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American Censorship Protest

I didn't wear the uniform of this country for 20-some years to have that same country tell me what I can and can't see on the internet. Mozilla is just one of several organizations listed on the web page supporting this protest. I am sure there are quite a few more.

Go. Look. Make up your own mind. I know I made up mine.
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The state of Kentucky is going to vote on Amendment 26 which will state that a fertilized human egg, a cloned entity or anything of that sort will considered a 'person' with all the rights and privileges of any other person. Not amazingly enough, all the spoke-people are male.

Go figure.

So there's no doubt that the 'morning after pill', birth control and things like life saving abortions and such will be tossed under the bus. But to carry this 'I *Have* to have control of *Your* body because I know better then you' legislation further, does that mean if a pregnant woman drinks or smokes or takes anything internally [like a medication prescribed by her doctor] that *might* cause harm to the unborn, that she is committing battery against another person?

Okay everybody, let's take one giant step backward to the days when women had no rights of their own and were essentially chattels whose only purpose was to cater to their men and produce babies for the man's legacies.
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Quick question: In Cain's 9-9-9 plan [9% sales tax, 9% income tax, and 9% corporate tax] is that 9% sales tax in place of already existing state sales tax or on top of that? Because if it's on top of it and he wants folks on disabilities to also pay income tax on top of their state income tax [if your yearly is low enough you don't pay Federal Income Tax and a lot of states don't require income taxes paid on disability income]. If so then a lot of lower and middle income people are royally screwed.

Right now Idaho has a 6% sales tax on non-food items. Food isn't taxed. That's one of the few things that saves me. If the sales tax thing is 9% straight across the board and would include food, utilities, everything, I'm screwed. And so far I can't find any real information of just what he means by this plan of his.

Anyone have a clue?
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Osama Bin Laden is dead.

Yes, the threat level will go up. Yes, we most likely will see some form of terrorist response. But I can't help but feel the world is a better place right now.

Just my opinion. Your mileage may vary.
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Found on the web by[ profile] siliconshaman
This is why Japan is surviving the global economic recession and western companies aren't doing so well. The Japanese CEOs tend to look out for their workers because they understand that it is the workers that make the company. The big US CEOs are more often worried about their own bennies and perks.

Can anyone imagine the average big western CEO doing the same? I certainly can't.
CEO of JAL Airlines
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[ profile] siliconshaman brought these little gems to light.

South Dakota proposes making killing abortion providers legal.

Missouri state Senator wants to repeal child labor laws.

I'd love to say these are isolated incidents and say with utter confidence that the World [or at least my part of it] isn't going street rat crazy, but I'd be lying like a cheap thrift shop carpet.
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Last 8+ days: Egyptian anti-government protesters have been very peaceful over all. Many of them have brought their entire families and are camping in Tahrir Square. The Egyptian Army has been at the entrances to the Square, checking for weapons and such and making sure if any conflicts break out, they are settled out before things escalate out of hand. There has been some looting, but the people themselves have been discouraging that.

Last 24 hours: Pro-government forces have been 'staging a rally'. Firebombs and all sorts of improvised incendiary devices are being thrown, many of them at various areas within the Square starting many fires. And not just a few, but 'quite' a few. There is the sound of automatic weapons fire in the background and CNN's reporter has related he and his camera crew have been physically attached several times. Something that simply hasn't happened up until now. He said it looks like the three main entrances to the Square are being blocked by pro-government forces. He's also seen pro-gov protesters walking around armed with knives, etc. There has been a massive increase in people suffering serious injuries, a lot of them head injuries.

And it doesn't look like the Army is doing one single thing to step in the break it up.

So, for a quick recap:
Anti-government protesters - pretty much peaceful the last 8-9 days, family to include women and children have been camping in the square, minimal or no weapons seen and minimal damage caused by them and the Army stepping in from time to time to keep things quiet.

Pro-government protesters - started up in the last 24 hours, mostly armed males, the Army is sitting back not doing squat to stop the fire bombing, the assaults, or making *any* effort to make sure the men, women and children who are currently in the Square stay safe or can leave the square safely if they wish.

Folks, even if I weren't a cynical, pessimistic sorta gal, I'd still have to come away from this with the impression this is a government promoted and supported, staged aggression against those who want a change in their government to give the world a taste of what the Egyptian government wants folks to think Egypt would be if Mubarak stepped down.

Now, I'm not saying what I think you should get from this whole mess. I'm just saying take the time to review the actions of the last 9+ days and then do the math for yourself.
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This is most likely the gentleman involved in the shooting - Jared Lee Loughner. Check it out before someone blocks this site. His MySpace site is already gone.



