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IMAGINE…..If 25 million people turned off their TV news, talk Radio and stopped their Newspaper subscriptions……

…..and in that hour or so, focused on their communities, their neighborhoods and their fellow citizens instead?  America would have vibrant cities and towns filled with positive people all seeking a better future for everyone.

…..I love day dreaming.


IS IT ME, do gun loving ammo addicted nut jobs look more like cowards?  They have guns and cower every time…..they want to pack heat, look threatening, talk big, but are afraid to start a fight.  AMERICAN MEN HAVE EMASCULATED THEMSELVES!   View Larger

IS IT ME, do gun loving ammo addicted nut jobs look more like cowards?  They have guns and cower every time…..they want to pack heat, look threatening, talk big, but are afraid to start a fight.  AMERICAN MEN HAVE EMASCULATED THEMSELVES!  


U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says - The Washington Post →

socialismartnature:

 … and … the other shoe drops …

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LOL…now would be a good time to DEPLOY to IRAQ!  decade late and 5 trillion short.


Meet ABC News' Newest Contributor, Laura Ingraham →

twistedlandstourguide:

jilli1205:

justinspoliticalcorner:

ABC host George Stephanopoulos announced on This Week that talk radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham is the network’s “newest contributor.” On her syndicated radio program The Laura Ingraham Show, Ingraham has repeatedly engaged in inflammatory and hateful rhetoric, lobbing numerous attacks against everyone from President Obama to people who receive government assistance to her favorite target, immigrants.

Here are 10 hateful moments from Ingraham in the past year:

1. Ingraham Used A Gunshot Sound Effect To Cut Off A Replay Of Rep. John Lewis’ March On Washington Speech. During her coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in August 2013, Ingraham criticized the event and its speakers, saying the goal “was to co-opt the legacy of Martin Luther King into a modern-day liberal agenda.” She then played a clip of a speech from Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, abruptly interrupting the playback of his comments with the sound of a loud gunshot. Following criticism of this sound effect, Ingraham defended her use of the gunshot sound, instead calling it a “blow up effect” and claiming that criticism of her using the sound effect on Lewis was an attempt “to crush free speech.”

2. “Hillary Clinton Should Be Absolutely Crucified For Her Lack Of Performance As Secretary Of State.” On her August 2, 2013, radio show, Ingraham lobbed attacks against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while discussing foreign policy, claiming that the rest of the world is “emboldened by Barack Obama’s weakness” and that Clinton “should be absolutely crucified for her lack of performance” as secretary of state.

3. Ingraham Repeatedly Mocked An Immigration Protestor For Speaking English With An Accent. In November 2013, Ingraham repeatedly mocked a woman who was protesting the Obama administration’s record number of deportations, saying, “Wait, what did she say at the end? I can’t — I need a translator. I speak Spanish too. I’d rather have her just speak Spanish, at least I’d understand that.” She then went on to affect the woman’s accent, stating, “No want more amnesty. No want more lies. No want more phony promises. No want more people coming into the country, filling up our schools and our emergency rooms, having anchor babies and then blaming us for it. No want more that.”

4. Ingraham Claimed Immigration From Mexico Would Turn U.S. Into A “Hellhole.” Ingraham used a May 2013 hearing on immigration reform to claim that immigration from Mexico would create a “hellhole” and a “mini-Mexico,” saying, “I think a lot of you look around at this culture of ours, and some of it is our own fault, but we see America disappearing. I’m not even talking about demographics, I’m talking about our culture.”

5. Ingraham Equated Negotiating With President Obama To Negotiating With Castro On Human Rights. While discussing immigration reform in August 2013, Ingraham claimed that Democrats wanted to a “forge a permanent majority in the U.S. government, which is what they wanted all along.” She continued, “Small government conservatives willing to sit down and forge a comprehensive deal with Barack Obama on immigration. I mean, if you’re willing to do that, you might as well be willing to sit down with Castro and talk about human rights, because he’s had such a great record on that.”

