The Pardu

The Pardu
Watchful eyes and ears feed the brain, thus nourishing the brain cells.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ed Schultz...destroys GOP talking points...AGAIN (VIDEO)



I know you have heard it before. 

know you are tired of hearing it. 

know you are frustrated with the options in 2012.  

I do not know, why you think, any GOP candidate will administer our economy any differently from the last GOP president.


The Ed Show hits another home-run.  If you will, notice the GOP pundit about midway through the video.  Talking points anyone?


Tonight's 'ED Show' chart: Private sector job growth

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Excerpt.....
"Governor Romney only wants you to look at unemployment in the days right after the president took office,” said Ed.  “That's before his stimulus package was even passed."

will wager that the GOP hates Steve Benen!  
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Romney says, "Jobs " (a GOP aversion since 2009)

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Yesterday, Mitt Romney continues on his 'false information' political campaign by going after President Obama on jobs.  One would think no one in the GOP would go there, but of course, my mind is probably thinking in terms of a rational GOP.  A rational GOP that would actually take real positions on real issues, while leaving false mantra as a tired old strategy. And, yes, the Earth was once inhabited by dinosaurs. 

Mitt Romney is guilty of the very same tunnel-vision that has infested his party since Ronald Reagan.  The party fails to allow any thinking, strategy or planning outside their tightly scripted box they call "conservatism".

Despite well documented and long-standing evidence of job growth within weeks of Obama taking office the GOP (via Romney) trots out false-rhetoric that literally verges on demagoguery. Even beyond demagoguery, the messages are outright lies, and some of the lies are so insultingly egregious it is hard to avoid perceptions of the 'comical'.

Romney claimed this past Monday that President Obama did not know how to create jobs.  Well, no president knows how to create jobs; Obama at least knew how to save million of jobs via his support for our automobile industry.  Romney went on to state Obama had created only government jobs.  His implication was clear, the president was about 'big government' with no effective strategy nor inclination towards private sector jobs.

A quick Google search on Public Sector jobs lost yielded the following headline and graph from ThinkProgress. The article and graph dates back to July 2011.  Is it possible the Obama Administration has completely reversed the graph trend-line since last July?  A rhetorical question that needs no answer! Let's take a look.

CHART: Over 500,000 Government Jobs Lost Since Obama’s Inauguration By Matthew Yglesias on Jul 8, 2011


Ed Schultz, MSNBC the Ed Show, on Tuesday of this week, addressed Romney's lies, and exposed more about how the GOP plans to win the November Election.  They are deploying the very same tricks, lies and subterfuge used to place George W. Bush in office (FOR TWO TERMS).  While not part of this screed,  the Right is funneling enough money into beating President Obama, they could fund total hungry relief worldwide for many years.

The following was taken from MSNBC's Ed Show Blog.  (includes video)

How can any political party so underestimate the intellect of the majority of US voters?  If the base will buy into Romney's rhetoric, so-be-it, but what has them (GOP, Romney) thinking the majority of American voters are not aware of the jobs lies.  

The information provided by Ed Schultz completely refutes Romney's political jobs lie. Ed facetiously asked if Romney does not understand the numbers or is Romney being politically expedient (AKA lying)? I vote (pun intended) that Romney and his campaign are, first, appealing to and leveraging the uninformed.  Second, they are speaking to an undereducated base that has no regard for the good of the nation as a whole vs. their self-centered paradigms. Paradigms regarding "The Other" president, a devotion to business at any cost, and a those who desire life as it was prior to 1948 America.

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The Avenue of the Racist: Birth Certificate Show and Tell!

How about a quick run down memory lane.  The lane we are going to visit is called "The Avenue of the Racist").

The Avenue of the Racist is nothing new to the Untied States of America. In fact, it is an avenue well traveled across the world. While I do not have first hand knowledge, I have read that even in the vast expanses of China their are levels of intolerance that relate to dialect and regionalism.  Another form of intolerance is clearly in Middle Eastern countries that have immersed in wars based on religious and tribal differences. Alas, I read this week that a movie based on comedian and radio personality Steve Harvey's book will not be shown in certain theaters in France. The cast in the movie is predominately, if not completely, African-American. I guess the French people have no interest in a movie with an all black cast? I suspect not!  If the decision not to run the movie is real, it most assuredly comes from a form of institutional racism.  Link 1; Link 2.
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Think Progress: Wal-Mart to drop ALEC; Price Saver?


Annie-Rose Strasser, Think Progress, is reporting one of the American Legislative Exchange Councils, top financial contributors is dropping out of the conservative lobbying "hive"

The Color of Change Dot Org and activist/social networking organizations have worked diligently in soliciting members of ALEC to drop their sponsorship. 


