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ByAmanda Gynther

The Great Debate

The great debate was not so great… In fact, I was horrified by the performance of Obama. I want to like him. I truly do. I want to like him so badly I feel pain sometimes in my stomach when I see him on television. I think so highly of him as a father and a husband. I voted for him last time round…. I wanted him to be the great fixer…. I did not expect superman. I just expected someone passionate that would fight the crazy fringe lunatics driving us off a cliff. That was all….. I was tired of the failure going on in Washington. I wanted him to go in and put some new systems in place and run his game rather than continuing the failed policies of trickle down economics. I was stunned by the lack luster president that we got and I  was disturbed by the way my party has over the last four years moved further and further from me. They have left me behind in the dust. But I am one of those voters that put them where they are.

 

The debate tonight has ended and I am just sitting here processing the disappointment I am feeling. Truth is, in that debate both candidates lied rather severely, though Romney was worse with the dishonesty thing. Still, what Romney did or didn’t say is hardly what won the debate. Neither candidate really won…. But Obama, lost. And he would have lost with his behavior and demeanor, lacking in all fight and passion had Romney just been a silent and empty chair. This fact troubles me greatly because the past four years I find myself feeling like Obama, just rolls over and plays dead while Boehner, and the rest of his vile ilk of scum and villainy have a party bouncing around on Obama’s stomach. Since Obama, has been in office all he has done is disappoint and give way to crazies. He has done little besides compromising to the point that the lunatics are winning. In so doing he moves further and further to the right leaving me behind….

 

Tonight, I was hoping to see someone ready to take back the power. Someone ready to get up on his hind legs and stop playing nice. Someone prepared to take a swing at the lunatics to protect my future children from being taught that God did it in biology class. Someone that would stand up for me as a woman and make the morning after pill available over the counter. Someone moving actually to the left. What I saw was a passionless tired man that has done nothing but talk about fighting for the last four years while doing the opposite. I saw someone that was taking record amounts of money from the financial industry that crashed our economy. Someone trying to blame me in part for the troubles of our country when my mortgage is payed and I did everything right, yet I have had to spend the last four years banished to Europe, due to lack of work for my husband a highly trained professional with a PhD, and a military background to boot… What has Obama done for me? Absolutely nothing. He has been too busy pussying out of every fight. Just as he did tonight while the country goes further and further to right wing crazy land where the fanatics rule.

 

We are back in the USA now, but for how long? If we once again can’t find work, we may have to go back to Europe. Which will really upset me. I want to stay here. I am thirty two years old and I would like to produce children. It is very difficult to do that in countries where you don’t speak the language. Obama, not stepping into the ring, his failure to fight, is forcing me to hold back on my dream of being a mother. Though I own a house, though I have a highly trained and highly educated husband, though in any other part of the world, we could and did do quite well. My own home has become inhospitable to me and my own representatives have turned on me. They have refused to fight. This debate is just another example for me why Obama, does not deserve my vote again. He had a chance to make a difference. He chose to waste his time and play dead for a bunch of crazy people. And I paid the price as I continue to be childless and in a couple more months my husband will yet again be unemployed unless we find something for him soon. I am fed up and frustrated. Is it too much to ask of my representative to give voice to that frustration loudly and passionately, and is it too much to ask to have my representative fight for me? I don’t think it is. And I don’t think I should have to have an army of lobbyists in order to feel safe to have a baby in this country.

 

I have traveled all over the world. I have never seen such… lack of passion in any world leader or political figurehead anywhere. Not even in Finland, where they don’t run attack ads against each other…. Not anywhere. They all seem active and engaged and busy working for the people who put them where they are. They seem strong, well informed, and willing to put it all in to make their point, because their point is the  point of those they represent.

 

I want to have a baby Mr. President. So, you get up there and you fight for me so I can do that. Imagine your life without both of your beautiful daughters. How would you get through your day? But I get up every day wishing for a baby but not daring to have one because my husband a PhD in theoretical physics, can not find a damn job in this country and yes, we are and have always been happy to relocate in order to find work. It would be unfair to produce a child while unable to support it. It would be unfair for me to drop that load on society, and it would be unfair to drop that load on my future off spring. But there is also fairness to me. When will society be fair to me? I am getting older and older waiting and waiting holding off…. When, are you Mr President, going to get up on your hind legs and fight this insanity and put a new deal in place that is fair to me, so that I can have a child of my own, like the ones you have? Why is it that you should have such a luxury and I shouldn’t? You aren’t just up there representing and fighting for me. You are fighting for those beautiful daughters of yours too. I know, if I were fighting for the child I dream of every night, I would be passionate. I would be standing tall and I would be completely uncompromising with those that would injure, or damage, or treat my child unfairly, I would stand up and fight to my last breath. So I don’t understand where your passion is Mr. President and how you can stand there so passively  at the debate taking for granted your children, while some of us who have supported you while you dissed us over and over and over again, can not do anything but dream of having children of our own.

