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May 5, 2015

Fact check: Huckabee repeats discredited claims

Filed under: Economics, Greed, News, Political, Religion — Scottie @ 22:02

Fact check: Huckabee repeats discredited claims.

You know what saddens me, it is that Huckabee who was a pastor, who is trying to win the religious vote, feels it is OK to lie so blatantly.   He makes no attempt to be honest.   I would think that he would be the first one to insist on complete honestly in everyone but especially himself.   Is it not one of the ten commandments of his god to not tell lies.    Yet he repeats often what he knows has been fact checked and found to be false and wrong, yet again he says them like they are fact.    Sad to see he has sold his soul for the idea of presidency.    I know if I was a christian religious person I would refuse to follow someone who lies so clearly and knowingly.   Hugs

Bernie Sanders Plans To Dramatically Alter Social Security | ThinkProgress

Filed under: Economics, Greed, Ideas, News, Political — Scottie @ 15:35

Bernie Sanders Plans To Dramatically Alter Social Security | ThinkProgress.

Watch the video.  Simply stopping the cap so rich people pay on all their income like the rest of us, would not only fund it for a huge amount of time but be able to increase the amount the poor get so they can live with out having to eat cat food or stop taking their meds.  Why should the really wealthy only have to pay the social security tax on a small portion of their wealth while the rest pay on all their small income.  Don’t tell me people will stop working  and pulling in their 3 hundred THOUSAND and more just because they have to pay an extra 20 dollars in taxes.  They won’t even notice.   Heck they drop more than that and it is too small for them to bend over and pick back up.  It is a dodge to make people scared.    I can tell you for a fact that most people have not managed to save any money due to the high cost of living and the fact that wages have stagnated over the last 40 years.   So people have only social security to retire on.  No single person can live on just social security, nor can any disabled person.    That is the society we have created here in our country.    Enjoy.   Hugs

 

Addicting Info – With Officers Charged In Freddie Gray Case, Family Of Tamir Rice Fed Up, Speaks Out For Justice

Filed under: Bigotry, News, Political, Race, Sad — Scottie @ 15:04

Addicting Info – With Officers Charged In Freddie Gray Case, Family Of Tamir Rice Fed Up, Speaks Out For Justice.

again another excerpt.  Please read the whole article.  It is so heart breaking that a 12 yr old was gunned down and the police who did it are not even concerned with being held accountable.    Sad.   Hugs

The family spokesperson also pointed out that video only partially exists of Gray’s arrest and subsequent death, yet all six officers involved have been charged; whereas, full video surveillance exists of Tamir Rice’s murder, complete with showing an officer shooting the boy down within a second or two of exiting his car. As one Facebook commenter said at the time of the video’s first release, “[That cop’s] seatbelt didn’t even have time to snap back before he shot that child.” The family’s spokesperson said:

“The way they shot Tamir, the conduct after they shot Tamir, everything is reckless and irresponsible.”

Believing in the clear evidence presented in the form of the surveillance film, Maddison said:

“Five months and twelve days we have waited for some sort of response. We want the sympathy to turn into support. This foot-dragging investigation is going slower than molasses in the wintertime. Tamir Rice cannot be put to final rest because they need more time.”

With Officers Charged In Freddie Gray Case, Family Of Tamir Rice Fed Up, Speaks Out For Justice

Filed under: Bigotry, News, Political, Race, Sad — Scottie @ 14:56

I watched the video of the out right killing of this 12 yr old boy.   It was a murder.  They drove up and just shot him.  I posted this before and I listed ten things the officers could have done differently.   First not stop right in front of the boy if they really thought he had a weapon as they claim.  They did not have time on the video to assess the situation.  They just rushed up to a black boy and shot him dead.  That is bigotry and murder, and it is NOT police work.   Hugs

Addicting Info – With Officers Charged In Freddie Gray Case, Family Of Tamir Rice Fed Up, Speaks Out For Justice.

The family of Tamir Rice is fed up, frustrated, and fighting back for the lack of action against the officers involved in the murder of the 12-year-old Cleveland, Ohio boy. Monday, Rice’s family spoke truth to power at a press conference regarding the snaillike pace the case has been taking so far, citing that officers in Freddie Gray’s murder have been charged merely several weeks after Gray’s death, but Cleveland has yet to do so since Rice’s murder last November.

That’s how bad the state of affairs have gotten in the United States – when cops blatantly murdering citizens who have not even committed any crimes still takes “several weeks” to decide to charge, and that’s a victory. Because, you know, even cops killing kids on camera aren’t charged, it appears. Sure, the police were informed Rice had a gun, but it’s also reported (though contested) that they knew it was a BB gun. Either way there is no excuse for the speed at which Rice was gunned down by an officer who had only just sprung from his vehicle.

Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, stated:

“In less than a second, my son is gone and I want to know how long I have to wait for justice.”

Charges Dropped Against Willie Manning; Becomes 153rd Death Row Exoneree | Death Penalty Information Center

Filed under: News, Political — Scottie @ 11:48

Charges Dropped Against Willie Manning; Becomes 153rd Death Row Exoneree | Death Penalty Information Center.

another in a long list of why we need to get rid of the death penalty.   First it is almost useless for any thing and way too costly, but we can not give back lives that are taken.   how do we bring those the state kills back to life and say sorry, but you were not guilty all this time.    Here is the real issue, how to give back that which we take or make our mistakes right.  Prison is a punishment for committing a crime, well if we use the death penalty on not guilty people, what punishment does the state have to pay?   Hugs

May 4, 2015

Addicting Info – Man Builds Homeless Woman A Tiny Home Because ‘Everyone Should Have A Right To Shelter’ (VIDEO)

Filed under: Health, Ideas, Love, News, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 13:57

Addicting Info – Man Builds Homeless Woman A Tiny Home Because ‘Everyone Should Have A Right To Shelter’ (VIDEO).