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Marco Rubio blows off voter ID laws that target young voters, the elderly, low income voters, Latinos: “What’s the big deal?”

Cross posted from politicalcarnival.net ((See Creative Common License at end of this piece)


Indulge me for a minute, because I’m going to quote myself. As I said in The GOP plan is working: New voter registration laws could hurt President Obama, the people suffering the worst consequences of the Voter I.D. laws are most often low income voters, the elderly, the ill who can’t leave home, young voters, minorities, and of course, anyone without transportation (or to put it another way, lean Democratic). And to those who say, “Well, there are always absentee ballots,” some states are now requiring Voter I.D. to qualify for those, too. 

But Voter I.D. demands are just part of the increasing list of conditions that Republicans are imposing that will disenfranchise voters. There are also voter-registration drive limits, early-voting restrictions, and fewer precincts which means more people waiting in longer lines. 

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Wisconsin Governor Recall Vote nears; GOP dirty tricks step-up


NOTE: The following was received today via email.  It is such a critical message, I have to post it here. I have deleted  campaign donation solicitations requests that were embedded in the email text. I have personally contributed to the effort to offset millions from the Right for walker campaign advertisements. While those donations were my choice, I will not paste same solicitation on the web page. 

Some of us remember the days of Richard Nixon and his C.R.E.E.P. political campaign dirty tricks squad.  A few of the squad's paid contractors were caught pilfer-aging through the office of Daniel Elsberg the Watergate Office Bldg. by an hourly paid security guard.  That one detailed and focused security guard may very well have saved the nation from sure "I will be King-ism" from Richard Nixon.
In case you live in a closet without benefit of any new channels on your television set, or you live in a foreign land and love to follow US politics, you may not know the following names.

Tom Barret, Democratic candidate running against the GOP Governor.

Scott Walker, Republican candidate, campaign via a recall special election vote.

Email Text....
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Romney thinks his Era's Civil Rights issues is education circa 2012!


Lawrence O'Donnell, The Last Word, nails Romney on his 'very wealthy' upbringing and his privileged life. No one says it better than O'Donnell.




Any questions?
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Fox Joins Conservative Super PACs With Anti-Obama Ad That May Violate Its Own Ethical Standards (UPDATE)


Cross posted from MediaMatters Dot Org


See Update with the last half-hour below, linked to Media Matters.org.

The following piece was posted to the Media Matters web page earlier this afternoon.


May 30, 2012 1:01 pm ET by Oliver Willis

Fox News may turn out to be the biggest Super PAC of them all.
recent report from Politico indicates that outside groups plan to spend $1 billion in attack ads against President Obama and the Democratic Party this year. That figure could be considerably higher if you factor in the free airtime and resources Fox News is donating to the cause. As Fox host Eric Bolling said, "We're all on board if Mitt's it."
The four minute long anti-Obama attack ad presented on Fox & Friends this morning not only crossed the ethical line but it may violate News Corp.'s own internal policy for ethical behavior. 
The policy states:
Contributing Company Assets: We do not donate any corporate money, services, products or facilities to any political party, candidate or political committee unless previously approved by News Corporation's Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, at the Government Relations Office in Washington D.C. Always keep in mind that "contribution" is defined broadly, and does not necessarily mean money. It may, under some circumstances, even include the use of Company email to solicit donations or support.

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Fox's Obama attack ad today: nearly $100,000 in free GOP advertising!


The world knows that Ruppert Murdoch's Fox News is not he place for anyone who is either neutral of, or supportive or President Barack Obama.  No problem, as MSNBC is equally anti-GOP and equally supportive (Most host anyway) of the president. As the old adage goes, "Alls fair in love and war".  The operative work there is "fair".


How fair is it when alleged news networks, more aptly referred to as propaganda outlets, literally waive advertisement fees?  There is something innately 'unfair' about political support from an alleged news network to that extent.  How is it fair for a news network to leverage Citizen's United (and without direct contribution) in de facto funding of an advertisement campaign.

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The Death of the GOP (aka Republican Party aka Tea Party)


 
Have you ever trapped a rat? 



Thom Hartmann of progressive radio described it this way: he had trapped a rat in his living room.He was used to rats running away from him. However, when he cornered this rat, it stopped being scared and decided to fight for its life. It came at him as if it wanted to chew his face off.

This is the current stage of the Republican Party. They are beyond scared to death and are now fighting with all they have against:

1 - A changing demographics where whites are no longer going to be the majority. This melting pot of voters has no use for the GOP that does nothing for them, but rather is destroying Americans and the country.

