Information of every type gleaned from sources everywhere by a rowdy and ribald woman researcher and writer. Everything related to peace in any way is fair game and no attempt is made to have this be a journalistic (at least not in the corporate media sense) endeavor. I'm biased. I'm progressive. I'm female. Live with it.
I’m so tired of idiocy; Uneducated, close-minded, easy answer seeking schmucks!
People close their eyes to everything political around themselves for decades if not all of their lives, then when manipulated by large, powerful corporations or their surrogates, these blue-collar rubes fall into line behind the people and groups who are selling them down the river. Yes, I am aware of the slavery metaphor. I am also aware that processes are two-way exchange systems at the minimum. If you are a slave then at some level you are condoning the behavior. We can resist. We can refuse. And even though it feeds energy into the existing system we can fight. Yes, you might feel the force of the waves you make. You might be roughed up. You might be killed.
Everyone who doesn’t want to make waves in a corrupt system is a chicken shit. I am tired of the weak willies and the small time operators and overseers who profit from the corruption in a small way.
There were huge (read million plus people) demonstrations in D.C. pre-Iraq war. No media coverage and complete collusion with an illegal and corrupt administration. There is enough evidence in the new Rumsfeld book to demand a special investigation.
The Ronald Regan Administration’s arms for hostage deal opened the flood gates for strengthening terrorist actions that created the extreme religious terrorists that are everywhere in the world. The same administration funded corrupt regimes and thugs throughout the mountainous regions of South Central Asia and Central and South America. And the very same administration deregulated everything that is now destroying out economy, as well as allowing out media to be purchased by foreigners, something that is antithetical to a democratic country.
The “war” on drugs did nothing but channel funds and energy into the producer countries and the cartels that support them and now prop up a prison industry that begins channeling children into the industry when they are still wet behind the ears.
If we do not take down the corporations RIGHT NOW and restore judicial integrity the world will descend into total chaos before climate change and the 6th extinction take us there. If we act we may be able to survive the now inevitable global climate change and 6th Extinction.
This country had a few basic things right at the outset:
Keep religion out of politics.
Reject monarchy and the inheritance of governance.
Allow commerce but regulate it.
Create a government of, by, and for THE PEOPLE.
I’ve just about had it. I reject violence as it ultimately feeds the thing you attack. But it is time for serious action.
- Keep your purportedly Christian Religion out of my life and government.
- Tax the rich. Tax inheritance. Tax estates. Consolidation of wealth and power by a few families is antithetical to every belief embedded within the foundations of our government.
-Regulation is protection of the people.
-Commerce is to support the economy/livelihood of the people not to amass corporate wealth.
- People need to work together, collectively, to be the government.
Freedom and democracy requires work, and most people are too *bleeping* lazy or greedy to want to participate in the hard work and political struggle it takes to have a democracy. I understand the libertarian position, but we have to have Federal level infrastructure. You cannot have a country as big as ours, or a population as large as ours without taxes, regulation and infrastructure.
I am absolutely convinced that the only way we will be able to survive as a people, a free people, is if the women of the United States complete our revolution and redirect our resources back to democratic action that allows all our beliefs to coexist through a collective and cooperative infrastructure that benefits the human family.
I will talk about what got me so riled up (there are several things) in another post.
I don't like to use the names of crazies who commit murder, but in this case I am choosing to use the name of one of three people charged with with a nine year old girl in southern Arizona. The little girl, Brisenia, was nine when Shawna Forde masterminded the home invasion robberies of drop or stash houses near the Mexico - U.S. border south of Tucson, in Pima County, in 2009 in order to finance border militia operations. The problem is that Brisenia's home wasn't a drop or stash house according to the evidence and the invasion turned into a double homicide.
The first of three trials for her and her father's murders ended just after noon today, February 14,2011. Shawna Forde has been found guilty of first degree murder of both 9-year old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul. Arizona does have the death penalty. Sentencing of Ms. Forde will take place separately.
Two more trials of men accused in the murders have yet to take place.
Brisenia's mother identified Ms. Forde as one of the three people who broke into her house and killed her family in 2009. There were also recordings of Forde's phone conversations and one of the father's rings was in her possession after the murders. Apparently these things were enough for the predominantly female jury to find Forde guilty for planning and ordering the murders even though she did not fire the weapons.
The Minutemen, a border militia group, has splintered since Forde helped found the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. Forde, has been called unstable by this group, and she later founded another group , the Minutemen American Defense, of which one of the others charged in the slayings is National Operations Coordinator as well as being associated with Aryan Nation. The Minutemen Project disavows affiliation with Ms. Forde.
The border militia groups deny being vigilante but at least some of the members of some of the groups show the disregard of law as well as disregard of the rights of certain ethnic groups. These actions of disrespect that are central to border vigilantism.
While there is much debate about using the names of crazies who commit mass murder, in this case I am choosing not to use the names of three people associated with the border militia movement who stand accused of killing a nine year old girl in Southern Arizona. The little girl who was gunned down was named Brisenia Flores. Brisenia Flores! Brisenia Flores!! Brisenia Flores!!!
Not the name you were expecting?
I am aghast that Brisenia's name isn't on the tongue of every mother in this country. A child, a little girl filled with promise, hope, and potential was gunned down in her home along with her father in a home invasion in Arivaca, AZ in 2009. Her mother is alive only because she played dead after being shot, called 911, and shot one of the intruders after they returned.
The trial in her murder has started and we hear (as in national talking head coverage) nothing of it? Why? The violent nature of life on the border may or may not have had anything to do with the now infamous January 8th attempted political assassination of Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, 6 of whom died. People want to believe that. But this trial certainly portrays a violent and obviously mentally deranged group of individuals who are very much part of life in Pima County, Arizona.
Do we hear nothing because there is no debate possible about motive? Is the obvious motive one that no one in the U.S. media wants to look at? Is it because a white woman appears to be behind the murders? Is it because the little girl and her daddy who were brutally executed in their home had darker skin than the people who murdered them?
The least coarse and provocative account of the shooting and arrests I can find to inform you, accurately, about the whole gruesome occurrence is from February 4 on All Things Considered by NPR.
The trial is in recess until mid-week and is still in the jury selection and instruction phase of the trial process. Arizona Daily Star reported on January 25th about the opening arguments. The Daily Star reported on January 17th about the intricacies of the case and likely arguments to be used by both sides.