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  • James Martin
    Dec 8, 2013
      1) What the rightwing thought of Nelson Mandela (and still does)
      2) some good news
      3) In rural America, secessionist sentiment stirs
      4) Tony Perkins: Democrats, Not Republicans, Guilty of 'War on Women'
      5) nationofchange.org 
      6) Walmart Is Not the Bargain You Might Think
      What the rightwing thought of  Nelson Mandela (and still does)

      Remembering The Religious Right's Attacks On Nelson Mandela

      Submitted by Brian Tashman on Thursday, 12/5/2013 5:45 pm
      - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/remembering-religious-rights-attacks-nelson-mandela#sthash.lgjSFSvi.dpuf

      Remembering The Religious Right's Attacks On Nelson Mandela

      Submitted by Brian Tashman on Thursday, 12/5/2013 5:45 pm
      - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/remembering-religious-rights-attacks-nelson-mandela#sthash.lgjSFSvi.dpuf
      My comment ---
      We are dealing with some nasty white people.
      some good news ---

      The Rise Of Kirsten Gillibrand: How Hillary Clinton's Heir Is Winning Battles And Silencing Critics

      Posted: 12/07/2013 9:25 am EST  |  Updated: 12/07/2013 3:02 pm EST

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      In rural America, secessionist sentiment stirs

      By Fabienne FAUR | AFP – Sunday 07 Saturday 2013
      Cumberland, Md. (AFP) - By day, Scott Strzelcyzk is an IT consultant in this rural Appalachian corner of Maryland. By night, he's something of a modern-day American revolutionary.

      "It's time for a 51st state!" declared Strzelcyzk at a town hall meeting in Cumberland, rallying support for an "amiable divorce" from the coastal state's more urban eastern half.

      The United States hasn't added a state since 1959 when Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states, but Strzelcyzk is optimistic that western Maryland -- five counties -- could strike off on its own in as little as three to five years.

      The area is not alone. In other states like California, Colorado or Michigan, regions are itching for statehood, often for the main reason Strzelcyzk cites -- frustration with government.

      "I think of myself as an average citizen who is sick and tired of being sick and tired," said Strzelcyzk, who refers to the state capital Annapolis with the same contempt that euroskeptics reserve for Brussels.

      "In Maryland, we have a number of irreconcilable differences with the state government and how they govern," he said.

      The laundry list of grievances that underpins the Liberate Western Maryland movement runs from higher taxes on alcohol and cigarettes to "oppressive" gun control legislation, in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants, and even stricter rules on septic tanks.

      Several hundred people had signed a petition backing the statehood movement by the time Strzelcyzk and a handful of supporters presented their vision to about 80 people who attended the rally at Allegany College in Cumberland.

      Its credo is "one smaller, leaner government, more freedom, more personal responsibilities" for the 650,000 predominantly white, rural and older inhabitants of the Maryland panhandle, where 11 percent of the state's total population lives.

      But how would Western Maryland pay its bills? Some members of the audience wanted to know.

      "We'll make it attractive" to business, Strzelcyzk said.

      Others asked why grievances could not simply be tackled at the ballot box, eliminating the need for separation from the rest of the state.

      "They have a rigged game, with rigged rules, on a rigged field and they own the referees," he said. "Even through the normal electoral process, the outcome cannot be changed."

      Once a Democrat, and later a Republican, Strzelcyzk pitches his proposal at meetings of the conservative Tea Party movement.

      Maryland is largely a Democratic state, with liberals living in prosperous suburbs just outside Washington and African-Americans making up the majority of its biggest city Baltimore.

      Gay marriage is enshrined in law and Governor Martin O'Malley favors tougher gun laws.

      Frank Shafroth, director of the Center for State and Local Government Leadership at George Mason University in Virginia, said that state secessionist movements are signs of frustration in an aging population.

      "Those rural areas are seeing fewer and fewer young people," he told AFP.

      "They are more and more white; there are more and more people over the age of 55 who have very different values; they have old traditional values -- and they have a difficult time adjusting."

      Breakaway regions are nothing new in US history -- Delaware separated from Pennsylvania, Kentucky was carved out of Virginia and Maine was once part of Massachusetts -- but those examples date to the 1700s and 1800s.

      In recent years, in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado, 11 counties attempted to break away from the main city Denver, although the proposal was defeated in a referendum.

      In northern California, the idea of a Jefferson state -- taking in a southern chunk of Oregon -- dates back to the 19th century, and is making a comeback.