2 - A changing demographic where they cannot use the fear of white supremacy to get votes and support.

3 - A black President who, rather than the people fearing him as "the other," has taken the Fight Against Terrorism away from the GOP and now leads the way with it. He has proven himself to be the President For The People.

4 - An aging SCOTUS that has protected the GOP through Citizens United and two stolen elections of Bush, Jr. to terrorize Americans and the world. The only reason the Supreme Court justices stay on the bench into old age by barely hanging on is because they don't want to hand power to Obama and the Democrats. Provided Obama wins a second term, 2 to 4 justices will be appointed by Obama and the reign of terror by the GOP will be over. It's just a matter of time.

If the GOP seems as if they've gone insane, you'd be right. They are fighting for their lives and you are watching the last gasp of this once powerful party that has lied and whored for the 1% but are now cornered like the rat that it is. They are willing to do anything to stay in power.

You can help this process along faster by ensuring you vote in each and every election and vote Republicans and fake Democrats out. Scrutinize your ballot ahead of time, ask questions, understand the candidates and propositions thoroughly and vote accordingly. We have the power to take back control of this country. 

Marion Young
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SCOTUS.... The landmine that awaits the Election!

  


A recent Fox News Poll yielded a bit of startling information. Survey respondents actually preferred the thought of Pirednet Obama chosing replacement Supreme Court Jsutices vs the propsect of Romeny dong same. Wow!

May 19, 2012 Sodahead.com

Fox Poll: Strong Plurality Prefer An Obama Supreme Court To A Romney Supreme Court | A Fox News poll released yesterday finds that voters would rather have President Obama pick the next Supreme Court justice than Republican candidate Mitt Romney by a 46 to 38 percent margin. Last November, Romney promised that, if elected, he would model his Supreme Court nominees after Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito, all of whom voted give wealthy corporations a nearly unlimited power to try to buy elections in Citizens United. By contrast, Justice Sotomayor, who was the only Obama appointee on the Court whenCitizens United was decided, dissented from that decision. And Citizens United is far from the only example of a case where all four of Romney’s model justices voted to give corporate interest groups sweeping immunity from the law.


May 16, 2012 Fox News: Obama pulls ahead of Romney... 


Click for the full poll results

The Following is a dynamic and telling graphic of the dangers of electing Mitt Romney with deep pocket favors due upon inauguration.


DANGER!


 
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Daily GOP Ignominious: CNN's Wolf Blitzer Vs. Donald (Circus Barker/Race Baiter) Trump

George Will Vs. Donald Trump


There are days when verbiage is completely unnecessary.

Spend the eleven minutes on this video segment and ask yourself, "Am I really a republican?" If you r answer is yes, then ask yourself, "What happened to my party?"  And then resign yourself to existential embarrassment.


If you are not embarrassed , well..............................




Do you see my point!  And the man said he would be a great VP for Romney! 


.....And the Band Plays On........
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Rick Staggenborg, MD: CHAPTER THIRTY EIGHT: CURING AMERICA’S DEPRESSION


Cross Posted with permission from
 Take Back America for the People Dot Blogspot Dot Com


The Essay series dates back to 2009/2010. The Series author does a masterful job of taking science of the mind and applying to modern-day politics and social interaction. The series is not one for the seeker of the quick read. It is, however, assured of touching your cognitive perception of how our society needs to move in directions not apparent to us at this time. Read for understanding and sit back for a moment and think about the message.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009

CHAPTER THIRTY EIGHT: CURING AMERICA’S DEPRESSION


Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Oct 13, 2009 

This essay is dedicated to Aaron Beck, the father of cognitive therapy. He taught us that depression is most often a self-inflicted injury and developed the model for its treatment.

Depression is characterized by a pervasive mood of sadness or loss of interest in most activities, and impairment of the ability to carry out routine activities of daily living. Psychiatrists recognize that sadness is often masked by anger, so depression may present as unreasoning, pervasive anger. While the specific symptoms of depression vary among individuals, it must be recognized that America is suffering a Great Depression, the likes of which we have never seen in our history until now.

Drug manufacturers have managed to largely convince psychiatrists to abandon the notion of “exogenous” depression, or depression caused by external events. Increasing numbers of young doctors leave their training convinced that all depression is the result of faulty genes and therefore drugs are the logical first choice of treatment. 

Although it is acknowledged that psychotherapy increases rates of response to medication and helps guard against relapse, few psychiatrists are skilled in this art and it is too frequently unavailable to the patient in our expensive, fractionated medical care “system.” As a result, very few of the brave individuals who are willing to admit that they are suffering and to seek help actually receive it. The rates of “cure” of depression with drugs alone are dismal. What is needed is to treat the cause of depression, not merely the symptoms.

