There is no sense in this situation coming to this – there were options which could have been done long before today.
There is no sense in this situation coming to this – there were options which could have been done long before today.
Mubarak, his wife and two sons were able to also accumulate wealth through a number of business partnerships with foreigners, said Christopher Davidson, professor of Middle East Politics at Durham University in England. He said Egyptian law requires that foreigners give a local business partner a 51 percent stake in most ventures.
Experts say the wealth of the Mubarak family was built largely from military contracts during his days as an air force officer. He eventually diversified his investments through his family when he became president in 1981. The family’s net worth ranges from $40 billion to $70 billion, by some estimates.
I’m listening to Suleiman’s threats right now upon whoever “pushed” them to demonstrations on Tahrir Square among about thirty minutes of his efforts to baffle people with parliamentary concepts about how it would all have to be done for anything to be done one bit differently. He is expressing how they are convinced that the “youth” were infiltrated and those must be found that pushed them into demonstrating at Tahrir Square. It is a conspiracy in his mind.
I’m telling you – that man is psychotic, armed and living in a delusional state with the rest of their leaders in the isolated wealthy cocoon of Louis the XIV furniture where they are sitting. And, they are continuing to make really, really bad choices, threats to be more abusive and horrific – even sitting right there in this interview right this very minute being broadcast on CNN. He is making every effort to say what they will do to “crackdown” right this minute and going forward . . .
When does it stop?
What does it take to stop people like that before they do any more harm, maim anyone else, or kill any more people? What does it take to stop them from torturing any more people?
And, he is lying on top of everything else –
Vodafone Group Plc was ordered to send mobile-phone text messages by the Egyptian government, urging people to confront “traitors and criminals” as demonstrators demanded the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
By Jonathan Browning – Feb 3, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
The messages were not written by the mobile-phone operators, it said.
“The Armed Forces urge Egypt’s loyal men to confront the traitors and the criminals and to protect our families, our honor and our precious Egypt,” said a Feb. 1 text message sent on Vodafone’s network and obtained by Bloomberg News.
The world’s biggest mobile-phone operator has protested to the authorities that the current situation is “unacceptable,” Vodafone said.
My note –
So, did they not understand that the world would find out that they did that?
Obviously, the ones dangerous to the youth of Egypt and to the rest of the world as well – are Mr. Suleiman and Mr. Mubarak and their government buddies who sent people to beat those families, youth, children and men to death.
That brutality was watched by the world. And, it is apparent that while Egyptians are unemployed and standing in lines to get bread – these men are wealthy from the resources they have pilfered from their nation.
They should have to live in the jails where they have been putting people and torturing them.
And, if they couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything different in the last thirty years – why would anyone believe they would do any such thing now?
After listening to Suleiman throughout the entire interview – I’m sure of it, he is psychotic.
And, if you don’t believe me – listen back through it. That man is out of touch with the reality of what has happened and still believes it follows the rules from 1950, applies to the ways of things people will put up with from 1910 and that no one in the world is watching as he is apparently used to enjoying.
In isolation, he could’ve gotten away with this stuff – but now it is not that way.
I watched a news story with people in a cafe across on the other side of the Nile River from the protests and there were people well dressed, sitting in a cafe drinking coffee as if not a thing was wrong anywhere in the world. Well, if that is Egypt and it is – them Mr. Mubarak and Mr. Suleiman are not dealing with some backwards population with no understanding of the greater world of today.
They ought to know better.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Federal prosecutors have ratcheted up their pursuit of two former Pennsylvania judges accused of taking $2.8 million in kickbacks to place youth offenders in private detention centers.
[. . . ]
The indictment accused Ciavarella and Conahan of extorting kickbacks from the former co-owner of PA Child Care LLC and its sister facility, Western PA Child Care.
Conahan shut down Luzerne County’s existing juvenile detention facility in 2002, saying it was unsafe. In 2004, the county entered a 20-year, $58 million agreement with PA Child Care to lease its new Pittston Township facility.
The indictment said that Ciavarella, as juvenile court judge, sent youths to PA Child Care and later to its sister facility while he was accepting payments. To keep the prison beds full, Ciavarella routinely deprived young defendants of their right to counsel, ordered juveniles into detention even when probation officers didn’t recommend it, and pressured probation officials to change their recommendations, the indictment said.
[ . . . ]
Former PA Child Care owner Robert Powell, a lawyer, pleaded guilty July 1 to paying kickbacks to the judges. Prominent construction company owner Robert K. Mericle, who built the detention centers, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of withholding information on a crime.
(from Associated Press)
[And, there’s the US health care system / prison for private profit / mental health and “behavioral” health modification systems / pharmaceutical based cooperation cocktails for behavior modification systems at work as it has been for the last thirty years – and they want to make that more pervasive, rather than less, rather than fixing it, rather than making it right? Apparently.]
My Note –
I listened to the President and the Congressional address about health care last night at least three times to hear it all. I listened to it carefully and it is obvious that both the President and the Legislature are overstepping the bounds of their authority. But, apparently –
They plan to extort a required tax against every living, breathing citizen of the United States, exempting illegal immigrants of course who gets to keep all of the money they make here. And, that tax will be put into the profit glut of every insurance company in America – that’s what it means to require every citizen to have health insurance. It denies the freedom of choice, it is unfair taxation going into private hands, it is illegal and it will require each and every citizen, business and child born into this country to pay to be alive in the United States of America.
At the same time, doctors and hospitals and pharmaceutical companies will be exempt from accountability when their all too typical malpractice occurs. And yet, we all must be registered with some health care insurance provider and pay each month for each member of our families, our children, ourselves and our businesses to be covered by their services without recourse, simply because we are alive and citizens of the United States. They may as well have just taken 50% of everyone’s income off the top in the first place and provided something in return for it. That would be less than the percentage we are paying now, to get virtually nothing but corruption and Nazi Germany style oppressions and tyrannies across virtually every state and every administration regardless of political party.
It seemed a little off to me that, the people in politics whose funding comes directly from the big insurance companies, health industries and pharmaceutical companies, would be pursuing “health care reform.” Well, now it is obvious that there is no reform in it. The only pursuit they have been making is to charge a tax per head extorted from the freedoms of our citizenship here in order to line the pockets of their campaign contributors.
Now, when any person gives birth to a child in the United States of America, they will be registered and stamped for citizenship with a required registration to a health insurance provider which will legally require those parents and that individual to pay to those insurance revenue streams for every day that they are alive in the United States of America or elsewhere as long as their membership as a citizen of the US is maintained.
And, there will be no recourse against a health system, doctors and industries that have been pervasively known for causing more harm than good on a regular basis, so consistently, in fact as to be unimaginable. Every day across America, health care industry professionals cause harms which were preventable and inexcusable. Nothing in this bill fixes that. The members of Congress and the Administration have no intention of fixing that.
Apparently, their only intention was to jeopardize our freedoms, our rights, our inalienable rights, our basis of freedom and our basis of citizenship. Also, apparently they don’t like the limitations of their power guaranteed by the Constitution to prevent their overstepping the bounds of that oath of office they took. It certainly overstepped those bounds when they decided to impose a privately profitable “tax” called “health care insurance” on every citizen and every business by virtue of their existence.
And then, it begs the question – just as with auto insurance which is required of every vehicle and driver but is no more than a tax on the right to drive in a world that demands personal transportation in order to work, to have a business, or to make a living – what happens when people don’t have the money to continue paying those health insurance premiums? Then do they lose the right of citizenship in the United States, despite being born here, taken the oath of citizenship here, being a consummated and valuable member of the citizens of the United States and despite being guaranteed that citizenship by the Constitution?
Will that be done in the same way the car insurance companies send license and personal information to the State Office of No Insurance to legally dismiss our drivers’ license, as is done now? Will they take away the rights to our own children and to our own citizenship, beyond what they’ve already been doing in that arena through health and human services / social services, simply because they are born without the required registrations and payments to the health insurance industries and we failed to “sign them up for it” and remit those payments to them?
How about this – what if we directly and immediately take to task those insurance companies as we should’ve done in the first place. They are the ones who have driven up the costs of health care beyond all measure. They are the ones who have tolerated shoddy health services, malpractice, incompetence, dispassionately destroyed the health of people for profit motives, paid themselves like kings and lobbied to get out of any accountability to the public and their customers. They are the ones that need to be changed. We sure don’t need to keep paying them to continue slaughtering us. They’ve done enough damage for several lifetimes and now they intend to further that profit machine to serve their own interests to an even greater and more oppressive extent. They are inherently evil – why give them even one more dime to use to do more damage?
– cricketdiane, 09-10-09
And, oh by the way, they plan on robbing over $500 Billion dollars from the social security system, Medicare and Medicaid funds that we have all paid into the government trusts for it, under the guise of this “health care reform.” That isn’t their money and is not free money, but every time they can find an excuse to get their hands on it – even paying the interest on the national debt out of it – there they go without anyone saying a word. And they are doing it again. It was written into the first bill and it will be found in the second one that will come to vote. Neither Congress nor the office of the President has any right given to them by the Constitution and by our laws, to levy a tax against every citizen for the right to be alive. And neither do they have the power offered to them which legislates health care to every person under their jurisdiction. It denies the fundamental rights and freedoms we are guaranteed.
Looking at how easily those judges in the story above, denied the rights and opportunities of those who were to be protected by them and did so with no more conscience about right and wrong than their insatiable desire for money could offer, I am horrified at the thought that more of that kind of power would be put into the hands of judges, insurance companies, government agency officials, states, health care businesses, prison for profit businesses, mental health agencies and industries or pharmaceutical companies / lawyers / academics / legislatures / state agencies / health and human services / hospitals / or in fact, anybody.
For the same reason that Congress could not legislate the salaries or bonuses of bankers and financiers, nor could limit or restrict them legally – they also cannot legally legislate health care. It is outside the authority of the President and the Congress, which constitutes a taking and assuming powers that do not legally belong to them. Anything they do in that process by exceeding their bounds of authority and doing it in that way will contest the foundation of authority they have been granted and break the validity of the legal and consensual premise of that authority.
