Es Ist Zeit for Justice Democrats

So the Justice Democrats decided to shoot themselves in the foot recently by asking for the resignations of founding members Cenk Uygur and David Koller. Both are also founding members of the online news show The Young Turks.

While I do not support what Cenk and David had to say which you can read about there https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/justice-democrats-ousts-cenk-uygur_us_5a3eb4d1e4b025f99e178181

I do support the right to free speech, and recognize that speech and actions are two separate things or at least they should be. As noted in the article, Cenk said some really stupid things about women over 18 years ago, he apologized for them and deleted them 12 years ago and apologized for them again recently. So sure, he said something stupid, but what he did wasn’t illegal so why are the Justice Democrats shooting themselves in the foot and asking him to resign.

Let’s try to be objective about this, because part of their reasoning is good. They want to be a party that actually has values, and that’s a good thing, and they say his statements violate their core values.

However, no crime has been committed here and honoring the first amendment should be part of the values of any political organization in the US. So NOT honoring them is now something the Justice Democrats and Republicans have in common. Actually, sadly this is true of most of the political organizations at this point because they’re really private corporations and do not reflect the values set forth in the constitution.

Also, no one gave the Justice Democrats more of a boost than TYT Network and specifically Cenk Uygur. They even recently created a show for progressive candidates called “Rebel Headquarters.” It was one of the only places that we actually got to hear from progressive candidates, and I hope that won’t come to an end. I think TYT Network and Cenk are big enough to keep doing the interviews, etc. but who knows.

So the Justice Democrats shot themselves in the foot on this one, or another way to put it might be that they cut off their nose to spite their face. At a time when the Republicans routinely support candidates that should be in jail for actually assaulting children should we really be attacking Cenk and David for some blog posts they made 18 years ago?

I think the tweet from William LeGate (a person I know nothing about personally by the way) puts it best. “Now, you’re calling for the top progressive leaders in your organization to resign over WORDS—not actions—they wrote nearly 2 decades ago, deleted 12 years ago, and have publicly apologized for & condemned.”

I guess no one can learn and grow anymore. At least not when the Justice Democrats are too busy polishing their halos to stop and look at the 1st Amendment. It doesn’t say that you have to agree with what people say. Just that they have the right to say just about anything they want.

This is why the progressives never have anything and why we can’t get rid of the Corporate Democrats or the Republicans. The Corporate Democrats like Patty Murray, Cory Booker, Maria Cantwell… the list goes on, don’t even blink an eye at accepting money from big Pharma companies that charge a child $7,000 a month for cancer medication. Of course they charge less in other countries for the same medication, we’re just really “lucky” in the US and get to pay those rates. I think that’s far more of a crime than some 2 decade old blog posts, but hey at least they talk like respectable people in public right? I guess that’s more important then their actions now.

So while this kind of stuff is going on, the Justice Democrats are cannibalizing their party over some “he said she said” blog posts from 18 years ago in violation of a huge supporters 1st amendment rights. Sure, you don’t have to agree with Cenk, but to boot him for something he said and not for something he did, especially something he said almost 2 decades ago, and apologized for. Well, that’s fascist. We need progressive candidates now, what a stupid reason to lose our best shot at a better future.

The episode “Majority Rule” of “The Orville” deals with what happens when you let huge masses of poorly informed people judge everyone in the court of public opinion. Especially a populous as immature as our own. Sure, it seems democratic but the result is always over the top because it’s easy to let others suffer when you’re disconnected from their suffering and most people really don’t stop to think about what they’re doing before they do it.