6. Ingraham: People Who Use Food Stamps Are The Next Hurricane Katrina “Roof Squatters.” While discussing the House of Representatives’ passage of the farm bill in July 2013, Ingraham lamented the number of people who use food stamps, saying, “44 million people sucking on the — of the government. You know, the udder of the government.” She went on to say of food stamp recipients, “The next thing you know, they’re going to be standing on the roof, waiting for the helicopters to rescue them, right, the roof squatters during Hurricane Katrina.”

7. Ingraham Threatened To Personally Primary Challenge Republicans Who Support Immigration Reform. In May and June of 2013, Ingraham launched a series of attacks against Republican politicians whom she perceived as supportive of immigration reform, going so far as to claim that she would “primary challenge [Arizona] Senator Jeff Flake [her]self.” She also stated that she would look into running against Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for his immigration policies, saying, “people think I’m joking, I’m actually not joking,” and later asserted that she would campaign against any House Republican who supported comprehensive immigration reform.

8. Ingraham Smeared The American Children Of Undocumented Immigrants As “Anchor Fetuses.” Ingraham’s attacks against pro-immigration reform Republican politicians were accompanied by numerous smears against immigrants and Latinos, including referring to the American children of undocumented immigrants as “anchor fetuses” during a discussion about Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “embrace of the path to citizenship” in May 2013.

9. Ingraham Compared Obama’s Immigration Policies To “Spousal Abuse.” Ingraham invoked a “spousal abuse” analogy in February to describe President Obama’s immigration policies, claiming, “The administration led by Barack Obama are abusers of our Constitution.”

10. “We Can Then Wall Off Detroit” If Immigrants Move There. In January, Ingraham derided Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to attract skilled immigrants to work and live in bankrupt Detroit, saying, “we can then wall off Detroit” to keep those immigrants from moving to other parts of the country.

h/t: Hilary Tone at MMFA

J:  ABC must be in desperate straights to take this aging drag queen on.  Although I commend her on her voice which is more male than most of her counterparts.  She draws straight from her miniature testicles and drags out every disgusting word she utters.

We already have one Ann Coulter.

and the LEFT CONTINUES TO TUNE INTO ABC!  What a pathetic way to protest…..sit behind a computer and complain.  MOUSEWITZ studios should have been overtaken by millions demanding they show LAURA INBRED the door.   


elledark:

And God Bless America .."There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized." (from George Orwell’s 1984)

79% of American’s APPROVED of the Patriot Act in 2001.  Today that number is still 73%.  Edward Snowden & Glenn Greenwald supported it then, 100% of the media did also.  SO WHY AREN’T AMERICANS against the Patriot Act dragging 3/4 of this country out of their homes, the media out of their offices and and stoning them to death?  Oh gotcha, because 1 man, a black one at that, is an easier target.  AMERICA always ready with the easy button. View Larger

elledark:

And God Bless America ..

"There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized."

(from George Orwell’s 1984)

79% of American’s APPROVED of the Patriot Act in 2001.  Today that number is still 73%.  Edward Snowden & Glenn Greenwald supported it then, 100% of the media did also.  SO WHY AREN’T AMERICANS against the Patriot Act dragging 3/4 of this country out of their homes, the media out of their offices and and stoning them to death?  Oh gotcha, because 1 man, a black one at that, is an easier target.  AMERICA always ready with the easy button.


Americans Think People Are Poor Because Of Bad Breaks, Not Because They're Losers: Poll →

twistedlandstourguide:

quickhits:

GOP messaging fail.

Don’t worry, the Gop isn’t in the habit of paying attention to the facts.

Message fail?  Don’t you all think you’re jumping the gun too soon AGAIN?  It’s not even near election day and you all are already ASSUMING that fence sitters were paying attention, that the typical 1/4 lefties will stand with their brothers and sisters this time, maybe EVEN SHOW UP TO VOTE?  Let’s not call it failure until the people we ASSUME are paying attention are actually doing so AND they plan to vote.  Otherwise WE FAILED for the umpteenth time.