      Secession, however, is more easily argued than done.

      "The obstacles would be hard to overcome," Shafroth said.

      Secession by a county would require approval from the legislature of the state concerned, "an unlikely outcome particularly given that those areas that want to secede represent a declining population, so they have very little power within the state legislatures."

      Even if that hurdle was cleared, secession would still have to be approved by the US Congress, Shafroth added.

      Back at the town hall meeting in Cumberland, Todd Arbogast, a 42-year-old analyst, said secession was still worth pursuing.

      "Annapolis ignores us," he said.

      Brandon Juhcish, 30, described his feelings as "a little bit skeptical," while Josh Frick, 42, a gun shop employee, leaned in favor of the idea.

      "Most of these counties are more rural," Frick said.

      "They have different priorities. The environment is different. How they see themselves as individuals is different. What they expect from the government is different."

      My comment ---
      When the apocalypse comes [ when the shooting starts ], what are liberals going to do?
      Nobody knows how to lie and bear false witness like a Southern Baptist --->

      Tony Perkins: Democrats, Not Republicans, Guilty of 'War on Women'

      Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 07:11 PM

      By Bill Hoffmann

      It's Democrats who are responsible for the so-called "war on women" — not Republicans, according to Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

      Perkins told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that House Speaker John Boehner saying GOP lawmakers need to be more sensitive to women stems from Democrats' ongoing battle cry that Republicans hate women.

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      "I just came back from a couple of meetings on the Hill and I talked to some members who were in that session [with Boehner] … and here's what this is: this is a reaction to this so-called War on Women," Perkins said.

      "Let me tell you where the war on women is being waged. It is the Democratic Party that's putting an ideological emphasis on … the contraceptive mandate," he said.

      "[That is] going to cost jobs … cost women the ability to provide for their families, [and] take away their healthcare because they're putting organizations and businesses in a position of having to choose between their religious freedoms, their conscience, and providing healthcare.

      "Who needs to apologize for that? Not Republicans, it's the Democrats, it's the president that's pushing this failed policy that's kicking families off of the coverage from healthcare and potentially ending their jobs ... So who's waging a war on women and the things that women care about?"

      See "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now.
      My comment ---
      Newsmax is a rightwing mouthpiece organization.  Tony Perkins -- FRC -- is a political front for Southern Baptists.
      Sunday 08 December 2013

      10 Success Stories Thanks to the Endangered Species Act

      News Report: Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act—our nation’s safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. The Endangered Species Coalition marks the anniversary with a new report highlighting a few of the great wildlife conservation accomplishments since the Act’s passage. The report, entitled Back from the Brink: Ten Success Stories Celebrating the Endangered Species Act at forty, highlights ten species that are either steadily improving or have been recovered and removed from the list of imperiled species.

      Jim Hightower | Coke’s Ploy to Drain Your Wallet When You Dine Out

      Jim Hightower, Op-Ed: Coca-Cola is running a stealth advertising campaign. Coke calls its covert gambit “Cap the Tap.” It’s urging restaurateurs to stop offering plain old tap water to customers: “Every time your business fills a cup or glass with tap water, it pours potential profits down the drain.” The soft drink giant’s campaign is a surreptitious ploy to enlist restaurants in a marketing conspiracy that targets you, your children, and—of course—your wallet.

      Boosting GMO Rejection: Help Bangladesh Stop GMOs

      Elizabeth Renter, News Report: The people of Bangladesh are facing a serious problem as their government recently approved the commercial cultivation of genetically modified eggplant. Now, they need your help. The new GMO eggplant has been altered by injecting bacterial genes that create a toxin to control the Fruit and Shoot Borer (FSB), a common pest on brinjal. That toxin is Bacillus thuringiensis, better known as Bt. While the Bangladehi government, and others who support GMO crops, believes the Bt is necessary for controlling pests, others see the lack of success with other pest-controlling GMO creations—along with all of the dangers that come along.

      How ‘Limited Government’ is Burying a Generation in Debt

      Joshua Holland, Op-Ed: The cost of tuition in this country has increased at an almost unbelievable pace over the past generation—twice as fast than as the costs of health care. According to an analysis by Bloomberg News, over the past thirty five years, the cost of a college education in the U.S. has increased twelve-fold. But all of those additional dollars pouring in aren’t improving students’ instruction. It’s a huge ripoff and it’s hurting the prospects of an entire generation of Americans.