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Your American Conservatives at work!

United Republic Dot Org is reporting on yet another unscrupulous effort from one of the nation's most noted conservatives. 


David Koch, co-owner of the Koch Industries petrochemical, manufacturing and commodity speculation fortune, hasn’t been shy about supporting Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), whose controversial union-busting agenda has forced a recall election this summer. Earlier this year, Koch told the Palm Beach Post: “We’re helping him, as we should. We’ve gotten pretty good at this over the years. We’ve spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We’re going to spend more.”

The Koch Brothers are without equal major contributors to Republicanism. They are two of the wealthiest people across the globe and like most 'uber' wealthy people, they want life as they view life.  I offer that they have nothing in common with average  Americans, and they support conservative cause indicative of my opine. Again Citizens United works against all that is good in US politics.

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Barack H. Obama 44th President of the United States of America...accomplishments and updates

And everyone who reads this and many millions others all benefit from his work.


The PCTC Blog has joined others in chronicling the accomplishments of the nation's 44th President. Barack H. Obama has without doubt performed as a legislative Juggernaut and a Commander-in-Chief comparable to the most notbale in US History.


The following is commensurate with President Obama's level of activity since taking the Oval Office. I am going to only list major categories as delineated by the author of the piece.  The link above will facilitate archiving the piece and repeat visits to the work if it is more than one sitting read.


The PCTC Blog

A LONG List of President Obama's Accomplishments! With Citations!
If you're one of those folks who thinks President Obama is a "disappointment," you haven't been paying attention the last few years. And those of you who try to draw comparisons with the Bush Administration should put away the hallucinogens and have your memory checked.  If you were in a coma for the eight Bush Years, I apologize and forgive you. But please join the real world. So far, this president has done most of what he said he would do if elected; imagine what he could have done by now if progressives had supported him and not given him a Congress that doesn't look at him as if he's the demon seed.  

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Arrogance of being President while being Black

"Live and Let Live"


The following was not developed by The Progressive Influence, nor one of its contributors.  It has been left in=-tact with only minor corrections involving punctuation and then only in certain places.  Emphasis on Left and Right from The Pardu.



This is an excellent article written by a someone who is realistic (and happens to be White).  The piece that has circulated around the Web for years, I discovered it in my email box last fall. The very last paragraph says it all.  A little long but worth the read to the end (even if you don't agree!)

AUTHOR UNKNOWN (Written Circa late 2008 or earl 2009)

Arrogance of being President while being Black........ I don't think anyone was under some real illusion that the election of Barack Obama actually means the end of racism in America . I'm pretty sure that the president-elect knew it better than anyone. After all, he saw it every day, from the moment he announced his candidacy. To some degree, he saw it within his own party during the primaries. And he saw it in all ugliness during the general election. For half of this country, he was "That One". No matter how big and clear his victory was. No matter how smart he is. No matter how decent he is. No matter what a true patriot he is. No matter how optimistic and positive his vision for America was. All that didn't matter. Because at the end of the day, he was still black.

I'm quite old. I remember, vaguely, where my parents were on November 22, 1963. I've seen so many presidents. Some were feared, some were hated, some were adored, some popular and some not. But all of them, without exception, were treated with the highest respect deserving the office of the president of the United States . That is until a black man won the right to occupy this office. It's been 13 months now, and in the eyes of so many, Barack Obama is still that one.
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George Will takes on the "Trump' Card"

They really do deserve each other! 



Mitt Romney is about securing as many endorsers as possible is an effort to secure the nation's vote in November 2012. Well, of course, so is the President of the United States; with one exception. He does not need public endorsements to the level of his opponent; the benefit of incumbency.

All is fair in politics and war, correct? Well, sort of correct anyway. How many times during the 2008 Election did candidate McCain distance himself from Evangelical preachers? Obama also placed ground between himself and the Conservative 'trumped' up Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Wright was not an endorser of candidate Obama, but their past certainly became an item for a short period of time. Let me correct last. Their past church pastor/congregation member, continues to be an item for some on the Right, who earn money via efforts to defeat the president or from the true whack jobs like Sarah Palin. Of course, Palin feeds opportunity to earn money via her remarks and she also qualifies as a political whack-job.

