Is there something strange in the water in Arizona?
In Phoenix, Arizona, someone arrested for prostitution may be brought to a Church for counseling. So a taxpayer-paid agent of the government compels one arrested for a crime to go to church. The accused is then counseled that they have a choice to make, they can choose to enter a church-run program to divert them away from prostitution or they opt to be run through the legal system and face imprisonment.
A self-respecting atheist, agnostic or humanist doesn’t really have a choice. They can be “saved” or imprisoned. If choosing to be saved they are obligated to reject their own beliefs. And this is all done under the power of the State and funded by taxpayers, regardless of the taxpayers’ personal beliefs.
When I was in Air Force boot camp, I was given a similar choice. I could choose to spend a restful Sunday morning in Church or I could do the units’ laundry. Less burdensome than imprisonment but a similar violation of my rights to hold religious opinions counter to that of established authority. Someone accused of prostitution does not lose their rights of conscience and should not be compelled by public authority to attend a religious program. Nor should nontheist or non-Christian taxpayers be compelled to fund such programs.
Unfortunately, such programs are popping up everywhere albeit perhaps guided by “good intentions”. The Obama administration has continued its predecessor’s Public-Faith Partnerships and is intentionally building upon a public policy foundation which diverts public dollars into the pockets of churches and church-related enterprise. It may not be Constitutional but it is a helluva good way to buy Christian votes.
Wendy Davis, who came to national attention filibustering an anti-abortion bill in the Texas Legislature, has won the Democratic Party’s primary election to run for Governor of the State of Texas.
WENDY DAVIS is a Democratic candidate for Governor in Texas. Her opponent Republican Gregg Abbott has the support of known draft dodger, child molester, & gun nut Ted Nugent, who has also threatened the life of President Obama.
Richard Wolff commenting on the UAW loss of the union election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattenooga, Tennessee. Unions need to develop allies throughout the community in order to win the hearts & minds of the workers.
Organizations of business, the wealthy and the conservatives (think tanks, foundations, hired public relations firms, advertising enterprises, major newspapers, mass radio and TV stations, internet outlets and social media) work constantly to shape workers’ life experiences and thus how they see the world. Because of their dependence on financing from businesses and the wealthy, most Republicans and Democrats avoid conflicts with their campaigns to shape public opinion. Conservatives pander to them.
No alternative, different way to see the world similarly surrounds workers in their daily lives. Workers’ organizations (unions, think tanks, independent media) are many fewer, poorer and much weaker. “Outside influences” shape workers’ consciousness one-sidedly because of the gross disparity of resources available to those exerting that influence. What made local Republicans and conservatives’ billboards persuasive was public opinion; the shape of that opinion defeated unionization in Tennessee. How differently “outside influences” work in other countries is suggested by this simple fact: virtually all of VW’s 105 factories elsewhere are unionized.
During the middle 1930s, millions joined unions for the first time: the greatest unionization drive in history.
The history of unionization in the US reinforces the point. During the middle 1930s, millions joined unions for the first time: the greatest unionization drive in history. We had never seen anything like it before, nor have we since. Unionization then was achieved by a remarkable alliance: unions (allied in the Congress of Industrial Organizations or CIO) plus large, active socialist and communist parties. Those parties widely and effectively contested the “outside influences” stemming from business, the wealthy and conservatives. Socialists and communists mobilized their own media, writers, artists and academics into play. Their demonstrations on many social issues made news and their organizations disseminated a distinctive interpretation of that news. They contradicted what business, the wealthy and conservatives asserted and not only around particular issues. Many among them also contested the economic system arguing that the US could and should do better than capitalism. Interested teachers, clergy, students, immigrant and racial minorities and the general public thus continuously encountered perspectives other than those of business, the wealthy and conservatives.
Excerpt from MOYERS & COMPANY http://billmoyers.com/2014/02/17/a-lesson-from-chattanooga/
It seems that every news cycle provides a report on some new incredible outrage being proposed or enacted by one or another State Legislature dominated by Wing Nuts. Every report breaks a record and sets a new standard for stupidity, rudeness, and wackiness.
Most recently we hear that the Arizona Legislature actually wants to Legalize Discrimination against Gays. It would do so by using religion as a cover. Under the Law, a police officer could refuse to protect a gay person being attacked if he or she had a religious objection to homosexuality; a teacher could refuse to teach a gay; a doctor or nurse could refuse to treat a gay; a restaurant could refuse to feed a gay; and, a hotel could refuse lodging to a gay.
The precedent for this has been the statutory exemption for religion which would allow a pharmacist or physician to refuse to provide birth control devices or information based on religious belief. This is the result when we allow a small concession to religious nuts, it will be taken and magnified into an obscenity. What was supposed to be a freedom for some becomes a burden on all.
If someone is licensed or otherwise authorized to provide a service or a product then they must be legally obligated to provide it to all who seek to be a customer, client or patron. If they have a religious objection then they should not enter the profession or practice serving the public.
