Monday, July 29, 2013

Top Ten Biblical Ways to Murder Children

Top Ten Biblical Ways to Murder Children
God loves the children, except when he wants them dead.

1., Matthew 18:6 [Tie stones around their necks and drown them] If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

2., Lamentations 2:20 [Mothers should become cannibals and eat their daughters] Look, Lord, and consider: Whom have you ever treated like this? Should women eat their offspring, the children they have cared for? Should priest and prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?

3., Ezekiel 5:10 [Fathers should become cannibals and eat their sons] Therefore in your midst parents will eat their children, and children will eat their parents. I will inflict punishment on you and will scatter all your survivors to the winds.

4., Lamentations 4:4 [Starve them to death] Because of thirst the infant’s tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them.

5., Exodus 12:29 [Just kill them all dead and let god sort it out] At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well.

6., Deuteronomy 21:21 [Stone them to death, with actual stones not drugs] Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.

7., Joshua 10:36 [Go Spartacus on them and hack them to bits] Then Joshua and all Israel with him went up from Eglon to Hebron and attacked it.

8., Nahum 3:10 [Go full on Hulk and smash them to bits] Yet she was taken captive and went into exile. Her infants were dashed to pieces at every street corner. Lots were cast for her nobles, and all her great men were put in chains.

9., Revelations 2:23 [Just kill them with death?] I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

10., Deuteronomy 32:24 [Go full on chemical and biological warfare on their ass] I will send wasting famine against them, consuming pestilence and deadly plague; I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts, the venom of vipers that glide in the dust.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the atrocities against children in the bible. Nor is meant to gloss over similar atrocities in other religions. It is merely 10 easy to find examples of so-called "Christian Morality". So the next time some regressive politician starts spouting off about how the bible is against abortion [never mentions it] or gay marriage you will have a better idea of their starting point. In short if one actually tried to live by the bible, you would end up in prison in virtually every country outside of the middle eastern theocracies. They claim America is a "Christian Nation", well these are straight from the bible Christian values. Do we really want a country based on these barbaric values? The founding fathers didn't, neither should you.


Obama Throws the Book at Whistleblowers Yet Stops Extradition of Convicted CIA Kidnappers

Bradley Manning, a true American Patriot.

Bradley Manning may soon be sentenced to death for exposing America's many crimes and the worldwide collusion that went with it. Yet to this day not a single war criminal has been prosecuted in America. What is worse is that they are being shielded against extradition to NATO allies like Italy. Milan CIA Station chief Robert Seldon Lady, along with 23 other agents were convicted in Italian courts for the kidnapping and tourture of Italian citizens. Robert Seldon Lady, who was living in Panama was arrested at the request of Italian authorities and scheduled to be extradited on July 16, 2013. However the Obama administration interceded and he is now headed back to the US.

They Took My Job! Derp

Robots to replace low paid sign waviers.
Not even the crappiest jobs in America are safe these days.

Noam Chomsky Nails Consequences of NAFTA, GATT, and TPP Free Trade Agreements 20 Years Ago

An increase in domestic manufacturing output and a proportionally greater domestic investment in manufacturing does not necessarily mean an increase in domestic manufacturing jobs; this increase may simply reflect greater automation and higher productivity. Although the U.S. total civilian employment may have grown by almost 15 million in between 1993 and 2001, manufacturing jobs only increased by 476,000 in the same time period. Furthermore from 1994 to 2007, net manufacturing employment has declined by 3,654,000, and during this period several other free trade agreements have been concluded or expanded.

In 2000, U.S. government subsidies to the corn sector totaled $10.1 billion. These subsidies have led to charges of dumping, which jeopardizes Mexican farms and the country's food self-sufficiency.

Other studies reject NAFTA as the force responsible for depressing the incomes of poor corn farmers, citing the trend's existence more than a decade before NAFTA's existence, an increase in maize production after NAFTA went into effect in 1994, and the lack of a measurable impact on the price of Mexican corn due to subsidized corn coming into Mexico from the United States, though they agree that the abolition of U.S. agricultural subsidies would benefit Mexican farmers.[41] According to Graham Purchase in Anarchism and Environmental Survival, NAFTA could cause "the destruction of the ejidos (peasant cooperative village holdings) by corporate interests, and threatens to completely reverse the gains made by rural peoples in the Mexican Revolution."

