Speaker Boehner's Fifth Column Tactics are damaging America's Image here and across the globe. When will we-the-thinking-people say... ENOUGH'S, ENOUGH? thinkingblue Fifth Column: A fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group—such as a nation or a besieged city—from within.
911 Centers Outdated Technology Can't Always Locate Callers - Ending in Death
We have a real infrastructure vulnerability that many of us are not aware of… It’s a common belief that a 911 emergency call is infallible but now we find out, it is anything but, when your life depends upon it. A 911 cell phone call can’t always identify your location when minutes matter. How very cruel for a victim (and their loved ones) to hope there will be a rescue and then suffer the unbearable moments waiting, before they die. I have a friend whose niece experienced this and lost her life. When it hits your own existence, it becomes a grievous reality and not just something, that happens to other people. What a reprehensible failure for our democracy, a warning message should have been blasting its way across media outlets that you can’t always trust your 911 mobile calls; perhaps if victims had known this; they would have exhausted other means to save themselves. thinkingblue
Buyer Beware - Medical News We Should All "Be Aware" Of
This is medical news that should be of importance to every one of us. You can pick up a deadly bacterium just by sitting in a chair or touching a counter in your doctor or dentist office. (Or any kind of medical facility that you are counseled or examined in). We had a family member die after a dentist visit for a cracked wisdom tooth. When the dentist was finished extracting 10 teeth and prescribing antibiotics by the truckload, our cousin contracted C-Diff. The D-Diff caused unbearable diarrhea for many months until her death. What a horrible way to die, especially when it should never have happened. I guess this is what you would call a classic case of medical BUYER BEWARE. thinkingblue Read Article Here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/25/health/deadly-bacteria-doctors-offices/
Bill O'Reilly Claims His War Stories Were Not Embellished- Ya Wanna Bet?
Of course, he would make such claims, he has lied and distorted his stories so abundantly over the years, he, himself believes them. ‘Tis a pity, that NBC saw fit to punish Brian Williams for exaggerating a story he was covering and someone like Big Blowhard Bill, who is the personification of mendacity, gets rewarded for his acts of dishonesty. We do not live in a fair world, this is obvious when a news outlet like Fox hires a lying egomaniac like Bill-O to be their anchor and then acts as though they are fair & balanced. thinkingblue
Walmart Family Is the Unsurpassed Winner of the Gluttony Award
Walmart family worth 144.6 Billion Dollars is unsurpassed, the Greediest Human Beings to exist amongst us... How do these people live with themselves, is the 64 million dollar (chump change) question. I know, they rationalize like the other rich republicans and believe they’re the creators of jobs, thus are American heroes. It doesn't matter to them that they are responsible for the new income category called WORKING POOR. Hey, let’s not mince words here… they are Greedy Bastards and I believe deep down inside of their covetous brains...THEY KNOW IT. thinkingblue
Oh Boy, Not 10 Commandment Roy (Moore) Again!
Why do the Religious Right vote for those who have the power to keep them stupid? OK they are not ALL stupid but since the smart ones remain silent and let the STUPID ones speak for them, they’re ALL considered stupid. thinkingblue Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative. ~John Stuart Mill~ The 10 Commandments Explained Bring the Hammer & Chisel Read More Here: http://popist.com/s/3596f18/
President Obama Dared To Compare ISIS To Christian Crusaders
Religion and War EXCERPT From abcnews.go.com: "After President Obama's remarks comparing ISIS militants to medieval Christian crusaders ignited a firestorm of criticism on Thursday, ABC News wanted to know: how accurate is that comparison?" ~~~ The articles I've posted claim that religion is not used very often as a cause for war and that President Obama was wrong to use The Crusades as a comparison to the ISIS terrorist attacks... I say to that, (using a statement Hillary Clinton made during the Republican Benghazi Smear Campaign against her)... "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?" WAR and Territorial Disputes, are scourges on the human condition, we should have evolved long ago a desire for peace over war and use our intelligence to resolve differences with the objective use of words and understanding, instead of bombs and weapons that cause great suffering upon our own species. It appears that Education, Facts or Reality (even Religion) cannot stop people from hurling that proverbial first stone at those they believe are evil and NOT A BIT like themselves, who must fight for what's (delusionary) good for (only their own) humankind? thinkingblue If We Do Not End War - War Will End Us. ~H.G. Wells~ ~~~~
Are Atheist Parents Doing A Better Job?