It is a shame that so many shed their blood and gave their lives to insure our democracy, freedoms, individual rights and noble ideals when the real enemies of those tenets were in our businesses and seated in our own government all along, both of whom were so quick to disregard them, and found it painlessly easy to disavow the importance of those core foundations, then undermine them as a possibility guaranteed to everyone or, in fact, to anyone.
Medical malpractice cases from one law firm – these aren’t small negligence cases that are being pursued – it is obscene how far the health care system and health care industries have strayed away from offering health –
A 2004 study of medical malpractice claims in the United States examining primary care malpractice found that though incidence of negligence in hospitals produced a greater proportion of severe outcomes, the total number of errors and deaths due to errors were greater for outpatient settings. No single medical condition was associated with more than five percent of all negligence claims, and one-third of all claims were the result of misdiagnosis.
A recent study by Healthgrades found that an average of 195,000 hospital deaths in each of the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 in the U.S. were due to potentially preventable medical errors. Researchers examined 37 million patient records and applied the mortality and economic impact models developed by Dr. Chunliu Zhan and Dr. Marlene R. Miller in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in October 2003. The Zhan and Miller study supported the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 1999 report conclusion, which found that medical errors caused up to 98,000 deaths annually and should be considered a national epidemic. Some researchers questioned the accuracy of the 1999 IOM study, reporting both significant subjectivity in determining which deaths were “avoidable” or due to medical error and an erroneous assumption that 100% of patients would have survived if optimal care had been provided. A 2001 study in JAMA estimated that only 1 in 10,000 patients admitted to the hospital would have lived for 3 months or more had “optimal” care been provided.
A 2006 follow-up to the 1999 Institute of Medicine study found that medication errors are among the most common medical mistakes, harming at least 1.5 million people every year. According to the study, 400,000 preventable drug-related injuries occur each year in hospitals, 800,000 in long-term care settings, and roughly 530,000 among Medicare recipients in outpatient clinics. The report stated that these are likely to be conservative estimates. In 2000 alone, the extra medical costs incurred by preventable drug related injuries approximated $887 million – and the study looked only at injuries sustained by Medicare recipients, a subset of clinic visitors. None of these figures take into account lost wages and productivity or other costs.
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Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient. Standards and regulations for medical malpractice vary by country and jurisdiction within countries.
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In the U.S., medical errors are estimated to result in 44,000 to 98,000 unnecessary deaths and 1,000,000 excess injuries each year. One older extrapolation suggests ‘180,000 people die each year partly as a result of iatrogenic injury, the equivalent of three jumbo-jet crashes every 2 days’. It is estimated that in a typical 100 to 300 bed hospital in the United States, excess costs of $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 attributable to prolonged stays and complications just due to medication errors occur yearly.
However, medical error definitions are subject to debate, as there are many types of medical error from minor to major, and causality is often poorly determined. The Health Grades study statistics, based on AHRQ MedPAR data, were based on administrative records, not clinical records, and largely overlooked multi-causality of outcomes.
Medical care is frequently compared adversely to aviation: while many of the factors which lead to errors in both fields are similar, aviation’s error management protocols are regarded as much more effective.
Experts estimate that as many as 98,000 people die in any given year from medical errors that occur in hospitals. That’s more than die from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS–three causes that receive far more public attention. Indeed, more people die annually from medication errors than from workplace injuries. Add the financial cost to the human tragedy, and medical error easily rises to the top ranks of urgent, widespread public problems.
In 2000, The Institute of Medicine released “To Err Is Human”, which asserts that the problem in medical errors is not bad people in health care–it is that good people are working in bad systems that need to be made safer.
My Note –
In medical journals and other statistical analysis portals / academics / study / dissemination – the terms can be Iatrogenesis, as above, or medical error, or pharmaceutical error or who knows how many other things. It seems to be divided up rather than placed in the same category by the same terms where an overview of the problem and of the pervasiveness of the problems would be self-evident.
An adverse drug reaction (abbreviated ADR) is an expression that describes harm associated with the use of given medications at a normal dose. The meaning of this expression differs from the meaning of “side effect”, as this last expression might also imply that the effects can be beneficial. The study of ADRs is the concern of the field known as pharmacovigilance.
ADRs may be classified by e.g. cause and severity.
Severity is a point on an arbitrary scale of intensity of the adverse event in question. The terms “severe” and “serious” when applied to adverse events are technically very different. They are easily confused but can not be used interchangeably, require care in usage.
A headache is severe, if it causes intense pain. There are scales like “visual analog scale” that help us assess the severity. On the other hand, a headache can hardly ever be serious, unless it also satisfies the criteria for seriousness listed above.
Adverse effects may be local, i.e. limited to a certain location, or systemic, where a medication has caused adverse effects throughout the systemic circulation.
As research better explains the biochemistry of drug use, fewer ADRs are Type B and more are Type A. Common mechanisms are:
Many countries have official bodies that monitor drug safety and reactions. On an international level, the WHO runs the Uppsala Monitoring Centre, and the European Union runs the European Medicines Agency (EMEA). In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for monitoring post-marketing studies.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008; 12:00 AM
TUESDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) — From 2004 through 2006, patient safety errors resulted in 238,337 potentially preventable deaths of U.S. Medicare patients and cost the Medicare program $8.8 billion, according to the fifth annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study.
Of the 270,491 deaths that occurred among patients who experienced one or more patient safety incidents, 238,337 were potentially preventable, the researchers said.If all hospitals performed at the level of the top-ranked hospitals, about 220,106 patient safety incidents and 37,214 patient deaths could have been avoided, and about $2 billion could have been saved.
[ . . . ]
Starting Oct. 1, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will stop reimbursing hospitals for the treatment of eight major preventable errors, including objects left in the body after surgery and certain kinds of post-surgical infections.
My Note –
The health care reform being legislated currently only includes preventing people from suing doctors, hospitals, pharmaceuticals and to legally require every citizen to have health insurance which amounts to a tax per head levied and extorted from every American in order to exist anywhere in this country. Not only is it not going to solve the health care crisis in this country, it will continue to contribute to the problems we already endure and allow them to get worse. Medicine and profits are not compatible by any sensibilities of conscience and good health.
– cricketdiane, 09-13-09
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1. Read the papers before signing them.
2. Ask the dumb questions that make it obvious you don’t know.
3. Ask the same dumb questions of everybody, especially specialists and attorneys who would know what it actually means, until you understand it.
4. Look it up, but don’t expect that to make any sense of it until you can form the right questions to ask using the right words to convey what you are asking.
5. Expect to communicate poorly until the basic principles start to gel in your mind – but keep trying until you get the communication right.
6. Don’t expect anybody to believe you know anything about anything – it won’t be about that anyway. It will be about someone else proving they know more than you do – so let them.
7. Learning is the one thing that can’t be fudged, it can’t be cooked to appear to be what it isn’t. The skills of learning are yours simply by applying them.
8. If you know a lot about something – remember this: you can’t now, nor ever know everything about it. There will always be more to remember than you have ever thought to ask about it and there will always be more to learn about any one thing than what you’ve ever considered about it.
9. There will always, always, always be times that appear to be complicated which are indeed complicated. It is the magic of being alive as a human being that the capacity exists within each of us to challenge the reality before us and apply ourselves to it despite its complexity and difficulty.
10. Whatever can be learned, can be mastered and there will still be more to know and to learn about it. There will always be ways to apply new ideas and new information and new processes and new paradigms to that mastery.
11. If you ask, the only fool is the one who pretended to know and didn’t – not you or me for accepting the limitations of knowledge and sought to know more.
12. Living is not a game, not a premise easily dismissed and not a practice session for something else. It is lived in the now with all the fullness and depth of the entire universe available. It doesn’t matter what people think about that – living is intrinsically powerful by virtue of itself regardless of anything else. What you do with it is up to you.
– cricketdiane, 08-07-09
Adding 2 plus 2 to get 8,633,000,000 –
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My Note – A little about this year’s poisoning of horses (real life in America, and I should’ve put the story about the Holocaust survivor that was strangled, beat and killed in his home – 90 years old, survived horrors of prison camps in Hitler’s version of Germany, and this is what America gives him in his final years, unbelievable) and below that, what the current uses of the “Patriot Act” and Homeland Security are doing to a 43-year old UK man who has a form of autism and is brilliant in spite of it –
* At least 20 horses were deliberately poisoned on farm, authorities say
* Toxic oleander leaves were found with apples, carrots in horses’ stalls
* No word yet on possible motive or sickened horses’ prognosis
updated 8:00 a.m. EDT, Sat August 1, 2009
(CNN) — More than 20 horses became ill when they were intentionally poisoned with toxic leaves in southern California this week, authorities said Friday.
These oleander bush leaves, toxic to horses, were found in a San Diego, California, stable.
An exact number of horses sickened was unclear, but officials believe they were more than 20. The animals, whose prognosis was not known, were under the care of veterinarians.
An investigation is under way.
[And from April of this year – ]
Polo horses may have been poisoned
Twenty-one ponies who mysteriously died as they were being prepared for a major match in Florida are likely to have been poisoned, vets believe.
By Tom Leonard in New York
Published: 6:38PM BST 20 Apr 2009
A horrified crowd at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington watched in silence on Sunday as vets tried desperately to save the animals after they collapsed or became dizzy as they were led out of their trailers.
The team is owned by Victor Vargas, a Venezuelan businessman, close confidant of Hugo Chavez and one of the richest men in South America.
Vets at the scene, who inserted intravenous tubes and tried to cool them down with fans and water, said the horses suffered pulmonary edema, an accumulation of fluid in their lungs, and heart failure.
They had high temperatures and were disoriented but felt no pain.
The as yet unidentified toxin could have been in tainted food, vitamins or dietary supplements, or some combination of all three that caused a toxic reaction, said Scott Swerdin, a vet who treated the horses.
James Belden, a local vet who worked for the team, Lechuza Caracas, said it was a clear case of “some sort of poison” and played down the possibity of steroid abuse.
[ . . . ]
John Wash, president of club operations for the International Polo Club Palm Beach, said the polo teams were told by veterinary officials that whatever killed the horses wasn’t airborne or contagious.
