Rise Up Against The Machine

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, now spreading like wildfire across the nation, are the culmination of deep rooted pain & suffering of an oppressed sector of society. And, if current political trajectory continues undisturbed, this oppressed society will soon become extinct; crushed beneath the weight of political favors.
Historically, the campaign trails are littered with come-ons and one-liners designed to coddle and woo the 99%. But, soon after the ballots are counted, the romance quickly fades. And, like a cheap one-night stand, our self-serving leaders, resume their tawdry affairs with the elite 1%, while quietly and discreetly leaving the interests of the 99% on the nightstand as they disappear into the shadows.
“He chose poorly” said the Grail Knight of the scavenger… Leaders who choose profit over people-can expect a similar fate. The political scavengers who prostitute themselves for the sake of bankrolling ambition must be held accountable.
99% of the population holds 99% of the VOTE. Remember that. But, it doesn’t stop at the ballot box. Hopefully, this movement will inspire a new generation of social activists, to sort through the quagmire of special interest and reveal the true agenda of their chosen representatives. And, then (hopefully) they will take the appropriate actions to eradicate the source (vote them out of office).
Fellow 99’ers, never give up and never give in, even when the odds are stacked against you. The fight must continue: “Everything we do & everything we are is in jeopardy, and because the peril is immediate & unremitting, every person is the right person to act and every moment is the right moment to begin, starting with the present moment. For nothing underscores our common humanity as strongly as the peril of extinction does; In fact, on a practical and political plane it establishes that common humanity. The purpose of action is not to replace life with politics. The point is not to turn life into a scene of protest; life is the point.” (Jonathan Schell).
We must fight for a better tomorrow.

Annie Walker-Leonard

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Forget the Boots, Save the Watches!

I’ve always said that  if you want any Sh*t out of Perry, just squeeze his neck.  And, apparently, Perry has plenty to spare because his campaign trail is so littered, it’s impossible to wade through the enormous piles of manure he leaves behind at every stop.  FORGET THE BOOTS, SAVE THE WATCHES! It’s getting deep around here.

If you’re from Texas, you already know that Rick Perry is crazy.  So crazy, in fact, he’s often referred to as Straight Jacket Perry.  A glimpse into that empty pea brain of his reveals that, not only is this man one brick shy of a load, he is 100% certifiable. Here’s PROOF. Just take a peek at the whopper ideas that made the Think Progress Top 10 Weird List:

— 10. Social Security Is Evil.

—9. Conscription and Wartime Price Controls.

— 8.Medicare is Too Expensive .

— 7. All Bank Regulation Is Unconstitutional.

— 6. Consumer Financial Protection Is Unconstitutional.

— 5. Almost Everything Is Unconstitutional.

— 4. Federal Education Policy Is Unconstitutional.

— 3. Al Gore Is Part Of A Conspiracy To Deny The Existence Of Global Cooling.

— 2. Activist Judges Are a Problem.

—1. The Civil War Was Caused By Slaveowners Trampling On Northern States’ Rights.

http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2011/08/15/295427/295427/

Poll Tax, Revisited

The radical right extremists and the tea party redneck brigade boldly claim to be defenders & protectors of the Constitution. Perhaps, these self proclaimed patriots should read it.

“Imagine that you are finally old enough to vote in your first election. But, do you have enough money to vote? What if you had to pay to vote? Not too many years ago, citizens in some states had to pay a fee to vote in a national election. This fee was called a poll tax. On January 23, 1964, the United States ratified the 24th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting any poll tax in elections for federal officials.”

When Texas voters are asked to show a photo ID at the polls in January, they will join voters in 29 other states that have adopted voter identification requirements — but only six of which require photo identification. The new requirement reeks of Voter Suppression. Texas Democrats have expressed concern with the new requirement” You can too.

Studies have shown that 11 percent of eligible voters, more than 20 million Americans, do not have a government-issued ID. This percentage is even higher for seniors, racial minorities, low-income voters and students. The record is clear that restrictive photo identification laws, such as the one just passed in Texas, serve no legitimate purpose. While proponents cite the need to guard against voter fraud, numerous recent investigations and studies have found zero evidence of substantial voter fraud of the kind voter ID laws would protect against — voter impersonation.