The preparations for NAFTA included cancellation of Article 27 of Mexico's constitution, the cornerstone of Emiliano Zapata's revolution of 1910--1919. Under the historic Article 27, Indian communal landholdings were protected from sale or privatization. However, this barrier to investment was incompatible with NAFTA. With the removal of Article 27, Indian farmers feared the loss of their remaining lands, and also feared cheap imports (substitutes) from the US. Thus, the Zapatistas labeled NAFTA as a "death sentence" to Indian communities all over Mexico. Then EZLN declared war on the Mexican state on January 1, 1994, the day NAFTA came into force.

Video: Anonymous Freedom November 5th 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Video: Republican Response to Moral Monday Calls for Locking Up Queers and Says Al Sharpton is an "N"

Halfway through these two interviews at the Republican "Thankful Theocracy Tuesday" rally, one participant calls MSNBC host Al Sharpton  a 'fucking nigger' right after saying George Zimmerman isn't a racist. Next  NC State Rep. Larry Pittman calls for reinstating anti-Sodomy Laws to lock gays in jail because faggots makes god sick to his stomach. The best part in the entire video comes at the 2:58 minute mark. This where the same racist clown says he hates 'socialism', then Scott Burdick asks him "As a retired person are you on Social Security?" Idiot fails to see the irony and proudly replies "Yes I am".

The "Thankful Theocracy Tuesday" rally was the Republican response to the ten-weeks of "Moral Monday" protests against the N.C. Republican controlled legislator's recent legislative agenda.

Video source: Scott Burdick

Friday, July 26, 2013

NY Schenectady County Sheriff Caught on Security Camera Planting Crack in a Black Owned Smoke Shop They Later Raided

Police planting drugs and framing citizens should be a serious criminal offense and never happen in a working justice system, but it does. In the past it was rarely ever caught on camera. Store owner Donald Andrews however was well armed with 7 different security cameras. This proves once again how important it is to video every encounter you have with the authorities and why they will try to stop you with every made up excuse on the books.

Dominic A. Dagostino   Schenectady County Sheriff
Dominic A. Dagostino -  Schenectady County Sheriff

An undercover operative working for the Schenectady County and Scotia County police departments in Schenectady, New York was captured on film placing a small baggie on the counter of a smoke shop. Despite selling cigarettes, cigars, incense and other perfectly legal smoking paraphernalia, the counties’ police weren't having any of it. Claiming they became “suspicious” of an African-American owning a legitimate business, the county twice sent out the undercover operative to investigate.

On his second visit, the undercover operative can be seen in the video below placing crack on the store counter top. The operative returned to his superiors with photographic evidence of illegal drugs in the smoke shop which then led to the SWAT Team assault and arrest of businessman Donald Andrews. However once Andrews was able to provide the surveillance footage as proof of the setup, the tables turned.

The Schenectady County Sheriff, Dominic A. Dagostino says the undercover operative didn’t "follow proper procedures" [code for he got caught] and denies sending him in to frame Andrews despite the overwhelming forensic video evidence.

Here is the dox for Schenectady County Sheriff:

Address: 320 Veeder Ave, Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone: (518) 393-8300

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Amash NSA Amendment Fact Sheet

NSA Headquarters

Amash Amendment #100: Stop NSA’s Blanket Surveillance of Americans

On Wednesday, the House will have its first floor debate over NSA’s blanket collection of Americans’ telephone records. The Amash-Conyers amendment—and only the Amash-Conyers amendment—ends the indiscriminate collection of those records. The amendment limits the government’s collection of records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act to those records that pertain to a person who is subject to an investigation under that provision.

How Sec. 215 surveillance works

The Patriot Act’s Sec. 215 (50 U.S.C. § 1861) authorizes the government to collect “tangible things” that are “relevant” to an authorized national security investigation.

We now know that NSA used Sec. 215 to collect metadata on every phone call that every American has made, reportedly over the last seven years. That metadata includes numbers dialed, numbers of incoming calls, times of the calls, and routing information. Many Members who voted for the Patriot Act, including the past chairman of the law’s authorizing committee, have stated that NSA’s blanket surveillance program is far beyond what was intended in the law.