(Source: addtoany.com)


dogganghappened:

childofwealth:

helloimedua:

sixpenceee:

This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved. 
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This is perfect and beautiful and amazing

Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read. 

and here i am unable to forgive someone for hurting my feelings, being upset about the state of my home and finances and these people are able to let go of the hurt they felt, I have it easy. i honestly don’t think that i’d be able to look someone in the eye and for give them for taking a loved one away from me.

WAIT WHAT?  didn’t the media, ALL THE MEDIA just have a large bandwagon running of Bill Clinton being responsible for RWANDA?  So why is he not in any of these pictures AND why are there other individuals standing in place of him?  OH, THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE PERPETRATORS, not Bill Clinton.  GOTCHA, maybe you all should have demanded your media get it correct, instead you all jumped in both feet in your misguided reactions to something most don’t know a thing about.  Conservatives will always place blame on Liberals, especially when conservatives are caught red handed doing wrong.  Liberals never get a chance to get away, because Centrist, Progressives, Conservatives and Right Wing Nuts gang up on Liberals and create the scenario for them always being their scapegoats.  AMERICANS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES FIRST, then react if you must….dogganghappened:

childofwealth:

helloimedua:

sixpenceee:

This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved. 
FOR MORE PORTRAITS AND THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE

This is perfect and beautiful and amazing

Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read. 

and here i am unable to forgive someone for hurting my feelings, being upset about the state of my home and finances and these people are able to let go of the hurt they felt, I have it easy. i honestly don’t think that i’d be able to look someone in the eye and for give them for taking a loved one away from me.

WAIT WHAT?  didn’t the media, ALL THE MEDIA just have a large bandwagon running of Bill Clinton being responsible for RWANDA?  So why is he not in any of these pictures AND why are there other individuals standing in place of him?  OH, THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE PERPETRATORS, not Bill Clinton.  GOTCHA, maybe you all should have demanded your media get it correct, instead you all jumped in both feet in your misguided reactions to something most don’t know a thing about.  Conservatives will always place blame on Liberals, especially when conservatives are caught red handed doing wrong.  Liberals never get a chance to get away, because Centrist, Progressives, Conservatives and Right Wing Nuts gang up on Liberals and create the scenario for them always being their scapegoats.  AMERICANS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES FIRST, then react if you must….dogganghappened:

childofwealth:

helloimedua:

sixpenceee:

This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved. 
FOR MORE PORTRAITS AND THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE

This is perfect and beautiful and amazing

Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read. 

and here i am unable to forgive someone for hurting my feelings, being upset about the state of my home and finances and these people are able to let go of the hurt they felt, I have it easy. i honestly don’t think that i’d be able to look someone in the eye and for give them for taking a loved one away from me.

WAIT WHAT?  didn’t the media, ALL THE MEDIA just have a large bandwagon running of Bill Clinton being responsible for RWANDA?  So why is he not in any of these pictures AND why are there other individuals standing in place of him?  OH, THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE PERPETRATORS, not Bill Clinton.  GOTCHA, maybe you all should have demanded your media get it correct, instead you all jumped in both feet in your misguided reactions to something most don’t know a thing about.  Conservatives will always place blame on Liberals, especially when conservatives are caught red handed doing wrong.  Liberals never get a chance to get away, because Centrist, Progressives, Conservatives and Right Wing Nuts gang up on Liberals and create the scenario for them always being their scapegoats.  AMERICANS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES FIRST, then react if you must….dogganghappened:

childofwealth:

helloimedua:

sixpenceee:

This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved. 
FOR MORE PORTRAITS AND THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE

This is perfect and beautiful and amazing

Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read. 

and here i am unable to forgive someone for hurting my feelings, being upset about the state of my home and finances and these people are able to let go of the hurt they felt, I have it easy. i honestly don’t think that i’d be able to look someone in the eye and for give them for taking a loved one away from me.