“It won’t just be the polo scene in Wellington, I think it will affect the polo scene worldwide,” Mr Wash said.
“In polo’s history there’s never been an incident like this that anybody can remember. This was a tragic issue on the magnitude of losing a basketball team in an aeroplane crash.”
40 MPs in plea to Barack Obama over computer hacker Gary McKinnon
More than 40 MPs have issued a highly unusual direct plea to the Barack Obama urging him to halt the “shameful” extradition of a British computer hacker to the United States.
By John Bingham and Christopher Hope
Published: 8:00AM BST 01 Aug 2009
Gary McKinnon: British judges agree to more extraditions than US counterparts British computer hacker Gary McKinnon suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism Photo: AP
David Cameron, the Conservative leader, also threw his weight behind a campaign against plans to send Gary McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, for trial in the US accused of breaking into sensitive military networks.
It came as the 43-year-old lost an eleventh hour High Court challenge to the move claiming that it would worsen his condition and represent “inhuman” treatment.
In a letter, seen by The Daily Telegraph, a group of MPs urged Mr Obama to halt the extradition arguing that “most reasonable individuals” would view it as disproportionate given his mental state.
[ . . . ]
Mr McKinnon, described by his own legal team as an eccentric, claims that he was merely searching for evidence of UFOs when he hacked into almost 100 US government computers from his bedroom in north London shortly after the September 11 attacks of 2001.
Although his extradition has already been agreed after a lengthy legal process, he launched a last-minute High Court challenge attempting to force the Home Secretary to block the move earlier this year.
His lawyers also challenged the decision by Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, not to sanction a trial in this country – something which would preclude extradition.
The lawyers argued that sending him for trial in the US, despite his mental condition and with the prospect of up to 60 years in prison if found guilty, would breach his human rights.
But despite accepting that extradition to the US could cause Mr McKinnon’s mental health to deteriorate and even worsen the risk of suicide, two senior judges ruled that it did not represent a “inhuman or degrading treatment”.
[ . . . ]
Forty MPs including Michael Ancram, Sir Patrick Cormack and Peter Bottomley signed the letter, organised by the Conservative member Angela Browning who is Vice President of the National Autistic Society.
Sir Menzies Campbell, the former Former Liberal Democrat leader, Chris Grayling, the shadow Home Secretary, and Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, also spoke out against the extradition.
Karen Todner, Mr McKinnon’s solicitor, said: “I have today sent a letter to President Barack Obama signed by 40 members of a cross parliamentary group of MPs asking him to step in to bring this shameful episode to an end. It is a sad state of affairs if this Government cannot protect our most vulnerable citizens.”
Any Supreme Court case is not thought likely to be heard until next spring, in the run-up to the expected general election.
[ . . . ]
Mr Cameron said: “Gary McKinnon is a vulnerable young man and I see no compassion in sending him thousands of miles away from his home and loved ones to face trial.”
Speaking on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice Mrs Sharp described the attempt to extradite her son as a “disgrace”.
“I’m desperately trying to get through to Obama,” she said. “This is from the Bush era … it is not of Obama, he would not want this to happen.”
My Note –
Is That the best they can do with our money – to process and prosecute someone who is obviously not a terrorist, didn’t intend harm and was capable of getting into secure computer databases of our government. They ought to be hiring him instead of prosecuting and persecuting Gary McKinnon – he’s obviously brilliant and we need his expertise, and so does the government of the UK and Interpol and the European Parliaments’ cybersecurity forces.
What are they thinking to bring this man to the United States away from all that he knows and subject him to sitting in a jail cell through the fall and Christmas, locked away from everyone he knows in the abusive environments of our prison system? Why in the hell would anybody do such a thing given that what he did hacking into the government agency computer networks took a brilliant ability that we so desperately need?
How dare anyone destroy that brilliance, genius and level of knowledge when it caused no harm, was not intended to cause harm and was in no way related to terrorism, nor to a terrorist act? Then, to sit him in our jails until Spring of whenever without a due recourse because the bureaucracy of the Republican Party’s Bush Administration is still in unfettered tyranny? Are you kidding me – what kind of people would do this and get it so backwards when we are desperate to have people exactly like this man help us in our intelligence and cyber security fields? If they do this to him, there is nothing worth saving in America because there is apparently too much wrong with it to fix . . .
The United States of America has no business acting like a senseless bunch of Gestapo bastards without the insight or good judgment of a rock. It is a waste of time, effort and resources along with the fact that no good comes of it and it undermines the very foundation of our nation’s premise.
– cricketdiane, 08-01-09
Title – (this is not a sentence, it is a paragraph for a title – sorry about that),
US – Republican Administration Policies continue unabated, unhindered, and without regard, using their “conservative thinktank” policies to impose and define America with Abuses of Human Rights, Violations of Civil Rights, Oppression of the Disadvantaged and Disabled – These Bush, Reagan and even, Nixon era bureaucrats are still using their Gestapo tactics of unbridled cruelty, senseless unmerciful viciousness and psychotic sadistic whims on citizens lives while causing egregious harms against mankind – Here is what their efforts are using our money and resources to do this time – (leftover evils from previous Republican bureaucratic policies) –
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/5949202/40-MPs-in-plea-to-Barack-Obama-over-computer-hacker-Gary-McKinnon.html – These Republican right wing policies continue to be imposed on our society by using the Conservative Caucus choices that were enacted throughout the US agencies, state legislatures and under the guise of US states’ rights from the last twenty years, which inflict their abuses of power, intolerance of Human Rights and degradations of people upon every person it touches – now to include Gary McKinnon, UK citizen for hacking into US databases to find out about UFOs . . .
I still say – they ought to be hiring this guy, Gary McKinnon instead of giving him hell across two countries and using countless manhours, resources, administrative efforts, prosecution funds and costs to both countries, as well as the mental stress, inconvenience and difficulties it has caused him and his family (and in his community) – it is an insane waste of resources and a complete waste of his talents when we most need them available to us in both countries and in the European Parliament facilities, as well.
– my note
US oppression (of diversity – differences and disabled individuals – elderly – poor – disadvantaged – homeless – destitute – nonconformist – creative – gifted – intelligent – genius – brilliant – talented – unusual) continues along conservative christian values of intolerance and shameful cruelty / sadistic games with human lives – the same as the Bush administration CIA, NSA, police brutality and domestic policies of castes and oppression.
In the words of our Chinese counterparts – “Don’t try to catch a falling knife.” I saw it on the bloomberg ticker one night last fall and nearly fell out of my chair considering its implications. It might be correct – it may be that the United States who has demanded that every other nation abide by certain human rights protections for citizens, cannot do the same at home nor in any policies or action it takes. That would be a shame for it to continue that way.
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GOP near-unity on Sotomayor sends message
Published: July 29, 2009 at 7:46 AM
WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — U.S. Republicans have sent a message to President Barack Obama that even moderate Supreme Court candidates he nominates will be opposed, analysts say.
Only one Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Tuesday voted to confirm the nomination of the nation’s first Hispanic high court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, despite her mainstream legal credentials in a show of party solidarity, the Los Angeles Times reported.
As An American Citizen –
I didn’t vote for none of yah – I didn’t get to do that, due to events in my own life, but I guarantee you that I couldn’t have begun to have done as crappy a job as y’all have with it.
And, I know better than what you are doing right now with the opportunities you have in Washington – because I know this –
As American Citizens, we didn’t hire you to read off the damn opinion of some backroom Republican crony who told you what you are to think about something – whether its the Sotomayor nomination or health care or climate change legislation or anything else.
We did not cast a vote that ever elected some Republican or conservative crony in a backroom somewhere to think for you. Most people in America don’t even know who they are and certainly weren’t given the chance to vote for them to think everything through that would be in front of you. They are not the ones sitting in those seats to legislate and make decisions.
We elected you to represent our interests as Americans. Even though I didn’t get to vote for you or against you, I know beyond a shadow of doubt that you are given that seat to represent my interests as an American citizen. Every dime of my money and everybody else’s money is at your hand, every intelligent resource is available to you and paid for by us and every last opportunity available to the United States is sitting right there at your side within your hand’s reach. Do not tell me that you are there to represent the Republican Party instead of me and my fellow citizens.
We sent you to Washington to think through whatever was in front of you and represent our interests in the matter. If you can’t do that and think through some of this stuff for yourself with the staff you have and resources available to you, then you don’t need to bed warming that chair up in Washington. And, you sure don’t need to be using it to provide a “united front” for the conservative caucus, the Republican Party, the US Chamber of Commerce which is being run by bankers, nor for the other cronies backing your breakfast. They didn’t elect you and believe it or not – you don’t represent them unless you work in their corporation. That is not your job as an elected official and decision-maker in the United States government.
You are there in Washington to represent me and the people of the United States – the interests of the citizens and the interests of our nation, along with our futures. Without that, there is no reason for you to be there. Using that seat to get in the way of anything constructive being accomplished, is a waste of everyone’s time, effort, money, goodwill and trust. You sure don’t need to warm a seat where decisions must be made for the good of us all and the good of our country, if stalemating, blockading, undermining, and bastardizing are the only things you are there to do.
Not one of us put you up there in Washington to have the Republican Party, conservative caucus, bankers, oil companies, big businesses, Wall Street junkies nor anybody else think for you. We didn’t elect you to do that, not this time and in fact, not ever. We didn’t hire you to be a good little soldier for the Republicans and tote the party line – this isn’t Stalin’s USSR where you’re sitting.
This is the United States of America and in case you haven’t noticed, your perverse follies, previous decisions and Republican policies have left us in an economic war zone where America used to be and we are all losing. You’ve taken America from the first class world leader status that we had enjoyed right up until the reign of the Republican conservative takeover, and torn it to shreds. You’ve left the United States in a position that resembles third world underdeveloped or undeveloped economic conditions, and where crime, violence and oppressive state and local government corruption is rampant and common.
