Hoody for Trayvon, Orange for Women

Today my avatar sports a hoody for Trayvon and is colored orange for women. These two issues are VERY related.

As a woman I know that if a stranger stalked me in his SUV, got out and approached me (with or without a gun) I would run. If he caught me I would fight with everything I had. And, if he shot and killed me he would be innocent in Florida. Yet not so long ago a Florida woman fired a warning shot at her abusive husband and got 20 years. This is not a good example of justice but it is the law.

The law is just whatever the lawmakers make it.

As citizens we need to make the connection between things like gerrymandering, big campaign funders, and the fact that the monied elite draft, distribute, and lobby for law that supports their business strategies.

“Shoot first ask questions later” laws were brought to state legislatures in 2005 by ALEC and its benefactors. In this case, the NRA and its benefactors.

Manipulating the law to sell weapons and ammo is no different than manipulating the law to sell ambulatory surgical center services. Both came from the same place, as did voter suppression strategies. It may not make sense on the surface, it may not even be ethical or moral, but it is legal and it is profitable.

One giant leap for plutocracy… for now. We will #FreeTheElected from the control of big business campaign funders and stop this fashionable trend of law for profit.

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Dear Employees, I gladly impart my wisdom: pay attention!

Dear Employees:

In this country of ours it is important to vote for the candidate of your choice. But today, more than ever, your future employment with this company depends upon how you vote.

Our shareholders, executives, corporate officers, and I have gotten used to the lifestyle afforded by today’s generous tax climate. The wrong vote could change all that.

And the idea that we might have to provide equal pay for equal work, include health insurance in your compensation, contribute to the social safety net, or help pay down the debt seems so ordinary, and not attractive to investors.

You should be grateful we haven’t sent your jobs overseas or brought in guest workers already! The wrong vote just might make us change our minds.

After all, it is money that makes money in this country, and if you want us to continue to include you in our business plans, I suggest you think twice before you make us cranky.

Best wishes for smart voting and future employment,             THE BOSS

TEAhadists taint all Republicans

If the Tea Party is made up of good people with honest concerns looking for some changes in how the government operates, what do you call those who lurk within the Tea Party in order to conduct self serving mischief?

I call them TEAhadists, zealots at war with all-ideas-not-their-own: a cult. Hidden like insurgents in the midst of real grassroots folks, they spread their poison the same way we accuse al Qaeda of spreading their theocracy.

The latest mischief is to win an election by keeping you from voting. The True the Vote campaign sorts people off the voter rolls by challenging details of residence, like apartment buildings inaccurately on tax rolls as commercial property. Bullies at the Ballot Box is their plan to recruit 1,000,000 people to harass voters even once they reach the polls, stalling the lines and forcing as many as possible to leave before they have a chance to vote. We have all been watching the new Voter ID laws attempt to prevent the vote of the elderly, the poor, and millions of women who have not changed their names on their voter ID after they married. Even free ID is not free if we count the time and money to obtain the documents it takes to get it. We can all thank ALEC for that one.

All this back-to-pre-civil-rights-movement behavior happens with a backdrop of a propaganda paparazzi on radio, TV, and the internet that loves a well altered fact. Anger. Hate. Frustration. Hopelessness. The angst behind the faked “news”, information, and opinion would make the infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels proud.

We pat ourselves on the back when people in Iraq dip a finger in ink: we promote voting-for-all in broken nations, yet fight like hell to keep “undeserving” fingers OUT in America. Our hypocracy is not lost on the rest of the world.

In my mind it is just too hard to tell a TEAhadist from others in the Tea Party Army, and too hard to tell a Republican from a TEA, so I cannot vote for any of them. If the last two years have taught me anything, it is that even the “good ones” surrender their common sense in order to comply with orders once elected. Their voice and vote are too unanimous to be truly grass roots: there IS a man behind the curtain and we NEED to pay attention.

Join me: shun the TEAhadists and the party they use as an air bag. Register. Vote. Don’t take NO for an answer.

Citizenship for Zygotes – so what?

The robo-partisans want to extend 14TH Amendment constitutional rights to zygotes: citizenship for the fertilized egg. Big deal.

I can own a gun – lots of guns. I can shoot and kill a citizen who breaks in to my house or scares me on the street.  I have the gun: the perception of threat is mine. The NRA and ALEC tell me so.

I guess if we recognized rape pregnancies as intruders, or any untimely pregnancy as scary – citizen or not – I should have the right to defend myself. The perception of threat should be mine.

The catch? I think the robo-partisans would have to accept my rights if only doctors used a tiny tiny tiny little gun to end the pregnancy, preferably one purchased at an ALEC – NRA member outlet.