Thursday, April 25, 2013
The White House
released an amazing video of RepubliTHIEF members of
Congress making fools of themselves on
Our "Speaker" John Boehner actually said:
"It's almost comical. Every time we exhale,
we exhale CO2.
Every cow in the world... you know...
when they do what they do, you've got more CO2."
My question to Mr. Boehner would then be:
"What then, happens each time a con-artist
RepubliCON member of Congress opens his yap?"
It is depicted here in this photograph of the Republican symbol,
Here is the link to the White House video:
Non-rocket scientist nor climatologist Representative Bill Cassidy (R-LA) speculates: "It could be just a shift on the axis." REALLY Bill???
California Representative Dana Rohrbacher, also not surprisingly representing the RepubliTHIEF party informs us: "The ice caps are melting. Yeah! THEY'RE MELTING ON MARS, TOO!!!" Thanks for the info Dana.
West Virginia's pride and joy RepubliCON Representative David McKinley says: "Global warming is an issue that scientists are still debating and you know it and I know it!" Wah, wah, wah goes good ol' Dave as he loses the debate.
Florida's own baby-faced submission to the weak 2016 GOP field which will fall like a house made of playing cards, RepubliTHEIVING U.S Senator Marco Rubio offers us this insight: "Well... The climate is always changing.The question is whether man made activity is contributing to most of it." WOW Marco. Thank YOU for that! I didn't know it was still a question, since no serious scientific group disputes it. No meteorologist I've befriended or climate expert questions it any more. And since the data is clear about the past few decades and the prospects of dire consequences faster than predicted in the very near future. Thanks dude!
Marco Rubio getting into some hot water over a mere bottle of
An appropriate musical interlude for the ReupliCONS under
"They're Coming To Take Me Away"
This video reminds us that 240 RepubliTHIEVES in the pockets of oil execs in the House have actually voted that climate change is not only real, but that it is actually a HOAX--in other words a CONSPIRACY! WOW has this former political party become caricature of it's former self and a DANGER TO THE COMMUNITY--OF NATIONS!
IN RESPONSE TO THIS KIND OF IDIOCY, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNING AMERICAN PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HAS SAID: "OR WE CAN CHOOSE TO BELIEVE IN THE OVERWHELMING JUDGEMENT OF SCIENCE AND ACT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!"
Saturday, April 13, 2013
U2 Performs the tune that Bono,
friend of Gabby and Mark,
dedicated to Gabby at the end of each concert
following the tragedy in Tucson.
Former U.S. Representative and Gun Control Advocate
Gabrielle Dee Giffords.
A bit less than a year ago Commander Mark Kelly answered three of my questions in front of a New Haven audience, and had one surprising answer about his own future career plans. He reported Gabby continues to improve, spoke of their relationship and afterwards we had a nice conversation
Former AZ US Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a public district meeting with voters over on January 8, 2011 in a killing fest that killed 6 and injured 13. I had the chance to hear one half of an American couple I greatly admire, Mark Kelly (Gabby’s husband and a 4 time Space Shuttle veteran, including commanding the next to last Shuttle mission) speak at Southern CT State University on May 4th, 2012. I happen to believe that the enduring love affair between these two incredibly accomplished people, particularly since the Traumatic Brain Injury which compelled Gabby to step aside from her House seat and sit out this election (Mark indicated that she continued to make slow but very good medical strides) is one to be emulated. It seems as though their relationship has only grown stronger in spite of their travails since a fanatic carried out his mass murder, including a 9 year old girl, a staff member and friend of Gabby’s and a judge.
Mark Kelly in New Haven
After his inspirational speech about NASA, relationships and more, I asked in front of the audience of several hundred: “I’m going to try to compress several questions into one… Do you believe that, if her medical condition allows it, Gabby is interested in running for public office once again and would you ever consider a run for elective office yourself?” Captain Kelly indicated that Gabby IS interested in a future run but just ‘not this cycle’ (which I took as a VERY positive sign), and said, among other things regarding his own political future he “would never rule ANYTHING out.”
Mark Kelly in New Haven, note the brace on his arm
due to his prowess as a pole vaulter.
