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randomactsofchaos:

Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press (02/25/2012)

CLAY BENNET!

randomactsofchaos:

Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press (02/25/2012)

CLAY BENNET!

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

This is why I’m quickly losing faith in America. 
occupyonline:
One ist treason against humanity; the other is reason against the U.S. military-industrial complex (with the ALLEGED POSSIBILITY of a loss of life due to the exposure of classified documents detailing murder…ironic). It is clear (and disturbing) what is valued more by the leaders of our country.
torevolution:

The brutal truth.
Originally charged with murder, the charges were later reduced to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault, and on January 23, 2012. Wuterich pled guilty to a single count of negligent dereliction of duty as part of an agreement with military prosecutors. In exchange, all other charges were dropped.Wuterich was sentenced on January 24 and convicted to forfeiture of two-thirds of pay for three months and reduction in rank to private. Read more

This is why I’m quickly losing faith in America. 

occupyonline:

One ist treason against humanity; the other is reason against the U.S. military-industrial complex (with the ALLEGED POSSIBILITY of a loss of life due to the exposure of classified documents detailing murder…ironic). It is clear (and disturbing) what is valued more by the leaders of our country.

torevolution:

The brutal truth.

Originally charged with murder, the charges were later reduced to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault, and on January 23, 2012. Wuterich pled guilty to a single count of negligent dereliction of duty as part of an agreement with military prosecutors. In exchange, all other charges were dropped.Wuterich was sentenced on January 24 and convicted to forfeiture of two-thirds of pay for three months and reduction in rank to private. Read more

(via anarcho-queer)

stfuconservatives:

Always reblog…

stfuconservatives:

Always reblog…

(Source: leftish, via caseywould)

publicradiointernational:

Missouri has never looked so good … Dave Imus’ map of the United States recently won the “Best of Show” at the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society.
Slate magazine calls Imus’ cartographic work of art, “The Greatest Paper Map Of The United States You’ll Ever See.”
“What I did different than anybody else who ever made a map of the  United States was that I brought into focus… the basic geography,” Imus  told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “People that read this map  or look at it on the wall can understand and appreciate more deeply the  character of the United States… the lay of the land.”
(Image: A map of Missouri. Courtesy Dave Imus, Imus Geographics.)

publicradiointernational:

Missouri has never looked so good … Dave Imus’ map of the United States recently won the “Best of Show” at the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society.

Slate magazine calls Imus’ cartographic work of art, “The Greatest Paper Map Of The United States You’ll Ever See.”

“What I did different than anybody else who ever made a map of the United States was that I brought into focus… the basic geography,” Imus told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “People that read this map or look at it on the wall can understand and appreciate more deeply the character of the United States… the lay of the land.”

(Image: A map of Missouri. Courtesy Dave Imus, Imus Geographics.)

(via npr)

Our growth is generally dependent upon our ability to obtain new contracts to develop and manage new correctional and detention facilities… . The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws. For instance, any changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them.

Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison operator in America, statement to stockholders, 2005.

In other words: ending the Drug War and eliminating federal mandatory minimum sentences is bad for business.  Adam Gopnik notes that CCA “spends millions lobbying legislators.”  presumably, inter alia, to keep harsh sentencing laws on the books.

source

(via letterstomycountry)

Private prison industry? What private prison industry?

(via excitablehonky)

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The growing system of private, for-profit prisons in this country is appalling. 

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

This moderate, clear-headed, forward-thinking man has slowly brought this country out of the gutter. While the unemployment rate has a long way to go, his proposals aim at long-term solutions that will avoid a repeat of the economy’s self-immolation in 2008. This State of the Union address outlined few grand proposals, but that comes as little surprise in a presidential election year with a Congress engaged in trench warfare. Over the last three years, no one in Washington has demonstrated more willingness to cooperate and compromise than President Barack Obama.
America needs him for four more years.

This moderate, clear-headed, forward-thinking man has slowly brought this country out of the gutter. While the unemployment rate has a long way to go, his proposals aim at long-term solutions that will avoid a repeat of the economy’s self-immolation in 2008. This State of the Union address outlined few grand proposals, but that comes as little surprise in a presidential election year with a Congress engaged in trench warfare. Over the last three years, no one in Washington has demonstrated more willingness to cooperate and compromise than President Barack Obama.

America needs him for four more years.

stfuconservatives:

stfuhatemongers:

belgianbollocks:

panasonicyouth:

Mark Educates #2: Homelessness

[Image description: A screenshot from FB. Someone posts: “I believe that if you have half the brain in your head you should be able to make money. So I don’t really feel sorry for that “homeless” dude standing on the side of the freeway asking for money. Come on people- this is America. People flock here from different countries to find work and a better life. There should be no excuse for someone to bum it-None whatsoever.” I reply with: Mental illness, the lack of support for veterans after soldiers return from wars that rich white men create and profit from, the recent wave of vicious foreclosures, the constant erosion of work opportunities by a corporate environment that seeks to increase its bottom line through outsourcing, the ever-increasing decline in any sort of public assistance, the lack of affordable housing, lack of affordable health care, mental illness, domestic violence, sexual abuse, violent transphobia, homophobia, a culture and system of racism, addiction disorders and the public stigma that follows them, and the unbelievably complicated set of circumstances that might lead a person to have to choose between eating food, having a roof over their head, and meeting their basic needs as a human being. Oh, sorry, what’s that? You weren’t using half the brain in your head to figure this shit out? There really should be no excuse for that. None whatsoever. PS: I was homeless once in my life because I ran away from home to escape abuse. So I don’t tolerate this bullshit from anyone.]

Yes, I said mental illness twice.

Here’s an easy one: Don’t ever do this.

jfc

This belongs on my blog. Love this reply.

Perfection.

(Source: markdoesstuff, via anarcho-queer)

Couldn’t have put it better myself. We need action. We need a voice.

Today, while tumblr has flooded with videos and images of police brutality on a small, peaceful protest on Wall Street, the media has remained silent.

Let us make use of our technology and spread the word in a way uncensored by the corporate media enterprise.

wherbear:

To put it rather simply, our government is bought, it’s no longer Washington in control but the corporations and the rich. There is even a law that states corporations are PEOPLE and have the right to donate to whatever political cause. We continue to give TRILLIONS in tax cuts for…

I don’t hate America. 
But we have a for-profit healthcare system.
Privatized prisons that consider illegal immigrants a market.
Crumbling infrastructure.
Mass media too diluted to avoid outrageous spin and manufactured controversy.
A culture of debt, beginning at age eighteen.
Rapidly deflating public school funding and quality.
A central government too dysfunctional to create major change.
And a ravenous, madman fear of taxes that prevents us from investing in the future.
So no. I don’t believe that America is the “Greatest Country on Earth”, regardless of what I’m told over and over and over again, as though somehow change will occur through stale patriotism rather than embracing the hard work and compromise true reform demands.

I don’t hate America. 

But we have a for-profit healthcare system.

Privatized prisons that consider illegal immigrants a market.

Crumbling infrastructure.

Mass media too diluted to avoid outrageous spin and manufactured controversy.

A culture of debt, beginning at age eighteen.

Rapidly deflating public school funding and quality.

A central government too dysfunctional to create major change.

And a ravenous, madman fear of taxes that prevents us from investing in the future.

So no. I don’t believe that America is the “Greatest Country on Earth”, regardless of what I’m told over and over and over again, as though somehow change will occur through stale patriotism rather than embracing the hard work and compromise true reform demands.

(Source: blog-anglophonic, via barefoot-nomad)