Trump Nazi).
Here is why placing blame on Bernie supporters if in fact Hillary should (god forbid) lose in November to Trump is wrong.
There are many valid reasons why we as Bernie Sanders supporters are not to blame if Hillary fails.
1. Hillary has too many ties to big banking, big pharmacy and her past ties to Monsanto and even more disturbing, Walmart.
2. Believing that she will not owe favors to these companies that have given her millions in donations (some that are even under investigation by the FBI and IRS for racketeering) is just not using your brain and critical thinking to see that that is foolish.
3. Hillary either was or still is on the wrong side of the most important progressive social changes that Bernie has been behind for 4 decades, like universal healthcare as a right, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour (Hillary has said that $12 was enough but studies prove that to be shortsighted).
Then there are other things where she is either on the wrong side of, or has been in the past, and has only recently changed her position because of Bernie raising public awareness on these things.
4. Hillary has not come out and said that she is against the Keystone pipeline, or for prepaid college tuition, strengthening Social Security, against the (disastrous) TPP Trade Agreement, for paid family leave for births, deaths and other family needs or child care pre-K, to name some.
These are just some of the things that give me and others pause when it comes to voting for her. She is too much the status quo and not nearly the progressive we need in this critical part of our history.
In fact, I believe that this election may be out last chance to save our government from becoming a 100% fascist oligarchy.
Don’t get me wrong, I agree with all people that know how much of a disaster a Trump presidency would be, but the way to insure that does not happen lies more with making Bernie the candidate and less with having Hillary the nominee.
But if Hillary is the nominee, all that means is that we are in for a bumpy ride with either Hillary or, even more so with Trump and once again progress is denied.
So in conclusion, Hillary could very well lose the election to Trump. She does not poll well against him like Bernie does. All the polls put Bernie beating Trump by double digit margins and Hillary is either in a dead heat or actually LOSES to Trump. Unacceptable!
We can and must do better.
#BernieOrBust, it’s not just a slogan, it’s our future and more importantly, the future or our children and their children and all generations to come.
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