Following the event, I had the chance to meet Mark, and I 1) Encouraged both he and Gabby to run in the future; 2) Told him that I admire their durability as a couple and congratulated him saying that I consider him a relationship expert; and 3) Gave him a personal note to Gabby in which I encouraged them both to consider replacing such Arizonans as Jan Brewer and John McCain, offered my thanks for her service and prayers for her recovery. Mark read the note at my request, and promised to hand it to Gabby personally. When I criticized some of the Arizona incumbents to him privately, he laughed with great fervor. The poor quality of the photos at the New Haven event is partly due to the fact that I could only use my poor quality cell phone camera. The brace he is sporting in these photos on his arm is due to a pole vaulting accident (his daughter is a pole vaulter, and apparently Commander Kelly is NOT at all).
I’ve checked into Mark Kelly’s positions on political matters prior to the couple’s foray into gun control advocacy with their founding of Americans for Responsible Solutions, http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/, and it seems as though he is a bit to the left of the positions his wife took as a more or less conservative Democrat from a very conservative state while she served in the House. He supports investment in green technologies and jobs, he has advocated the election of other fairly progressive candidates, and he advocates policies to “strengthen Social Security and Medicare” on his Facebook page and is unimpressed with calls to change the COLA formula for Social Security. Gabby was asked by a CNN interviewer (Dana Bash) this week whether she would have been a supporter of the legislation before the Congress on gun control and she gave an emphatic “Yes!” even though she received high ratings from the NRA while in office. What matters is that both she and Kelly are now strong and effective advocates of background checks, an assault rifle ban and a ban on clips of 10 rounds or more so that slaughters as happened at Sandy Hook can’t be duplicated.
I asked Captain Kelly how he felt about the news coverage of the Tucson massacre, and he said that as he was flying from TX to AZ he made the mistake of turning on the television, and saw erroneous reports of Gabby’s death, which obviously panicked him to no end. He was particularly livid at Fox News Channel and did not mince words about his angst at the right wing network.
Kelly is a great public speaker and had his audience riveted in New Haven. He spoke glowingly and lovingly of Gabby, calling her an overachiever, unlike himself he said, and proudly spoke of her as a Fulbright Scholar. He had the audience laughing with such comments as “Just think of how impressed the aliens were when I told them I had been to earth 4 times” referring to his 4 space flights. He spoke about his time as a pilot for the Navy during the fighting over Kuwait and the terrifying process of landing jets on aircraft carriers telling the audience that as he approached the deck at breakneck speeds “I’m not very good at this” and the audience loved it. He said taking off in a space shuttle is like being a “butterfly on a bullet.” He clearly loved being in front of the audience, was relaxed, adept, and completely unscripted except for a message he read that was composed for the talk by Gabby. Interestingly and significantly he began his talk by saying “He comes in peace” and he spoke about liberal activist and U2 front man Bono’s call to the couple two weeks after the shooting and their friendship. He was particularly touched that Bono’s band was ending each of their concerts by playing their tune “Beautiful Day” and dedicating it to Gabby. He said his desk was decorated with a photo of Gabby with Bono.
Whacko Tea Party nut AZ Governor Jan Brewer cannot run again and her office is available in 2014 and Kelly is in a good position to run and likely the only Democrat who would win that office and be able to turn the state around after being decimated with Brewer’s brew of idiotic policy for the past few years. Additionally there are 5 Republicans in the US House and only 3 Democrats, and Gabby’s replacement in the House in their current home district is a former staffer and friend who was injured in the Tucson shootings and who may not be interested in another run or who would want to defer to Kelly. Given Gabby’s frustrating expressive capabilities due to her injuries, it is not very likely she’ll be able to run for office soon. However, I can think of nobody better able and qualified to help turn the political landscape in Arizona (dominated by whackos like Brewer and McCain) than Commander Mark Kelly, and I urge him to run for Governor in 2014 [if not for the US House]! He certainly has my endorsement for whatever that is worth.
At the end of their remarkable book published in November 2011 entitled Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, is the one chapter written in Gabby’s voice rather than Mark’s. Some excerpts:
“Lots of people died. Six wonderful people. So many people hurt. Always connected to them.