Mitt Romney has a dual problem with endorsements: he needs popular (with his base) faces and he needs money for his campaign hoppers. Donald Trump endorsed Romney towards the middle of 2011. Now, it is time for Trumps endorsement to convert to cash dollars ,first, and fan votes second. After the Obama George Clooney home affair and the resultant $16 million dollars haul, Romney is within his right mind to seek similar opportunity. If fact, he would be of unsound mind to pass-on an opportunity to use celebrity for fund raising.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Rick Staggenborg, MD: OUR BIPOLAR DISORDER and cooment



Cross Posted with permission from Take Back America for the People Dot Blogspot Dot Com


Rick Staggenborg, MD

Introduction

An essay from Rick Staggenborg, MD


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009


CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: OUR BIPOLAR DISORDER

Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Jul 23, 2009 

  

 This essay is dedicated to Robert Putnam, distinguished sociologist and author of Bowling Alone



Growing up in Portland in the early 60s, I remember careless summer nights playing kick-the-can with all the kids in the neighborhood for half the night on Saturdays, while my parents held pinochle parties with dozens of their friends from all over the Portland area. They would have a few beers and laugh about the foolish bids they made, or the foolish choices they had made as kids together. They didn’t worry about us kids. It was a different day. We and our parents were living in two different worlds at times, but I always knew that I would come home to a loving family.

My family went to church together and I was happy to belong, at least until I was ten years old. I had attended services for as long as I can remember and had listened attentively, marveling at the life of Jesus and all that he accomplished in the short span of his ministry. Eager to understand his teachings in more depth, I remember looking forward to religion training classes when my dad asked me to try them. I was disappointed to learn that in this church, you were not expected to study what people’s recollections of Jesus might have meant in light of the purported statements of the rabbi himself. Instead, religious training in this church consisted of memorizing the questionable interpretations of others. So after a few classes, I began to read the Classics Illustrated comic collection in the classroom we used, instead of listening to the teacher. After all, I was and always have been an ardent believer in democracy, and it seemed to me that any church I would belong to would not have a creed, but would be devoted to helping the flock understand his words for themselves. So when I finished the last comic, I waited for class to be dismissed, and walked out on that church forever.

Looking back, it is hard to remember what it felt like to be so free. Few kids today are brought up to go hang out God knows where with just anyone until bedtime. Parents must maintain an illusion of controlling the risk of their children coming to harm by monitoring and restricting their movements, in an attempt to control their exposure to ideas and images that they believe could have harmful influence on them and how they think. Controlling their thoughts is important to these parents because they think that it is their job to turn out adults who believe exactly what they do. The problem is that often those beliefs are often simply reflections of their own pain and fear. This creates children who grow up feeling disconnected from their community, fearful of interactions with their neighbors, and lacking the social consciousness that is the tie that binds each of us to another.

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The Daily GOP Ignominious: Romney is already ringing the GOP bell of "WAR"

Ignominious anyone?


Or should say using the GOP 'dog-whistle' regarding immersing in troops on the ground war.


President Obama has performed more than admirably in working to settle regional conflicts without one US troop deployed in combat. I suppose we could say his order of troops in an effort to track KONY is, but a small  example of troops on the ground. I offer that insertion was far from GOP troops on the ground (AKA War).


If you want a prelude to a Romney administration, check this out.....


The Examiner


Excerpt
President Obama hopes to enlist the aid of Russia in an attempt to remove Assad from power.  The international community is attempting to broker a settlement where the political structure in Syria would remain intact but Assad would leave.  Mitt Romney announced Sunday that the United States' actions are not enough. 
“The Assad regime’s massacre of civilians in Haoula—many of them young children—is horrific. After nearly a year and a half of slaughter, it is far past time for the United States to begin to lead and put an end to the Assad regime. President Obama can no longer ignore calls from congressional leaders in both parties to take more assertive steps. The Annan ‘peace’ plan—which President Obama still supports—has merely granted the Assad regime more time to execute its military onslaught. The United States should work with partners to organize and arm Syrian opposition groups so they can defend themselves. The bloodshed in Haoula makes clear that our goal must be a new Syrian government, one that contributes to peace and stability in the Middle East and that truly represents the brave Syrian people.” 
It seems a Romney presidency would include more troops on the ground in at least one country.
Yes, the Assad killings and freedom suppression is horrific to say the least.  How can any US President of rational mind with our current economy and during an election year actually come-out in favor of Us troops inserted into war? 

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Ricketts tries again! Will bigotry and hatred ever subside?

                            

Another of the nation's Far-Right Hate President Obama 'uber' wealthy has revisited his efforts to end the presidency of Barack Obama.  Joe Ricketts's failed heinous and racist anti-Obama/Rev. Jeremiah Wright commercial has been replaced with another example of "get rid of the Other and give us our country back".   Ricketts' latest efforts to 'Banish the Other' follows the much criticized and deeply racist book by Dinesh D’Souza. 

