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Self-Defense then, Legally Sanctioned Justifiable Murder NOW!

Thank you Marc Fiore for the great satirical video; keep them coming!

After the horrendous decision of the jury in the Zimmerman case, the light has been shined on the law that allows this kind of legally sanctioned mis-interpretation of self-defense. This tainted interpretation of self-defense has allowed a jury to use their underlying predisposition of a young black youth to completely obliterate their common sense and proper legal instructions for self-defense.

In Florida, the Stand Your Ground law (SYG) has allowed for and even encouraged/protected unwarranted vigilante behavior of its citizenry. Stand Your Ground law has been effect in Florida for 5 years and since that time the rate of justifiable homicides in Florida tripled; How are you liking that Floridians? This sad state of affairs should make all law-abiding Americans take pause and realize that a reversal is in order on this approach to self-defense.

The Stand Your Ground law essentially gives every citizen the right to kill based a perceived level of threat of bodily harm or possible death regardless of how unfounded that perception is to the reality of the situation. In fact, if a person invokes the SYG law in their defense then they are actually protected against civil law suits. Can you think how America would feel if O. J. Simpson had used SYG as a defense; was found not guilty (as he did in reality); and then was protected from any civil prosecution?

Before the “Stand Your Ground (SYG)” law was implemented in Florida the provisions for and instructions to jurors on self-defense were vastly different. A typical judge in Florida would inform the jury that the following conditions had to be met in order for the defendant to qualify for self-defense in the state of Florida.

“The defendant cannot justify the use of force likely to cause death or great bodily harm unless he uses every reasonable means within his power and consistent with his own safety to avoid the danger before resorting to that force. The fact that the defendant was wrongfully attacked cannot justify his/her use of force likely to cause death or great bodily harm, if by retreating, he/she could have avoided using that force.”

This was, and should have continued to have been, the standard by which  a law-abiding citizen could invoke a self-defense plea in a civilized society. The fact that Florida has ventured so far from this commonsense approach to self-defense (which has been a part of the American judicial system for many hundreds of years) is an abomination to justice and the health of The Social Compact.

That was the provisions for self-defense in Florida and in all states in America, but in came the Koch brothers money, the American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC), and the irresponsible Republican and Democratic legislators of Florida and now they have the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida. This law takes an ominous and irresponsible turn on self-defense and now gives legal cover for justified offense; aka murder. It turns or gives cover for John Q. Public to go from a law-abiding citizen who calls upon police to handle a perceived criminal situation and turns them into a legalized vigilante with a license to kill with the added caveat of extra protections from civil liability’

Today, a Florida judge (as was the case in the Zimmerman trail) currently instructs jurors that the following minimalist conditions need only apply in court as a justifiable reason to take the life of another Floridian:

“If the defendant was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any place where he/she has a right to be; the defendant has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his/her ground and force with force including deadly force; if he/she reasonably believes that it was necessary to do so to prevent great bodily harm or death to himself or another, or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.” Read more…

Fascim American Style… The Redefine/Refocus!

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This image has little to do with the blog; I just thought I would add it for the “Fascism” in the title! Thanks NY Nerd.

Ever since the election of Barak “Hussein” Obama (extra emphasis on Hussein), the Obama administration has been labeled all sorts of negative descriptors. The word of the that seems to be the prevailing part of the partisan lexicon  is “Fascism or Fascist”, but those words don’t really mean what they think it means.

The time has come to add clarity to the word, the definition, and it applicability to the current president/administration. The unfortunate reality is that there are so many negative words subscribed to his administration that it would be impractical to cover them all here. This blog will cover the one that is the most miss-used one to date “fascist” or “fascism”!

Fascism has been commonly misunderstood to mean that the government doesn’t own the means of production, but the government does control it. This definition only goes to show that someone did not do a very thorough search on the Google machine. National_Fascist_Party_logo

Meriam-Webster defines fascism as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression [via military means] of [political] opposition”. Fascism is completely foreign to the American governmental structure due to the very nature of it.

One must remember that we have a House of Representatives, a Senate, and a Supreme  Court which makes fascism in America impossible; RIGHT NOW. Fascism needs a dictatorial presence in order to be fulfilled and this is impossible in a democratic republic, such as America! Although it is true that fascist nations control the “means of production” many are oblivious to the fact that true fascism is accompanied with the utilization of military force, mobilization of the public, and political violence to those in opposition.

Fascism was invented and originated in Mussolini’s Italy. Mussolini defined it as the merger of state and corporate power. This is the government that libertarians/Republicons have been attempting to bring into existence for 30 plus years and yet they decry their disgust at the possibility that Obama could be using doing just that.

Fascism is the ultimate goal of the political Right. The political right would rather that practically all sectors of our economy be run by corporate raiders, minus military and defense in a small part. A Libertarian dream would be to have corporations be considered people [America is all but there], but with all of those exceptional bonus corporate powers! They would prefer that government get out-of-the-way of industry which would most certainly result in the oppression of We The People.