Pursuant to Sec. 215 and at the request of the government, the FISA court routinely enters 90-day orders to telecommunications providers like Verizon to turn over to the government all call detail records or “telephony metadata” for calls within the U.S., including purely local calls. The FISA court approves the procedures that the administration says it will impose on itself to limit its own access to the data.

The administration has not provided a public explanation as to how the telephone records of all Americans are “relevant” to a national security investigation. Similarly, Sec. 215 is silent as to how the government may use these records once it has obtained them.

What the Amash-Conyers amendment does

The Amash-Conyers amendment ends NSA’s blanket collection of Americans’ telephone records. It does this by requiring the FISA court under Sec. 215 to order the production of records that pertain only to a person under investigation.

The amendment has three important practical effects. First, it ends the mass surveillance of Americans. The government no longer is authorized under Sec. 215 to hold a pool of metadata on every phone call of every American. Second, the amendment permits the government to continue to acquire business records and other “tangible things” that areactually related to an authorized counterterrorism investigation. The government still has access to this tool under the amendment, but it’s forced to comply with the intent of Congress when it passed Sec. 215. Third, the amendment imposes more robust judicial oversight of NSA’s surveillance. The FISA court will be involved every time NSA searches Americans’ records, and the court will have a substantive, statutory standard to apply to make sure the NSA does not violate Americans’ civil liberties.

What steps would the government take to collect records if the Amash-Conyers amendment were enacted? The government would have to provide facts to the FISA court to show that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the records sought (1) are relevant to an appropriately authorized national security investigation and (2) pertain to the person (including any group or corporation) under investigation.

We know that the government can use that process effectively in its investigations because it already does. Based on the government’s public statements, it appears that the government routinely goes to the FISA court for Sec. 215 orders for tangible things pertaining to persons under investigation. If the government uses non-bulk collection for other Sec. 215 orders, there is no good reason why the government needs bulk collection of Americans’ telephone metadata.

What the Amash-Conyers amendment does NOT do

The amendment does not affect foreign surveillance. FISA simply does not apply to the surveillance of purely foreign communications. See 50 U.S.C. § 1802. FISA court orders under Sec. 215 cover local telephone calls (wholly within the U.S.) and calls between the U.S. and abroad. NSA’s Sec. 215 phone surveillance program covers only calls in which at least one side is in the U.S.

The amendment does not restrict the types of records that the government can collect under Sec. 215. NSA and the FBI can continue to collect telephone records, car rental reservations, hotel receipts, and any other “tangible thing” under Sec. 215. NSA can continue to collect telephone metadata without a warrant and without probable cause that a crime or other statutory violation has been committed. The amendment simply requires that there be a reasonable connection between the documents sought and the person under investigation.

The amendment does not take away a tool that has proved effective in the fight against terrorism. The administration claims that surveillance conducted under FISA Sec. 702, including the PRISM program, has disrupted terrorist plots, including the New York subway plot. The Amash-Conyers amendment does not address FISA Sec. 702 in any way. The amendment concerns Patriot Act Sec. 215 alone, not Sec. 702. The administration’s one and only public example of a Sec. 215 “success” is the conviction of a taxi driver for sending money to a Somali group. Reports suggest that the Somali group posed no direct threat to the U.S., the investigation did not uncover an imminent threat, and the data could have been obtained without Sec. 215. For that “success,” the government has collected billions of Americans’ records.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

1920's Eugenics Poster Echos Today's GOP Talking Points

Regressives [aka Conservatives], wrong then, wrong now.
Conservatives, still wrong after all these years.

This U.S. eugenics poster advocates for the removal of genetic "defectives" such as the insane, "feeble-minded" and criminals, and supporting the selective breeding of "high-grade" individuals, circa 1926. 

Today the wording has changed but the regressive song remains the same:
Poor people are not poor because of a corrupt or rigged system, they are poor because they have it too good on welfare and are too lazy to work.
Back then the solution was to keep 'undesirables' from having kids. Today the solution is to kill them off with poverty and the lack of healthcare. In 2012, the GOP election talking point was that America is made up of makers and takers. Mitt Romney famously said in a hidden camera video that 47% of Americans don't pay any taxes. Tea Party members in congress continue to make the claim that we have high unemployment because people have it too good on welfare. All these talking points echo the 1926 American Eugenics movement's slogan: "Some people are born to be a burden on the rest of us". It is said that those that fail to learn history's lessons are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. If true this would account for regressive conservatives war on public education and science.