 

I am sick of watching my president play dead. There is only so long I can afford to be patient about these issues due to the biological reality of menopause. And I am angry, that the representative I have selected doesn’t even pretend anymore that he is fighting for fairness for me. That is all I am looking for and all I am asking for. Simple basic fairness. Where men like my husband can find work, where I can have children, even just one…. I have done everything right. But my government and elected officials have forsaken me. And once again, with a total lack of passion my president stood there in the spot light and he pussied out. When are you going to stop talking about fighting and start actually fighting? My future children depend on you. And if you will not fight for them, then I can no longer support you because I only have so many fertile years left and the crappy economy is eating them, while my president sits around dispassionately debating a moron and losing…

 

This debate was alarming. It was a perfect example of the failure of the Obama presidency. The lack of passion was terrifying. Mitt, didn’t even do particularly well. I still can not believe how truly bad it was….. I find myself in shock that I voted for someone at such a critical time, who has no fight and no passion in him what so ever. Congratulations Mr. President you are excellent at misleading your base. But after today, and the last four years, you are driving us away. We want to stay with you. You gotta stop making it so damn hard by stepping into the fight. Otherwise, I am voting for Jill Stein. There is simply no other option. I really wanted it to be you though.

ByAmanda Gynther

The Right Is Wrong For Women!

For some time now, I have found it impossible to go a day without reading some horrendous new thing from the Right, about women and how their bodies work and what we should and should not have the right to do with them. They base their argument on justifications from the Bible, in which human beings are told by God to “be fruitful and multiply”. Abortion is a human tragedy, no woman wants to face such a choice. Some women see their unplanned for babies as gifts from God, others see them as leeches living off their bodies and making their life more problematic. I am sure the choice is difficult enough to make without society weighing in on an issue of great personal importance that has nothing to do with them.  The Right, gather and stand outside abortion clinics screaming at young women who are in the midst of the most tragic and tumultuous decision of their lives; on a good day, abusively they show off pictures of dead babies and rage at these poor women. On a bad day they blow the abortion clinic up and kill a bunch of well educated highly functional members of society doing a service for some of the most desperate and needy. It seems, they are forever trying to legislate the vagina. Yeh, I said VAGINA, and if you don’t like it you can bite me, twice.

 

This is the attack against women from yesterday http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/09/12/republican-delegate-says-children-with-disabilities-are-punishment-for-past-abortions/. Yes, disabilities are the fault of mothers who have previously “murdered” God’s chosen first born, and I would point out here first born and first conceived are not always the same thing. I am dyslexic. I am my mom’s first pregnancy. Please Mr. Crazy-Old-Fringe-Right-Wing-Nut-Job, explain that according to your logic? What is more, babies are made up of genetic material contributed by both parents. What about men who waste their seed by having sex with other women prior to the one they finally make the disabled baby with? Why don’t you nut cases ever blame the men? Inquiring minds would like to know. So, it is not alright for a woman, to control her own body. Men however, can waste their seed and do as they choose without being hauled down the carpet.  And you, want to tell me you are using the Bible as your reasoning for this? I could swear the bible advocates that men should not waste their seed. The reality is, you Right Wingers are just a bunch of cherry pickers, aren’t you? Yes, you are. You are not really pro Bible, and  pro turning America into Bible Land. You are pro abuse and control of women. If you weren’t using cherry picked crap from the Bible, you would just be using cherry picked crap from somewhere else, ANYWHERE else. I refuse to listen to your Bible thumping until you start blaming men for these things too in accordance with what your Bible says.

 

You people don’t shag sheep, (at least I hope you don’t.) There is at least one spot in the Bible, that singles out livestock for rape by conquering soldiers, along with children and women. Why are you people not trying to pass laws then to force everyone to have semi regular sex with livestock? if a Bible society is truly your goal, and you want to live in accordance with every single syllable of  God’s book, why not legalize marijuana? God is constantly appearing in a cloud of sweet smelling smoke, a case for the legalization of weed if ever I heard one and it is from your own manual on the way to properly live life as a fringe whack-a-doodle. The bible does not explicitly tell us to drive cars. Perhaps you should all start walking everywhere. And when you want to go on tours of European churches, you can walk like Jesus, on the water across the Atlantic, as the bible also does not give expressed permission to ride planes ether. That also means you can walk to the Holy Land to take a tour of Jerusalem too. You see, two can play this game of of using the word of God to control other people.

 

It is unbelievably ridiculous, in the modern age to use the Bible, a bunch of bronze age sheep shagger myths, as a basis to go after the contemporary women of the modern age.  Completely ridiculous. And I can only imagine, if someone “legitimately raped” one of Aken’s daughters,  he would hardly be appeased by a small bag of silver to settle the issue of the abuse of his “property.” I also can not imagine him stoning such a daughter to death either. Which is also sanctioned in some cases of rape in the Bible. This is what I mean though about the cherry picking. If the left really wants to go to war and if women really want to take action against this kind of defective crazy that is taking over our political discourse with hypocrisy, lies, and agenda, that seeks to turn women back into chattel then here are my suggestions.

