• Watch: Nobel Economist Destroys 35-years of Trickle-Down Reaganomics in Two Minutes

    From OccupyDemocrats.com:

    In this clip, Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is asked whether there is really such a thing as the “American Dream”, and his answer a damning indictment of our “failed system” of trickle-down Reaganomics that has left workers out in the cold while coddling billionaires and large corporations.

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  • ThinkProgress: Alabama Lawmakers Vote To Bring Back the Electric Chair

    From ThinkProgress:

    The Alabama House passed a bill this week that would allow the state to once again put people to death by electric chair if the currently low supply of lethal injection drugs runs out or if the Supreme Court places limits on which drugs can be used to execute inmates in a case currently pending before the justices.

    The vote came just days after a majority Utah’s legislature approved a bill to bring back the practice of executing people by firing squad. Other states are debating the merits of using gas chambers.

    After the European Union banned exports of drugs used to kill human beings in 2011, states have been scrambling to find a reliable supply, often turning to secret, poorly regulated sources.

    These bills to revive older methods of execution were proposed following a series ofbotched executions in which inmates suffered long and seemingly painful deaths — calling into question whether the drugs are as effective and “humane” as their supporters claimed.

    Yet medical experts say the electric chair — which was used for hundreds of years — is an even more torturous and gruesome method of execution. Because the equipment is old and few people know how to operate it, it has often malfunctioned.

    How sad. How so terribly sad.

    Read more here



  • Video: Catholics Call For Full Acceptance By The Catholic Church

    “It’s just not a matter of accepting us, or tolerate us, you have to encourage us to be who we are. We are God’s creation. And to deny that is to deny that he knows what the hell he’s doing.”
    – 74-year-old Mike Roper 

    Please, please, watch this video.

    As one of the voices in the video says, we are Catholic because we are baptized. If we abandon the Church, it may never change.

    Talk about courage

    Talk about hope.

    h/t to the http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/



  • Ted Nugent Tells Native American Protesters To ‘Go Back Where They Came From’

    Any conservatives following or supporting Ted Nugent must take pause.

    Really.

    From Newslo.com:

    After a group of Native Americans protested outside a concert by Ted Nugent, the late-1970s rocker verbally lashed out, calling them “stinkyass unclean dipshIt protestors” and calling for Native Americans to be “rounded up and shipped back to wherever they came from!”

    Really?

    The article goes on to say that a reporter pointed out that Native Americans occupied North America “10,000 years before whites.”

    Point that a bit higher: it’s actually 25,000-30,000 years, depending on scientific estimates.

    Nugent’s response? “Nugent shoved an AK-47 in his face, saying, ‘Shut up, unclean vermin!'” according to the report.

    Hey, GOP, he’s your guy. Not ours.



  • Deceptive Products and Advertising Found in Testing of Supplements

    Are you surprised to learn that four out of five supplements tested at Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC do not contain the supplements their manufacturers claim?

    From the New York Times:

    The New York State attorney general’s office accused four national retailers on Monday of selling dietary supplements that were fraudulent and in many cases contaminated with unlisted ingredients.

    The authorities said they had run tests on popular store brands of herbal supplements at the retailers — Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC — which showed that roughly four out of five of the products contained none of the herbs listed on their labels. In many cases, the authorities said, the supplements contained little more than cheap fillers like rice and house plants, or substances that could be hazardous to people with food allergies.

    More here



  • Park Forest mayoral candidate has an eye for a trustee

    Not even sure how we should report this.

    According to a current, sitting, trustee in the village of Park Forest, Illinois, a “non-incumbent mayoral” candidate was staring at the sitting trustee for over a minute at a public meeting.

    The sitting trustee left this message on Twitter:

    So why did a colleague, non-incumbent mayoral candidate, stare at me for better part of a minute, till I returned his glance. #creepy

    This message was lifted from the Twitter account of @GaryKopycinski, without his permission.

    But, then, Twitter blasts are, by nature, public.

    we contacted Kopycinski, to learn only that the strange staring did occur. The person staring? Challenger to the current mayor, Jerome, or JeRome Brown.

    Why would a sitting trustee stare at another trustee for such a long time?

    Wait. These are election games.

    We contacted Mr. Kopycinski for an assessment of what happened.

    He said only that, whatever this was about, he had no clue.