The New York Times reports.
He (Ricketts)  is involved in another effort slated for this summer, a documentary film based on a widely criticized book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” by Dinesh D’Souza, which asserts that Mr. Obama is carrying out the “anticolonial” agenda of his Kenyan father.
 



Understanding the psyche of conservative America is as simple as watching 15 minutes of Fox News's Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Steve Doocy, Grethen Carlson, and formerly Glenn Beck. A better example is listening to Limbaugh for 15 seconds.  The fabric of hatred is as identifiable as the callousness and greed of GOP Obstructionism during a recovery period resultant of conservative federal governance.  The psyche of conservative America beyond millionaire Fox News mouthpieces and demagogues is frighteningly more difficult.  

Despite the administration horrors of Bush/Cheney, despite the obscene spending and taxation policies of Ronald Reagan, and despite obvious GOP affinity for the good of companies and corporations over the good of people is over-the-top insane.  As a matter of course, GOP indications of economic and social programs akin to that of Bush/Cheney/Reagan do not seem to induce an unwonted state by millions. There are indications people are ready for another dose of the trickle-down policies and spare regulation. Have  ever heard the old adage, "doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result is insane".  If people do not understand the following, maybe the country deserves a growing plutocracy accompanied by foundational oligarchy.

GOP policies contributed to the following data. Note the year 1979 through 2009. "We Fell Apart"!


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IN Memory of...........................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Memorial Day 2012 and A look back in time: CBS NEWS Archives (VIDEOs) -the Civil Rights Martyrs, The Holocaust

US Wars

The day after Memorial Day is a good day for posting a very relevant set of information.   Many of the listed conflicts are not the product of jingoist desires by the Untied States; on the other hand some certainly are jingoist endeavors. Jingoism is as American as Apple Pie (excuse the cliche). Often no one thinks about the downsides of such mindsets until we look back at those who served.

The ultimate causes for the wars is not a critical point. The critical point is, men (and women) died during the periods of these wars.  They died while serving the nation, thus each deserves our heart felt and everlasting respect and remembrance.

Respect the dead but never ever forget about the living who came home from war. I spent a good part of yesterday hearing about unemployed and homeless veterans.  Another group of vets in need are those who are trying to secure disability coverage for injured resultant from war.  Why are either of the three areas of concern even on the table?  What we have is a sad commentary that has "AMERICA" written all over it.


American History Timeline
American Involvement in Wars from Colonial Times to the Present


Dates
War in Which American Colonists or
United States Citizens Officially Participated
Major Combatants
July 4, 1675 -
August 12, 1676
King Philip's War New England Colonies vs. Wampanoag, Narragansett, and Nipmuck Indians
1689-1697 King William's War The English Colonies vs. France
1702-1713 Queen Anne's War War of Spanish Succession) The English Colonies vs. France
1744-1748 King George's War (War of Austrian Succession) The French Colonies vs. Great Britain
1756-1763 French and Indian War (Seven Years War) The French Colonies vs. Great Britain
1759-1761 Cherokee War English Colonists vs. Cherokee Indians
1775-1783 American Revolution English Colonists vs. Great Britain
1798-1800 Franco-American Naval War United States vs. France
1801-1805; 1815 Barbary Wars United States vs. Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli
1812-1815 War of 1812 United States vs. Great Britain
1813-1814 Creek War United States vs. Creek Indians
1836 War of Texas Independence Texas vs. Mexico
1846-1848 Mexican-American War United States vs. Mexico
1861-1865 U.S. Civil War Union vs. Confederacy
1898 Spanish-American War United States vs. Spain
1914-1918 World War I Triple Alliance: Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary vs. Triple Entente: Britain, France, and Russia. The United States joined on the side of the Triple Entente in 1917.
1939-1945 World War II Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan vs. Major Allied Powers: United States, Great Britain, France, and Russia
1950-1953 Korean War United States (as part of the United Nations) and South Korea vs. North Korea and Communist China
1960-1975 Vietnam War United States and South Vietnam vs. North Vietnam
1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion United States vs. Cuba
1983 Grenada United States Intervention
1989 US Invasion of Panama United States vs. Panama
1990-1991 Persian Gulf War United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq
1995-1996 Intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina United States as part of NATO acted peacekeepers in former Yugoslavia
2001 Invasion of Afghanistan United States and Coalition Forces vs. the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to fight terrorism.
2003 Invasion of Iraq United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq


Man will always perpetrate war. I have resigned my mind to that sad fact. 

Those us who served our country, those who benefited from our service, and those gave the ultimate sacrifice for the nation are all subjects of that basic animal cognitive activity called memory. Exercise it, show respect to a veteran and remember those who did not come home.

Someplace in our minds we must find war less  acceptable.