In my own home town we have a 52,000 square foot, publicly owned, unoccupied building downtown that we could house a huge portion of our growing homeless population in, but we won’t open it up. Government officials, who always “say the right things,” are willing to let the homeless freeze to death instead while they use the police to forcibly sweep the homeless out of camp sites and drag their feet on legislation to help them, but hey at least they didn’t say stupid things on their blogs in their late 20’s. Probably because most of them are too stupid to figure out how to setup a blog in the first place. So I guess that’s what’s important now. What you say, not what you do. I think it should be the other way around.

https://www.fox.com/watch/4e9ac96523b454de771f95a4f775facb/

“Freedom of Speech, Just Watch What You Say…” — Ice T

There Is No War On The Cops/It May Be The Other Way Around

This week, President Trump made sure we all knew that even if a cop was trying to unjustly murder you, and you defended yourself, you would receive the death penalty. Since those laws are decided on a state by state basis, and the federal government doesn’t regulate local law enforcement except in times of emergency, I’m not sure how he’s going to ensure that, but I don’t think that was his intent. I think his intent was to let poor people know that they better stop resisting, because there is a different set of rules for how the police will treat them than people in Trump’s class. Fortunately, I doubt most police officers take him seriously, but some do and how many militarized police officers do you need out there knowing they can do whatever they want and get away with it? I live in one of the safest cities in the US and even our cops have a tank and full tactical gear. How many of them do we need to abuse their authority to cause a tragedy?

Furthermore, many reputable sources, like the New Yorker, have looked at the data and shown that there is no war on the cops. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/opinion/why-there-is-no-war-on-the-police.html

In fact, with especially with the introduction of new body armor, and more importantly updated educational programs for the police, police work is actually safer than most would think. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/blake-fleetwood/how-dangerous-is-police-w_b_6373798.html

So why are our police departments arming themselves to the teeth? Could it be because they’re being hyped up by external forces? Could it be because our totally corrupt governments are worried that people may be done putting up with their shit?

So why is our President trying to create an even greater rift between the police and the working class, and going out of his way to make the jobs of the police more dangerous than they need to be? Simple:

  1. He’s totally out of touch and literally lives on a different planet than you do in his mind.
  2. He never refers to pesky things like studies and statistics and simply believes everything he hears from his friends and says out loud.
  3. He wants to draw attention away from the fact that he should have been impeached by now.
  4. He wants to draw attention away from the fact that he’s probably started a war involving nuclear armed Israel to please a few donors. A war which we’ll probably get involved in at some point. Well technically we already are since we sell advanced weapons to Israel so they can oppress the Palestinians, but that’s a whole article in itself.
  5. He doesn’t want you thinking too hard about how all of your information is going to be censored now, thanks to the loss of Net-Neutrality, which is a concept that he never really understood.
  6. He wants you to forget that he is robbing you blind with his new tax plan.

You know what, I’ll stop there. There are simply too many things to list here that he is trying to draw your attention away from. Basically, he’s desperate to do anything to draw attention away from himself. The problem is that he’s doing things like causing wars to do it.

I get it, Hilary Clinton was an awful candidate. I get why people didn’t vote for her. Sure, you probably should have voted 3rd party instead of for Trump, but I get it. At this point though, if you still think that was a good decision, I don’t know what to say. I mean even the rich people should be getting ready to dump Trump after they pass the tax cuts. Which they shouldn’t do to us, but they will anyway. Why hang onto him after that? It’s obvious that he’s not going to help the working class out, which was the only solid that most of the people that backed him up did, or said they did anyway.

83% of Americans Want Net-Neutrality, FCC Says Fuck You

This one is short because I just want everyone to take a moment and consider what happened today and what it means. For or against Net-Neutrality 83% of Americans were for it. They wrote to the FCC in support of NOT repealing Net-Neutrality laws and the FCC did it anyway! What does it mean when 83% of Americans want something, express that clearly to their elected government, and the government does the opposite on behalf of the top 10% and big corporations instead? It means that we no longer have a democracy, we have a Corporate Dictatorship.

