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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.

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An end to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell…”When I was in the military they gave me a medal…

I heard a quote on Best Of The Left last week that really caught my attention. It was from the Tombstone of Leonard Matlovich. It reads:

“When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”

This quote puts Don’t Ask Don’t Tell into its true context.

Source: www.leonardmatlovich.com

Leonard Matlovich
was the first to volunteer to fight the military’s ban on gays,
a universal soldier in the fight against AIDS & for full LGBT equality in every arena. He was also a loving son, brother, uncle, friend, & “father” of untold numbers of
lives lived out & proud.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day…We celebrate it, but why don’t we live it?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not just a man who stood up for injustice and equality. He is a symbol for what we should all inspire to be.

Dr. King was a leader who believed in peaceful protest. His leadership and visibility ultimately led to his early departure from this world. It was his leadership, and willingness to stand up for what was right that resulted in his accomplishing more greatness than most people will ever even strive for.

Dr. King was killed 43 years ago this April. He was in Memphis, TN leading peaceful protests in support of the sanitation workers. When the mayor at the time would not recognize or meet with the union on their requests, seeing the injustice, Dr. King took it upon himself to step in. It wasn’t until after Dr. King was murdered that the city would finally meet with union officials. 12 days after his death the union and the city finally came to a compromise.

Have we not learned anything from Dr. King’s life or his death? Why must we always wait until something horrible happens before we open our eyes and find compassion?

Why can’t we live with peace in our hearts and in our lives everyday? I believe most all of us want what is best for our country and our world.  We can have peace, and we can have equality. In order to reach this place, we all have to not only stand up for it, but also we have to live it. Not only on MLK day, but everyday.

They should be held responsible…

I am so sad and angry to hear of the shootings today in Arizona aimed at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. As reported by NPR.org, 5 people were killed, “The dead included U.S. District Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl…Giffords, who was shot in the head, was among at least 13 people injured”.

My heart goes out to all those who were injured today and to their loved ones. Every American should feel sorrow today, and every American should also be angry. During these past 2 years, there has been major division among the parties in office. Some representatives have suggested that hatred and violence is needed when disagreements arise. Let’s not forget Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann’s call for the residents of Minnesota to be “armed and dangerous” as a defense to global warming legislation.

The most disgusting act of suggested violence  was delivered by former half term Governor Sarah Palin. Last March, her “crosshairs chart”, as seen below, specifically targeted 20 house democrats as a rebuttal to Health Care reform. Congresswoman Giffords was one of them. In fact, according to NPR.org, “Giffords’ Tucson office was one of three damaged last March by vandals who targeted Democrats in advance of the U.S. House vote on the controversial health care legislation.”

Peoples’ actions have immediate consequences. People like Sarah Palin and Rep. Bachmann should own up to the ramifications of their actions. They should be held responsible. Suggested violence has no place in U.S. politics, because horrific events like today’s- is what will be the ultimate outcome. Today is a lesson in what results from spreading hatred.

Let us all hope that all who were injured today will recover 100%. May peace find you all.

Thank you Rosa Parks!!

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free…

so other people would be also free. “ – Rosa Parks

55 years ago she took a stand. What will you take a stand for? What will you do to ensure other people will be free?

Climate Change: Fact or Fiction?

Is it worth guessing?

This morning I read an article on OregonLive.com, “Phil Mote, Oregon State University climate scientist, weathers the storm growing around global warming”. It’s the same debate we often hear; Is climate change Fact or Fiction? I think we can all agree the Earth is not in the same condition it was in before the industrial revolution. Just go to any major city in the summer where the air quality is “orange”. Or watch Planet Earth and see the rapidly declining of the polar ice caps.

The Oregon Live article is kind of long so you may not get through it. But the main point is well stated in the last few paragraphs.

“…Mote sees bipartisan potential in actions with dual benefits. Energy efficiency upgrades that reduce utility bills and produce jobs, for example. Or mileage standards that reduce dependence on foreign oil and improve national security.
“We should have undertaken policies that lead to a net economic benefit a long time ago,” he says.
At the new regional science centers, he’ll advise agencies from the federal government down on potential global warming risks, including increased wildfires, more invasive species, reduced summer water supplies and higher seas.
Addressing global warming is “a management question,” he says. “Do you want to gamble that there isn’t going to be any problem at all, or do you want to basically buy insurance?””

Yes it is easier to ignore it and hope it will go away, but as adults we know that is not the solution to any potential problem. We often talk about not leaving the future generations with our debts, but in a way that is exactly what we are doing.

Phil Mote, Oregon State University climate scientist, weathers the storm growing around global warming