2013 Green Party US Annual National Meeting Schedule

Green Party of America

Times and locations of certain events are subject to revision. See for updates.

Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N Madison St  Iowa City, IA 52242
Old Capitol Museum, 21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
Trumpet Blossom,  310 E. Prentiss St., Iowa City, IA

Silent Auction - Nebraska Room (Friday & Saturday)
Press Conferences - River Room #1
Media Room - Michigan State Room
Tabling - Nebraska Room

"ARTvism" - Display of Activist Artwork in and near the Nebraska Room
Bicycle Art "“Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag - Native Kids Ride BIkes" - Black Box Theatre, Third Floor IMU

Thursday, July 25

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Registration Open

12:15 - 1:30 pm - Lunch on Your Own

1:30 - 3:00 pm - Workshop session #1 - Iowa Memorial Union
Indiana Room 346 - Racial Equity Workshop
Michigan Room 351 - Developing a Campaign Support Network
Ohio State Room 343 - How to use Google Docs, Titan Pad, and other online tools for your GP work
Nebraska State Room 335 - 501s, 527s, PACs, and Other Four-letter Words: GPUS's Relationship With Party-Aligned Independent Political Advocacy Groups by Brian Bittner

3:00-3:30 - Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm - Workshop session #2 - Iowa Memorial Union
Indiana Room 346 - Racial Equity Workshop
Michigan Room 351 - Developing a Campaign Support Network
Nebraska Room 335 - Shifting the economic paradigm by Howard Switzer
Ohio State Room 343 - How To Put On An Event by Karen Young
Penn State Room 337 - A Theory For The Greens? by William Kreml

5:00-6:30 pm - Committee & Caucus Meetings

5:00-7:00 pm - Dinner on Your Own

5:00-7:00 pm -
Racial Equity Workshop Group Dinner at local restaurant TBA
CCC Group Dinner at local restaurant TBA

7:00 pm - Panel: Getting Green Policy Enacted (Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber)
  • Francis Thicke - National Organic Standards Board
  • Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg
  • Iowa State Rep. Mary Masher
  • Frank Cownie (invited) Mayor of Des Moines
  • Moderator: Wendy Barth, Co-Chair Iowa Green Party

Friday, July 26

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Registration Open

9:00 - 10:30 am - Workshop session #3 - Iowa Memorial Union
Indiana Room 346 - Racial Equity Workshop
Michigan Room 351 - Green Party Campaign School: How to Run a People’s Campaign
Illinois Room 348 - The Militarization of America: At What Cost? by Bahram Zandi
Ohio State Room 343 - Organizing a Statewide Petition Drive by Tom Yager & Audrey Clement
Penn State Room 337 - Knowing and Using Your Resources by AJ Segneri

10:30-11:00 - Break

11:00 - 12:30 pm - Workshop session #4 - Iowa Memorial Union
Indiana Room 346 - Racial Equity Workshop
Michigan Room 351 - Green Party Campaign School: How to Run a People’s Campaign
Illinois Room 348 - U.S. Green Party's Foreign Policy and the National Interest by John Rensenbrink
Ohio State Room 343 - How To Chair A Committee by Karen Young
Penn State Room 337 - Politics Is A Contact Sport: How to Relate Sports To Political Campaigns by AJ Segneri

12:30 - 2:00 pm - Lunch on Your Own

12:30 - 2:00 pm - Committee & Caucus Meetings over lunch in cafeteria
Diversity Committee in the cafeteria

2:00-5:30 pm - NC Business Meeting (IMU Ballroom)
2:00-3:30 -- Open Meeting / Introductions / Staff Reports
3:30-4:00 -- Steering Committee candidate speeches
4:00-5:30 -- Presidential Debrief