If the Republican Party and business leaders haven’t noticed, where the America we have before us is now because of their “leadership” –
there is pervasive poverty, homelessness, decimated communities, foreclosures, unemployment, destitution, families in crisis, pervasively common domestic violence and death without ever leaving home, massive sickness and death from food poisoning because of FDA and Dept. of Agriculture failure to regulate, staggering numbers of bankruptcies, staggering numbers of commercial bankruptcies, inflation in the basic commodities for everyday life, empty community halls and gymnasiums, crumbling infrastructures in every town and county in America, failing schools and children who cannot read despite our “no child left behind” programs, staggering numbers of commercial and industrial “accidents”, cities and suburbs filled with violent crimes, massive ponzi schemes that defrauded huge numbers of citizens and generally very expensive, massively incompetent government systems doing none of the things they were designed or intended to do.
And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
You’ve done a real bang ’em up job up there in Washington for the past thirty years of letting somebody else do your thinking for you and even I couldn’t have mucked it up worse than you’ve managed to do. How dare you waste our time now with stalemating tactics and a bunch of strategic Republican Party nonsense. Who the hell do you think you are and who do you think you are going to have to deal with when they’re done with you? We put you into office, we pay your salaries, we pay for your taxi rides, limousines and plane trips, we are paying for you to live in nice houses and sit your shitty asses in $6,000 chairs. We are paying for your staff members and the research you have done to make decisions where you sit. What the hell do you think is going to happen to the United States if you keep on doing it the way you’ve been doing it?
It’s time to stop dicking around, get off your dead Republican asses and get with the others we’ve elected up there in Washington to get something done. Get in there, use your brains and fix this mess. Eventually you will have to notice that you aren’t the ones cooking your own dinners, mowing your grass, cleaning your houses, shining your shoes, washing your clothes, fixing your toilets, driving your family where they go, filling the car with gas or in fact, doing any of the number of other things that are required for you to wipe your hairy ass.
Personally, I wouldn’t trust any of you to lead me from one side of the street to the other safely – but since, you have been elected by my fellow citizens to positions of leadership you need to know this –
Whether you know it or not – every one of you up there in Washington is a member of a team and it isn’t the Republican Party, Democratic Party nor conservatives nor big businesses nor liberals. You are either on our team USA to serve the interests of the citizens of the United States and the interests of our national concerns or you are nothing that serves the United States and you don’t belong there wasting time, energy and resources that could be used to the good of us all.
And, right now considering the economic and social crises that we all face, when you use your positions to antagonize, undermine, stalemate, block, and degrade the efforts of others – you are acting as an anathema and an enemy to all that is good and that could be done while you are there.
– cricketdiane, 07-29-09
And by the way, whether you know it or not – every one of you up there in Washington is a member of a team and it isn’t the Republican Party, Democratic Party nor conservatives nor big businesses nor liberals. You are either on our team USA to serve the interests of the citizens of the United States and the interests of our national concerns or you are nothing that serves the United States and you don’t belong there wasting time, energy and resources that could be used to the good of us all.
Another note –
Whatever marketing genius convinced you as a politician and legislator that you must serve the Republican “brand” – failed to note the unique capacity and position in which you serve and its broader implications.
The actions you take or fail to take, the decisions you make or decide against supporting will last long after the Republican Party ceases to exist and will have lasting effects far beyond the ability of any narrowly focused conservative thinktank, party, or group to perceive.
“But McConnell said Friday, in an appearance at the National Press Club, that, “The normal constituencies must be widened,” signaling a likely strategy for Republicans in the months ahead.” – from article below (FoxNews – January 2009)
Republicans Craft Careful ‘Resistance’ in Congress
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says his party will pose a “principled resistance” when appropriate, but will also try to work with the Obama administration.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gestures as he answers questions at the National Press Club in Washington, Friday, Jan. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Rest assured, Republicans in Congress will put up a “strong, principled resistance” to the Democratic majority when called for, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday.
But with Republicans’ numbers diminished in the Senate and virtually weightless in the House of Representatives, mounting that resistance will be no easy task.
The GOP, wounded badly in the 2006 and 2008 elections, is still trying to rally and redefine itself, not only to make gains in 2010 but to put its stamp on policy.
To do so, McConnell and other Republican leaders plan to strike a fine balance between bipartisan cooperation and thorn-in-the-side politics.
“Stylistically, it is somewhere between cooperation and confrontation,” said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report. “It took them eight years to get in this hole. It’s going to take a while to get out.”
On the other hand, he said, “The nature of the opposition is they’re supposed to oppose.”
Among those leading that opposition in the early stages are Georgia Rep. Tom Price, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who is heading up re-election efforts in the Senate.
Cornyn, one of former President Bush’s top defenders, is already biting at the ankles of Democrats at every turn and could play the prickly counterpart to his more bipartisan colleagues.
Cornyn was the lone senator who prevented Clinton from being confirmed on Inauguration Day by raising concern about donations to her husband’s foundation. (He later dropped his opposition after a talk with Sen. John McCain.)
Plus Cornyn raised critical questions about Eric Holder, Obama’s nominee for attorney general, contributing to a delay in his confirmation vote before the full Senate.
And he warned Democrats not to seat Al Franken as Minnesota’s next senator until his Republican rival, Norm Coleman, exhausted all legal options.
Most recently, on Wednesday, Cornyn’s committee took on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a news release for inviting lobbyists to an inaugural brunch two days earlier. Spokesman Brian Walsh said in the statement that in order for President Obama to change the culture in Washington, he’d first have to change Reid.
“I didn’t come to the Senate to be a wallflower, and the only tools you really have available in the Senate are your voice and your vote,” Cornyn said.
Meanwhile, Price vigorously opposed the release of the second half of the $700 billion financial bailout. And he, along with Cornyn, blasted Obama for ordering the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility Thursday. “It’s unfortunate that national security has taken a back seat to political appeasement,” Price said in a statement.
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh told FOX News’ Sean Hannity that leaning moderate is the wrong way to go for the Republican Party. He said the moderate wing got their candidate in McCain and lost.
[My Note – Rush Limbaugh is the Republican Party in America. To have that thinking to run the United States into the ground, who needs enemies . . . ]
“The blueprint for landslide electoral victory is right there, and the Republican Party and conservative movement has just washed it away,” Limbaugh said. “The people that are running our party now have such a defeatist inferiority complex. … They want to be accepted by people that hate them.”
But McConnell said Friday, in an appearance at the National Press Club, that, “The normal constituencies must be widened,” signaling a likely strategy for Republicans in the months ahead.
John Feehery, a Republican strategist and one-time aide to former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, said the GOP only hurts itself by ignoring the center.
To appeal to more Americans, he advised Republicans to target Democrats in Congress instead of Obama, and to use the president’s “change rhetoric” against hyperpartisan members. He said Republicans can regain the moral high ground by exposing hypocrisy and corruption in the rival party.
A string of corruption cases led to huge Republican losses in the 2006 congressional elections, and now the GOP is trying to shine a light on Democrats improprieties.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, for instance, lambasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for keeping Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee despite the fact he’s being investigated for tax problems.
House Republicans are now so outnumbered that they have few options for pushing through their agenda in Congress. They can try to partner on some issues with the conservative Blue Dog Democrats, but they may be more successful just making noise in the media.
In the Senate, however, Democrats still do not have a filibuster-proof majority, so Republican senators are in a position to carry more weight and squeeze concessions out of Democrats.
Moderates in particular have a chance to hold clout. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, for instance, just got a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee, and Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe is a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee. Rothenberg said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., are two rising stars to watch. Alexander is Republican Conference chairman and Thune has moved into the ranks of leadership as a lead deputy to Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. Thune has been a quiet voice of compromise on energy issues but a tough fiscal conservative.
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Conservatives have long criticized the financial bailout package, charging that the distribution of funds was irresponsible. And in the upcoming stimulus package, Republicans are pushing against Democratic spending proposals and pushing for items like tax cuts. House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio and Republican Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia on Friday presented Obama with proposals that rely exclusively on tax cuts and envision none of the federal spending backed by Democrats and the White House.
Some of the GOP resistance is symbolic, though it provides political cover. For instance, Republicans in the House — along with Democrats — voted on Thursday to withhold the second half of the $700 billion stimulus package, even though a prior Senate vote in favor of releasing the money trumped any action from the House.
But Republicans caused headaches for Democrats earlier in the week when they waved around a report that showed the Democrats’ economic stimulus proposal could take as long as 10 years to work its way into the economy.
In response to the study, Peter Orszag, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, sent a letter to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., late Thursday pledging that at least 75 percent of the stimulus package would be spent in 2009 and 2010.
[ . . . ]
Analysts suggested Republicans should also reach out to friendly think tanks to bolster their agendas.
Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan, who is running for another term, is doing that with his newly created Center for Republican Renewal, a think tank he says will help the GOP “reclaim the mantle as the party of ideas.”
FOXNews.com’s Judson Berger and FOX News’ Trish Turner and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Blaise Hazelwood, who served as the political director of the Republican National Committee and spearheaded the famed “72 Hour Project,” proved her mettle again last week — shepherding Steele to his unexpected victory in the race for RNC chairman. Hazelwood, who worked with a team of political pros including the Anderson brothers (Wes and Curt), Brad Todd and Jim Dyke on Steele’s behalf, is now in line for a plum position at the RNC if she wants it.
Hazelwood’s whole life has been politics. She is a fifth-generation Arizonan whose grandfather was close to former senator Barry M. Goldwater. She was president of Teen Republicans in Arizona as well as an intern on Capitol Hill and at the White House.
Despite her Arizona lineage, however, she was born in Washington because her father was working at the Interior Department during the Nixon administration.
(see wikipedia entry below – )
My Note –
Why is it that everyone in the Republican Party and Conservative Groups that hijacked it over the past thirty years has some relationship to Barry M. Goldwater and Richard M. Nixon? That includes the unbelievable number of people appointed to cabinet positions in the Republican administrations over the last thirty-six years, the agency heads, the decision-makers, the policy makers, and in the thinktanks that have diverted charitable money intended for community supports and programs for the poor into their own coffers.