The ideology is to allow corporations to control the economy, control how and when they are regulated, control how much to pay workers, under what conditions workers should work in, and control their taxation policies. True fascism would return to the days of Mussolini where instead of elected officials running the House and the Senate we would have appointed corporate CEOs.

Actually, this is not that far removed from the deteriorated stated that our government is currently operating. The only real difference is that our representatives (loosely used) are the thin veneer between corporate interests and  representation. Make no mistake America there is an emerging bastions of fascism in America and it lives in Wall Street, the defense industry, our political system, lobbyists, corporate media and in both the right and left ends of our political spectrum [much more dominant in the Right].

There are traces of fascism everywhere, but it is not about the man “President Obama”; it is about the system. Our newspapers, media, and many other sources of information have been infected with the corporate cancer that greatly resemble fascism. The seeds have been sown and the fruit is looking to become ripe in the garden of government with the personalizing, empowering, and politicization of corporations. Read more…

Watered-Down Gun Bill Was Murdered…. Suspect “Harry Reid”; Guilty As Charged!

filibusterThe Senate voted 54-46, on Wednesday April 17, to pass the bi-partisan (watered-down) background check bill written by Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin. The passing of this weak form of legislation should have been an exercise of legislative ease. After all, the bill was full of loop-holes that would have made it pretty useless in the grand scheme of the bill’s intended purpose.

Constitutionally, the bill passed the Senate and should have been on its way to the House, but thanks to the parliamentary rule in the Senate, a bill receiving 54 votes was blocked using the asinine Senate Filibusterer. The Filibusterer (Senate Rule XXII) effectively overrides the constitutional requirements of passing bill in the Senate and replaces the constitutional standard with a rule that is of the making of the Senate alone. This distortion of civic rules and conditionally established protocol led to the Senate’s rules trumping the Constitution itself.

Oh, how the Founding Fathers would weep if the were here today. The fact is the Constitution requires a simple majority to pass a bill out of the Senate, but the Filibuster forces a 60 percent requirement to even debate the bill, much less pass it. One would think that the Constitution would not be so easily circumvented, but you would be wrong. Circumventing the Constitution has been a way a commonality ever since the election of George W. Bush (you know the really dumb Bush) see Patriot Act for proof. passed

The bill was supported and rejected in a bipartisan fashion. The Republicans who voted for the bill were Sens. Pat Toomey (PA), Mark Kirk (IL), Susan Collins (ME) and John McCain (AZ). The Democrats who voted against it were Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Max Baucus (MT), Mark Begich (AK) and Mark Pryor (AR). Who says that the Senate doesn’t work in a bipartisan fashion. The senate works in a bipartisan way when it comes to ignoring the will of “We The People” and in the interests of the rich and corporations. Can you say Oligarchs? Sure you can! Read more…

Sara Palin: Political Genius?!?

Sarah Palin has officially earned the status and rank of “Political Genius!” from the perspective of the Right side of the political spectrum that is.  This is stated with a great level of reluctance and trepidation, but it is factual in the sense that she has performed a Houdini-like feat of political magic.

When you look at Palin’s lack of mental depth, her non-existence political knowledge, her misunderstanding of historical facts, her primitive social outlook, and her complete lack of common sense, you have to be amazed at what she has accomplished.

The fact that Palin has maintained a level of national relevancy from those on the political right should amaze America as a whole and begs one to wonder WHY?

Palin’s rise (of sorts) has to be examined in order to understand the truly herculean feat of political jujitsu that she has been able to perform on the American corporate media and the Republicon party is nothing short of DUMBFOUNDING. Read more…

Discussion with Conservatives: Women in Military Combat!

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Patriotism, courage, and even death doesn’t know gender. And with that, 152 female U.S. troops have died along side their fellow male soldiers and counting. Yet their service and sacrifice in that role has not been recognized for what it is; THE ULTIMATE SACRAFICE! Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary of the United States, said it best “men and women have been fighting and dying together and the time has come for our policies to recognize that reality“. This was in reply to the newly adopted and soon to be implemented policy of removing the restriction on women to serve in a combat role in the military.

The new policy of eliminating gender based restrictions on all military assignments could not have come too soon. The US combat exclusionary policy was only in effect in regards to formal recognition; women have been dying along the side of their male counterparts for years. This restriction was a paper tiger of sorts and only served to continue an outdated stereotype of the great and vast divide of male and female capabilities in the art of war.

This policy does not remove any of the stringent physical and mental requirements for combat; it mere allows women a chance to qualify for combat roles. In my estimation, this move not only will allow qualified women to be recognized for their service, but it will also go a long way in leveling the discriminating practices that have put a wedge between men and women in the military.

With the announcement of the change of policy, there has been a rather surprising resistance coming from the right of the political spectrum. This blog is a recount of a conversation with some conservatives on this topic. Based on this conversation, one can only hope that this attitude and stance is the absolute bottom rung of the collective “We” ladder.

This cannot be representative of conservatives as a “whole”, brace yourself for the following (nothing has been edited).

