Open letter re voting to Rubio and Scott

Dear Sen. ___—

I write to urge that you support the voting rights bills about to be brought before the Senate–or, at the very least, that you support allowing them to be openly and honestly debated, and then decided by roll call vote.

Informed persons both here and around the globe are aware that what’s at stake is the survival of American democracy. Some are praying desperately that it will survive. Others (not just in places like Russia or China, but here in the U.S. as well) are hoping that it will wither and die. Paul Weyrich spoke for the latter when he said, “I don’t want everybody to vote…. [O]ur leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

This is not the time to be coy or ambiguous like George Orwell’s Napoleon the pig, who asserted that “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Weyrich had the courage to make his oligarchic convictions both clear and a matter of public record. We Americans have the right to expect the same courage from our sitting U.S. senators.

Senators often boast that theirs is “the greatest deliberative body in the world.” It’s time now to back that boast. It’s time for US senators to show their fellow Americans and the world whether they agree with Thomas Jefferson that all men are created equal… or with Paul Weyrich and Napoleon the pig that some men are created “more equal” than others.

Alternet’s blurbs and headlines #423

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The trouble here is that they’re alluding to the NRA bromide: “The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”


Here we have a bad guy with a gun who (in my opinion) murdered two good guys who had no guns. He was aided and abetter by a bad guy with a gavel who was hiding beneath judicial garb.


His mommy should have left him at home instead of driving him and his “cool looking” assault rifle across the state line.

U.S. [In]justice for one who dared challenge Big Oil

Greg Palast is a very colorful character, with an ego the size of New Hampshire. However…! Wiki summarizes:


Palast then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Chicago, from which he graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and in 1976 with a Master’s of Business Administration.


It’s always tickled me that Palast, the leftiest of liberals, took courses at Chicago from … wait for it!  … Milton Friedman!


Palast is also an excellent writer and documentary film maker, and a terrific kick-ass investigative journalist.


Palast headline

Famed indigenous human rights lawyer Steven Donziger had already been
under house arrest for over 800 days when he reported to prison on October
27 to begin a six-month sentence. His crime: winning the largest single
pollution judgment in history, $9.5 billion, for the Cofan people of the Amazon
rain-forest in Ecuador.

Was the human rights hero jailed in Brazil or China? No, he was sentenced to
prison in the USA.


AmazonWatch, 60 Nobel Prize winners and the bar associations of a dozen
nations have called for an end to this political prosecution. And, after a two-
year judicial review, the United Nations Human Rights Commission has
ordered the US to release the human rights lawyer.

Petition! More right-wing “blame the victim” bullshit!

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A 15 year old girl at Hawthorne Academy was suspended after she came forward about her Sexual Assault by another classmate. She had been harassed by this boy almost daily and one day he followed her into the girls bathroom, pushed her into a stall. and sexually assaulted her. She reported it to the school and the school contacted law enforcement. The boy admitted what he had done and was charged. The school then informed the mom of the 15 year old girl that they didn’t find any evidence that the assault took place so they were suspending her daughter and forcing her to take a calls called “Sexual Assault Is Preventable.” The mom told the school that the police had made an arrest and the boy admitted to the assault. The school informed her that the police’s investigation had nothing to do with their own. 

The girl now feels as if she is being punished for coming forward. The school staff and board members are refusing to make any statements on the matter. 
Victims of SA rarely come forward because they fear they won’t be believed. Situations like this prove them right. 

Hold the staff and school accountable. Sign this petition and call for their resignation.Stand with the victim.


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