 

These Bible Thumpers, attacking women for Jesus, claiming to want to live under Bible law would actually be miserable under Bible law. They want to live under the Bible laws that they cherry pick and select. I want a law passed in accordance with the bible requiring us to shag sheep monthly. After all, the bible does make that argument at least once if you interpret it that way. It is time to take back the Bible from these nut cases by seeking to have many of the lesser loved laws of the Bible made into state and federal laws. If they last a whole forty eight hours without these same cherry picking Christians having a freak out over them, I would be shocked. But we can then point to their own book while we make their pathetic lives as miserable for them as their closed minds have made Gays and women, for the past several hundred years. It’s enough. If it’s Bible law they want, let’s give it to them.

 

The Republicans have started this war, and women have not even begun to fight. The Republicans had better pray that we don’t begin to fight. Because if we do, the least of their concern will be at the ballot box. Our war strategy could take the shape of making anchor babies with illegals. As many little mixed race brown babies as we can produce, and as frequently as we can produce them. Just imagine what those white old men would do when we applied for status for not only all our anchor babies but the Mexicans who had fathered them. Imagine the hulla-balloo, if we then applied for food stamps for all of our little brown anchor babies and for ourselves and our illegal mexican partner/s.  I give it a week before they suddenly start demanding the re-legalization of abortion and they will pretend it is their idea that we should have a choice.  If they won’t be reasonable, we as women should take the initiative and just breed the white old Right out of existence. They had better pray to their God that women do not turn this into a war.

 

At the end it is all about choice. It is about whether or not women should be more than just sex objects that produce sons. I am not going back to back alley abortions. I flat out refuse. If it comes to that I will pack my things again, just as I did after Bush got his second term and I will once again flee to Europe. What gives these men the right to make all the decisions for women, some ancient book of dubious origin? Is that it, come on there must be something more? If not, that is just ridiculous and the men of this country should be ashamed of themselves. Not even the Democrats, are there to protect women’s rights. In Europe I could get the morning after pill over the counter at my local pharmacy. No need to see a doctor and get some moral argument from them. I just walked into the nearest pharmacy requested the pill and was given it and told how to take it to be safe and affective. Even the Democrats have moral issues with a woman’s right to choose. They go so far as to seek to protect us from ourselves, as our pretty little heads are not designed for decision making, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203413304577084560710472558.html. Seems to me the only good choice for women this year is the Green Party which has a woman presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate. Who else but a pair of women could ever actually understand the capacity of the minds inside our pretty little heads.

 

Choice is so fundamental to all people of all ages. Wasn’t that the dream when the United States was formed, everyone  pursue happiness where ever they might find it? Everyone could choose for themselves without having someone looking over their shoulder trying to invade their bodies with legislation. No one is seeking to force God loving women to abort. I would even pay more taxes to help support them as single mothers even if I disagree with their choice and even though if the shoe were on the other foot their Christian piety would demand they throw me to the wolves. What pro- choice is about, is having a choice. On one side you have the Christian Right trying to take that away from everyone, trying to force us all to live in accordance with the cherry picked bits of their holy book that they like. On the other side, you have the option pro-choice which allows everyone to make a personal decision personally, privately, and for themselves, it leaves both abortion and Jesus on the table. This is why I support it.

 

I would really like to see a law passed making this debate illegal for the reason of public health. My feeling is, given all the disgusting holes and unsafe sexual situations that our Government has been in, they should for the safety of society, be denied the right to legislate inside the bodies of American women. It is a public health matter. If you have been in here then it is a risk to public health for you to crawl into any woman’s uterus as you are dirty and likely disease infested.

ByAmanda Gynther

The Problems With Education In America

The problems with education in America are plentiful and colossal. There are many places to begin to discuss this issue, but I think I will start with the teacher’s union as there is presently a strike in Chicago. I am sure my opinion on this issue will be misunderstood so I will try to be as clear as I can be. My view on this is not going to be popular. I am not asking anyone to agree with me. Only to think very very carefully about what I am about to say because it is important and it needs to truly be heard. What box you file it under is your business.

 

I have a huge problem with some (not all)  of the things teachers are demanding in Chicago. The reason why is because it is so self serving. The teachers who unionized made a calculated educated decision. They decided, they wanted to protect all their teacher brethren and themselves from getting abused by the system. They chose to accept that no teacher would be payed what they are worth when they chose to create a system that made it nearly impossible to fire teachers. That is the compromise,  job assurance at low pay. So pretty much no matter how poorly you do your job, you get to keep doing it and children pay the price by failing to get the education they are entitled to. For this assurance and to keep everything equal so that all stand together, the teachers themselves have chosen that all teachers get payed the same amount of money a low amount of money. I can’t feel too sorry then when they complain that good teachers and/or all teachers don’t make enough, though I agree with the sentiment. A good teacher is a priceless teacher. Most teachers in the public school, if they could make the cut would go to private schools for a higher pay. Which is perfectly fair. The ones who don’t make it then run around demanding massive pay raises. I just think that is kind of unreasonable, especially, when they refuse to accept any kind of measuring system to see if they themselves are making the grade as teachers.