WAIT WHAT?  didn’t the media, ALL THE MEDIA just have a large bandwagon running of Bill Clinton being responsible for RWANDA?  So why is he not in any of these pictures AND why are there other individuals standing in place of him?  OH, THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE PERPETRATORS, not Bill Clinton.  GOTCHA, maybe you all should have demanded your media get it correct, instead you all jumped in both feet in your misguided reactions to something most don’t know a thing about.  Conservatives will always place blame on Liberals, especially when conservatives are caught red handed doing wrong.  Liberals never get a chance to get away, because Centrist, Progressives, Conservatives and Right Wing Nuts gang up on Liberals and create the scenario for them always being their scapegoats.  AMERICANS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES FIRST, then react if you must….dogganghappened:

childofwealth:

helloimedua:

sixpenceee:

This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved. 
FOR MORE PORTRAITS AND THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE

This is perfect and beautiful and amazing

Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read. 

and here i am unable to forgive someone for hurting my feelings, being upset about the state of my home and finances and these people are able to let go of the hurt they felt, I have it easy. i honestly don’t think that i’d be able to look someone in the eye and for give them for taking a loved one away from me.

WAIT WHAT?  didn’t the media, ALL THE MEDIA just have a large bandwagon running of Bill Clinton being responsible for RWANDA?  So why is he not in any of these pictures AND why are there other individuals standing in place of him?  OH, THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE PERPETRATORS, not Bill Clinton.  GOTCHA, maybe you all should have demanded your media get it correct, instead you all jumped in both feet in your misguided reactions to something most don’t know a thing about.  Conservatives will always place blame on Liberals, especially when conservatives are caught red handed doing wrong.  Liberals never get a chance to get away, because Centrist, Progressives, Conservatives and Right Wing Nuts gang up on Liberals and create the scenario for them always being their scapegoats.  AMERICANS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES FIRST, then react if you must….dogganghappened:

childofwealth:

helloimedua:

sixpenceee:

This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved. 
FOR MORE PORTRAITS AND THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE

This is perfect and beautiful and amazing

Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read. 

and here i am unable to forgive someone for hurting my feelings, being upset about the state of my home and finances and these people are able to let go of the hurt they felt, I have it easy. i honestly don’t think that i’d be able to look someone in the eye and for give them for taking a loved one away from me.

WAIT WHAT?  didn’t the media, ALL THE MEDIA just have a large bandwagon running of Bill Clinton being responsible for RWANDA?  So why is he not in any of these pictures AND why are there other individuals standing in place of him?  OH, THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE PERPETRATORS, not Bill Clinton.  GOTCHA, maybe you all should have demanded your media get it correct, instead you all jumped in both feet in your misguided reactions to something most don’t know a thing about.  Conservatives will always place blame on Liberals, especially when conservatives are caught red handed doing wrong.  Liberals never get a chance to get away, because Centrist, Progressives, Conservatives and Right Wing Nuts gang up on Liberals and create the scenario for them always being their scapegoats.  AMERICANS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES FIRST, then react if you must….dogganghappened:

childofwealth:

helloimedua:

sixpenceee:

This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved. 
FOR MORE PORTRAITS AND THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE

This is perfect and beautiful and amazing

Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read. 

and here i am unable to forgive someone for hurting my feelings, being upset about the state of my home and finances and these people are able to let go of the hurt they felt, I have it easy. i honestly don’t think that i’d be able to look someone in the eye and for give them for taking a loved one away from me.

WAIT WHAT?  didn’t the media, ALL THE MEDIA just have a large bandwagon running of Bill Clinton being responsible for RWANDA?  So why is he not in any of these pictures AND why are there other individuals standing in place of him?  OH, THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE PERPETRATORS, not Bill Clinton.  GOTCHA, maybe you all should have demanded your media get it correct, instead you all jumped in both feet in your misguided reactions to something most don’t know a thing about.  Conservatives will always place blame on Liberals, especially when conservatives are caught red handed doing wrong.  Liberals never get a chance to get away, because Centrist, Progressives, Conservatives and Right Wing Nuts gang up on Liberals and create the scenario for them always being their scapegoats.  AMERICANS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES FIRST, then react if you must….dogganghappened:

childofwealth:

helloimedua:

sixpenceee:

This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved. 
FOR MORE PORTRAITS AND THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE

This is perfect and beautiful and amazing

Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read. 

and here i am unable to forgive someone for hurting my feelings, being upset about the state of my home and finances and these people are able to let go of the hurt they felt, I have it easy. i honestly don’t think that i’d be able to look someone in the eye and for give them for taking a loved one away from me.