Mind Control

Favorite Video - Your Last Memory of a Terrorist

From: Starhitshnaz | October 02, 2010  | 317 views

If there's no flag in the constitution then the flag in the film is unknown.
There's no flag in the constitution.
Therefore, the flag in the film is unknown.
Burn every new and old flag that you see.
Burn your flag!
I bet you can imagine this in your mind with a faster speed.
Watch this protest in reverse!
Ask the local police; "What's your illegal activity on duty?".
If you protest the government then there's a new government from protesting.
There's not a new government from protesting.
Thus, you aren't protesting the government.
There's something important in this video: There's no communication to anyone in this location.
You shouldn't be afraid of the stars.
There's a new bird on my right shoulder. The beak is two feet and lime green. The rarest bird on earth, there's no feathers, but small grey scales all over the body. It's with one large red eye with a light blue iris. The bird feet are the same as a woodpecker. This new bird and there's only one, the gender is not female or male. The wings of this bird are beautiful; 3 feet wide with the shape of a bald eagle that you could die for. If you can see this bird then you will understand. You think this bird is able to chat about a government?
I want you to imagine a comet or meteoroid coming through the atmosphere.
On the other hand, welcome yourself to the desert: Maybe your ability to protest is from the brainwash of the current government structure.
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Today Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and at least 12 others were shot at close range at a Tucson Arizona Safeway. She was holding a pre-advertised meeting for her local constituents. Giffords is still in surgery for a GSW to the head *at this time*. Several others who were taken to the same facility are in critical or serious condition, including a child [age unknown].

Over the last couple of days, there have been three separate packages [that we know of] in the Washington DC area that were, basically, incendiary devices addressed to government members that went off in two separate post officers, to include the Sec. of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Just what the fuck is going on with my country here? Congresswoman Giffords' a moderate Democrat and I know Arizona has gotten more and more right wing militant over the last few months, but I can't stomach it if it was this sort of head set and personal motivation that promoted it. Someone from that area associated with one of the newspapers in that area describes the political feels in that state as the 'Militant Right'.

I have never disagreed with someone's right to express their own political opinion. That's one of the things I wore the uniform to support. But it is *never* all right to express that opinion with physical force.

UPDATE: 18 people shot, 6 have died.

Update - 2PM MST: Congressman Griffords is still alive and out of surgery, but one of the dead was a 'young child - 9 years old'. The bastard who did the shooting - there are no words.
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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal passed US Senate 65 for, 31 against

DADT Fails!

Dec. 9th, 2010 02:09 pm
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40 for 57 against the Senate bill that includes the repeal of the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy.


One giant step backward.
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The Great State of Idaho is turning flat out red. I see a couple of State Representative positions that are clearly Democrat, but pretty much everything else is seriously leaning Republican. Governor, Lt. Governor, both US Representatives, State Senator, Sec of State, State Comptroller, Super of Schools, on and on and on.

Not holding out much hope here. I am in Furthest Gaul - a Stranger in a Strange Land.
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Some thoughts:

I was amazed just how easy it was here. I mailed in a request for registration. I got a phone call from the local county voter registration ofice asking for my SSN to verify my driver's license #. Showed up at my local polling place, showed my ID [military, etc] and signed in. Was given a couple of paper ballots that I too to my little cardboard cube, filled out and slipped in the sealed ballot box. And that was it. In and out time about 5 minutes not counting a bit of chatting. If I hadn't been able to pre-reg like I did, I could have signed an 'Personal Identification Affidavit' stating I'm really who I say I am and I live in Idaho at the time of the elections.

They are trying to make voting as easy and as accessable as possible here. Idahoans take their civil liberties *very* seriously. Which, in my opinion, is good.

Other than the indivudual positions: govenor, senator, etc., there were only four seperate issues. That really facinated me as they were so simple and basic, compaired to wsome of the resolutions I've seem trying to be passed in WA. Reader's Digest veions are as follows.

SJR-101: Should the Board of Regents of the University of Idaho be able to charge students tuition. The U of I was created before Idaho statehood and was set up to provide free education. Right now, the U of I charges no tutition, only student fees. Student fees cannot be used to pay for classroom instruction. All of the other state-supported colleges and universities in Idaho have the authority to charge tuition, and this amendment specifies that the University of Idaho will have the same authority.

HJR-4: This proposed amendment will allow public hospitals to acquire facilities, equipment, technology and real property through a variety of means that aid the public hospital operations, as long as the acquisitions are paid for solely from charges, rents or payments derived from the existing or financed facilities and are not funded by property taxes. Under current Idaho constitutional provisions, public hospitals, as subdivisions of the state of Idaho, have limited ability to incur debt without the approval of a two-thirds vote at an election held for that purpose. This proposed amendment will provide a limited alternative to that two-thirds vote requirement. The use of tax dollars to finance these kinds of investments is prohibited.