Why is it that the conservative fundamentalist right-wing political parties and groups are some of the most vice-ridden, vile, vicious, cruel, intolerant, greedy, corrupt, sexually immoral, criminal and malicious groups that have ever walked the earth regardless of where they are operating? What makes it like that? They have perpetrated the most violent anti-social psychotic police and military policies and practices, they’ve tortured with cruelty and disregard – both in the US and around the world, they’ve encouraged their friends, children and authorities in their command to beat the homeless, poor and disadvantaged to death.
They’ve incited intolerance, removed personal rights and freedoms, undermined the Constitution of the United States and lawful Constitutional rights given to citizens around the world, practiced religious, social, economic and cultural / racial intolerance across the United States and generally, instituted a caste system in a country where democracy, freedom and individual rights used to be. Who are these vile slags of humanity and why do they get away with it just because they dress better than I do?
Blaise Hazelwood (born 1972), a Republican strategist and consultant in the United States, is the owner of Grassroots Targeting, LLC, a microtargeting company, and iWeb Strategies, LLC, which provides campaigns and other organizations with a comprehensive online program.
Hazelwood first came to prominence as the driver behind the “72-Hour Task Force” in 2001, the party’s last major revision to its tactical campaign playbook which is credited with revolutionizing the Get Out the Vote efforts. Hazelwood has led and managed political operations, high-profile grassroots programs and political campaigns. She received a lot of praise for her work as Political Director at the Republican National Committee in 2002 and 2004, spearheading their successful online Team Leader program and the construction of Voter Vault, the RNC’s voter file database. She went on to serve as the Director of Media and Political operations for the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2006 cycle under Senator Elizabeth Dole.
Beginning in November 2008, Hazelwood managed Michael Steele‘s campaign for Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Steele was elected as the new RNC Chairman on January 30, 2009. Hazelwood followed the new Chairman to the RNC and served as his Chief of Staff through the transition until March 2009. She then returned full-time to her companies in Alexandria, Virginia but continues consulting as a top advisor to Chairman Steele and the RNC.
Hazelwood’s whole life has been politics. She is a fifth-generation Arizonan whose grandfather was close to former senator Barry M. Goldwater. She was president of Teen Republicans in Arizona as well as an intern on Capitol Hill and at the White House.
Despite her Arizona lineage, however, she was born in Washington because her father was working at the Interior Department during the Nixon administration. She was named for St. Blaise. The name was chosen by her mother, who wrote a dissertation on the Roman Catholic saint while studying for a doctorate in early Christian art at Georgetown University. Hazelwood has admitted that being named after a little-known male saint caused confusion when she was younger.
Hazelwood began door-to-door canvassing as a 10-year-old in Arizona when her father was running for precinct committeeman, and she learned firsthand the value of human contact, meticulous organization and volunteer muscle in political campaigns. Her grandmother was a campaign volunteer in the days before computers, when voter files were kept on index cards. She told the Washington Post in 2003, “I always heard stories about my grandmother. It was all personal contact, and it obviously worked.”
After graduation from Vassar College, Hazelwood’s first job was staff assistant at the RNC, but shortly after the 1994 GOP landslide, her days appeared numbered. The new political director, Curt Anderson, was planning to clean house, and told Hazelwood and others they should start looking for work somewhere else.
“I didn’t like that answer,” she told the Washington Post. “I decided that I wanted to stay here, that I wasn’t done at the RNC, so I started getting there at like six o’clock in the morning. He was a very early person, too. I would read the papers and brief him as he came in, do whatever I could to get his attention, and so he finally decided to keep me.”
Her career since has been a succession of campaigns and grassroots organizing across the country, often anchored by positions at the Republican National Committee. She worked for Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign and for James S. Gilmore III’s successful 1997 gubernatorial campaign in Virginia.
After those campaigns, she joined Curt Anderson’s political consulting firm. Then, in the summer of 2001, moved back to the RNC to help the Bush team manage its outreach to parts of the conservative coalition.
“Blaise Hazelwood is credited with bringing back the culture of grassroots campaigns into the Republican Party.”
Hazelwood worked as Political Director at the RNC in 2002 & 2004. Matthew Dowd, Senior Advisor at the time said, “She’s got good intuition, and she’s exceptionally well organized. She’ll do whatever it takes to get the job finished. She’s not concerned about being the last person to leave the office or getting on an airplane to get the job done.”
“When the history of the Republican Party’s midterm election victories of 2002 is written, President Bush will get the headline and much of the credit, but a large footnote will go to a young political operative named Blaise Hazelwood.” -The Washington Post, 2003
Hazelwood, only 31 at the time, was serving as political director of the Republican National Committee (RNC), and it was her responsibility to coordinate the party’s “72-Hour Program,” an 18-month effort designed to put shoe leather back into politics and beat the Democrats in turning out the vote, especially in the final three days, 72 hours, of the campaign. The 72-Hour Project was born of necessity after the 2000 election, when Republicans discovered that Democrats had done a better job of getting their voters to the polls in one of the tightest presidential races in history.
With prodding from White House senior adviser Karl Rove, White House political director Ken Mehlman and RNC Deputy Chairman Jack Oliver, the party undertook a top-to-bottom review of its get-out-the-vote operation, poured more than $1 million into more than 50 experiments to test how best to reach out to voters and then methodically set about implementing their findings in the midterm campaigns.
“I’m confident from the testing and from human life experience that making a volunteer telephone call or knocking on someone’s door makes much more impact than just doing it paid,” Hazelwood said.
Her weekend routine was a mind-numbing series of conference calls consuming as much as 16 hours in which she updated her checklists state by state: how many volunteers signed up; how many people on the streets; how much literature distributed; how many voters identified. The overall goal was to flood precincts in competitive states with GOP volunteers going door to door in the final 72 hours of the campaign. Three weeks before the election all the planning and execution began to converge. She told the Washington Post, “All of a sudden this one weekend, everything started clicking. All of the work that everyone had put into this for the past year and a half started happening.”
Her work paid big dividends on Election Day, when a surge of Republican voters in states such as Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Missouri overwhelmed the Democrats and turned what many had called one of the most competitive midterm campaigns in history into a substantial Republican victory.
In addition to implementing the 72 hour program, Hazelwood is also credited with creating Voter Vault, the Republican Party’s voter file database which is used by campaigns all over the country.
In 2005, Hazelwood moved over to become Elizabeth Dole’s right-hand-woman, serving as campaign and media director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) through the 2006 election cycle.
Hazelwood founded Grassroots Targeting in 2005, turning her expertise in the practice of microtargeting into a business. In 2004, few top campaign staff knew what to do with raw microtargeting data. The young staffers who had time to play with the data were the ones in the remote field offices. In 2008, they’re now running the show and want to be able to get their hands on the data. Grassroots Targeting is the first firm to create its own software, called GT InAction, so campaigns can do just that. It lets a campaign manager select the voters he’d like to reach, such as married men who are regular churchgoers who make above $100,000. Since the software is web-enabled, direct mail and phone vendors can go in and use the data as well. Hazelwood believes, “if you’re spending this much time and money to put this together, people should actually use the data.” She also adds that she tries “to empower the campaigns as much as possible, because they know their campaigns the best.”
With respect to the 2008 Presidential race, she recently explained,
“With Bush, our targeting efforts focused on turning out the base. Now with McCain, it’s about convincing the swing voters. It’s a different audience we’re going after, and we’re able to find those swing universes much better than we would have in the past. But sometimes microtargeting isn’t user-friendly enough — a lot of campaigns get a book that explains it, and then that book goes on the shelf. I’ve built software that allows campaigns to understand their microtargeting data more easily. They can pull their own email and phone universes. The software will tell you, ‘These are the swing groups, these are the people who are most likely to turn out.’ All the end users have to do is pick what groups they want to target. If you have the budget to mail to only 40,000 people, you can decide which group you want and enter into the calculator exactly what you want your numbers to be.”
One of Grassroots Targeting’s most notable clients is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal who has been talked about as a future presidential candidate. Most microtargeting models focus on issues and likelihood to vote Democrat or Republican. However, that wasn’t necessarily going to help Bobby Jindal win his 2007 gubernatorial race in Louisiana, where most voters are registered Democrats who typically vote Republican. Strategists realized that to avoid a run-off, Jindal needed 42 percent of culturally conservative Democrats to vote for him on Election Day.
Hazelwood built her model around that core group. She said, “usually when you build models, you are building them on everyone [in a district], but the cultural conservatives were our target universe. We actually did survey work and tracked them all summer long.” Using that research, Jindal talked to voters in each segment of this custom universe. And on Election Day, he hit the magical 42 percent and won the race.
In 2007, Hazelwood cofounding iWeb Strategies with Brian Lyle. Lyle has been working in technology for over a decade and with Hazelwood since 2003. He served as the Deputy Director for the RNC’s Team Leader online program in the 2004 election cycle. In 2006, he worked with Hazelwood at the NRSC as eCampaign Director before joining her to found iWeb. He designed and managed one of the “Top 5 Mold Breaking Websites” of the 2002 election cycle according to Campaigns and Elections magazine.
In November 2008, Hazelwood signed on to lead Michael Steele’s campaign to become the next RNC Chairman in the first open race since 1997. The telegenic former Maryland Lieutenant Governor had developed a national following with his Fox News commentary. Also, those who saw Steele behind-the-scenes of his 2006 Senate race knew him as a free spirit whose first instinct is to rethink campaign conventions. An insurgent campaign in a time of internal party unrest fit his personality well.
That Steele won the chairman’s race didn’t surprise many Republican activists across the country; however, Steele’s Jan. 30 win did shock the old bulls of the Republican establishment. The core of Steele’s winning coalition were the RNC’s newer members. In fact, half of Steele’s 21-person “whip team” on the committee rose to their current Party leadership roles after the election of 2006. Steele made sure his campaign screamed “change.” Under Hazelwood’s leadership in what looked like a sleepy Christmas-time race, Republicans responded in ways few inside the Beltway press corps noticed. Though the race is decided by the 168 party insiders, Steele asked Republican activists around the country to sign up to support his bid for chairman. In the two months after Obama’s victory, his website enlisted 42,000 such activists.