WAIT WHAT?  didn’t the media, ALL THE MEDIA just have a large bandwagon running of Bill Clinton being responsible for RWANDA?  So why is he not in any of these pictures AND why are there other individuals standing in place of him?  OH, THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE PERPETRATORS, not Bill Clinton.  GOTCHA, maybe you all should have demanded your media get it correct, instead you all jumped in both feet in your misguided reactions to something most don’t know a thing about.  Conservatives will always place blame on Liberals, especially when conservatives are caught red handed doing wrong.  Liberals never get a chance to get away, because Centrist, Progressives, Conservatives and Right Wing Nuts gang up on Liberals and create the scenario for them always being their scapegoats.  AMERICANS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES FIRST, then react if you must….dogganghappened:

childofwealth:

helloimedua:

sixpenceee:

This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved. 
FOR MORE PORTRAITS AND THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE

This is perfect and beautiful and amazing

Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read. 

and here i am unable to forgive someone for hurting my feelings, being upset about the state of my home and finances and these people are able to let go of the hurt they felt, I have it easy. i honestly don’t think that i’d be able to look someone in the eye and for give them for taking a loved one away from me.

WAIT WHAT?  didn’t the media, ALL THE MEDIA just have a large bandwagon running of Bill Clinton being responsible for RWANDA?  So why is he not in any of these pictures AND why are there other individuals standing in place of him?  OH, THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE PERPETRATORS, not Bill Clinton.  GOTCHA, maybe you all should have demanded your media get it correct, instead you all jumped in both feet in your misguided reactions to something most don’t know a thing about.  Conservatives will always place blame on Liberals, especially when conservatives are caught red handed doing wrong.  Liberals never get a chance to get away, because Centrist, Progressives, Conservatives and Right Wing Nuts gang up on Liberals and create the scenario for them always being their scapegoats.  AMERICANS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES FIRST, then react if you must….dogganghappened:

childofwealth:

helloimedua:

sixpenceee:

This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved. 
FOR MORE PORTRAITS AND THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE

This is perfect and beautiful and amazing

Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read. 

and here i am unable to forgive someone for hurting my feelings, being upset about the state of my home and finances and these people are able to let go of the hurt they felt, I have it easy. i honestly don’t think that i’d be able to look someone in the eye and for give them for taking a loved one away from me.

WAIT WHAT?  didn’t the media, ALL THE MEDIA just have a large bandwagon running of Bill Clinton being responsible for RWANDA?  So why is he not in any of these pictures AND why are there other individuals standing in place of him?  OH, THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE PERPETRATORS, not Bill Clinton.  GOTCHA, maybe you all should have demanded your media get it correct, instead you all jumped in both feet in your misguided reactions to something most don’t know a thing about.  Conservatives will always place blame on Liberals, especially when conservatives are caught red handed doing wrong.  Liberals never get a chance to get away, because Centrist, Progressives, Conservatives and Right Wing Nuts gang up on Liberals and create the scenario for them always being their scapegoats.  AMERICANS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES FIRST, then react if you must….

dogganghappened:

childofwealth:

helloimedua:

sixpenceee:

This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved. 

FOR MORE PORTRAITS AND THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE

This is perfect and beautiful and amazing

Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read. 

and here i am unable to forgive someone for hurting my feelings, being upset about the state of my home and finances and these people are able to let go of the hurt they felt, I have it easy. i honestly don’t think that i’d be able to look someone in the eye and for give them for taking a loved one away from me.