Hope, there is a ray of hope.  Thanks.   Hugs

Wisconsin Rep. Wants To Make Poor People Shop In Separate But Probably Not Equal Grocery Stores

Filed under: Bigotry, Economics, Health, News, Political, Sad — Scottie @ 13:32

Addicting Info – Wisconsin Rep. Wants To Make Poor People Shop In Separate But Probably Not Equal Grocery Stores.

Again I ask , what is this drive that people who have more than enough for what they want to hurt, shame , and deny the basics to those who have little or nothing?  I just can’t understand this.  I just gave several days of my time to an elderly lady in our park who needed my knowledge, and when we were done she fretfully reached for her purse to pay me.  I do know she was struggling and so I said I don’t charge.  She was upset and I did not want to hurt her pride, so I simply said I would take a donation, the amount up to her as to what she thought was right.   I have to say I was so happy to see the relief in her eyes as she slid a few crumpled bills into my hand.   I placed them in my pocket with a thank you and turned the talk to other matters.   If you don’t understand I doubt I can explain.

Wisconsin Republicans Think Potatoes And Spices Are Too Fancy For Poor People

Filed under: Bigotry, Economics, Health, News, Political, Sad — Scottie @ 13:08

Heart breaking, really heart breaking..and how do people who have more than enough even consider ideas like this….I just don’t get it.   Hugs

Addicting Info – Wisconsin Republicans Think Potatoes And Spices Are Too Fancy For Poor People.

It seems that Republicans are now in a competition to see who can kick poor people the hardest just because they are down.

In Wisconsin, they are attempting to shorten the list of “acceptable” foods to the point where it would be almost impossible to survive.

Here’s a list of just some of the ways Republicans are trying to punish people who are on food stamps:

plus:

No jarred spaghetti sauce for poor folks, or soups, salsa, or ketchup. No canned beans, except for green, wax or yellow beans. Actually, beans can be purchased, but with a different check. For some items, the bill specifies certain brands. It would also eliminate bulk food, which are generally the least expensive.

To demonstrate the perils of food policing at Thursday’s hearing, a Democrat on the committee held up a plate of four different kinds of cheese. Although they are nutritionally indistinguishable, three of the four cheeses would be prohibited. “When you look at something like this cheese plate, there’s no evidence of sharp cheddar fraud. People are not buying sharp cheddar in order to defraud FoodShare, and there’s no nutritional difference. So if those are the stated goals, the bill is not accomplishing either,” Rep. Mark Spreitzer said.

Source: Think Progress

During Brooks’ time in office, he has authored just two bills. The first is a state and local tax cut for people wealthy enough to take capital losses. The second is to force poor people off their potato and oregano habit. There’s no word on how he’s forcing the rich people to spend their tax cuts.

May 3, 2015

In Congress, income inequality comes with breakfast, lunch

Filed under: Economics, Health, News, Political — Scottie @ 09:05

In Congress, income inequality comes with breakfast, lunch.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Income inequality is more than a political sound bite to workers in the Capitol. It’s their life.

Many of the Capitol’s food servers, who make the meals, bus the tables and run the cash registers in the restaurants and carryouts that serve lawmakers, earn less than $11 an hour. Some make nothing at all when Congress is in recess.

Members of the House and Senate collect their $174,000 annual salaries whether Congress is making laws, taking a break or causing a partial government shutdown.

“This is the most important building in the world,” said Sontia Bailey, who works the cash register and stocks the shelves at the “Refectory” takeout on the Capitol’s Senate side. “You’d think our wages would be better.”

Bailey, 34, makes $10.33 an hour, a hair above the $10.10 hourly minimum for federal contractors. She had to move from her apartment to a rented room when the 2013 temporary government shutdown interrupted her income, she said.

KFC pays her better. Bailey works weekends and two evenings a week there, making $12 an hour.

In the Capitol food service world, she said, “everybody has second jobs.”

May 2, 2015

Orange County family paid $72K to keep son in upgraded jail cell after he killed girl while drunk driving

Filed under: Greed, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 20:31

I have included a excerpt from the article below.  Please read the whole article to see how very unfair this it.   It seems it would be against all we believe in.   Hugs

Orange County family paid $72K to keep son in upgraded jail cell after he killed girl while drunk driving.

The family of one Seal Beach man paid over $72,000 for an upgraded cell, away from the general population, while he served 2-years for killing a classmate after crashing his car while driving drunk.

Called “pay-to-stay,” the cells can be found in Seal Beach, Anaheim, Arcadia, Burbank, Glendale, Huntington Beach, Pasadena, Santa Ana and Torrance, at nightly rates of $127 to $143. In some cities, the non-violent offender’s cell doors are not locked, and the prisoners are free to come and go to their jobs on a daily basis.

In Anaheim, inmates in the city’s pay-to-stay jail program are able to check out their own DVD players for their cell, and work out in a nice gym for a price.
The city of Fullerton offers one upgraded cell where inmates who can afford the $127 a night gets their own TV, a telephone in the cell,  and a personal full-size refrigerator.

“Bottom line — if you don’t have the money, you’re not going to be able to stay,” explained Det. Laura Lomeli, who added that the cells are for “Good people who made a mistake, made a bad choice — and they have to pay the consequences.”

According to Peter Eliasberg, legal director for the ACLU of Southern California, “What a terrible idea. What a slap in the face for the concept of equal justice for all. If it’s a public service — that should be offered to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.”

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