 

I would be happy to pay the good teachers more. I think it unreasonable that we don’t. I wish we could identify those teachers for just that purpose while identifying the very poor ones for immediate termination. But unfortunately due to the Teacher’s Union we can’t do that. The method Chicago, would like to use is rather reasonable actually. Chicago, would like to use the test scores of students as a basis upon which to evaluate teachers. Teachers object to this, whining about how they do not control the environment of their students. But they make no outcry on behalf of their students who have even less control over their environment than the teachers do, and are evaluated based on their standardized test scores. If  teachers find it fair to evaluate children with no control over their own lives and situations based on such tests, then it should be just as acceptable to teachers to be evaluated by those same tests and scores. Anything else from them is just disingenuous and unacceptable, at least to me.

 

The students in America have so little power they can’t even strike. You see, they don’t have a union. It is no accident, that the nation of the world with the strongest student union, also has the highest educational standard. It is no accident that they meet that standard consistently, unlike the united states which fails consistently to meet one of the lowest educational standards in the western world. It is no accident that tuition in the United States sky rockets each year, while students in Finland, the nation with the strongest student union on earth, go to university at no cost to them. They even get PhDs that way, while receiving a stipend to live on from the government. Finland’s system is so good, that they offer every subject in at least three languages, one of those languages is English. What is more, their free education policy is open to even foreign students. So for less than $2000 an American student, could go get an entire education through their doctorate over in Finland. I do not understand why we are not seeing a mass exodus of young people headed for Scandinavia. A free education for the price of a one way plane ticket and a few cold winters.

 

Finnish teachers all have at least masters degrees plus full teaching certification. They are constantly evaluated by other teachers and they push themselves to continually do a better job. They use all sorts of social media to teach their students over 75% of them are trained to teach special education and work those techniques into their mainstream class causing Finland to have a very low rate of children who need to go to a special education program. The social media is incredibly entertaining for the students who do on average more than 65% of the talking in their classes with the teachers making up the rest. It is quite obvious then why Finland turns out a ridiculous number of researchers each year. The teachers teach how to think rather than names and dates. The students get interested and look into it themselves. School time is reserved strictly for education in Finland. There are no inter school competitive sports in Finnish schools though there are sports clubs that meet after school hours and there is of course, PE so Finnish student’s only focus is their academics. Their federal government funds education equally for every child in Finland including foreigners studying at their universities. So it is not dependent on property taxes. The result is, Finland has a very high rate of upward mobility due to it’s incredible education. And what is education but opportunity? In ten years they will be out competing the USA. We will not be able to hold a torch to the highly educated population turned out by Finland and the rest of Scandinavia which also boasts very good education. Teachers in Finland, make about the same in euros as  American teachers make in dollars, which may actually work out to less as the cost of living in Finland is very high even by European standards, yet  Finnish teachers have no complaints. Neither does their well funded teacher’s union.

 

Teachers in Finland don’t need to get payed as much as American teacher’s get payed. In Finland, they have a real social system that supports everyone the rich and poor alike. They have single payer health insurance so their teachers are not bogged down with worries over paying for their medical coverage and that of their families. The teachers themselves have no student loan debt, education for them was free. I think that is pretty cool. So all teachers have to worry about is purchasing food, entertainment of whatever kind they enjoy, car insurance if they choose to have a car, and rent. Imagine that for our teachers! I think it would simplify things and would make things a lot easier for teachers. So if I were striking I would be striking for the same healthcare insurance that the Senate gets on tax payer dollars. That is what our teachers should have for themselves and their families. I also think, that all un-tenured teachers should have their student loans forgiven. A very small salary bump across the board is in order, as a minimum wage for our American teachers. In exchange for this they must agree to the same kind of evaluation as their own students receive. Those teachers who consistently have students that excel several years in a row should then be awarded a small salary bump so that not all teachers are paid the same and there is incentive to do better. Those teachers who consistently do not make the grade should get fired. The standardized test scores should be evaluated perhaps on a slant for teachers working in low income areas, so that they get a fair evaluation actually reflective of their their affect on their students.

 

I am tired though of watching the Teacher’s Union and the school systems in America abuse the students. With poor teachers and many other horrible things. I want to tell a few horror stories that I have either witnessed or lived through myself.