The procedure to obtain a Texas ID or Driver’s License requires you to show “Lawful Presence” by producing one of the following:

  1. Certificate of Birth issued by appropriate U.S. State, Territory, or District of Columbia;
  2. Department of State Certification of birth issued to U.S. Citizens born abroad
  3. Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  4. U.S. Dept. of Justice – INS U.S. Citizenship Identification Card
  5. U.S. Dept. of Justice – INS Identification Card for Resident Citizen of the U.S.
  6. U.S. Passport
  7. Valid Permanent Resident Card
  8. Passport or I-94 stamped “Approved I-551”;
  9. Passport or I-94 stamped “Processed for I-551” or
  10. Permit to Re-enter (Form I-327).

Most, if not all, require a certified copy of your birth certificate to obtain.

A Texas ID costs about $ 25.

And, to obtain a copy of your birth certificate (in Texas) you must provide:

  1. State-issued driver’s license
  2. State/city/county ID card
  3. Student ID
  4. Government employment badge or card
  5. Prison ID
  6. Military ID.

Certified copy of birth certificate costs about $22.

Combined cost (birth certificate/license): $47

Disturbing Fact: let’s say you make minimum wage (which makes up the majority of the so called jobs that Perry is claiming to have created), $7.25 an hour. You would need to work 6.48 hours in order to make enough money to pay your Poll Tax.

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AMERICA-DOOMED!?.. Downgrades, REBEL FLAGS in TEXAS, Hot Dogs, Tea Party POOPERS, and the EXPLODING SUN…

AMERICA IS DOOMED? AAA Credit Downgrade, political pandering disguised as “prayer rallies”, prayer & fasting succumbs to the temptation of HOT DOG vendors, and more Tea Party obstructionism.

 Perry wants to put the racist rebel flag on Texas License Plates, Capitalism has no place in Health Care, and,  not only does it feel like we’re living in Hades due to the political discontent, we now have proof- the SUN is EXPLODING

Wow, and I thought my bad mood due to inadequate caffeine levels.

TOP 10 REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR PERRY

WHY TRICKY RICK PERRY IS BAD FOR TEXAS AND EVEN WORSE FOR AMERICA

Here’s what the Republican Party

is NOT TELLING YOU ABOUT TRICKY RICK:

1) Tricky Rick’s all about “big government” –a career politician.

2) Total Government spending in Texas has doubled since TRICKY RICK took office in 2000.

2) TEXAS DEBT IS OUT-OF-CONTROL! http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-texas-debt-clock.html

3) TRICKY RICK wanted to lease Texas roadways (that were already free to drive on) and turn them into toll roads by developing the Trans-Texas Corridor (part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system).

4) TRICKY RICK HAS REPEATEDLY RAISED TAXES AS GOVERNOR!

5) TEXAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS CURRENTLY 8%-THAT’S 23RD IN THE NATION. http://www.bls.gov/lau/

6) TRICKY RICK KEEPS TEXAS WAGES LOW! Between December 2007 and April 2011, weekly wages in the U.S. increased by about 5 percent. In the state of Texas they increased by just 0.6% .

7) TRICKY RICK HAS DEMOLISHED OUR public education system:

36th in the nation in high school graduation rates;

An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma;

49th in verbal SAT scores,

47th in literacy;

46th in average math SAT scores; and

33rd in the nation on teacher salaries.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=263189

8.   Texas has the highest percentage of workers making minimum wage out of all 50 states.

In 2007, 221,000 residents of Texas were making minimum wage or less. By 2010, that number had risen to 550,000.

9) TRICKY RICK PRAISES HIS efforts to fight ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… BUT TAKES 125 MILLION ANNUALLY IN FEDERAL (DHS) FUNDS to “help out.”

10) TRICKY RICK SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER (2007) TO FORCE EVERY SINGLE GIRL IN TEXAS TO TAKE THE GARDASIL VACCINE BEFORE THE 6TH GRADE. Since then, very serious safety issues regarding this vaccine have come to light. THANKFULLY, lawmakers in Texas blocked TRICKY RICK. Sources cite issues with “apparent financial connections between Merck and Perry to news outlets, such as a $ 6,000 campaign contribution and Merck’s hiring of former Perry Chief of Staff Mike Toomey to handle its Texas lobbying work.”