Archive for the ‘Government’ Category

What Constitutes Freedom In Ferguson? Or In America?

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Excuse me if I sometimes have a hard time understanding what constitutes freedom in this country. And before I even begin to explain what I mean by that, let me first acknowledge that I’m well aware people will respond to what I have to say by prosecuting me for conflation. In June the Supreme Court ruled that so-called “buffer zones,” boundaries set up around abortion clinics, are unconstitutional. In other words, the Supreme Court felt that these zones, set up to protect patients from protestors, are a violation of protestors’ freedom. Of course the Supreme Court would like you to pay…
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War On Drugs, The Rise Of Police Militarization

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In my many recent blog posts on the police initiated war zone in Ferguson, Missouri, I’ve mentioned the increasing militarization of police forces around the country, especially in the aftermath of 9/11. I have also talked about MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles on multiple occasions. What I did not do in any of these articles was trace back to where this all started. And it should come as no shock that America’s war on drugs plays a crucial role in police department militarization. How Did America’s Police Get So Militarized? Beginning in 1990, Congress authorized the Pentagon to transfer its surplus…
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We The People Should Democratize Internet Access

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Internet access in 2014 is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is a prerequisite for education. It is a prerequisite for commerce. It is a prerequisite for participation in modern society, which means it is imperative that every American have fast and affordable access to the internet. So why not democratize our internet access? After all, the internet started as a government initiative, it’s hardly a radical idea to make public such a vital service. Truth-Out: Should the Internet Be Like the Public Library Internet speeds in the U.S. average out around 20.77 megabits per second, which is less…
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Facebook, Food Stamps, Politics, And The Megaphone Of The Uninformed

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When you use Facebook as a megaphone to pronounce condemnation of people who happen to own certain material possessions while simultaneously using food stamps, you perpetuate a stigma that already exists. You are simply pouring salt on a wound. You are standing on your soapbox and demeaning a system that helps people in need, while disparaging people you don’t know, to make a political point, about something you evidently are not informed about. And to what end? What good are you trying to bring into the world with your accusations and judgments? Maybe someone gave them that iPhone as a…
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Memorial Day: Veterans Affairs And The Authoritative Minds Among Us

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There’s little doubt that if you are friends with conservatives on Facebook (and probably even some liberals unfortunately), you’ve seen photos like this one in your feed: No, Memorial Day is not just about firing up the grill, but its what we do and what we support as a nation, every single day, that is more important than what people stop to think about (and helpfully remind others to think about) on just one day out of the year. Because our priorities as a nation have more impact on current veterans and potential future veterans than platitudes uttered on the…
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