WAIT WHAT?  didn’t the media, ALL THE MEDIA just have a large bandwagon running of Bill Clinton being responsible for RWANDA?  So why is he not in any of these pictures AND why are there other individuals standing in place of him?  OH, THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE PERPETRATORS, not Bill Clinton.  GOTCHA, maybe you all should have demanded your media get it correct, instead you all jumped in both feet in your misguided reactions to something most don’t know a thing about.  Conservatives will always place blame on Liberals, especially when conservatives are caught red handed doing wrong.  Liberals never get a chance to get away, because Centrist, Progressives, Conservatives and Right Wing Nuts gang up on Liberals and create the scenario for them always being their scapegoats.  AMERICANS, EDUCATE YOURSELVES FIRST, then react if you must….


jointheiww:

marxvx:

Alabama Prisoners to Strike on Easter Sunday
Building on the mass hunger strike of prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison in July of last year, several hundred prisoners across Alabama have declared that, beginning Easter Sunday, they will stop prison-mandated labor in protest of detestable living conditions.
The conditions in Alabama prisons are horrendous, packing twice as many people as the 16,000 that can be housed “humanely”, with everything from black mold, brown water, cancer causing foods, insect infestations, and general disrepair. They are also run by free slave labor, with 10,000 incarcerated people working to maintain the prisons daily, adding up to $600,000 dollars a day, or $219,000,000 a year of slave labor if inmates were paid federal minimum wage, with tens of thousands more receiving pennies a day making products for the state or private corporations.
Unpaid labor includes cooking and cleaning, production of license plates, furniture, chemicals, and linens, and farming. The slavery analogy is more than metaphorical: African-Americans comprise only 26% of Alabama’s population, but make up more than 60% of the prison population due to reactionary legislation and racist targeting of communities of color. Reports of beatings and systemic rape and sexual abuse of women inmates by guards at Tutwiler State Prison have surfaced in the media over the last year.
(In the US, forced labor produces everything from military equipment to lingerie, school supplies, and food.)
On the outside, labor unions and prisoners’ advocacy groups have been instrumental in helping prisoners organize themselves. The Free Alabama Movement is pushing an “Education, Rehabilitation, and Re-entry Preparedness Bill” to the Alabama legislature, while the Industrial Workers of the World labor union has vowed to provide support and assistance to the incarcerated laborers.
Melvin Ray, spokesperson for the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) said:

When we look at our situations inside of the Alabama Department of Corrections, we have no choice but to engage in this nonviolent and peaceful protest for civil and human rights. We sleep with rats and roaches. We work for free and eat slop unfit for human consumption. We serve decades in prison solely to provide free labor and without any real prospect for parole, and without any recourse to the courts for justice or redress of grievances. Our mothers, wives, and daughters must expose their breasts and panties just to visit us. This should not be acceptable to anyone. Prison is supposed to be a place where people go to work out issues and return to society. But when there is no focus on education or rehab but solely on profit margins, human suffering is inevitable. ADOC is about free labor and the new slavery no one wants to talk about. That is no longer going to work for the 30,000 of us who suffer because of it.

The Industrial Workers of the World was involved in a similar campaign in 1987, in which they organized 400 incarcerated laborers in an Ohio state prison, before the government ruled that prisoners are not legally entitled to the right to form a union - a right which all other workers enjoy.

More on the Free Alabama Movement’s strike

Release all PRISONERS….give them guns and give them the names and numbers of their Oppressors.  I bet the NRA will demand gun control legislation immediately. View Larger

jointheiww:

marxvx:

Alabama Prisoners to Strike on Easter Sunday

Building on the mass hunger strike of prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison in July of last year, several hundred prisoners across Alabama have declared that, beginning Easter Sunday, they will stop prison-mandated labor in protest of detestable living conditions.

The conditions in Alabama prisons are horrendous, packing twice as many people as the 16,000 that can be housed “humanely”, with everything from black mold, brown water, cancer causing foods, insect infestations, and general disrepair. They are also run by free slave labor, with 10,000 incarcerated people working to maintain the prisons daily, adding up to $600,000 dollars a day, or $219,000,000 a year of slave labor if inmates were paid federal minimum wage, with tens of thousands more receiving pennies a day making products for the state or private corporations.