      Secret TPP Agreement Undermines Obama’s Transparency

      Pierce Nahigyan, Op-Ed: Last week, WikiLeaks released a single chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Surprisingly, the TPP was at the top of zero major news pages. Unsurprisingly, it is now the number one trending topic in so many of our sources of dedicated journalism. The sexiness of a WikiLeaks exclusive, as well as the inherent mystique of its Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange, lends the story an acceptable credibility in the mainstream that negates its otherwise difficult subject material. The difficulty being that the TPP is not sexy material to write about.

      88 Percent of Congress On Gas Industry Payroll as Campaign Donations Hit Record Level

      Farron Cousins, News Investigation: As elected officials in Washington continue to mull the possibilities of setting stricter standards for fracking, the natural gas industry has decided to pull out all the stops to defeat these standards before they can even see the light of day. A new report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) shows that the industry’s campaign contributions are now at record levels as they battle politicians wishing to tighten the reins on fracking. And House Republicans continue to deliver for the industry.

      Amend the Fed: We Need a Central Bank that Serves Main Street

      Ellen Brown, Op-Ed: The Federal Reserve is the only central bank with a dual mandate. It is charged not only with maintaining low, stable inflation but with promoting maximum sustainable employment. Yet unemployment remains stubbornly high, despite four years of radical tinkering with interest rates and quantitative easing (creating money on the Fed’s books). After pushing interest rates as low as they can go, the Fed has admitted that it has run out of tools.

      Six Things Nelson Mandela Believed that Most People Won’t Talk About

      Aviva Shen, News Investigation: In the desire to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life—an iconic figure who triumphed over South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime—it’s tempting to homogenize his views into something everyone can support. This is not, however, an accurate representation of the man. Mandela was a political activist and agitator. He did not shy away from controversy and he did not seek—or obtain—universal approval. As the world remembers Mandela, here are some of the things he believed that many will gloss over.

      Under the Global Shadow of Big Brother, Journalism Must Light Up the Political Sky

      Norman Solomon, Op-Ed: Real journalism is “subversive” of deception that can’t stand the light of day. This is a huge problem for the Obama administration and the many surveillance-state flunkies of both parties in Congress. As the most powerful institutions run amuck, their main functionaries are “leaders” who keep leading us farther and farther away from a world we could possibly be proud of leaving for the next generations. Pushing back against the ominous momentum will require fighting for real journalism.

      The Drone that Takes Out Julian Assange

      Dennis Trainor, Jr., Video Feature: While it might be a stretch to imagine that Julian Assange is on Barack Obama’s infamous kill list—there is a overt trend to brand journalists as terrorists. If the objective behind this trend if successful, it might grant Michael Grunwald his sadistic wish after all. For example, this week it was revealed that British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden.

      November Jobs Report: Good, but Not Enough

      Robert Borosage, Op-Ed: The November Bureau of Labor Statistics job report—with a reported increase in two hundred and three thousand jobs and an unemployment rate of declining to seven percent—shows a continuing but slow recovery. The celebration should be muted. Jobs growth has now averaged about one hundred ninety four thousand jobs a month over the last year. At this rate, it will take five years to recover to pre-recession jobs levels. This report will increase pressure inside and outside the Federal Reserve to begin winding down its extraordinary bond purchases, but we cannot accept this economy as the new normal.

      Walmart Is Not the Bargain You Might Think

      Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00 By Maura Stephens, Truthout | Op-Ed

      People flock to Walmart for perceived bargains and convenience. Here are some facts that might keep them from adding their hard-earned cash to the profits of a company that's squashing lives and worker rights worldwide.

      Next time someone tells you they shop at Walmart because it's cheap or convenient, share this.

      Despite 1,500 protests nationwide against Walmart, the world's biggest retailer claimed its most lucrative Black Friday ever in 2013. Our friends and neighbors flock there.

      They do - even those who have seen mom-and-pop stores shut down when Walmart moved into town, who miss being able to pick up one or two items and be out of a store in 10 minutes, who personally know Walmart employees relying on food stamps and who have heard how much money the Walton family continues to accumulate.

      Walmart is the poster child for how huge corporations have undermined people's ability to make a living. It does this by sending manufacturing abroad to countries where labor is cheap, at the same time paying its own employees less than a living wage, using other unfair labor practices in numerous locations in the United States, and undercutting locally owned enterprises right out of business. It harms Main Streets and local commerce centers across the country and further drives people to malls. 

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