Hazelwood put the 42,000 to work with the same innovative thinking that led to the 72 Hour Program. She asked those online supporters to email their national committee members. While urging a vote for Steele, the supporters pledged a specific donation of volunteer hours to their state parties which caught the eye of hungry state chairmen.
With Hazelwood, Steele built a leadership team, and a winning campaign, with tactics, ideas, and coalitions rarely before used in the GOP. Steele promised to shake things up at party headquarters, and to the old guard’s surprise, the new RNC was in a mood to shake.
Following Chairman Steele’s election, Hazelwood went with him to the RNC and served as Chief of Staff through the transition period. During this time, Steele brought in RNC Members from around the country to assist him in assessing each division within the RNC and make recommendations for improvements.
In a press release, the RNC announced that “the transition team will help implement the sweeping changes Steele proposed during his campaign for chairman. Under Chairman Steele’s leadership, the RNC will focus on recruiting a new cadre of top-notch candidates and operatives, build new volunteer networks, and forge new working relationships with state and local parties. The team will also immediately begin preparing for the gubernatorial and local elections later this year in Virginia and New Jersey.” Hazelwood was integral to these transition efforts and also to supporting the Chairman in beginning to fulfill his mission to “bring this Party to every corner of the country and ask people to join us and work with us.” The Chairman added that “by standing on our principles, we can expand and grow. My transition team will take a fresh look at everything with an eye toward preparing to win the campaigns of the future.”
Having overseen the first two months of the Steele administration at the RNC, Hazelwood, in an e-mail to Republicans around Washington on March 12, announced veteran GOP strategist Ken McKay would take over as the RNC’s chief of staff.
Hazelwood is now working full time at Grassroots Targeting and iWeb Strategies based in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia while staying very involved in an advisory role with the RNC and Chairman Steele.
My Note –
Why do experts and news commentators / producers tell the public that everything is fine (macro-economically) when all the numbers say something else? Durable goods orders are down because? Unemployment, layoffs and underemployed numbers are still up and possibly even rising, if we were able to see the true numbers. Companies are going out of business and bankruptcy courts are filled with filings across a broad spectrum of businesses. Commercial real estate loans are an accident waiting to happen and foreclosures of people’s homes continue to be in the stratosphere with many loans still expected to reset through the end of this year and next.
The number of homeless have increased to the point of devastation in communities across the US and everybody is watching to see if the durn stock market numbers mean something about a “rebound” – those numbers aren’t real. The shifts in value among stocks, commodities and financial derivatives are coming from huge players managing other people’s money – what do they know besides a guess considering they make their money whether they win or lose?
We have a population who does not know how to survive unless all the conditions are known quantities arranged in a certain order and progress along a recipe which doesn’t now exist for them. Wouldn’t it be more helpful to engage that with the real facts, some measure of truth, candid honest appraisals of where things stand now and a set of skills for “thinking on your feet,” resourcefulness and “flying by the seat of the pants” successfully?
Thanks, Ali – for your efforts and for all of the CNN team, but we really are getting to the hardest part now, when everyone is tired of the bad news and no jobs and it isn’t going to get better soon nor go back to the old way that it was, regardless.
– cricketdiane, 07-29-09
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New York gives homeless one-way tickets
Published: July 29, 2009 at 10:35 AM
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City officials say there is no limit to where a family can be sent.
So far, the program has provided flights to 54 states and five continents, most often to Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
One family with 10 children accepted an offer to go to Puerto Rico while another family moved to France with their three children.
New York spends $500,000 a year on the program which employs a local travel agency to book the one-way flights. (for more than 550 families)
“We want to divert as many families as we can that need assistance,” says Vida Chavez-Downes, who heads the program.
The Republican / Bush Legacy –
LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) — Seven percent of U.S. fifth-graders and their families have experienced homelessness — 11 percent for blacks — and it takes a toll, researchers say. (from 2004 – 2006)
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Dr. Tumaini R. Coker of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and the Rand Corp. and colleagues analyzed data from a study of 5,147 fifth-grade students. Interviews of students and parents were conducted during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years and included children from Birmingham, Ala.; Houston and Los Angeles.
“It was unexpected to see such a high prevalence of family homelessness in this sample of fifth-grade students, were literally homeless — staying in places like shelters, cars or on the streets,” Coker, the lead author, said in a statement.
Economic Outlook: Knocking on closed doors
By ANTHONY HALL, United Press International Published: July 29, 2009 at 8:18 AM
U.S. home prices and mortgage news have crept back into the headlines, as government officials took another swipe at helping homeowners Tuesday.
Officials from the Treasury Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development sat down with bank executives in Washington to review the Make Homes Affordable program, which aims to help troubled homeowners with loan modifications.
It is a program with a goal of helping 4 million homeowners avoid foreclosure that has, to date, been frequently touted as underwhelming at best. Only 200,000 loans have been modified since March, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
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The problem, in a nutshell, is profits. After weeding out homeowners behind on their payments who may be able to catch up on their own, without assistance, and those who would fail to keep up payments even with a modified loan, there are few well-intended homeowners left, the Boston Federal Reserve Bank said in a study of the nation’s housing predicament.
Alan White, a professor at Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana, said lenders could cut down on the number of borrowers who end up defaulting again by giving them more help in the first place. He said too many modified loans don’t result in low enough payments. Also, he said, there may be fewer borrowers who can get out of trouble on their own because of continuing difficulties in the economy.
“The servicers are making assumptions that are much too anti-modification,’’ White said. “The servicers have the authority’’ to help borrowers, “they just don’t want to use it.’’
The study, coauthored by Manuel Adelino and Kristopher Gerardi, also rebuts a widely held suspicion that the holdup in modifying loans is because of investors who control them through mortgage-backed securities. The Fed found no difference in the rate of aid between investor-controlled loans and those that lenders own directly.
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The number of foreclosure proceedings increased to 844,389 during the first quarter of 2009, up 73 percent from the first quarter of 2008, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
“You have more money going to the banks and the servicers than you do to the homeowners,’’ he said. “It would make more sense to just give money to the borrowers.’’
Jenifer McKim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Durable goods orders drop 2.5 percent in June
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP
2 hours ago
WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket durable goods plunged in June by the largest amount in five months, reflecting the continuing troubles in the auto industry and a steep drop in demand for commercial aircraft.
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for durable goods fell 2.5 percent last month, much larger than the 0.6 percent decline that economists had expected. It was the biggest setback since a 7.8 percent fall in January.
This is life in America –
Mass. woman killed, fetus removed from womb
2 hours ago
WORCESTER, Mass. — A pregnant woman was found dead in her apartment with her fetus cut from her womb, and police on Wednesday were trying to find the missing baby, which they said could have survived.
Authorities said 23-year-old Darlene Haynes was about eight months pregnant and the child would have needed immediate medical attention to survive.
Officials say Haynes also has a 1-year-old daughter who is safe with relatives.
Police said Tuesday that they had interviewed the father of Haynes daughter, Roberto Rodriguez.
Haynes had a restraining order against Rodriguez, who allegedly pushed her into a glass table in June and cut her arm, then grabbed her by the throat and slapped her, the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reported, citing court records.
Court records also showed Rodriguez was charged with hitting Haynes in 2008 in a case that was continued without a finding.
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My Note –
That is the life experiences of America which awaits our daughters, our women, our children, our day-to-day living with what really happens in the United States for women every single day, every moment of every year . . .
And, from one of the UPI articles above, a hidden set of information about the oil speculators (it shouldn’t have been buried in another article, if they wanted anybody to read about it – )
Regulators also took a first swipe at curbing speculation in the oil market Tuesday with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission holding the first of three hearings to explore moves to limit large bets that could manipulate prices.
Oil prices rose sharply in the summer of 2008, provoking concern that speculators were making fast gains at the public’s expense. Following a humbling fall in prices last fall, prices moved forward again this year, gaining about 50 percent since January.
In August, the CFTC will issue a report documenting the size of oil positions and the number of firms participating, which could shed light on the speculative nature of oil investments, the Post reported.
Asian markets were mixed Wednesday. The Nikkei 225 in Japan rose 0.26 percent, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell 2.37 percent. The Singapore Straits Times index dropped 0.76 percent. The S&P/ASX in Australia dropped 0.64 percent.
In midday trading in Europe, the FTSE 100 index rose 0.81 percent. The DAX 30 in Frankfurt rose 1.79 percent. In France, the CAC 40 gained 1.43 percent, while the broader DJStoxx600 rose 0.76 percent.
Lenders avoid redoing loans, Fed concludes
Study cites lack of profit in aiding the distressed
By Jenifer B. McKim
Globe Staff / July 7, 2009
Mortgage lenders don’t try to rework most home loans held by borrowers facing foreclosure because it would probably mean losing money, a study released yesterday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston concludes.
Officials from Hope Now, the private-sector alliance of mortgage servicers and investors, were unavailable for comment yesterday.
The Fed’s study found that only 3 percent of seriously delinquent borrowers – those more than 60 days behind – had their loans modified to lower monthly payments; about 5.5 percent received loan modifications that did not result in lower payments.
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POLICE WILL DO WHATEVER – Police Brutality and Abuse of Power in America 1995 – 2009
(CNN) — An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper was suspended Wednesday for five days without pay following a highly publicized scuffle with a paramedic in Okfuskee County in May, according to the Highway Patrol.
This is an image from a video that captured an Oklahoma trooper’s scuffle with a paramedic in May.
The incident, which was caught on dash-camera and cell-phone video, showed Trooper Daniel Martin pulling over a Creek Nation ambulance for a traffic-stop violation. During the incident, Martin is heard repeatedly using profanity and twice getting into a scuffle with one of the paramedics.
Both paramedics and family members of the patient in the ambulance informed Martin several times by there was a patient inside, but he did not allow the paramedics to continue to the hospital while the video continued.