 

The first story is about Rhode Island public schools. In which, it is apparently a common practice for students to sign behavior contracts with their teachers and the school. If students break the rules or do anything that violates this “contract” they are then subject of course to your standard punishment, but in addition, as happened to a friend of mine’s son, they get told they will not be permitted to attend their own graduation. This practice, practiced not just in Rhode Island but in schools all over the country is a gross abuse of our young people. Who can not rent apartments or buy real estate at fourteen, because it is illegal for them to sign contracts. What is more it is illegal to hold children to contracts they have signed because they can’t sign contracts. But do you think my friend’s son was allowed by Rhode Island schools to go to his own graduation, which he had earned in addition to earning the punishment that he received for breaking whatever rule it was he broke? No, because he signed a contract with them, that they knew or should know full well violate his constitutional rights. Who was looking out for him and his right to not be abused by the school and his teacher? No one. Why not? Because, American students have no student union, unlike Finnish students.

 

When I was in school they wanted to put me on Ritalin for a disorder that later turned out to be a vitamin deficiency. They made me go through all this horrible testing. When my parents and I were not in favor of popping pills, they tried to remove me from my very competent parents, pillars of the community well respected professional people. They had me meet with a woman they claimed was a Doctor. This woman, put her three hundred pound six foot body between me and the door of the room. I was sixteen and under one hundred twenty pounds five feet two inches tall. No one else was in the room. No one was watching, while this woman screamed and raved, and ranted and threatened and used her body menacingly while trapping me in a corner of the room trying to force me to answer questions about my family. Questions like this one: “Does your father sexually abuse you on Monday or Tuesday?” check the box for yes or no. My family is a typical family, it has it’s issues but one of those issues is not and never has been sexual abuse. It doesn’t take an idiot to know this is not a yes/no question. So I refused to answer it and other such questions. My school sanctioned jailer got angrier and angrier and more and more terrifying while she physically held me hostage blocking the door, refusing to allow me to go to the bathroom or to leave the room to get some air. She was angry because she had to send in the questionnaire to get it graded. It would cost the tax payers 50 cents to mail it, or so she raved at me. I gave her five dollars and I told her to tell the tax payers to keep the change. She held me in that room against my will for over 6 hours even after I covered the cost to the tax payers. This happened in one of the best school systems in the country, Lexington MA. Later, I would discover after reading the horrible report she wrote about me that read like something Clint Eastwood may have written in a letter to the empty chair, that this woman did not even have a masters degree in any field from any university. She was just some random cracker jack. Who, was there to protect me? No one. No parents were allowed, no other school officials except this one lone nutcase that was holding me hostage in that room and who could I complain to? The school that had siched her on me to begin with? I had no recourse. But…. If American students had a union such as teachers do….. I might have had some basic protections.

 

This next story also took place in Lexington. When I went to school, we had a small group of truly vile students. It would have pleased me to nail their mouths closed due to the hate and filth that came out of them. But all they ever did was talk. And when teachers heard them, they would send them to the office and deal with them appropriately, by not sending them to prison but penalizing them for being hate filled racist creeps. Well, they hired a new teacher one year. He, like half of the teachers happened to be Jewish. One day, he was found beaten in the hallway with swastikas drawn all over and around his body. Of course the usual suspects were rounded up. Of course no one believed them because they were disgusting vile excuses for human beings. Of course criminal charges were filed against them as they should be in a case of an assault. Later, after these kids had been serving their punishment for some time, it came to light somehow, that the teacher had actually done it to himself, he beat himself up. Because if you are beaten in the course of doing your job you get due to union rules a year off while receiving full pay. This teacher it turned out had pulled this same shenanigan three years running in three other school districts around the country. But the school could not give the next school district a heads up, because this teacher was protected by the union.  This is where the Teacher’s Union goes critically wrong. Firing someone for being miserable at their job is not abuse. Nor is it abuse to fire them for trying to rip off the tax payers and the students. Nor is it abuse to fire them for any reasonable legitimate reason, yet it is nearly impossible due to all the ridiculous rules, to fire teachers in the USA. That being said, our teachers must be protected from actual abuse. They must be protected from being injured or shot by students, they must be protected from being terminated without proper reason why. They must be protected from sexual abuse/harassment by co-workers/bosses. It isn’t abuse to get fired for just cause. No other industry gets to take having a job no matter how badly they do it for granted. I don’t think teachers should get that kind of assurance either. Especially not when it is an abuse to the students who would otherwise be learning more from a more highly trained or more entertaining teacher.

 

The last abuse I have seen of our students is huge. It knows no racial or sex based boundaries. It only knows economic boundaries. It is a real problem to have our education payed for by property taxes. It breeds generation after generation of poverty. If there was a student union, someone would be looking out for those disenfranchised students living in areas with low property taxes. Someone would step in and represent their interests, some organization would be hiring an army of lobbyists to go to the capital and demand all students receive the same amount of funding and that property taxes cease to be the method by which American students receive their education…. But unfortunately, American students must go all the way to Finland to get any representation. While teachers, get protected from all termination while they abuse the system. And yes, there are plenty of them who do. And those same individuals in their desperate effort to hide their ineffectiveness at their jobs drag all the good teachers down to the same pay grade as they themselves are worth… There has to be a better way. Seems to me Finland has found one. Why are we not paying attention and following their lead? Because there is no student’s union to push us in that direction and in the direction of free education through university. The problem with American education is less an issue of the Teacher’s Union and more an issue of a lack of a student union. That being said, the Teacher’s Union needs to check itself, in Chicago and everywhere else. Their motivation is less about what is best for their students and more about what enriches them personally often to the detriment of the students they are payed to serve. But who can balance the system? The student union of course… If only American students had one…

ByAmanda Gynther

Joe Walsh Talks About Sons. I Can Talk About Sons Too.