HJR-5: Currently, local governmental entities that operate airports and regional airport authorities cannot incur indebtedness without the approval of a two-thirds vote at an election held for that purpose. This
proposed amendment will allow local governmental entities that operate airports and regional airport authorities to issue revenue and special facility bonds to acquire, construct, install and equip land,
facilities, buildings, projects or other property. Voter approval will not be required to incur such indebtedness, as long as the bonds are paid for by fees, charges, rents, payments, grants or other
revenues derived from the airport or its facilities. The use of tax dollars to repay such bonds is prohibited.

HJR-7: Two Parts - This proposed amendment has two parts. The first part will allow any city owning a municipal electric system to acquire, construct, install and equip electrical generating, transmission and distribution facilities for the purpose of supplying electricity to customers within its service area. The city will be authorized to issue revenue bonds to pay for such facilities, with the assent of a majority of the qualified voters, provided that these bonds are paid for by the electrical system rates and charges, or revenues derived from the municipal electric system, and not with tax dollars.

The second part of this proposed amendment will allow any city owning a municipal electric system to enter into agreements to purchase, share, exchange or transmit wholesale electricity to customers
within its service area, without voter approval. Any indebtedness or liability from these agreements will be paid for by the electrical system rates and charges, or revenues derived from the municipal
electric system, and not with tax dollars.

It's going to be interesting to see what all happens. There are basically four major parties officially registered here in the state: Republican, Democrat, Constitutinal and Libertarian. But if you want to consider the split off in the Republicans by the Tea Party Movement, it really makes 5. This is a pretty heavy conservbitive Republicain state. I mean *Really* conservitive Republican. A lot of the incumbants for the 'lesser offices' like Coroner, etc. are Republicans running unopposed. There are several candidates I totally disagree with and for those out there who know me, you know that they are, most likely, Republicans.

As I said, we'll see what happens.
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I've got CNN on in the background and the 'JK USA' show is on. And everyone's discussing whether it's right and appropriate to extend unemployment when the nation really doesn't have the budget to pay for it. [Budget - that's a whole 'nother topic for a different time or this will dissolve into Rant Land real fast.]

But what got my attention is the CNN lead was talking to one of the multiple Republican 'talking heads' who's been on today [a senate being or some such], asking them what the Repubs would be willing to sacrifice to help make sure folks got what they needed to survive [compassion vs budget]. The Repub was going on and on about how 'we all' have to 'tighten our belts' and 'learn to live within our means', etc and all I could think of was 'Just how much *did* that suit cost him?"

Dude, take what you've spent on that suit you're wearing - that tie, those shoes and don't forget the cost of that haircut and fake tan. Take the yearly cost of your wardrobe and donate the monies to a local food bank. *All* you politician types do the same. And then you can begin to *think*, just think, about what living within your means actually is.

Hell, guy, you haven't got a clue what 'living within your means' actually means. Well, maybe, years ago in the whole 'going to college' era, but right now?

Yeah... right...

And before anyone jumps me because I was nit-picking a fella from the Reduplication side of the house, let me assure you, I'd like to see this happen across the board: Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Independent, Green Party, Whig, Owl Party, *any* party. Before any of you tell us, we huddled masses yearning to be able to afford the basics of daily living, how to live, I want to see you do it right now. On the same salaries, or lack thereof, we folks in the trenches are dealing with right now.

Otherwise how in the Sam Hell can *you* decide policy for the rest of us? Gentlemen and Ladies, if *you* can't do it and survive, how the Hell can you expect us to?

Yeah - he's certainly living within *his* means. I'd like to give his means a try my own self.

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Echoed from 'moonrat's' blog post titled "An open letter to Barak Obama".

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted you to know that I am very lucky. I have a job at a time when a lot of people, especially people in my industry, do not. I don't make a ton of money, but I just about pay my bills. I'm pretty healthy, and I live in a place I love and am deeply proud of, and I am surrounded by so many people who care about me that I am occasionally overcome with pleasant shock.

My point here is that I know people are asking a lot of you right now. They want, or maybe I should say expect, you to fix their lives, right their sinking ships, solve world crises and knit a sweater for their grandmothers. And while I don't blame them, since I've seen where they're coming from, I don't envy you what you have in front of you.

