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Retired corporate paralegal.

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Police brutality spans ages and races.

My mother lived in Chicago as a young woman in the early 1940's. I recall her telling me that a neighbor of hers, a Chicago policeman, used to laugh and tell her how funny it was that so many people they arrested fell down the stairs at the station, breaking bones. No one race, age or gender was targeted -- just people who could not defend themselves against the police.

So many reports like this, both current and in the past, indicate to me that the police force attracts the type of person who wants the cover of job and badge to commit the acts of brutality that would land them in jail otherwise. It is due to the prevalence of cell phones, and other video recording devices, that the extent of their actions comes to light. And as long as the police are in charge of investigating accusations of police brutality, nothing will change. What's needed is a civilian review board who are completely independent of the police. Not a prosecutor who comes from a family of cops, one of whom was killed on the job, like the prosecutor in the Michael Brown case.

The citizens of Ferguson are understanding that they have the power to change things by the power of their vote. There is a voter registration effort going on. I wish them luck.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Mon Aug 25, 2014, 09:30 PM (0 replies)

No, won't watch it.

I think Mr. Foley deserves some respect -- watching some terrorist behead him does nothing to preserve his dignity. He was a brave person to put himself in an arena so he could report to the world. Thanks to him, we now know the extent of the barbarism practiced by ISIS -- and I WON'T call them "Islamic State". It demeans the majority of Islamic people who would never behave this way and it gives legitimacy to their conquest of foreign territories. They are terrorists, plain and simple.

Someone on DU suggested that the aim is to return to the values of the 7th century, which ISIS seems to so admire. They need to re-read their Koran. There is nowhere in the Koran that advocates using jeeps with mounted machine guns and rocket launchers. If they were truly adhering to their holy book, they would use spears and rocks which were the war weapons at the time of Mohammed. Since they are not following their holy book, we can only assume they are violent psychopaths whose only goal is to maim and kill. I feel sorry for people who wind up in their path.

And, no, I don't have a solution. If we stay out of it, they will continue genocide against anyone they think are lesser humans. If we go into it, there is no end to the amount of troops, treasure and time required to make any kind of difference. Saddam may have been a brutal dictator, but he was their dictator and he prevented this kind of violence against innocent people. Who wodda thot that we'd be missing HIM. Thanks, George Bush, for stirring up this hornet's nest.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Thu Aug 21, 2014, 02:40 AM (0 replies)

Here's where I call bullshit.

In their statement, they say: "Today, your military air force is attacking us daily in Iraq, your strikes have caused casualties among Muslims." (emphasis provided). They are outraged that Muslims are being killed but they themselves have no qualms at all about killing each and every person who is NOT Muslim. They have shown their lethal intent against the Yazidis, Christians, and any other religious group who don't share their extreme version of Islam. And still ISIS claims to be of the religion of peace. The hypocrisy makes me sick.

I have no doubt that there are many Muslims who are NOT violent and do not wish to see anyone suffer. I live in a small near Seattle town that has a Mosque. I have no concerns about them whatsoever.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Aug 19, 2014, 09:26 PM (1 replies)

Before retirement, I was a corporate paralegal

and worked on quite a few mergers/acquisitions (M/As) in my time. What the author says in this piece is absolutely true. M/As are not done to improve products, appease consumer demands or anything other than a way to line the pockets of the seller's investors and increase the returns to the purchaser. Large amounts of money are spent to merge or acquire a business. The purchaser who paid out all that money wants a return on that investment -- and soon. There are two ways to increase the bottom line so they can put the money back in their own pockets -- increase the price of the product and reduce labor costs. So essentially, you could say that in addition to the other negative outcomes, M/A's are a contributing factor to inflation.

Having worked on M/A's, I knew the drill. So when the company I worked for was going to be bought by a mega-corporation, I checked the calendar, checked my finances and figured it was time for me to retire. I didn't want to assist them in the demise of the company. Despite the assurances before the merger that there would be no lay-offs and business would be pretty much as usual, within a year the lay-offs started. Now, five years later, they are all gone, the company changed its name and has disappeared into the bowels of the mega-corporation. It's a real shame, too. It was a nice company, good management, generous salaries and benefits and periodic parties and bonuses. They were respected in the field and had satisfied clients and employees. And now they're gone.

Microsoft is doing what has been done many times before and with the same results. There are the handful who prosper and the mass who are looking for jobs that don't exist. Some, usually over 50, will never have anything other than a part-time, minimum-wage service job ever again in their lives. Another win for capitalism, right?

Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Mon Aug 18, 2014, 12:28 AM (0 replies)

Powell's cover-up of the My Lai massacre soured him for me.

Most of you are probably too young to remember the incident of March 16, 1968, but Colin Powell, who was a Major in Vietnam, deliberately lied about relations between US and Vietnamese and failed to investigate the massacre, issuing a statement that said essentially, nothing to see here, move along.

I was not surprised when he declared himself to be Republican -- the party seemed to offer the same kind of lack of moral center that he has. A perfect fit. I'm glad he never sought higher office. He could have -- he was popular by that time and could have been the first African American president. Instead he chose a role much like his cover-up of My Lai -- lied, denied and misled. It never would have been in his character to resign instead of lie.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Aug 13, 2014, 02:44 AM (0 replies)

Just a little pet peeve of mine

Since I read that ISIS is flogging people for calling them ISIS instead of "Islamic State" or IS, I cringe every time I see the term IS used. It's like legitimizing ISIS's brutal take-over of territory. When IS is used instead of ISIS, it's like caving in to the rabid mob. Calling them the Islamic State implies that they have established a separate country when the truth is that they have been engaged in deadly conquest. Let's be sure that we keep calling them ISIS -- don't let them make us acknowledge their territorial occupation.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sat Aug 9, 2014, 07:10 PM (1 replies)

Since the make-up of the SC is for life,

even a changing of Congress and/or the Presidency will do nothing to change the outcome of their decisions. We see increasingly that members of Congress (both houses) vote corporate interests and rarely in the interests of the population as a whole. The President can nominate a replacement when a vacancy comes up, but it is up to Congress to approve -- and as we have seen, Republicans not only will cater to their regular base, but they increasingly cater to the crazies. To make a major change in the Supreme Court, vacancies would have to come up frequently and in short succession. If all of the media was owned by progressive interests, it still wouldn't result in a major overhaul of the Supreme Court. So we are stuck with them for now.

I agree with you that the propaganda emanating from the right is a threat to democracy, but without a Supreme Court on our side, there is absolutely nothing that can be done to stop them. When election results are set aside (Bush v. Gore) and when carte blanche is given to the oligarchs (Citizens United) and when decisions (Burrell v. Hobby Lobby) create a de facto state religion (in this case, Catholic), what can "we the people" do to stop the madness?

I worked in the field of law my entire adult life and always respected the rule of law. I'm now sickened by it.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 02:21 AM (2 replies)

I agree with you but

the final decision was made by the Supreme Court, thereby thwarting the will of the nation's (not just Florida's) voters. The decisions handed down by the Court in the intervening years proves their Republican (and Catholic religion) preferences. Without them, we wouldn't have had a poor Citizens United decision, paving the way for even more election tampering. And, we certainly wouldn't have the current Hobby Lobby debacle.

Yes, Gore conceded way too soon for my liking (just like Kerry conceded way too soon for my liking), but the selection of the President wasn't dependent on Gore conceding. The corporate media and the vote theft by Republicans were factors, but in the end, it was the Court that made the presidential selection. Since they stopped the counting of Florida votes, the Supreme Court made a decision WITHOUT knowing the will of the people. The were furthering their own personal agendas. My scorn rests mainly and heavily on the Supreme Court -- the Justices on the Court in 2000 and as they are now.

I fear for the future of the country now that even the Supreme Court is partisan and uber-religious. Five of the 9 are Catholics so it is no surprise their ruling was against the best interests of women. It just makes me want to puke and never stop.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 01:44 AM (1 replies)

The PEOPLE actually did elect Gore

Here's the stats:

Bush: 50,546,002 popular votes 47.87%
Gore: 50,999,897 popular votes 48.38%
Nader: 2,882,955 popular votes 2.74%

Gore did not lose the popular vote -- people did vote for him to be president.
The Supreme Court, by stopping the counting of votes in Florida, assured that the ELECTORAL votes went for Bush, thereby making him president, despite the opposite result of the popular vote. This is the argument for abolishing the Electoral Vote; it is outdated and results in an inaccurate representation of the will of the people.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 01:19 AM (1 replies)

A lawer for Hobby Lobby proudly stated that

Hobby Lobby pays minimum wages to their workers as required by the various states in which they have stores. To my mind, the decision today amounts to a cut in pay for their female workers who now will have to pay full price for birth control. Way to go HL ---- NOT!
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:16 AM (0 replies)
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