Trooper suspended 5 days for scuffle with paramedic – from CNN
updated 6:18 a.m. EDT, Thu July 23, 2009
Martin continued to hold up ambulance despite being informed of patient inside
My Note –
The article below was before President Obama and the Democrats were put into office – this legacy of police brutality has been our curse since the Republican Conservatives have been running the management of the USA.
|Enlarge||By Mel Evans, AP|
Police brutality cases on rise since 9/11
Updated // 12/18/2007 7:39 AM
Cases in which police, prison guards and other law enforcement authorities have used excessive force or other tactics to violate victims’ civil rights have increased 25% (281 vs. 224) from fiscal years 2001 to 2007 over the previous seven years, the department says.
Federal records show the vast majority of police brutality cases referred by investigators are not prosecuted.
In its post-Sept. 11 reorganization, the FBI listed police misconduct as one of its highest civil rights priorities to keep pace with an anticipated increase in police hiring through 2009.
The increasing Justice numbers generally correspond to a USA TODAY analysis of federal law enforcement prosecutions using data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
Those data show 42 law enforcement prosecutions during the first 10 months of fiscal year 2007, a 66% increase from all of fiscal 2002 and a 61% rise from a decade ago.
David Burnham, the co-founder of the TRAC database, says prosecutions appear to be increasing, but “more important” are the numbers of cases prosecutors decline.
Last year, 96% of cases referred for prosecution by investigative agencies were declined.
In 2005, 98% were declined, a rate that has remained “extremely high” under every administration dating to President Carter, according to a TRAC report.
The high refusal rates, say Burnham and law enforcement analysts, result in part from the extraordinary difficulty in prosecuting abuse cases. Juries are conditioned to believe cops, and victims’ credibility is often challenged.
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Mayors, rabbis arrested in corruption probe
* Story Highlights
* Mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus, New Jersey, among more than 40 arrested
* “High-volume, international money-laundering conspiracy” also alleged
* Rabbis arrested in connection with money-laundering part of probe
* Source: Corruption, money-laundering probes separate but tied by common players
updated 33 minutes ago
(CNN) — At least three New Jersey mayors, other public officials and five rabbis were among 44 people arrested Thursday in a federal investigation of public corruption and money laundering.
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Hoboken, New Jersey, Mayor Peter Cammarano III and New Jersey Assembly members Daniel Van Pelt and L. Harvey Smith were among those arrested, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Newark, New Jersey.
A federal criminal complaint alleges that Cammarano, 32, a Democrat, took about $35,000 in bribes from a government witness posing as a real estate developer.
Another complaint alleges that Van Pelt, a Republican, accepted $10,000 in cash as “consulting fees” after an FBI official posing as a real-estate executive asked him to help fast-track a real estate project in Waretown, New Jersey, a section in Van Pelt’s district. Van Pelt, 44, also is mayor of Ocean Township.
Others arrested in the public corruption portion of the investigation include Secaucus, New Jersey, Mayor Dennis Elwell, 64, who is president of a family-owned trucking company, and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
The probe also involves a “high-volume, international money-laundering conspiracy,” the office said. Rabbis in New York and New Jersey were arrested in connection with the money-laundering part of the investigation, the office said.
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The FBI began the large operation three years ago.
The public corruption and money-laundering probes are separate but are linked by common players, a source close to the investigation said.
The source described the alleged public corruption as “straight bribery” — cash-filled envelopes exchanged for political influence.
The other investigation centered on a group of rabbis who allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars through their religious organizations for a fee, according to the source.
According to Newark’s The Star-Ledger, the rabbis taken into custody are from the Syrian Jewish communities of Deal on New Jersey’s northern shore and in Brooklyn, New York.
The arrests resulted from an FBI and Internal Revenue Service probe “that began with an investigation of money transfers by members of the Syrian enclaves in New York and New Jersey,” the newspaper said on its Web site, NJ.com.
Those arrested Thursday “include key religious leaders in the tight-knit, wealthy communities,” the report said.
Federal prosecutors released criminal complaints that contained dozens of pages of detailed allegations.
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I am writing this after a night of very little sleep as the result of yet another incident involving unreasonable behavior on the part of Houston Police that happened last night. Police crime should not be a daily worry for people. It should not intrude on every aspect of your life. But, if you live in Houston, that’s how it is.
My own story is too horrible to be told or heard by most decent people. But, in short, my husband and I were victims of an attack by police in the summer of 2008. They claimed that it was a “case of mistaken identity,” but, in fact, it was a well-rehearsed, well-scripted form of robbery. We never knew who our uniformed assailants were, but they wore Houston police uniforms and drove two Houston squad cars to the scene. I was held at gunpoint in the shadows, threatened, as I struggled with a man, his finger on the trigger, gun pointed at my back, who told me not to speak to him or look at his face – this is aggravated assault and battery in some places, but in Houston, Texas, it’s just another day. It’s apparently nothing unusual and the police I reported it to “Had no problem with it.”
This event resulted in life changes for me. In fact, I nearly lost my life as a result of this violence and there is more to the story than I feel comfortable telling. But, over the course of the few months following that attack, I was near death. I am much stronger now, but I am still struggling to fully regain my health. Athletic and a bodybuilding enthusiast for twenty years, I now have to be very careful. No one cares – no one in Houston, anyway. These cops are killers. They see their badge as a license to kill. They seem to enjoy brutalizing people and I can’t help but feel – since I have repeated rape nightmares – that there were strong sexual overtones to my being held at gunpoint. I think it was a particular thrill for the gunman.
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* My Note –
I had to take an art break and create some music. There was great fun looking at the nanotech stuff and pitching hell over the political wars going on at our expense, but I had to do something with the feelings from seeing the young lady on television that had lost her baby because her boyfriend threw the baby out the window onto the freeway. She was filled with such grief that she sat on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse, put her head in her hands and shook with tears and sorrow.
It should’ve never happened. That young woman had been wronged by many years in the foster care system and was getting her life together, caring for her child and just wanted to be loved. That man took her vulnerable position in our society and used it to take a woman he didn’t respect and didn’t deserve. He beat her mercilessly and the judicial system gave her no protection from him, no justice for her whatsoever, and no freedom to be safe in her own home or for her child to be safe. She didn’t deserve that. Her child didn’t deserve that and yet Florida judges literally caused the violence against this woman and against her child by letting this useless, violent bastard walk free after abusing women over and over again.
Today, as I was posting the story about Florida keeping a man in jail for four years because he had put toilets and spare airplane parts all over his house as a political expression of protest, and the thought of her came to me – that the man who threw her child out on the freeway had beat her and poured household cleaners all over her face which could’ve blinded her forever, and he was supposed to be in jail for vile actions he had already done to other girlfriends and women before her. He would’ve never been there doing that to her if even one Florida judge had stopped him, but they didn’t.
The judge gave him probation for the violence this man had already done to her and let this man come back and beat her again, take her baby and kill him. And, she’s supposed to be taking care of herself, her baby and working on her school classes – not having to protect herself from the most cruel torture and danger in her own home from a violent man that the judges wouldn’t put in jail and keep there.
I would love to get ahold of the judges in both that case and the case where the State of Florida not only denied freedom of speech to the man that spent four years in jail for doing nothing criminal, but had charged him with a felony for putting toilet bowls on his own house. I would like the entire world to take those two judges to task for what they did because it was criminal and it was hideously wrong in both cases. They completely denied and abated the US Constitution along with the laws of any sane reasonable society, including ours – no matter how some Republican governor, legislator, judge, lawyer or evangelist “frames” the perspective of it for us.
I hope all those judges, social workers, police, and legislators responsible for both of these travesties of justice, are all chained to that piece of wasted humanity, Richard McTear Jr. throughout eternity in a pit of vipers and fires that torment them every moment of forever in hell. And that’s the truth.
TAMPA – Seven weeks ago, Richard Anthony McTear Jr. broke Jasmine Bedwell’s door, hit her several times, broke items throughout her apartment, held her down, and poured household cleaner on her face and head, sheriff’s deputies say.
A neighbor called deputies, and charges were filed with the state attorney’s office.
Five weeks ago, McTear threatened to go to Bedwell’s home and kill her infant son, according to deputies. They say he later bruised her enough for her to be taken to a hospital. More charges were filed.
Investigators say McTear followed through on his threat against her son early Tuesday by beating Bedwell, throwing the child onto a concrete floor and then kidnapping 3-month-old Emanuel Wesley Murray and throwing him out of a moving car onto Interstate 275. The infant was found dead.
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•In yet another domestic violence case, McTear entered the apartment of his then-girlfriend Louvena Cromartie through an unlocked back door in February 2008. McTear punched Cromartie in the face and pushed her to the ground, Hillsborough County sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. Cromartie was knocked unconscious. McTear pleaded guilty to felony battery and was placed on probation through June 2010, records say.
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And then I put two and two together – that was in Florida – and this was in Florida – thanks, to the Republican administration there – we have both these cases and probably a lot more like them. The judges and politicians are cut from the same cloth and it is evil. They have wronged us by doing these things to people – to this young woman and her child and her life – and by denying this man’s rights to freedom of expression. Those judges are criminals that did this in both cases and in any others like them. It isn’t rhetoric – these are facts.
Litterbug released after 4 years in jail
Published: May 21, 2009 at 5:37 PM
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla., May 21 (UPI)
Alan Davis of Seminole County was originally convicted in 2003 on a felony criminal littering charge for what he called a political protest,
In 1999, he began covering the roof and yard of his home with toilets, airplane parts, scrap metal, a giant statue of buttocks and other objects his neighbors found objectionable. He was sentenced to one year in jail
So much for Freedom of Speech and freedom of expression guaranteed under the US Constitution – under the monarchy of the Bush Administration and the Florida Republicans in power. – My Note
This man spent longer in jail for this than OJ did for going into a rage and killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend. He also spent longer in jail than any of the young men in Pennsylvania will spend for brutally beating to death, a 25-year old man who was the father figure for two young children and went to work everyday.
This man spent longer in jail and was given a felony charge while Drew Petersen runs around free for years after killing two of his wives and he spent longer in jail than many of the people who have perpetrated some of the most horrendous, violent and brutal crimes against women in this country during the last thirty years of Republican administrations. How could they have taken the principles they told us they believed in and apply policies that made it possible for so many gross wrongs to occur as a direct result?
