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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Corporations getting a payday with taxpayer's hard-earned dollars.

I saw this article on +PoliticusUSA's website. This is absolutely infuriating and just proves why we need to do more to empower not just the people, but the +Democrats to help effect change for the people. The +Republicans are not the solution, or part of it, they are problem along with their corporate cohorts. It's part of this plan by those with ties to the John Birch Society to install a far-right system of government that uses fear and anger at those who are minorities as means of distracting voters from the real theft and graft that's been happening over the past 30 years or so. Let's see, Reaganomics failed, even with the Bushian implementation back in 2001 & 2003. We've seen more economic upheaval and insecurity as well as flashes of racial and other forms of hatred at this time than any other time in US History. It's actually much worse than during the Roaring 1920s and Gilded Age combined which saw Culture-War like clashes at nearly the same level.

Anyway, getting back to the corporations, it's not like this should be news to anyone. This has been an ongoing problem from Reagan's presidential tenure to the present. Not to say that +Barack Obama is a saint in any of this, he's not, but don't misunderstand me, he's really trying to do what he can, where he can to get these corporate titans to at least see some reason. I personally see no reason as to why these corporations need to continually intimidate voters into giving them more tax-dollars that they're simply going to move offshore. If anything this should be a call to +Barack Obama to start going after these guys with the US Department of Justice. Since this is kind of a legal gray area, it might be time also for Congress to do its job and make laws that outlaw this type of behavior. One way or another, it's time to end this corruption and make this government work for the people. We pay their salaries, so we should have the final say in who stays and who goes come election 2014.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Death of an icon

When I saw the newsflash by a friend on Facebook, I thought to myself, "Holy cow! This cannot be." Unfortunately it is. The world has just lost the man who almost singlehandedly battled the Apartheid regime in South Africa, Nelson Mandela. He was 95. May he R.I.P., as the world remembers his legacy and the fight for freedom and justice. His memory will continue to live on as South Africa continues to struggle to overcome this tragic part of its past. I hope that other major icons such as +President Jimmy Carter and others will be able to use their clout to carry on the push for peace in many troubled regions just as Mandela did during his years of retirement.


RIP Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christians in Powell Station

I know, what the heck is with this picture of a Jehovah’s Witness (JW) Bible Stand? The reason it’s here is to illuminate the fact that not all Christians are of the ravaging Evanglical sort. The gentleman in this picture (a really nice guy at that), Clarence, was making the point that not all of them are Bible-thumping moralists, but those who accept the fact that the world we all live in is a flawed place. Additionally, I remember him telling me that the “rapture” is only about taking out people who are committing harm and mass suppression/oppression of others (whom he referred to as evil).

I’ll say this about the JW, they’re nowhere near as radical/fanatical as some Evangelicals are. I feel that I should clarify this, I recognize that my first statement about Evangelic Christians was too broadly painting all of them as fundamentalists, which everyone knows is not the case. If anything, the most vocal and fundamentalist branch is only a tiny portion. Most are just ordinary people with families like the rest of us. Going back to the JW, if you think about it, when you know you’re being preached to, it feels less intimidating. What I find myself appreciating about them is that they’re not forcing anyone to accept their view as the sole interpretation of the Bible.

I really find myself in heavy gratitude to the fact that their commitment to social justice knows no limit.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Pope’s Greatest Line & It’s Controversey

I’ve been hearing a lot about Pope Francis’ line that, “Supplyside Economics is a failure” and its immediate uproar among American conservatives. It’s great to see him denouncing all this inequity as there’s no reason for rigging any economic system against middle class people.
I believe this cartoon says it all.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Homeless in San Francisco

It breaks my heart to see others who are completely forced to live out on the streets, but what turns my sadness to fury is when the media and those in the upper eschelons of society continue to dehumanize them and make them out to be a burden on the rest of us. This is not so, many of these people are just average folks with their own life stories, and their own dreams and aspirations, but with no means to see such dreams become reality.

Here's one such example:

This is a great guy with an amazing voice. I've only recently seen his singing prowess, and believe me, if he could be tapped, he'd be a massive hit. But his case, is like many others in San Francisco, unnoticed, since no one gives them a chance. It doesn't even take 5 minutes of your time, folks, to listen to a voice like this, or to hear an interesting story from off the street, which I can tell you, there's a lot of them. No, most times these people are not going to blow the money you give them on drugs (a very small minority do), as much as they'll use it to get either food, or even a cup of coffee, to keep themselves warm. Most, as I've said before, are just normal folks who have no financial means to live what we call a normal life.

Friday, November 22, 2013

A new beginning

I realize that this might be a departure from hitting the Right-Wing where it hurts the most, but I think I need to take a quick break from politics to start speaking what’s on my mind at the moment.

I feel that I now can move forward in trying to navigate my way through life itself due to having the beinnings of a foundation under my feet. In order for me to be successful, I need someone to guide me, as it comes with the territory of living as an American with disabilities, and it’s why I’m so thankful for the active involvement by my Mom. My Mom is like my bedrock, someone who I can count on when I’ll start my transition into the real world of careerbuilding. I’m most appreciative of the fact that she understands this and she’s now able to take a more active role.

I have to admit for my own well-being, the timing could not be better. This was something I stayed quiet about for about 5-6 months, never fully bringing it up as my Grandpa (may he RIP, 1922-2013) was dying and my Mom’s stress level increasing during that period. 

I want all to understand, THIS IS NO EXCUSE FOR ANY INACTION ON MY PART. I realize I might have done this sooner, rather than yesterday, but sometimes keeping quiet about one’s needs until the right moment comes up can pay dividends. Basically, I knew that until my Mom was able to focus on my transition, just bide my time in my current job and try not to do anything within my capacity to upset the situation at hand.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Post from Facebook via Twitter.

I remember that I retweeted this post from +The Ed Show on Twitter, in which I was happy to see that Ed Schultz was doing a radio show from Miami, Florida. Anyway, getting a like on this threaded post via Twitter to my Facebook page is enough to show why I enjoy doing this kind of thing. It helps people out, by showing that there is someone who cares deeply about some of the same issues they do.





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