Unpaid labor includes cooking and cleaning, production of license plates, furniture, chemicals, and linens, and farming. The slavery analogy is more than metaphorical: African-Americans comprise only 26% of Alabama’s population, but make up more than 60% of the prison population due to reactionary legislation and racist targeting of communities of color. Reports of beatings and systemic rape and sexual abuse of women inmates by guards at Tutwiler State Prison have surfaced in the media over the last year.

(In the US, forced labor produces everything from military equipment to lingerie, school supplies, and food.)

On the outside, labor unions and prisoners’ advocacy groups have been instrumental in helping prisoners organize themselves. The Free Alabama Movement is pushing an “Education, Rehabilitation, and Re-entry Preparedness Bill” to the Alabama legislature, while the Industrial Workers of the World labor union has vowed to provide support and assistance to the incarcerated laborers.

Melvin Ray, spokesperson for the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) said:

When we look at our situations inside of the Alabama Department of Corrections, we have no choice but to engage in this nonviolent and peaceful protest for civil and human rights. We sleep with rats and roaches. We work for free and eat slop unfit for human consumption. We serve decades in prison solely to provide free labor and without any real prospect for parole, and without any recourse to the courts for justice or redress of grievances. Our mothers, wives, and daughters must expose their breasts and panties just to visit us. This should not be acceptable to anyone. Prison is supposed to be a place where people go to work out issues and return to society. But when there is no focus on education or rehab but solely on profit margins, human suffering is inevitable. ADOC is about free labor and the new slavery no one wants to talk about. That is no longer going to work for the 30,000 of us who suffer because of it.

The Industrial Workers of the World was involved in a similar campaign in 1987, in which they organized 400 incarcerated laborers in an Ohio state prison, before the government ruled that prisoners are not legally entitled to the right to form a union - a right which all other workers enjoy.

More on the Free Alabama Movement’s strike

Release all PRISONERS….give them guns and give them the names and numbers of their Oppressors.  I bet the NRA will demand gun control legislation immediately.


twistedlandstourguide:

yesbreathingisnice:

he looks so pleased with himself and that makes me happy

It’d run a lot better if we didn’t have any Seditionist Republicans in it.

HA,HA, fence sitters have so much time to make signs, too bad they don’t have time to take a position on any of the 1000’s of issues we all face as a nation and individuals. View Larger

twistedlandstourguide:

yesbreathingisnice:

he looks so pleased with himself and that makes me happy

It’d run a lot better if we didn’t have any Seditionist Republicans in it.

HA,HA, fence sitters have so much time to make signs, too bad they don’t have time to take a position on any of the 1000’s of issues we all face as a nation and individuals.

(Source: fuckyeahviralpics)


America allowed RUSH LIMBAUGH to poison their minds and the country’s soul for over 25 years……Rush may be losing advertisers and a few listeners, but they all are just hopping over to any one of the many other RIGHT WING NUT JOBS.

— ….AMERICA, though instead of learning are doing it again with all the rest of the hateful bigots that branched off from him.  Right Wing Radio is alive and stronger than ever and America doesn’t want it any other way and now it’s all over the TV and PRINT.  Tomorrow, those same people will be complaining about what one of those nut jobs said, did or promoted and no one will care because THEY DIDN”T SAY SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THEM!  


It is not widely known that David Koch was the Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate in 1980. He believed that Ronald Reagan was much too liberal. Despite Mr. Koch putting a substantial sum of money into the campaign, his ticket only received 1 percent of the vote. Most Americans thought the Libertarian Party platform of 1980 was extremist and way out of touch with what the American people wanted and needed.

Fast-forward 34 years and the most significant reality of modern politics is how successful David Koch and like-minded billionaires have been in moving the Republican Party to the extreme right. Amazingly, much of what was considered “extremist” and “kooky” in 1980 has become part of today’s mainstream Republican thinking.

Bernie Sanders (Ind. - VT) asks: Who are the Koch Brothers and what do they want? (via odinsblog)