MPA Trains Officers to Murder Unarmed Dads

A letter to the Mesa Arizona Police Association that defended a out of control cop, named Philip Brailsford, that murdered an unarmed dad and got away with it even though he was backed up by 6 other cops, and they were all outfitted with assault rifles and other tactical gear like kevlar vests, oh and had non-lethal weapons at their disposal too. Guess MPA really means, Mega Pussy Association. Perhaps it should be changed to MGA (Mesa Gestapo Association or MCA (Mesa Coward Association). Still, as always I think most cops are good people trying to serve their communities, but this can’t be tolerated. Yet it was.

“Dear MPA,

Here is a song from the 3rd Reich to use the next time you need to get pumped up so you can have an out of control officer, with an assault rifle, shoot an obviously unarmed dad 5 times in a hotel hallway instead of just taking him into custody. Your organization is a disgrace to good police officers everywhere and you put their lives in jeopardy when you protect murdering thugs like Philip Brailsford, and his equally out of control commanding officer Charles Langley, who both said they would have done it again if given another chance.

Really, a guy with body armor, an AR-15, and 6 other cops outfitted in a similar manner to back him up, couldn’t just have handcuffed an UNARMED suspect?! He wanted to kill David Shaver and you know it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X986rZT_5X4 Good thing you kept the fact that he engraved “you’re fu****” into the side of the assault rifle, he should have never had, out of the court room. Stuff like that shows intent for 1st Degree murder, shhhh. Hell, he shot the guy 5 times for Christ’s sake. Here’s the video of the murder again. https://youtu.be/qYRRSdjdcbo

Looks to me like old Phil enjoyed himself, but probably only half as much as old Charles did. You know, just like any control freak bully would. Now please, old rich neo-cons, turn up the Fox News, then post lots of stuff in support of cops murdering people, because you think they’ll never come for you.”

Here’s a link to 3 petitions to bring these murdering thug to justice.

https://www.change.org/p/change-org-philip-brailsford-must-be-charged-with-1st-degree-murder

and

https://www.change.org/p/the-mayor-of-arizona-justice-for-daniel-shaver

and

https://www.change.org/p/arizona-supreme-court-arrest-retired-sgt-charles-langley

My God, Daniel Shaver was just at work. Anyway, if any of you know any poor, working class people in Arizona make sure you tell them to watch the fuck out for the cops!

How Can Anyone Be Voting for Roy Moore?

‘If you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying that you want a country based on Christian values.’ — Jimmy Carter

I waited a few days to see how the Roy Moore thing played out, but I both NOT surprised and disgusted with the deep south. Roy Moore and Doug Jones are pretty much neck in neck right now. I think this really proves how full of shit most extreme Christians are. They say they want Republicans because they are the moral party that protects life from conception and in general care about other people but their actions prove otherwise. Extreme Christians in the south obviously care about tax cuts a lot more than decency. If that weren’t true they would have demanded a different candidate than Roy Moore from their increasingly Christian Extremist Republican Party. Plus, what is their problem with Doug Jones? Is it really so bad to vote for a candidate that wants to do things like help the poor regardless of their religious beliefs, race, etc. Sounds like that’s exactly what Jesus said, ya know, unless you’re a hypocritical racist Christian Extremist that only cares about money (aka apparently most Republicans in Alabama). If that’s the case you’ll vote for a child rapist before, God forbid, voting for someone who actually gives a bit of a shit about other people like Doug Jones. Can we please let the south become its own country already so we can stop trading with them and not recognize them as a country? How awesome would it be to invade them when they started acting like this? Between Charlottesville and this, is there really any hope? We’ll make Northern, VA part of DC, move Disney World up there, and cut off the rest. You know, maybe that’s where we should put Trump’s wall. Between the backward, racist, Christian Extremist south and the rest of the country. Between the amount of unsecured guns, stupidity and inbreeding they’ll probably get rid of each other in just a few short generations.  Just food for thought. I try not to stereotype the entire south, but man they make it hard not to sometimes. They certainly do seem to immature to be allowed to participate in the government of a “free” nation.