Long ways to go. Grateful to survive. It’s frustrating. Mentally hard. Hard work. I’m trying. Trying hard to get better. Regain what I’ve lost. Want to speak better.”
“I will get stronger. I will return.”
I am absolutely delighted to report that her words in 2011 were prophetic. Former U.S. Representative turned gun control advocate Gabrielle Dee Giffords is most certainly stronger and has returned and more! Thank YOU Gabby and Mark!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Mike and Cynthia McClelland
It seems clear now that three successful assassination attempts by Aryan prison gang members have taken 4 lives in Colorado and Texas. Colorado Prisons Director Tom Clements answered the door of his home last month and was shot dead. A recent Colorado prison parolee and member of an Aryan gang who was also found to have bomb-making materials in his car was engaged in a high speed chase not far from Dallas/Ft. Worth and was killed in a shootout just days after the assassination of the Colorado public official.
On January 31 Assistant District Attorney for Kaufman County, TX Mark Hasse was killed in the county which is in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area. This past Saturday night the bodies of chief District Attorney for Kaufman County Mike McClelland and his wife Cynthia were found in their home after friends had not heard from them for a day.
The likelihood that these three assassinations and the shooting death of Mrs. McClellan were due to racist prison gang members is being widely reported tonight, and in the case of the Colorado prison chief it is as near to absolute as can be. These killings highlight a clear and present danger in the United States. It is our ‘Criminal Justice System.’
To begin with the most recent statistics I could find show that 94% of federal cases are plea bargained and do not go to trial and even more at the state levels, in most states. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world (way beyond any dictatorship on earth)—in 2009 our prison population was 2,267,000 adults.
For a number of reasons my life has been intertwined with the criminal court and prison system in this country. I can tell you that in 4 out of 4 cases in which I was personally involved and the charges eventually dropped, one minor fact is that unless there are witnesses, nobody is read their Miranda Rights. That is a joke. So are the rights themselves. If you cannot afford an attorney and one is appointed for you; you might as well line up at the prosecutor’s door right away to cop your plea-guilty or not. You are not going to win your case.
Inside the prisons conditions are horrendous. The caveman revenge motive rules the system, and does NOT work, as the U.S. also has the highest recidivism rate in the world. But the punishment is not primarily meted out by the administrations of our prisons, but by the inmates themselves. Not only do virtually all state and federal prisons turn their head at gang membership, but they also sanction racial hatred with their willingness to allow it to be. Inmate beatings, stabbings, rapes and killings happen at an unknown level, because all but the most serious of offenses are not returned to the courts, but dealt with as administrative matters. What is evident is that prison yards across the country are allowed to be carved into gang territories, and the gangs are mostly based on ethnicity or race. The Florida Dept. of Corrections lists their major prison gangs as follows:
Black Guerrilla Family
La Nuestra Familia
All of these gangs are racially or ethnically based, and have established street franchises, rather than vice versa. In the inner cities very often what happens on the streets is dictated by gang leaders from inside the prisons.
Symbols of Hatred that the U.S. Criminal "Justice" System Inspires
The Nobel Peace Prize winning advocacy group for international human rights has consistently decried the American prison system. There is no doubt that it is one of the most abominable on earth. It not only breeds the kind of hatred that any Aryan ‘brotherhood’ or hate-based group can thrive upon. And what’s worse is that crime is actually exacerbated by the system because inmates come out angry and without resources to build a life and because the tentacles of the gangs inside the prisons are reaching far outside the prison system itself. Thinking outside of boxes is necessary, and giving up our knee-jerk caveman revenge motive which causes our country to believe this form of ‘punishment’ is justice will only help reduce violent crime, gang activity in and out of prisons and possibly create a more humane society altogether.
These assassinations of public officials bring a different dimension to the crisis of our criminal courts and prisons. PRISON AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM MUST BECOME AN AGENDA TOPIC FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR FAMILIES, THE COUNTRY AND THEIR KIDS’ FUTURES. IN THE WORDS OF THE SONG THAT INTRODUCED THIS PIECE “HELP US RAZE, RAZE THE PRISONS TO THE GROUND!”