I posted an article just the other night in which I blasted not just Mitt Romney and his party of  lunatics, but also the president for being too weak in dealing with the crazy Rightists running around with guns everywhere. Truth is, I agree with Joe Walsh, president Obama, has hardly been the president I had hoped he would be. He has been a pathetic excuse for a democrat bending over backwards to accommodate a bunch of hate filled Jesus loving fascists. I am disappointed that he didn’t take a much stronger stand against the foulness and ignorance bought, payed for and packaged by the Koch brothers. On the other hand, my view of Obama, as a politician, run in direct opposition to what I think about him as a human being. As a father, he appears from all I have found to be excellent. He seems to be a wonderful husband, and I appreciate many of the places he donates his money. He is a wonderful person and, given how well he speaks, I can see him being a fabulous professor. If I were going to study law, there is no one else I would rather be listening to and learning it from. Obama, takes excellent care of his children. Their financial needs are met, their educational needs seem to be met. He is a wonderful supporter of his family.

 

This morning, I woke up to find Obama was attacked by a member of the Tea Party. The member of the tea party responsible for the attack has not even payed his own campaign manager. He is not taking care of his children. He is in the rears in child support in a gross and disturbing way. And he is attacking Obama, in a racist manner referring to Obama as “son.” Ok, Joe Walsh, personal responsibility and family values, fringe lunatic Tea Bagger, let’s talk about sons. How are yours paying for their school supplies? How are they paying for their toys, clothes, and food? A pat on their heads doesn’t meet their needs. Nor is it acceptable for a government representative, in the land where all men are created equal, to endorse such a racist handling of our president. One thing I have learned in my travels is, you can tell an awful lot about a person and/or culture by how they treat the most weak and needy members of  their society. Obama, isn’t exactly winning any awards in the caring for the needy department at least not anymore than the average moderate republican. Unlike Joe Walsh though, who leaves his own kids penniless for the satiation of his selfish desires, Obama has the decency to not be a hypocrite. Obama stands his ground by being personally responsible. Personally responsible as a father, a husband and a human being. I can’t help but feel so very sad for the children of a man like Joe Walsh, who probably raises them with racist rhetoric in the home, and constant lessons in how to hate others, while not meeting their basic needs.

 

Joe Walsh, really needs to think about what he is saying before he opens his mouth. Fueling racist sentiment in America as he has done in this video, is a danger to all of us. It seems to be a huge piece of what is inciting these gun wielding crazies that keep shooting at everyone. I personally feel that, if the personal responsibility republicans want to fuel this movement of hate based random mass shootings, it is time for them to not only take personal responsibility for the babies they have made, but also for the incitement of violence which they continue to incite with such hate filled rhetoric. You want personal responsibility, fine by me. You can go first. I think a year in a medium security prison for your racist rant against Obama that will fuel some hate filled, gun toting lunatic, sounds about right. Add to that another 20 years for robbing your children blind. Then you can come back and talk about personal responsibility.

 

Where are you Democrats? Where are you while this whack job is inciting another mass shooting incident? Are you too busy to protect society from these lunatics because you are now answerable to the too big to fail banks rather than the people? If so, as it clearly appears, given your lack of action to shut the hate rhetoric down, perhaps for our own safety we should all vote for the Greens this year? Perhaps they will protect us from the gun toting hate filled crazies incited to violence by Tea Partiers, such as good old dad of the year, personal responsibility man, Joe Walsh.

ByAmanda Gynther

The Double Standard

One would think the issue here is women’s rights versus men’s. But that isn’t the case. Oh I write about that too. My mother marched for women’s lib and civil rights, and appears to have been the first woman driver for Pepsi-Cola. I have chosen to blog, and to be the stay-at-home wife of a world-class PhD in theoretical physics. Moving around where the wind blows, and where his career calls. Today, the issue is violence, rather than gender  or science. I just read through an article about what might possibly be a hate crime in Missouri where a mosque was blown up.

 
I am troubled and saddened by this newest act of  hate. Because, honestly, what are the chances it isn’t another right-wing fundamentalist freak, being violent in the name of God and country? The chances, are extremely low.