And, what is it with the Republicans – they only believe in freedom of speech and expression to the extent that they like it or agree with it or its one of their rich friends doing it? – my note
Then, I was getting my email and noticed this on the little comcast news fly-around –
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A mother playing with her children at a park spotted a little black sneaker sticking out of the sand underneath the playground equipment. Figuring a youngster had lost his shoe, she bent down to pick it up. It was strangely heavy.
She had made a ghastly discovery: a dead little boy, buried in the sand.
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Albuquerque police said Tiffany Toribio, 23, confessed to suffocating her 3-year-old son, Tyruss “Ty” Toribio, as he slept on the climbing gym — a crime so cold-blooded that neighbors struggled to comprehend it, and even veteran officers became choked up.
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Toribio was homeless and sleeping in the park, having been kicked out of her mother’s home and a friend’s apartment in the days before her son’s death because she was ignoring the boy and withholding affection, investigators said.
“What makes this story especially sad was when asked the reason why she took Ty’s life, Tiffany said that she did not want him to grow up with no one caring about him the same way that she had grown up with no one caring about her,” said Police Chief Ray Schultz, his eyes watery and his voice thick with emotion.
What had baffled police after the discovery of the body was that the chubby-cheeked boy appeared to have been well-fed, showed no signs of physical abuse and was wearing a matching outfit that seemed to suggest he had been well-cared for.
Schultz said Toribio attempted suicide in jail and was under close observation. A single mother, Toribio had no criminal record or history of drug or alcohol abuse, the police chief said.
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In the rest of the story, there were people quoted that they would’ve helped – well they damn sure wouldn’t have because they didn’t and they didn’t do it when it mattered.
The little boy and his mother were left to sleep in a park – who helped her to learn to nurture that child? Who helped her learn to have a good time and enjoy her life and be productive with her new role in the world as a woman, as a mother and as a participant in her community? Who did that?
Or was it that she’s right – there was no use for either of them based on the actions, attitudes, inaction, apathy and coldness of those very same people who are mourning now?
– cricketdiane, 05-22-09 – LIVE
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*** Real Life Living in the United States of America from 1980 – 2010 ***
Under the Rule of the Republican Party in America –
Iran, China, Russia and Cuba put together haven’t tortured and killed as many American citizens as the Republican Party, the George Bush administrations, the conservative Republicans’ social and business policies, psychiatrists, pharmaceutical companies and lack of regulation for food and product safety in the United States have tortured, maimed and killed.
We look at those countries as enemies because of their human rights abuses. What kind of country have the Republicans created under our feet over the past thirty years they’ve been in power, where the human rights violations and abuses in the United States are even more pervasive, more consummately evil and more extensive than in any of those countries or even, all of them put together?
Is it because those countries being kinder than us – took people out and just shot them in a ditch instead of poisoning them with peanut butter sandwiches using salmonella infested peanut butter, rather than killing them with E.Coli bacteria from mishandled meat products because of inspectors who didn’t want to offend their Republican “handlers” as we did, or torturing them with chemical restraints sponsored by psychiatry?
Is it because those countries took people off in the middle of the night to shoot them instead of what is done in the US by taking people out of their homes in the full light of day and then subjecting them to chemical lobotomies using the most horrendous cocktails of pharmaceuticals that hell has ever designed, causing them to kill themselves or commit acts of violence resulting in the deaths of many?
Whose side has our conservative Republican government run by Christian fundamentalists been serving? Our enemies haven’t killed, raped and tortured as many people as the business and social policies of the Republican Party have done right here on our own soil using all the trappings of making a profit while they’ve been doing it.
And in all cases, it would’ve been a kinder, more merciful death if our government’s ineptitude, profiteering and social policies through its big business friends and mental health systems / pharmaceutical companies had just shot the victims. Instead of US citizens being forced to endure a tortured experience of food poisoning, or the horrendous drug side effects of psychiatric drugs, their cars bursting into flames while driving them, suffering the effects of lead poisoning, air pollution and exotic chemicals every where they might live, wouldn’t it have been more humane to simply take 100% of their rights away, take all their money and property, shoot them out in a ditch somewhere? Our people have suffered every vile human and civil rights abuse at the hands of the conservative Republican party run government along with the torturous way it was accomplished plus the mental and physical anguish of a nation’s betrayal of trust before dying or killing themselves or killing themselves and others, under the duress and effects of prescribed psychiatric drugs.
Didn’t we used to call those that do that to our people – “enemies”? Isn’t that why we made some countries into our enemies – for their human rights abuses and violations of civil and human rights? Is it any different if our nation tortures and kills us with tainted peanut butter, vomit inducing tainted meat, compliance cocktails of psychiatric pharmaceuticals, defective cars, trucks and household products, homelessness, derision, exclusion from the workforce and economic opportunities, filthy and dangerous hospitals, health and mental health systems that are killing and maiming people for private profits and by abuses of authority, police brutality and government corruption?
Isn’t it the same enemy and the same evil when it is done that way / meted out against the citizens by their government? Isn’t it still genocide even when it is accomplished in a more sophisticated manner? Don’t we count among those enemies of the US, those that do these things which result in deaths, physical maiming and violations of human rights, abuses of authority and brutality? Is it any different when the perpetrators are wearing Armani suits and driving Porches on their way to their church or Republican Party breakfast?
“Nobody accuses these perpetrators who have committed inhumane violent actions against women, against the poor and against both prisoners of war and the regular people of America, as insane. No, they’re given fine opportunities and will go on to work somewhere else putting forth their distorted and malicious views of the world. In fact, if history serves anything it is to tell us that every one of these perpetrators in America will be treated like kings while the rest of us are treated like slaves and otherwise useless aggravations.” – my quote from a couple days ago.
To tell the truth is to say that in the United States of America – you will experience these things, not to pretend that it is not so.
If you are a woman, you will be raped. You will be beat to death or nearly to death in your own home. You will, if you survive, watch your children be taken from you and abused by others the state deems to raise them and they will be put on psychiatric medication such that they can’t think, can’t function, can’t learn, can’t play and can’t write their own name for their hands shaking. When they sleep, there will only be nightmares and darkness while their bodies tingle and feel like thousands of bees stinging them and their ears ring with a high pitched constant painful buzzing. They will never eat a meal they can enjoy because it makes them sick and nauseated. There will be no friendships or dating because the drugs give them diarrhea so they smell like that and endure that humiliation at their school and around other people every other day.
And, you, as a woman in America, will get to experience those things too because the state, your family, your doctor and your community will force you to take those drugs, too. Except that you will also find that the dizziness prevents you from driving or walking across the room to get something without running into things and getting hurt. You won’t sew, or write or read or be able to follow a thought because those drugs are meant to prevent those things to keep you out of trouble and prevent you from saying or doing anything that others might not like. But, you will know. You will know your children’s suffering and sorrows as you watch others abuse them in ways that you would not at the hands of strangers that are housing them to get the money paid by the state for them.
And, you as a woman in America, might get a job, might get to work at something, might start a business, but more likely you will be poor and homeless and surely excluded from the workforce because you are forced to go through the mental health system to get a job. There is no employer that wants to have a full-time well paid employee that has been deemed to be difficult which is evidenced by the fact you are “diagnosed” to need mental health services and psychiatric medications. So, don’t expect to have 40 hours of work at minimum wage or your own home or your own business or your own opportunities to get money as other people do. But, you can’t have your children back and your life back, unless you do just that.
And, if you get a lover, a boyfriend or another husband, you can expect that he will beat you within an inch of your life with whatever is around until you are so bruised, broken and in such pain, that you won’t even want to go on. Then, you will be given even greater doses of and combinations of medications until your body is racked with pain day and night, your ears ring, your hands shake and no one will listen to you because every sound that you utter sounds garbled and confused. Your vision will be blurred, double-vision that twitters and moves instead of ever focusing rightly. Your ability to think will not pursue more than half a thought at a time but every feeling of worthlessness, hopelessness and despair will be amplified and pervade every moment. You will have muscles that twitch uncontrollably and to take a walk means every step is awkward and unbalanced so you will shuffle your feet to feel your way along.
Your lips will be swollen and cracked like having been in the desert for many days in the hot sun. Your thirst will go on day and night with a feeling like a mouthful of dry cotton all the time until finally your teeth fall out from lack of moisture in your mouth. Then, nobody will hire you, nobody will want to be with you and nobody will listen to anything you can muster together into an intelligent sentence because you have the after effects of the drugs you’ve been given to “help” you.
The many days of not being able to go out in the sun and having these drugs strip the vitamins, minerals and electrolytes from your system will leave you vulnerable to every sickness with sick looking skin and sleeplessness, nervousness and both the pain from being physically abused by domestic violence and from the psychiatric drugs themselves. Headaches and nausea will make every moment of every day an intolerable eternity that never seems to end and it will go on for years and years and years.
And, anytime your community, county or state wants money – they will use you and your children to get it by “serving” you some more. The police and local fire services will harass you and your children will be bullied, harassed and brutalized at their schools by their school officials, foster parents, social workers and mental health “professionals” along with abuses by other students and you will watch it helpless to do anything about it. Sooner or later you will end up in jail for some inane, petty something like not having your married name on your ID or saying something your neighbor doesn’t like or walking outside without your shoes on, and in jail you’ll find that every other disabled woman in the community is sitting right there in the county jail, too.
Your ex-husband that beat you till your bones were broken and your beauty was hidden by black and blue bruises and bloody gashes, will sit in his new house with his new wife and explain to everyone how obvious it is that you were the problem all along. And, your family, your community and your friends will agree with him. He won’t spend time in jail or locked up in a mental hospital with medications forced on him or restrained on a board for 16 hours pissing all over himself with his eyes rolling back in his head – nope, that will be done to you for your “mental health”. This is the United States of America that you and your children will experience because it is all that is available to you and the only thing that the Constitution of the United States or the Bill of Rights will ever mean to you and your children in practice.
Then, all the accomplishments and dreams of accomplishments, which are yours alone to give to the world, your motherhood, your youth, your beauty and your opportunities will be shoved down your throat as something you had that you wasted. Because that is how we do things in America.
– cricketdiane, 04-22-09