Memorial Day Part II

Civil Rights Martyrs


On the Civil Rights Memorial are inscribed the names of individuals who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom during the modern Civil Rights Movement - 1954 to 1968. The martyrs include activists who were targeted for death because of their civil rights work; random victims of vigilantes determined to halt the movement; and individuals who, in the sacrifice of their own lives, brought new awareness to the stuggle.
The chronology below briefly describes their lives. More information is available at the Civil Rights Memorial Center.

1955

May 7, 1955 · Belzoni, Mississippi

Rev. George Lee, one of the first black people registered to vote in Humphreys County, used his pulpit and his printing press to urge others to vote. White officials offered Lee protection on the condition he end his voter registration efforts, but Lee refused and was murdered.
August 13, 1955 · Brookhaven, Mississippi

Lamar Smith was shot dead on the courthouse lawn by a white man in broad daylight while dozens of people watched. The killer was never indicted because no one would admit they saw a white man shoot a black man. Smith had organized blacks to vote in a recent election. 
August 28, 1955 · Money, Mississippi

Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old boy on vacation from Chicago, reportedly flirted with a white woman in a store. Three nights later, two men took Till from his bed, beat him, shot him and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River. An all-white jury found the men innocent of murder.
October 22, 1955 · Mayflower, Texas
John Earl Reese, 16, was dancing in a café when white men fired shots into the windows. Reese was killed and two others were wounded. The shootings were part of an attempt by whites to terrorize blacks into giving up plans for a new school. (photograph unavailable.)


1957

January 23, 1957 · Montgomery, Alabama

Willie Edwards Jr., a truck driver, was on his way to work when he was stopped by four Klansmen. The men mistook Edwards for another man who they believed was dating a white woman. They forced Edwards at gunpoint to jump off a bridge into the Alabama River. Edwards’ body was found three months later.

1959

April 25, 1959 · Poplarville, Mississippi

Mack Charles Parker, 23, was accused of raping a white woman. Three days before his case was set for trial, a masked mob took him from his jail cell, beat him, shot him and threw him in the Pearl River.


1961

September 25, 1961 · Liberty, Mississippi

Herbert Lee, who worked with civil rights leader Bob Moses to help register black voters, was killed by a state legislator who claimed self-defense and was never arrested. Louis Allen, a black man who witnessed the murder, was later also killed.


1962

April 9, 1962 · Taylorsville, Mississippi

Cpl. Roman Ducksworth Jr., a military police officer stationed in Maryland, was on leave to visit his sick wife when he was ordered off a bus by a police officer and shot dead. The police officer may have mistaken Ducksworth for a “freedom rider” who was testing bus desegregation laws.
September 30, 1962 · Oxford, Mississippi

Paul Guihard, a reporter for a French news service, was killed by gunfire from a white mob during protests over the admission of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi.



1963

April 23, 1963 · Attalla, Alabama

William Lewis Moore, a postman from Baltimore, was shot and killed during a one-man march against segregation. Moore had planned to deliver a letter to the governor of Mississippi urging an end to intolerance.

June 12, 1963 · Jackson, Mississippi

Medgar Evers, who directed NAACP operations in Mississippi, was leading a campaign for integration in Jackson when he was shot and killed by a sniper at his home.



September 15, 1963 · Birmingham, Alabama

Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley were getting ready for church services when a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing all four of the school-age girls. The church had been a center for civil rights meetings and marches.
September 15, 1963 · Birmingham, Alabama

Virgil Lamar Ware, 13, was riding on the handlebars of his brother’s bicycle when he was fatally shot by white teenagers. The white youths had come from a segregationist rally held in the aftermath of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.


1964

January 31, 1964 · Liberty, Mississippi

Louis Allen, who witnessed the murder of civil rights worker Herbert Lee, endured years of threats, jailings and harassment. He was making final arrangements to move north on the day he was killed.
March 23, 1964 · Jacksonville, Florida
Johnnie Mae Chappell was murdered as she walked along a roadside. Her killers were white men looking for a black person to shoot following a day of racial unrest. (photograph unavailable)
April 7, 1964 · Cleveland, Ohio

Rev. Bruce Klunder was among civil rights activists who protested the building of a segregated school by placing their bodies in the way of construction equipment. Klunder was crushed to death when a bulldozer backed over him.
May 2, 1964 · Meadville, Mississippi

Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore were killed by Klansmen who believed the two were part of a plot to arm blacks in the area. (There was no such plot.) Their bodies were found during a massive search for the missing civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner.
June 21, 1964 · Philadelphia, Mississippi

James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Henry Schwerner, young civil rights workers, were arrested by a deputy sheriff and then released into the hands of Klansmen who had plotted their murders. They were shot, and their bodies were buried in an earthen dam.