Marc Schenker  (opened this with a post on the subject)

  • Good grief, I hate this RINO more and more. Can he not read what experts like Elaine Donnelly have to say about women on the front lines?!?! What a diversity pimp. McCain Backs Women in Combat — As Long as Standards Stay High » Sen. John McCain supports allowing women in combat, while saying it remains critical for the military to uphold the same high standards particularly the physical ones that have made it the strong..

Paris Brierley1:04 PM

  • Wonder if girls will have to register for selective service now? … lets wait for that train wreck!

John Pavao1:15 PM

  • Senator McCain, we thank you for your service and your sacrifice.  Please retire.

Marc Schenker1:18 PM

  • +Paris Brierley, When girls (18 to 25) are drafted in the worst case scenario, all the feminist groups that hailed letting women into combat are going to be bitching about “The War on Women!” Hahahaha.

Anthony Gaston1:28 PM

  • I am not a fan of Senator McCain (it even hurts to type it), but I think he is taking the correct stance on this issue (I am a issues person, party be damned). I assert that women are fully capable of making a conscious decision to put themselves in harms way. I also assert that women are fully capable of learning logistics of combat, fire a weapon accurately, and performing the duties that your average male can perform.
  • What exactly do you think is wrong with women being allowed to do full combat in the war arena? Men who are (18 to 25) are killing and dying in combat; is it just the idea that it is a woman?
  • You do realize that women have been dying in the combat zone for a long time now and many of them were armed and fired back at the enemy. This change merely recognized this fact. Kudos to McCain for supporting equality on this issue; now he needs to get over the whole “gay” thing. Read more…

Rand Vs Clinton, Weak Sauce!

January 24, 2013 1 comment

Rand Paul lives up to his reputation as an ill-informed and unworthy Senator with his ridiculous statement that the Benghazi event was the “worst tragedy since 911″. I mean really? There have been a myriad of events since 911 that are more tragic, in every way than the Benghazi tragedy, but these are a few; CT shooting, record number of military suicides, Anthrax attacks by mail, Hurricane Katrina and Sally, his election, the BP spill, the list could go on and on. Hyperbolic much Mr. Paul?It is tragically laughable that his political points trumps his moral fiber. The point is, one does not have to overstate an event to give it worth. The Benghazi attack and killing were terrible and a tragedy that I wish could have been prevented, but to over inflate it in order to have your political Kabuki theatrer is sad and very unbecoming of  an elected senator.

benghaziRand Paul opened himself up to a bit of political thrashing with the following “Had I been president at the time and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi…. I would have relieved you of your post.” Clinton’s  reply was statesman-like and profession, as one would expect of her. The great thing is that Americans are being more informed, insightful  and progressive and this is the reason that Rand Paul will live the political life of Mitt Romney, as in he will never be President. I think that he is missing the fact that the Republican party cut funding for protection of the embassies abroad; another inconvenient truth. Read more…

Political Dinosaur (GOP)!

gop-dinosaur-smWhig Party 2013 is what comes to mind when reflecting on today’s Republicon party. The course of the Republicon party is clear! Their supporters are regressive! Their policies are void of democratic substance and are on the wrong side of progressive history, which has been a mainstay of America’s development since its inception. Their goose seems all but cooked as they continue to mire themselves into adopting policies that are anti-science, anti-freedom, anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-populist, anti-minority, and dare I say anti-American. The direction of the GOP is that of the Whigs or Political Dinosaurs!

The Whig Party of the early 1830s to the mid-1850s was the political party in opposition to the Democratic Party of the Jacksonian era. The reference to the current Republican party becoming the modern version of the Whigs has its merit in terms of a party leading itself out of political viability, but not in mutually reflective policies. The Whig party was, for its time, somewhat progressive in terms of economics and modernization; see HERE for a more detailed history of the Whigs. The Whig analogy is all about self destruction of a party which the Republicons have demonstrated a mastery at, as of late. The beautifully amazing divide between the Republicon party and the nation today is a political reality that the party itself refused to learn from or adapt to; as demonstrated in the 2012 elections.

A perfect example of the complete social blindness of the Republicon party is not only reflected in their members, but also in their party platform. The Republican National Committee published their 60 plus page platform named  “We Believe in America”  which is a great title but lacks the reflective policies of a 2012 America. In the 2012 platform, Republicons utilize the same coded policy verbiage that makes for great ear candy but the reality of what they represent are politically and socially ugly.

The party continues to feed their homophobic members in both policy and language. In their platform they oppose the use of  “social experimentation in the military” which is a sad-veiled reference to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. No gays in the military is their stance. The use of “fixed value for the dollar” is the right-wing moronic idea that America should return to the gold standard; an idea that has also been adopted by the Libertarian party (you know Republicans  that want to smoke dope and get laid). America’s dynamic economy of today cannot be supported by a material that only has the value subscribed to it by the market. The gold standard is unrealistic in today’s economy, but still warrants lip service by the so-called Conservatives  The platform also romanticizes the policy of privatizing Social Security, but uses the phrase “control over their investments” as a way to disguise their true policy. The policies of the Republicon party uses words that sound good, but the actual result of the policies are detrimental to American and 95% of its citizenry. Read more…

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