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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison (HBO)

  • America’s prisons are broken. Just ask John Oliver and several puppets.

This is an incredibly depressing topic but it needs to be talked about. The way we treat prisoners is a crime. (Ignore the pun, I’m on a rant.) Over 1% of Americans are incarcerated. Many were put there after Reagan closed all the mental hospitals. Most are there for non-violent drug offenses. The War on Drugs is a farce. We need prison reform now. Tell your representative to end privatization now!

Privatization is part of the Republican agenda. They want to privatize everything from the lottery to the military to prisons. The only thing privatization does is add money to their pockets. It doesn’t solve problems. It make the problems worse.

-end rant-

shadedareas:

huffingtonpost:

President Obama came down hard on gun-control laws during today’s Tumblr Q&A. 

I’ll say it every time… if you’re non-conservative and dislike Obama it’s only because you don’t understand how much his hands are actually tied. He’s trying. He really is.

Flat out, the problem is that there are white people who resent having a black leader. No president in the history of these United States has had so much stacked against him. I’ve never seen this much disrespect towards a U.S. president in my lifetime. We didn’t even give G.W. Bush this much grief, and he was an idiot! Even when we protested Reagan and G.H.W. Bush because of their apparent disregard for AIDS, we still respected the Presidency.

Listen up! The president is NOT coming for your guns! There is no need, on God’s green Earth, to parade around a home improvement store or fast food restaurant swinging a friggin assault rifle!

Grow the hell up, America! Against all odds, this president is doing a damn fine job.

From one vet to another, preach it brother!

ramrodd:

A reason why Conservatives are coming down so hard on the bergdahl decision is that everyone is beginning to make the connection between them and what’s gone wrong at the VA and the 2008 economic crises and the slow recovery and their obstructionism on anything that could help restore the health of the middle class. And, now, the absolute stupidity of invading Iraq and the resulting instability in the region is becoming clear as Islamic forces from Syria, which didn’t exist as such before the Cheney administration’s blunders and incompetence opened the door, are slowly taking over Iraq. ‘

Dick Cheney has done for Iraq what Ho Chi Mihn did for the Republic of Vietnam. 

That.s just one reason why he is American’s favorite war criminal. 

Why is it that you need a masters degree in legalese in order to understand ballot questions???

  • Ballot Question #3: Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that Council approval is required for certain contracts for one year or less for the purpose of providing legal representation and related services for indigent persons, including but not limited to parents and children who are subjects of dependency proceedings; criminal defendants; persons in juvenile justice proceedings; persons involved in behavioral health proceedings; and indigent persons involved in other proceedings where legal representation is required?

I’m sorry, what?

If you live in Philadelphia you will be confronted with three of these questions tomorrow. Question One deals with minimum wage! I encourage people from Philadelphia to head on over to the Committee of Seventy website for the plain-speak versions of these questions along with their translation, and how these issues affect average Philadelphians on a daily basis.

How Philly Works: The Ballot Questions

Please Note: You do NOT need Voter I.D. to vote in the 2014 Pennsylvania Primary Election! (May 20, 2014)

Pay Attention To The Men Behind The Curtain… #VOTE!

The mid-term elections are underway. In Philadelphia, it’s Tuesday the 20th of May. Contrary to what some may have you believe, mid-term elections are just as important as, if not more than, the presidential elections.

In September of 2012 I asked if it was possible that the GOP threw the Presidential race to focus on local races instead. Why else would they give us Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney? Are they that out of touch?

Most of the damage is done during the midterm elections. I believe wholeheartedly that it’s because people think the President has sweeping power to do as he wishes. I don’t think people get how important these midterms are.

Take a look at what’s going on around the States and tell me if you feel the same.

So, to make it easier, here are two valuable resources that I always turn to in any political cycle,

The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)

The League of Women Voters

and here in Pennsylvania…

The Committee of Seventy
Pay attention folks. There’s a lot to lose in local elections.

Now go out and VOTE!

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