    We are inclined to believe that Brown stared at Kopycinski for an extended period of time, likely longer than Kopycinski cares to admit.

    Some candidates will attempt strange tactics to intimidate challengers, or perceived challengers.

    So why did JeRome Brown stare at Kopycinski?



  • Park Forest Mayoral Candidate Only Enters Public Housing Unit After Hours; Turkey, Anyone?

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    Turkey for your vote?

    Juniper Towers is a public housing complex in Park Forest, Illinois. As such, there is a regular staff, and those wishing to enter without a specific destination must adhere to certain standards, letting staff members know they are present.

    Because this is public housing, candidates for public office are not permitted to enter and wander aimlessly, moving from floor to floor, door to door.

    Turning Left has learned from several reliable sources that one mayoral candidate in Park Forest, Illinois — and a current public official in that town — has been doing precisely that. Mr. JeRome Brown, a second-run mayoral candidate in Park Forest, IL, has been described by sources as entering Juniper Towers, walking floor to floor, going door to door, but only after staff for Juniper Towers have left for the day. Only after hours.

    Obviously, Mr. Brown has someone on the inside who is opening the front door for him, or he waits surreptitiously for someone to exit so he can enter.

    We have to ask: why not enter when staff is present? Why wait until staff have gone home for the day to begin his surreptitious campaigning?

    We have learned, to our amusement, that Mr. Brown raffled off a turkey before Christmas. The winner was the first person who could prove he or she had a voter registration card.

    Why give a turkey only to someone already registered to vote? Why raffle a turkey at all, unless he is engaging in an all-out campaign to buy votes.

    A few years ago, a mayoral candidate in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, also attempted to buy votes, this time from seniors. This candidate promised, and delivered, a box of chocolates and seven dollars cash — yes, cash — to any senior who promised to vote for him, and he promised to provide them a ride to the polls.

    The seniors took the chocolate, pocketed the $7.00 cash, and voted in droves for his opponent.

    His opponent won. Handily.

    Mr. Brown appears to believe that seniors and other members of public housing in Park Forest, Illinois, are simple, gullible folks, ready to cave and give their votes to someone obviously pandering for their attention, for their votes.

    Turning Left must ask, is turkey the only thing of substance Mr. Brown has to offer?



  • Mr. Brown Tries To Buy Park Forest

    We have learned that a Mr. JeRome Brown is trying to buy Park Forest.

    Try this:

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    We at Turning Left will watch this election cycle. This is among the most tawdry we have found. Ever.

    Here, we see Mr. Brown appealing to seniors for something he cannot promise under the laws of Park Forest – jobs. Unless he were to somehow soak the local taxpayers for more, and then create jobs out of thin air.

    But even the Meeks of Chicago would object of so foolhardy a use of resources, even for political gain.

    Yes?

    Perhaps no.

    Yoi.



  • Watch: Bill Lives the Drug War Every Day. Do You?

    Listen to a civilian LEAP staffer demolish the War on Drugs.

    From our friends at LEAP:

    As our successes on Election Day illustrated and last week’s Congressional vote to protect medical marijuana patients from DEA interference further confirmed, more people agree with the need for drug policy reform than ever before. 

    Law Enforcement Against Prohibition can claim credit for helping to bring about that palpable shift in mindset. Our speakers and staff work incredibly hard to bring our message of legalization, regulation and control to the forefront of the movement to end drug prohibition. We know that the consequences of prohibition are severe and impact real human beings – people like all of us. Our latest installment in LEAP’s ongoing “I LIVE THE DRUG WAR EVERY DAY” series comes from one of our own, LEAP’s Director of Programs and Financial Administration, Bill Fried.

    Bill joined the LEAP staff in 2006, after years of involvement in grass roots activism. A product of 1960’s radicalism, Bill never thought he would one day work shoulder to shoulder with police officers, fighting for the legalization, regulation and control of all drugs. His story is one of activism come full circle. To hear Bill’s take on the madness of drug prohibition and why LEAP’s work is so important, please watch this videoShare it with your friends and familyStand with LEAP and tell us your storyMake a contribution to support our work.

    We all live the drug war every day. Please stand with LEAP in our fight to end the drug war. Add your voice to our campaign now.

    Thank you,

    Major Neill Franklin (Ret.)
    Executive Director
    Law Enforcement Against Prohibition