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Koch Brother’s are back at it again…

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You may remember my post back in October about the billion dollar Koch (pronounced Coke) brother’s being the money behind the Tea Party. If not I highly recommend you read it, The Tea Party is NOT a Grassroots Organization. At least check out the cool, easy to read chart.

Well the Koch Brothers at back at it again, in full force. As read today on MSNBC.com, Conservative high-rollers gather to plot strategy, the Koch brothers sponsored a two day event to try to figure out how to put the GOP in the white house in 2012. So much for the voice of the “people”.

Even the British can see though the “Tea Party”.  As written in The Independent World, “Most organisations which benefit from the Kochs’ largesse have one thing in common: they help advance an unflinching brand of libertarian conservatism. Some lobby against environmental regulation, or seek to undermine public perception of the threat of climate change, others battle taxes, trade unions and Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms.
Many play a crucial role in organising the Tea Party, the headline-prone right-wing movement which likes to tout its “grass-roots” credentials.”

Once again, thanks to the conservative led Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United, the rich will have an opportunity to over shout the middle class and poor. Are you prepared to let billionaires shape our political landscape? I sure as hell am not.

Let’s not forget to use sound judgment people. Listen to your gut, it speaks the truth.

The truth about Iraq

I will admit hands down I do not and never did support the invasion of Iraq (or the other 2 wars we are in but no one talks about). That said, I thought listening to last weeks This American Life podcast would enlighten me to having a little support at least.

It did the exact opposite. These are real stories from real Iraq’s. Now please everyone quit trying to tell me how much we helped this country and how garetful the people of Iraq are.

Give it a listen.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/416/iraq-after-us

It’s a REALLY great show.

Remembering 9/11/01

There are very few days in life I truly remember. Like most of you reading this I will never forget where I was on 9/11/01. I will never forget the very moment  I heard about the towers falling. I will never forget the video, and the tears, and how scared all of us where. Scared because we had no idea what was going on. Scared because we couldn’t comprehend who would want to do something so horrific. I will never forget the hole in the side of the pentagon, and I will never forget those who gave their lives in Pennsylvania to save the life of people they never even met.

I will also never forget the months after when the witch hunt began for Muslims living in the United States. I will never forget my Moroccan friends being cornered and asked if they were Arabic and them, fearing for their lives, responding that they are Mexican.

For a brief moment in history we were a United Nation. Sadly it was a brief moment. Although we like to tell ourselves that we are all united for a common interest, so many still have it all wrong about the people who were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

We all feel sadness and anger towards what happened on 9/11. Not just Christians, but also Muslims, and Agnostics, and Atheists, and Buddhists, and all religious sects.It was not just Christians whose lives were violently taken from them.

We will never forget those who lost their lives on 9/11. All those who lost their lives. My heart goes out to everyone who lost someone they love on that tragic morning.

Let’s United again. Let’s turn this anger into something positive. People often say everything happens for a reason. I’m not sure that is entirely true, but I do believe you can make a reason for everything that happen.  Let’s embrace some of the things that made our country so great to begin with; our differences, our freedom of religion, our constitution.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.”

What if everyone set aside their religious beliefs for one day? What would there be to fight about?

On this day, 9/11/2010, let’s remember ALL who lost their lives. Rest in Peace.

Did this officer get away with murder?

Just about…

From CNN: http://current.com/1nrt84c

Jury delivers involuntary manslaughter verdict in Oakland shooting

I disagree with this verdict. How on Earth was this involuntary.

Thoughts?

Stop supporting oil companies…they already have record profits!

The oil companies care about profits. That is it. When the spill stops the oil will not go away. There is NO WAY to clean the spill completely. You can protest BP all you want, but unless we move toward clean energy, like wind, nothing is going to change. Until we hold companies accountable for preventing future spills ALL offshore drilling needs to cease. People like Sharron Angle, who is running for Senate in Nevada, who think deregulation is the answer are nuts. Why would a company who doesn’t follow the simple regulations now be better at  self-regulation?

There was a great clip on Rachel Maddow Monday. It’s 6 minutes long, and although it points out the obvious everyone should watch it. Even if you are not a fan of Maddow, the segment makes some great points.

It’s not about us versus them. It doesn’t matter that BP is not an American company. This is one Earth we live on. We are all One when it comes to our planet. Drilling somewhere else is not better. Whether oil is spilled in the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska, or Australia, or France or Spain  or Nigeria, or anywhere else on our Earth; oil spills have the same impact on our Earth. We need to stop being victims of oil. We need energy reform. We need to  quick talking about it and make it happen.

What are you going to do to discourage offshore drilling? What are you going to do to lower your consumption of oil? When the news stop broadcasting the oil spill will you become complacent again?

Like I said in my previous post, 60% of American’s are idiots and/or uninformed, how many people have to die before we change our dependence on oil? How many animals have to die? How much does the climate have to change before we wake up and see what we are doing to our planet?

I hope President Obama steps up and moves forward, unlike all those presidents before him, and does what is needed to prevent these disasters from having the opportunity to occur in the future.

Ebrahim Yazdi

If you listen to NPR’s morning edition you may have stumbled across the interview with Yousef Yazdi, son of EbrahimYazdi. Check out the interview on the NPR website.

Ebrahim Yazdi,  former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Iran, is a great leader for democracy in that country.  He was arrested many times for his open opposition against the current Iranian Government.

For those of you who may not be aware, the Iranian people took to the streets Sunday, a Shi’ite Holy Day. You may have thought the protests, of what many believe to be the false election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had died down. We were wrong, they were building up their momentum. Now they appear to be stronger than ever. Why are they not giving up?

Remember the year 2000 in the United States? Those of us on the left firmly believed and knew Gore beat Bush. Remember how you felt? Imagine if that happened again in 2004, and then again in 2008. That is a fraction of how I imagine the Iranian people feel. Living oppressed for as long as time allows them to remember. Believing they finally live in a democracy and then having it stripped away from them.

I give my full support to the people of Iran. Like President Obama in his speech yesterday, I believe they have a right to express themselves freely. I have great respect for all of you who stand up for what you believe is right, and just.  Those who fight for democracy and equality. Keep it up. You will win. We will win.

Some say I am too optimistic. I agree with Ebrahim Yazdi, “You can’t be a political activist if you are a pessimist”.