People have a right to their beliefs, they do not have the right to impose those beliefs on the rest of us.
Volkswagen decided to build a factory in Tennessee to manufacture VWs for the American market. This is what the United States has always said foreign companies should do when they serve an American market.
The workers at the plant have asked for an election to determine as to whether the United Auto Workers union would represent them. The VW company, used to heavily unionized factories in Germany, have no problem with that and even invited the UAW in to make a presentation to the workers.
This should be a matter for the Company and its employees. But guess who has a problem with it? Someone who does not work there, someone who does not live there and someone who does not own VW stock. GROVER NORQUIST, sitting in his Washington office, has a problem with it. Grover is the hobgoblin who controls the Republican Party and orders its Congress-critters about. Podunk may elect a Representative but Grover tells him how to vote.
Grover sent the word out to his minions in Tennessee that Unions are not to be allowed at the VW plant. The minions in the Tennessee Legislature got busy and passed State laws which would deny any State benefit, tax credit, deduction or aid previously promised to get the Company to relocate to Tennessee if and when a Union is selected. Grover’s Tennessee minions would prefer to shut down the factory and dispense with several thousand jobs than allow a Union to be duly elected by the workers.
The concept of “Class War” is not a simple bugaboo to frighten the gullible. It is going on, it is being fought and it is being won by the One Percent BECAUSE they know they are fighting it. They will buy elections, they will buy politicians, they will buy courts and they will buy propaganda to persuade us that they are not at war against us. They don’t fight fair and they will win unless we begin to fight back.
As the South prepares for another wintertime whammy in the form of cold temps and a blanket of snow and ice, we should note the news from the Pensacola City Council in Florida. The Sunshine State has homeless people, they don’t know why, they just do. Perhaps they are sinners, those who are not the predestined elect, or maybe they have calculated the the cost/benefit ratio of living indoors and have made the market-based decision to experience the great outdoors. Whatever, they are there.
They like to sleep outdoors when they sleep. The City apparently won’t stop them from sleeping outdoors nor provide heated shelters where they could rest their heads at night. Surely the homeless will be thankful they are free from such Government interference. But the City Council has BANNED them from covering up with blankets! Yes, in sweet Pensacola, a homeless person sprawled out in the ice and snow is prohibited by city ordinance from covering up with a blanket.
The City Fathers ( and at least one bitchy old City Mother*) have ordained that blankets are verboten. They don’t like the image it gives to the City. Apparently a frozen homeless person is OK but the blanket is just so unfashionable.
* Jewel Cannada-Wynn, City Council President
The State of Pennsylvania with very little fanfare or publicity has decided to “give” the State’s bridges to a private for-profit company for the next 40 years. So whenever one passes over a bridge in the Quaker State one will have to pay a private company for the privilege. Besides racking in the dough on tolls, the company will have what is called an “adverse action” provision in the contract so that if the State ever does anything which would reduce the company’s anticipated profits, the State will have to make up the difference thus guaranteeing the profit return.
A similar provision in the contract between Chicago and the company that took over the public parking meters is costing that city boatloads of cash. The parking meter company actually gets paid if a street is shutdown for repair resulting in empty meters. This little gem of a giveaway was engineered by the Bankster “Rammed” Emmanuel who prior to becoming the Windy City’s Mayor was the man who operated the strings allowing Obama to dance on cue.
One can imagine conditions where due to a new road or such, a bridge would be used less and result in lower revenues. The Company will still have to be paid regardless. Sweet deal, if you’re a bridge owner.
This far-seeing action was delivered courtesy of Republicans and Obamacrats who sought to get Government off our backs while putting the State on its back so as to facilitate profitable ravishing.
SOURCE: Ellen Dannin, “The Stealth Privatization of Pennsylvania”, TruthOut.com (January 29, 2014)
MIKE GRIMM, is the Republican Representative from the 11th Congressional District of New York, he is also a former Marine and former FBI agent assigned to monitor the Mafiaso John Gotti’s mob. It appears he might have been taking a lot of notes since then he appears to have adopted a Mobster’s demeanor.
During last night’s post-State of the Union talkfest, Grimm was interviewed by a TV reporter. Grimm broke off the on-air interview abruptly when he didn’t like the reporter’s question. The Congress-critter returned shortly after walking off set to threaten the reporter saying, “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this fucking balcony.”
Apparently the Bully-boy has done this before. One night at a nightclub while he was on a date with another man’s wife, he threatened the life of the cuckolded husband and pulled a gun on a bouncer. At that time an NYPD police officer testified that Grimm said that he would take care of his date’s husband warning, “I’ll fucking make him disappear where nobody will find him.”
Hey, Grimm-ster, me an’ da boyz wuz talkin’ bout ya. We’s decided dat if da boy reporter disappears, we’s gonna come an’ visit ya. Ya know wadda we mean, doncha?