Excerpt: "So how does the raising of upstanding, moral children work without prayers at mealtimes and morality lessons at Sunday school? Quite well, it seems. Far from being dysfunctional, nihilistic and rudderless without the security and rectitude of religion, secular households provide a sound and solid foundation for children, according to Vern Bengston, a USC professor of gerontology and sociology." Bengston has supervised a 40-year study of religion and family life across generations—the largest ever coordinated—called the Longitudinal Study of Generations. He recently added atheist or agnostic families to the mix alongside the rise in their self-reported numbers. And rather than discovering families unbound by the glue of God, performing nightly Satanic rituals in lieu of a nutritious dinner, he found… functional families with actual ethics and values and shit. "Many nonreligious parents were more coherent and passionate about their ethical principles than some of the 'religious' parents in our study," Bengston told me. "The vast majority appeared to live goal-filled lives characterized by moral direction and sense of life having a purpose." MORE HERE: http://jezebel.com/godless-parents-are-doing-a-better-job-1682844001 ~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ I didn’t raise/rear my kids to be non-believers… not in actuality with intent. Whenever the topic of god or religion was expressed, I would tell them my agnostic view (I was still not sure about the label Atheist)… ~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ AGNOSTIC: a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God. ~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ In essence, I would say, that we human beings do not know why we are here or what the physical nature of all things is about and probably we will never know. However, I would emphasize the importance of having empathy for others because we are all in the same boat and that evolution was real. I also expressed that religion was OK for some and if they wanted to take that route that would be equally OK. Wow, I’ve come a long way from those ideas, I now believe religion can hurt more than it can comfort. But, that’s me. Anyway, I’m glad that none of my kids took to religion because now I can have freethinking discussions with them instead of feeling the need to walk on eggshells whenever conversation turned to gods, guns, gays and religions. thinkingblue
The Spreading of Bigotry and Hate Via Facebook
I saw this little composition (below image) on Facebook today and at first, I thought it an honoring of someone who valiantly saved lives during his tour in Viet Nam. Upon a second look, however, it emerged as the same ole, same ole hate propaganda that Republicans use to spread their political animosity. We sure live in a pathetic world where Too Many can't see beyond their prejudice, especially when there are those (Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Tea Party politicians and Nasty Rightwing Forwards) that stoke the flames to ensure their message of hate stays FRONT AND CENTER. thinkingblue PS: Below is my comment on this banality. How sad, a person decides to write a story (that could be a worthwhile read but turns contemptible) commemorating a human being who was thrust into an outrageous war, perpetrated by the powers that be. Making sure he (the writer) hits upon the great suffering of a “war hero”, who disregarded his own safety, to save his fellow comrades and then the writer (No doubt a Republican who glorifies war and nationalism while marginalizing a people who do not deserve his disdain) decides to turn his tale into political bigotry. Did I say SAD, no beyond sad, it’s outright spiteful and vicious! The sadness comes in when this story is shared by those who wish to spread their racism in order to create more hate towards those they believe worthless… thinkingblue --- Read the excerpt from this site: http://chainsmashers.mixxt.com/ networks/forum/thread.206369 EXCERPT: Shame on you (whoever wrote the forwarded story) for using Ed Freeman's story in order to manipulate people into passing on a dishonest, useless anti-American media chain. I hate a great deal of what the media spews out too, but I'm certainly not gullible enough to believe in far-right chain letters too, especially when they're full of errors that could be simply mistakes and are more likely deliberate lies. Chain forwards play on the emotions of conservatives, patriots and Christians in particular, and the whining about the media at the end of the forward has nothing to do with Ed Freeman at all, but is just there as an extra manipulation to get people thinking Ed Freeman hasn't been honored nearly enough and that the way to honor him is to pass on chain letters. Bull!