So there's just one thing I want to ask you for, and it's this: if there's anything that I can do for YOU and my government, I want you to let me know. I don't really have any money I can give you, but I have my time and my energy, and a short list of skills that may or may not be of use to you. You, Mr. President, have gotten me excited about the idea of a government that isn't a cold, distant, unilateral tyranny, but is instead a kind of club that we all belong to by default and may, for once, actually be involved in. I want you to use me, if you can; I want to be there for America.

My very best wishes to you.



I couldn't have written it better.
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[My thanks to [ profile] delux_vivens for sharing this. I'm echoing this from her LJ]

Halau Ho'omau I ka Wai Ola O Hawai'i, under the direction of Kumu Hula Manu Ikaika, perform a name chant in honor of the inauguration of President Barack Obama at the Smithsonian Institution's "Out of Many" festival.

[Recorded January 18, 2009 at the National Museum of the American Indian. ]

He mele inoa no Obama
(Name chant in honor of Barack Obama)

E nana i ke ali'i, he kanaka ikaika
(Look at our leader, a strong person is he)
He keiki o ka 'aina kupono la e
(A child from the land of righteousness)
He pua o Hawai'i, i kuhia i alaka'i
(A child of Hawai'i destined to lead)
Nana e ho'oulu i ka pono, aloha e
(Who will make goodness flourish, with aloha)
'Ike 'ia ma ka lani la ka hikina 'ana mai
(Signs in the heavens tell of the coming of a new chief)
Ka 'imi 'ana i ka pono me ke aloha
(Working for righteousness with love)
Paulele 'ia ihola ka hulina
(Belief in change is instilled in the heart)
'Oiai mau ke ea o ka 'aina i ka pono
(For the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana
(Let the story be known in the telling)
Hiki mai ke alaka'i e ho'oulu hou
(The leader to renew inspiration has come)
Uluhia maila
(The living essence)
ke ola o ka 'aina
(of the land flourishes)
Aloha no, e
(We offer loving regard, indeed)
He inoa no Barack Obama
(A name song for Barack Obama)

Chant composed by Manu Ikaika, Dec. 7 2008, with language advisor Puakea Nogelmeier.
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This piece echoed from [ profile] eyecatching_art says it all.

Some of the camera shots from around Washington DC were unbelievable. So many people, all there because they simply wanted to be a witness to this amazing step in history. Even if they couldn't see things for themselves [and all the massively large screen TVs all over the place did help to some extent], they were there.

I wish I had been...
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This is probably the most major one: the inauguration of America's first non-Caucasian President of the US.

It's been an incredible couple of days. Sunday was a wonderful concert open to the public at the Lincoln Memorial titled "We Are One". Today the President-elect was out painting walls. The upcoming First Lady was packing gift bags for the troops. Both the upcoming First Lady and Second Lady are hosting a Children's Ball tonight.

So many wonderful things.

The following are the words that kicked off the concert yesterday, the opening prayer delivered by The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire. The man who is raising eyebrows the world around for being quite open about his sexuality.

May this be the start of more such openness. And may we, as a people and a nation, take these words and these wishes to heart. Not just for today. Not just for the next four years. But for all the years to come.


Opening Inaugural Event
Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
January 18, 2009

Welcome to Washington! The fun is about to begin, but first, please join me in pausing for a moment, to ask God’s blessing upon our nation and our next president.

O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will…

Bless us with tears – for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.

Bless us with anger – at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Bless us with discomfort – at the easy, simplistic “answers” we’ve preferred to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth, about ourselves and the world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.

Bless us with patience – and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be “fixed” anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah.

Bless us with humility – open to understanding that our own needs must always be balanced with those of the world.

Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance – replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in our diversity, we are stronger.

Bless us with compassion and generosity – remembering that every religion’s God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human community, whether across town or across the world.

And God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office of President of the United States.

Give him wisdom beyond his years, and inspire him with Lincoln’s reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy’s ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King’s dream of a nation for ALL the people.

Give him a quiet heart, for our Ship of State needs a steady, calm captain in these times.

Give him stirring words, for we will need to be inspired and motivated to make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges ahead.

Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his leadership, there will be neither red nor blue states, but the United States.

Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims.

Give him the strength to find family time and privacy, and help him remember that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his daughters’ childhoods.

And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents, and we’re asking FAR too much of this one. We know the risk he and his wife are taking for all of us, and we implore you, O good and great God, to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand – that he might do the work we have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling, and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity and peace.


Tomorrow is the start of making "Yes We Can" a reality. There's no doubt we as individuals and as a nation will stumble along the way, but so long as we pick ourselves up and try again, we can do it. I do truly believe we can.

ADDENDA: A recording of the prayer can be found here: Inauguration Prayer . My thanks to [ profile] corbaegirl for sharing the link.


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