July 11, 1964 · Colbert, Georgia

Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn, a Washington, D.C., educator, was driving home from U.S. Army Reserves training when he was shot and killed by Klansmen in a passing car.



1965

February 26, 1965 · Marion, Alabama

Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot by state troopers as he tried to protect his grandfather and mother from a trooper attack on civil rights marchers. His death led to the Selma-Montgomery march and the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Act.
March 11, 1965 · Selma, Alabama 
Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian minister from Boston, was among many white clergymen who joined the Selma marchers after the attack by state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Reeb was beaten to death by white men while he walked down a Selma street.



March 25, 1965 · Selma Highway, Alabama

Viola Gregg Liuzzo, a housewife and mother from Detroit, drove alone to Alabama to help with the Selma march after seeing televised reports of the attack at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. She was driving marchers back to Selma from Montgomery when she was shot and killed by a Klansmen in a passing car.

June 2, 1965 · Bogalusa, Louisiana

Oneal Moore was one of two black deputies hired by white officials in an attempt to appease civil rights demands. Moore and his partner, Creed Rogers, were on patrol when they were blasted with gunfire from a passing car. Moore was killed and Rogers was wounded.
July 18, 1965 · Anniston, Alabama

Willie Brewster was on his way home from work when he was shot and killed by white men. The men belonged to the National States Rights Party, a violent neo-Nazi group whose members had been involved in church bombings and murders of blacks.
August 20, 1965 · Hayneville, Alabama

Jonathan Myrick Daniels, an Episcopal Seminary student in Boston, had come to Alabama to help with black voter registration in Lowndes County. He was arrested at a demonstration, jailed in Hayneville and then suddenly released. Moments after his release, he was shot to death by a deputy sheriff.

1966

January 3, 1966 · Tuskegee, Alabama

Samuel Leamon Younge Jr., a student civil rights activist, was fatally shot by a white gas station owner following an argument over segregated restrooms.
January 10, 1966 · Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Vernon Ferdinand Dahmer, a wealthy businessman, offered to pay poll taxes for those who couldn’t afford the fee required to vote. The night after a radio station broadcasted Dahmer’s offer, his home was firebombed. Dahmer died later from severe burns.
June 10, 1966 · Natchez, Mississippi

Ben Chester White, who had worked most of his life as a caretaker on a plantation, had no involvement in civil rights work. He was murdered by Klansmen who thought they could divert attention from a civil rights march by killing a black person.
July 30, 1966 · Bogalusa, Louisiana
Clarence Triggs was a bricklayer who had attended civil rights meetings sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality. He was found dead on a roadside, shot through the head. (photograph unavailable)


1967

February 27, 1967 · Natchez, Mississippi

Wharlest Jackson, the treasurer of his local NAACP chapter, was one of many blacks who received threatening Klan notices at his job. After Jackson was promoted to a position previously reserved for whites, a bomb was planted in his car. It exploded minutes after he left work one day, killing him instantly.
May 12, 1967 · Jackson, Mississippi

Benjamin Brown, a former civil rights organizer, was watching a student protest from the sidelines when he was hit by stray gunshots from police who fired into the crowd.

1968

February 8, 1968 · Orangeburg, South Carolina

Samuel Ephesians Hammond Jr., Delano Herman Middleton and Henry Ezekial Smith were shot and killed by police who fired on student demonstrators at the South Carolina State College campus.
April 4, 1968 · Memphis, Tennessee

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister, was a major architect of the Civil Rights Movement. He led and inspired major non-violent desegregation campaigns, including those in Montgomery and Birmingham. He won the Nobel peace prize. He was assassinated as he prepared to lead a demonstration in Memphis.

We should never forget, these are the martyrs who are recorded and archived. Think of the thousands who died for no reason other than courage to stand-tall, protecting family and property, and those who died to provide entertainment for the hordes who attended "advertised lynchings".




Yom Hashoah

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thursday April 19, 2012

The Progressive Influence Published in remembrance this past April

    It has been over 60 years since the Holocaust. To survivors, the Holocaust remains real and ever-present, but for some others, sixty years makes the Holocaust seem part of ancient history. Year-round we try to teach and inform others about the horrors of the Holocaust. We confront the questions of what happened? How did it happen? How could it happen? Could it happen again? We attempt to fight against ignorance with education and against disbelief with proof.
    But there is one day in the year when we make a special effort to remember (Zachor). Upon this one day, we remember those that suffered, those that fought, and those that died. Six million Jews were murdered. Many families were completely decimated.













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