The "American Neocon Sniper" Movie
I didn’t want to see the movie The American Sniper (which should have been called The American Neocon Sniper) but again, my curiosity was piqued, after seeing the throngs of Southern moviegoers (I live in the Deep South) at the box office, clamoring to see this movie. (Which hardly occurs in this little town, movie theatres around these parts are almost always half to entirely empty) Well, I can tell you… I was disappointedly, not disappointed, it was just what I expected! A gung-ho Iraq war flick that was the most IN YOUR FACE, Neoconservative Propagandized, hyperbole that’s been pulled over the American Unthinking Brain since Dick Cheney’s announcement in 1994, that going to war with Iraq would be a mistake and then... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnV4tMvI0ME unscrupulously, changing his mind in 2003, lying, cajoling, demagogging and doing everything but literally stand on his narrow-minded head to warn AMERICA that we must invade Iraq to protect American women from being forced to wear burkas after Iraq drops their non-existing nuclear bomb deep in the heartland of America. Ta- dah, ISIS (and the many other terrorist groups that were spawned from Cheney’s war)! How do I feel about this... facebook asked? VERY SICK! that’s how. thinkingblue
Serpico (remember him?) Comes Out of Obscurity To Fight For Justice
I watched the fascinating Frank Serpico interview on the "Aljazeera American Tonight" Channel on January 13, 2015 and witnessed Frank Serpico, who at age 78, still has some fight left in him. His story, made into a major motion picture, acknowledged him as the embodiment of bravery and a crusader for justice. Risking his life to bring light to the criminal activity within the ranks of the NYPD who were hired as communal protectors of the public not as tyrannical oppressors, of which they had become. He is speaking out again, telling the world that some of the best and brightest within the NYPD (and elsewhere) have habituated back to their old corrupt habits of 45 years ago. (To put it mildly.) Read the Wikipedia outline (below) on this amazing man. And watch the embedded video, Part 1 and Part 2. thinkingblue
Madness 101 - ISIS Terrorists Executing Pigeon Breeders and Pigeons
When I saw this headline, ISIS Executes Pigeon and Bird Breeders in Diyala, Iraq, I thought to myself, SAY WHAT, NO… I’m not going to go there, it’s getting too asinine for anyone to try to wrap his or her brain around. But, of course the curiosity in me, won out and I clicked on it. Reading about this latest absurdity though, did get me a-wondering. How do these inhuman bullies that proudly dub themselves Jihadists but are anything but... How do ISIS (et.al) chieftains come up with their moronic, barbarous and bloodthirsty insults to reason? Do the fiendish thugs sit around a room and brainstorm about an even greater, more savage, cruelty that they can and will perpetrate upon their easy prey (or soft targets)? Really, the GOP likes to throw around the word Hitler... I have a feeling that these juvenile delinquents who think of themselves as a nation of terrorists, are trying to outdo Hitler, in the realm of insanity. However, they will never reach the scale of lunacy that a monster like Hitler was able to reach because they have no other powerful and equally merciless nation to back them up (as far as we know). Their reign of cold-blooded terror will be short but in the meantime, the pain and the rivers of tears they will leave in their wake, will be horrendous for those of us who possess normal human thinking and who feel empathy towards their victims, for us it will seem endless… thinkingblue
With One Full Sweep of the Tongue, Pope Francis Punches Us Back to the Dark Ages
Read More Here: http://www.firstpost.com/world/charlie-hebdo-attack-friendly -punch-of-pope-francis-needs-a-counter-and-heres-why-2049685.html ~~~ “One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith. There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity… in freedom of expression there are limits.” ~Pope Francis~ A thinking mind would like to know: in what world does Pope Francis, reside in. It cannot be the world that freethinking minds live in; a world where we are free to try and understand each other instead of hurting one another for thinking or believing differently. A system of forcing one’s beliefs down collective throats that have an entirely different outlook on the question of being, can never survive long term. Only a, Live and let Live society, that permits one to speak their mind without reprisal fears of prison or death. Mr. Pope Francis, I would also like to know, what part of Freedom of Speech do you not understand and how about that Biggie, Separation of Church and State, which benefits religions (as well as individuals) by allowing followers to practice their religious beliefs without the fear of punishment by government? If Pope Francis (by his ridiculous statements that he made after the Charlie Hebdo massacre) wholeheartedly believes in what the convoluted bible passage states, AN EYE FOR AN EYE and can somehow convince all of humanity (not just Catholics) that it should be the law of the land; then why not Bring Back the Guillotines. --Over some 200 years of use, the guillotine claimed the heads of tens of thousands of victims ranging from common criminals to revolutionaries, aristocrats and even kings and queens. More than just a gruesomely effective killing machine, “Saint Guillotine” served as a symbol of the French Revolution and cast an infamous shadow over much of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.