2:00-3:30 pm - Workshop session #5 (For Local/non-NC audience) - Iowa Memorial Union
Michigan Room 351 - Green Party Campaign School: How to Run a People’s Campaign
Illinois Room 348 - Historical Voting Rights Civil War Sesquicentennial Lecture by Asa Gordon
Ohio State Room 343 - Utilizing the GPUS online Forums (looking for presenter)

3:30-3:45 - Break

3:45-5:15 pm - Workshop session #6 (For Local/non-NC audience) - Iowa Memorial Union
Michigan Room 351 - Green Party Campaign School: How to Run a People’s Campaign
Ohio State Room 343 - Building the Party by Allan Hancock
Illinois Room 348 - Palestine Online by Yaser AbuDagga

4:30-5:00 pm - Local Peace vigil

5:15 pm - Special Global Greens presentation via Skype (details TBA)  IMU Ballroom

5:45-8:30 pm - Committee & Caucus Meetings and/or Dinner on Your Own

8:30 pm - Film screening: 5 Broken Cameras - Iowa Memorial Union Nebraska Room 335

Saturday, July 27

All day - Registration

Saturday events at the public library are free and open to the public.  Persons wanting to order lunch may purchase one for $15, or bring their own.

9:00 - 10:45 am - NC Business Meeting (Library)  
9:00-9:45 -- Finance/Fund Comm presentations
9:45-10:00 -- break
10:00-10:45 -- Finance/Fund Comm presentations

9:00 - 10:30 am - Workshop session #7 - Iowa Memorial Union
Illinois Room 348 - MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN - How the Fight Against a Toxic Landfill Became an Award-Winning Book! by Corina Vacco
Penn State Room 343 - Gaining Ground in Local Elections: A Labor Perspective by Tom Yates

10:30-11:00 - Break

Saturday events at the public library are free and open to the public.  Persons wanting to order lunch may purchase one for $15, or bring their own.

11:00-12:30 pm - Panel of Elected Greens (Library)  (Open to Public)
Cameron Gordon - Minneapolis City Council
Ron Hardy - Oshkosh Sustainability Advisory Board
Ray Meyer - Chariton City Council and Lucas County Hospital Board
Jesse Townley - Rent Control Board
Anna Trevarrow - Portland, ME Charter Commission
Steve Alesch - Warrenville Park District
Sandy Lezon - Warrenville Library Board
Jessica Bradshaw - Carbondale City Council

12:30 - 2:00 pm - Lunch with Keynote Speaker Jill Stein address at 1:00 pm (Library)  (Open to Public)  $15 ticket for lunch

2:15-6:00 pm - NC Plenary (Library)
2:15-3:15 -- Committee Reports
3:15-3:30 -- break
3:30-4:15 -- Strategic Plan presentation & Q&A
4:15-4:30 -- Transition to Breakouts
4:30-6:00 -- Breakouts
2:00 - 3:30 pm - Workshop session #8 - Iowa Memorial Union
Illinois Room 348 - Proportional Representation by Drew Spencer  
Ohio State Room 343 - Move To Amend: Abolish Corporate Personhood by David Cobb

3:30-4:00 pm - Break

4:00-5:30 pm - Workshop session #9 - Iowa Memorial Union
Nebraska Room 335 - 501s, 527s, PACs, and Other Four-letter Words: GPUS's Relationship With Party-Aligned Independent Political Advocacy Groups by Brian Bittner
Ohio State Room 343 - Green Party in American Government classes by Ted Pfeiff

5:30/6:00-7:00 pm - Time on Your Own (Dinner served at evening fundraiser)

6:00-7:00 pm - Committee & Caucus Meetings over dinner
Young Greens meeting (Trumpet Blossom patio)

7:00 pm - Local Fundraising Event at Trumpet Blossom, 310 E. Prentiss St., Iowa City, IA.
$25 ticket which includes dinner

Sunday, July 26

9:00 - 12:30 pm - NC Business Meeting (IMU - Nebraska Room 337)
9:00-9:30 -- Wrap-up and moving forward
9:30-10:30 -- Report back from Strategic Planning Breakouts
10:30-10:45 -- Break
10:45-12:30 -- Strategy and committee work

12:30 - 1:30 pm - Lunch on your own

2:00 - 6:00 pm -- Steering Committee Meeting (Nebraska Room 337)

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