 
We give these people the freedom to carry guns, we don’t do anything when they step on the heads of young women practicing their right to protest. We sit back when the violent rhetoric comes out of whack jobs like Bachman and Palin, shaking our heads. Then, we act surprised when someone somewhere commits a hate crime or we have a random shooting incident. Such as this one in which a left wing congress woman was shot in the head. I am not surprised by such events anymore. We have become a new “silent majority,” cowed into silence by the guns and violence. I’d rather die standing my ground than hiding my world view in a closet while a bunch of  lunatic members of a hate group make a mockery of what our country is about and what it means to be a thinking, feeling, actual human being. I am an anti-theist, a feminist and a liberal. I don’t have any more time to let these lunatics push me or anyone else around—so I am encouraging all of us to stand up.

 
We must stand up, but not through the use of  violence. That kind of behavior is so pedestrian—any uneducated, bigoted hick that sleeps with his sister and parades around as a proud member of the Tea Party or any other hate group can accomplish that. It would be too easy. But it is time to start standing our ground. If they want to come take my right to control my own body then they had better understand I am coming after their penis analogy that they call a gun. They want a war. I am officially ready to raise a non violent hell storm. I hope others are reaching this point also; this abuse of the free-thinking and educated population has gone on long enough, for more than a decade.

 
I am sick of waking up to these stories of gun violence. I worry that one day it will be my children at such a tragic event. Then I wonder, don’t children belong to all of society, wasn‘t that why so many people were so upset about Casey Anthony‘s acquittal? If so, they have already killed one of my kids: the little child who died when Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in the head by a lunatic, fundamentalist crazy, egged on by the violent rhetoric of right-wing propaganda.

 
They are out there, menacing us and our children in the parks with their guns. They seem to think that the 2nd amendment, somehow gives them the right to threaten others by default, until they get their way, like four-year-olds kicking and screaming in the throes of a tantrum. The rest of the world is watching us as we put up with our poorly behaved baby, Tea Party, as he rages in the super market for another pack of bubble gum to pile in a cart already laden and overflowing with gum. The rest of the world, is shaking its head in disgust and horror that we sit back and do nothing except continue to try to satisfy our insatiable baby. We demand nothing of our president and government while these lunatics menace us on ground that belongs to all of us who pay taxes, because we don’t want to accept the reality that those who are supposed stand with us are such giant pussies, that nothing would get them to stand up. So, we stay quiet. Easier to ignore reality if we don’t have to shine a bright light on what a tragedy for society it happens to be.  Why are we too scared to tell our baby Tea Party, that the free-guns-for-all party is over and it is time to go to bed, there is school in the morning? I still can‘t understand how these people can threaten us in our communities on a daily basis and no one wants to take on the issue. I know what the rest of the world is thinking—because I have spent the last six years living all over it. They don’t understand. And quite honestly neither do I.

 
I am not sure who exactly to be more disgusted with anymore, the liberals and Democrats who do nothing to protect the people who put them in power, while they are menaced everywhere with guns, shot at, and otherwise abused by the right. Or the Republicans with their Tea Party of hillbilly thugs at least one of whom was convicted of raping his own daughter some time back. It is revolting to my sense of fair play that someone who would commit such a crime gets better treatment from the president that I helped to put where he is than I do. I keep waiting for the Dems, to put their foot down. But they don’t. Why do I vote for them then? Why do I pay taxes? When was the last time any government official other than dear old Barney Frank,  actually represented my interests? Isn’t the government’s first responsibility to protect me? Wasn‘t that why I lost all my rights to privacy and everything else after 9/11? So that the bigoted Republicans could feel safe again? Are Republicans for Jesus the only ones who have the right to feel safe anymore in the USA? Because it sure feels like it. Seems that such freedom with guns is a huge problem and a major failing, in that Obama has actually made the gun laws looser since he came to office. All of these lunatics running around thinking the big black boogeyman is going to take their guns… No. He isn’t. He is going to give you more access to the public with your guns to shoot people at random and to menace those who disagree with you in the parks and on the trains. He is going to let you and your guns make our country that much less safe for those of us who just want to live in peace.

 
We have insurance for cars. We have added taxes on cigarettes. We have virtually no waiting period to get a gun, and the background check is sadly inadequate. I am not advocating taking peoples’ rights to have guns away. I just want to bring back some sanity to the institution of gun ownership. Here is what I would like to see:

  • A one-month waiting period
  • Several meetings with a psychiatrist who must certify that the potential gun owner is sound of mind. (They have this in Finland, It may not be perfect, but compare their random gun incident numbers to ours. After each such incident, Finland strengthened its gun restrictions, as did Norway and every other rational nation that has ever had an incident of random shooting.) This psychiatrist will base his or her decision on whether or not the individual behaves as if he is a safe member of society, and will also have access to learn more from the background check. about the perspective gun purchaser.
  • A highly detailed background check. (something that goes beyond “have you ever been convicted of a violent crime?”)
  • People have to get car insurance, people should have to get gun insurance too. In case someone is hurt or killed by their gun. Medical care is costly. So are funerals. Why should the cost of these things be borne by those doing nothing wrong who were shot by some aggressive person on public land rather than by the shooter  and/or gun owner?
  • The government should add a special tax on gun ownership to help us all pay our first responders who clean up the crimes and the messes made by these machines that have but one purpose, to make it easy to kill. You don’t want to pay for my kid’s public education fine. Then I don’t want to pay for your road signs southern states, and I don’t want to pay for the first responders when they are responding to the gun violence that only gun owners make possible.
  • Everyone who wishes to own a weapon should have to go through some kind of specialty gun training seminar. This is what they essentially do here in many European countries. Many European men have done military service in conscription armies where they were trained with guns. Though not as popular as they once were, these armies are still an important part of a number of European countries, many of which boast some of the lowest levels of gun violence in modern history.
  • Some notice should be sent to a local precinct each time someone buys thousands and thousands of bullets. An agent should then be sent out to just have a short face-to-face with the buyer of such a large quantity of bullets to make sure that the individual is stable. Oh, is that harassment? You know what I find harassing? Waking up every stinking morning and reading about another mass shooting. Seeing people in the public parks where I would like to take my child to play waving around their guns and making it an unsafe place for my child and all children.
  • Carrying guns off one’s own property should be illegal unless one’s gun is in a locked box and is going into the trunk of the car so it can be taken to a shooting range or a forest where hunting is legal, then afterwards put back in the locked box in the trunk for the trip home.
  • I would love a world where not adhering to these safety precautions for society was punishable by a minimum of five years in prison.
  • Automatic weapons should be banned.

 

It seems clear in an age when the right wing fundamentalist crazies never seem to shut up that it doesn’t take a gun to kill. All you need is a microphone and a podium and some good old fashioned hate to cause the deaths of massive numbers of American citizens. It seems to me that those who preach hatred  and breed fear are never held accountable for their violent rhetoric. Instead, we see the “wrath of God” rained down on idiots like Anthony Weiner, who didn’t even show his penis uncovered in photographs. Americans are dropping dead like flies and hate crimes are on the rise because of the words of a few wealthy God loving fascists, who are never called to account for their violence inciting speech. What kind of a world do we want to live in? It won’t come to be if the only ones taking action are those that are shooting people in movie theaters, talking hate out of their asses, and inciting violence against those who don’t accept their Jesus, guns, and oil. Though I should hope, and will go so far as to insist that the action from our  liberal side never stoops so low as to be full of violence and hate. Instead we should be full of hope for a tomorrow in which guns are under control, and we all have our heads screwed on straight again.  I hope for a world where those preaching hate get shut down for incitement to violence, which is actually not protected as free speech.

 
The Dems have not only left me as they move further and further to the right. They have become such a party of pussies, I am voting for Jill Stein, though it will break my mother’s heart and it will rock me to the core as my family has voted Democrat religiously for the last four generations. I am hoping Jill, will have the balls the Dems have clearly lost on top of the car roof where they seem to have been neutered right beside Seamus Romney. I am now willing to give Jill a chance to end the violence. Because—pardon the pun—for God’s sake, the violence must be ended. It is apparent to anyone with eyes and ears, the Dems can not be bothered to speak up or take a stand on the issue of violence against their own voter base, or really on any other issue. They sit there, talking about fighting while doing nothing but rolling over and playing dead so that the right wing fundamentalist lunatics of the Tea Party, can bounce up and down on their stomachs, like it is some kind of party in one of those rubber air-filled castles at a state fair. No, I don’t see you fighting. I am going to give my money to Jill Stein instead, because you Dems, are just going to use it to make the too-big-to-fail banks even bigger while a bunch of crazies lurk in local parks menacing my children with guns.

 
I wish the right wing fringe nut jobs such as Sarah Palin would keep in mind the reality of just who it is threatening and menacing people in the public parks when she goes on Hannity to tell him how Obama, is leading an aggressive group of folks to “attack.” Because from where any sane person with eyes sits, it is quite clear who is attacking whom. Just consider who shot Congressman Giffords. Look who just killed and injured members of a Sikh temple, who committed  what was probably a hate crime at a mosque in Missouri. Even the shooter at the Batman movie was a member of some church or other. Look at who sits in our public parks with guns while we ever so carefully walk on egg shells around them. They are never going to be satisfied. Nothing we can do to give them what they want will ever be sufficient. We have lost far too much ground; we have nothing left to stand on, while our party has surrendered to violent lunatics; and Sarah Palin wants to talk about  the right being under attack? Really? Isn’t it time to hold these maniacs accountable for their words and their violent and aggressive behavior? If Obama won’t do it, then maybe Jill Stein will. Obama has had four years to do it. All he has done is played patty-cake with them so far while making grand speeches to those who put him where he is. I hear him: it isn’t all his fault, still, he could have done more. He should have been tougher on these people. He should have done so many things and he always had the executive privilege. But, no, though other presidents have used it before to lash out against the other party he won’t use it to bring the country back into balance. Fine. I am voting for Jill Stein, maybe she will.