- More Here-- Bring Back the Dark Ages. --The Dark Ages were a tumultuous time. Roving horse-bound invaders charged the country sides. Religious conflicts arose; Muslims conquered lands. Scarcity of sound literature and cultural achievements marked these years; barbarous practices prevailed. - See more here-- Bring Back Stoning for all. --Stoning, or lapidation, refers to a method of execution in which an organized group throws stones or rocks at the person they wish to execute. Although it takes many different forms, stoning has been used throughout history and in many religious and cultural traditions as a kind of community justice or capital punishment. - See more-- Bring Back WITCH HUNTS and Burnings at the Stake --Deliberately causing death through the effects of combustion, or effects of exposure to extreme heat, has a long history as a form of capital punishment. Many societies have employed it as an execution method for such crimes as treason, rebellious actions by slaves, heresy, witchcraft and perceived sexual deviancy, such as incest or homosexuality. More Here-- If all these (and many more) legal barbarous methods, returned from the Dark Ages and Beyond, to keep people subservient, then 'Critical Thinking' just lost the war and we who make up The Masses shall continue down our evolutionary path with a brain that will most definitely emaciate. Thus, driving us back to the caves where we will huddle and live in fear until the next catastrophic global event or mass extinction occurs. thinkingblue PS: All these thinking minds lost by cowardly, infantile men who cannot Think for Themselves, therefore are doomed to follow a dogmatic course of inhuman bullying And Pope Francis can only come up with this non-thinking, one-dimensional banality…?
Pocketful of Madness, Using Kids As Human Bombs and Executioners
The pocketful of Terrorists is now trying to reach new heights in their quest to horrify and petrify. They just can’t seem to go far enough in their maniacal attempts for attention by killing, slaughtering and annihilating anyone who becomes easy prey for their barbarism. And, what could be easier than using children as executioners and human bombs. These low intelligent individuals are delusional, thinking themselves brave and machismo as they wave their weapons and shout incoherent slogans of a conquering success. The only victory they are achieving is to spread around the entire globe, that in reality their savage acts are from cowardly and chicken-hearted brats who stamp their feet and hold their breath, turning blue in an attempt to gain their fifteen minutes of fame and recognition. Even though indoctrination, has been the only thing they seem good at, there must be some misled disciples who will start to instinctively think around the brainwashing, that using children as bombs and firing squads has just gone beyond the pale and will perhaps turn on their chieftains and say enough’s enough… If not, (no doubt a NOT) let the rest of us human beings who believe in the perpetuation of our species, learn how to irradiate them as we would a cancer that is killing a body. (the body of Homo sapiens.) Come on, you leaders of governments who think, scientists are planning to find another planet so our kind (which took 2 billion years to evolve) will not go extinct in the future, after we deplete Earth of its resources, (possibly never to emerge again), there must be a simple way to stop these cowards. GEE, YA THINK? thinkingblue
Free Community College For All, Not If the Republicans Have Any Say
Would anyone like to wager a bet on how long it will take Republicans to nip this wonderful we-the-people idea in the bud? There is no way Republicans would pass such a bill, college and higher education should be only for the wealthy, in their book, just as it was throughout history. Only in modern times could anyone even dream of obtaining a college degree and that dream has diminished with the many years of Republican control in all or one or two of the three branches of government. It’s pathetic to say the least. Two Wars on the taxpayers dime, A-OK. Personhood status to Corporations, A-OK. Huge Tax breaks for the rich, double A-OK but free college for low to middle-income folks, not on your life. There just is not enough money for that, the Republicans warble and yet, all the while, the uninformed keep voting for them. I wonder why that is. Get informed, know your rights and stop Republicans from overturning our Republic so they can bring forth a Plutocracy. We-The-People aka thinkingblue More Here: http://www.wfmynews2.com/story/news/education/ 2015/01/09/obama-free-community-college/21486901/
Charlie Hebdo - I Am Charlie!
Charlie Hebdo attack: the response in pictures http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-30712925 True, This! — Beneath the rule of men entirely great The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold The arch-enchanters wand! — itself is nothing! — But taking sorcery from the master-hand To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword — States can be saved without it! Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_pen_is_mightier_than_the_sword thinkingblue :'(