For Profit Prison Pot Ponder


Within a heartbeat of California legalizing marijuana, attorney general Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama administration sentiment to stay out of pot friendly state law. Sessions put America on notice, federal law trumps state fancy – federal prosecutors have been instructed to replace hands-off State decriminalization of pot with an aggressive approach to prioritizing resources in a crack down of possession, cultivation and distribution of marijuana in states were it is legalized.

“In deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws with the department’s finite resources, prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions,” Sessions said in a memo to all federal prosecutors. “These principles require federal prosecutors deciding which cases to prosecute to weigh all relevant considerations of the crime, the deterrent effect of criminal prosecution, and the cumulative impact of particular crimes on the community.”

A ponder was born – why now, why California, has Trump been extra naughty prompting another pathetic news bomb diversion? Then it hit me – duh! American for profit prisons are tossing a fit, a raging tantrum punctuated with threats of dwindling campaign contributions.

Major players in the for profit prison industry are GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America ( CCA ). In 2014, CCA wrote in their annual shareholders report –

“The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws. For instance, any changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them. … Legislation has been proposed in numerous jurisdictions that could lower minimum sentences for some non-violent crimes and make more inmates eligible for early release based on good behavior.”

GEO and CCA report a combined annual income of more the $3 billion. For profit incarceration contracts stipulate local and state government maintain a minimum occupancy of inmates (typically 90%) or taxpayers  pay for empty beds.Contracts of 3 private prisons in Arizona demand 100% occupancy. Sweet deal that goes a long way toward explaining why America has more prisoners per capita than any nation in the world. Hardly surprising that over 75% of inmates are jailed on drug charges.

So what do for profit prisons do with contractually guaranteed inmates? Rehabilitation, education? Hell no. Try forced labour under contract with Federal Prison Industries ( aka UNICOR ), a government owned corporation who in 2015 reported total salaries paid to all inmates combined $33,538 , and annual profits from textile, agriculture and manufacturing $558 million, up $90 million from the previous year. Check out this link – http://all-that-is-interesting.com/private-prisons-us-stats

Make no mistake, American profiteers demand an uninterrupted supply of marijuana possession felons to satisfy their bottom line. Legalization of pot threatens to decimate profitable chain gangs. America is anything but a great nation.

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Oklahoma Lesbian Trumps Roy Moore’s America


American media is obsessed with Roy Moore, it’s inescapable. Hour after relentless hour talking media heads march to the beat of Roy Moore’s unapologetic resolve to stay the course. Should he step down, why hasn’t Trump Tweeted his position, who supports, who condemns, blah, blah, blah. One might think the future of America depended on Alabama’s December 12 special election to fill Jeff Sessions vacant Senate seat.

Fortunately this Canadian has the luxury of turning off American news. Abandoning U.S. jibber-jabber for homegrown reporting delivered a breath of fresh air. A story of promise buried by U.S. media in favour of Roy Moore shenanigans and Trump hypocrisy. American media isn’t talking about Democrat Senator Allison Ikely-Freeman, but the rest of us know Oklahoma elected a 26 year old lesbian to the Senate.

Oklahoma Democrats win state Senate seat in red-district special election

Last Tuesday’s Oklahoma special election upset should be the stuff of front page news. Not for a Democrat squeaking past Republican Dan Newberry by 31 votes, but for gob smacking realities of an openly gay politician prevailing in the spine of Trumpland. Tulsa County is home to Oklahoma 1st Congressional District, a hive of rigid conservatism defined by 2016 election results – 61.4 % voted Trump, 32.7% marked Clinton – a District now represented by a Democrat lesbian.

Roy Moore can simper, Trump can Tweet petulant whimpers, American media can beat both to death. None of which changes the fact a flicker of hope still burns in America.

Roy Moore – The Mary/Joseph Defense And Other Absurdities


Alabama Republican Roy Moore likely considered aspirations to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions a done deal. Can’t say I blame him, apparently impervious Christian hubris prevails in Alabama. Citizens of the “We Dare Defend Our Rights” State nominated Moore to run in the December 12 special election despite Moore’s less than exemplary distinction of twice elected, twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court. Elected in 2001, removed in 2003 for defying a Federal Court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument ( commissioned by Moore ) from the Alabama Judicial Building. Elected again in 2013, shown the door in 2016 for instructing probate judges to enforce a state ban on same sex marriage despite federal ruling it was unconstitutional.

In 2003 Moore created The Foundation For Moral Law, an ultra right Christian organization opposed to abortion and same sex marriage, champions of mandatory school prayer, Trump’s travel ban and legislation excluding Muslims from holding political office. Vile as the day is long, a morally repugnant assault on equality and constitutional freedom.

News broke yesterday – allegations of sexual misconduct against once a judge Roy. Reason might dictate righteous Christian outrage toward a man who allegedly fancied underage girls – not so fast, reason got lost somewhere between Trump boasting he grabbed women by the pussy because he was powerful and Moore admitting to Sean Hannity on Fox News he didn’t date any girls without their mother’s consent. WTF Roy!

It gets better. Moore issued this statement – “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” His Campaign elaborated with – “Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today’s Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake. National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary.”

OK, so Kevin Spacey’s career can implode over allegations of sexual misconduct, but Roy Moore is a doe eyed victim of fake news? A morally superior bastion of decency incapable of lewd behavior?

Never mind truth, investigation or concern for alleged victims. Kudos to blithering conservatives for spinning  creative biblical cob-webs. Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler said – “Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Ziegler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”

Stranger things have happened, but I’d say chances of Moore tossing political aspirations to winds of Christian forgiveness are slim to none. Moore doesn’t need to beg forgiveness for his sins, conservatives don’t care who or what is violated as long as their agenda prevails. Case in point, a fundraising message Moore sent to his supporters –

The Obama-Clinton machine’s liberal media lapdogs have just launched the most vicious and nasty attacks against me I’ve EVER faced.

I won’t get into the details of their filthy and sleazy attacks.

I refuse to repeat their lies.

The forces of evil are on the march in this country.

We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message.

Grab Them By The Pussy


America, you elected a swell president A year ago this week, a month before the election, you said “Meh” to “grab them by the pussy”. Nobody cried “fake news”, how could you – Trump’s abominable core was irrefutable. Amid the propaganda frenzy of “crooked Hillary”, did you think the world would overlook dismissal of a  “grab them by the pussy” president? How about your wives, daughters, sisters, mothers? Could Trump grab your daughter by the pussy provided he made America great again?

If you support Donald Trump watch this video. When you’re done, explain to your wives, daughters, mothers and sisters why a great nation condones exploitation of women as sexual objects. When you’re done, ask yourself if a man like this represents your core values. Have a word with yourself, explain to your sons they too can take advantage of women if they’re rich and powerful enough. A year after “grab them by the pussy” defined your president, ask yourself how excusing his loathsome sense of entitlement makes America great.

Forty Nine Years


Olympic Games Mexico City October 16, 1968 – Tommie Smith and John Carlos won gold and bronze medals in the 200 meter race. Wearing  black socks to represent black poverty, both stood shoeless at the podium. Smith wore a black scarf to symbolize black pride, Carlos a beaded necklace – ” for those individuals that were lynched, or killed and that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the Middle Passage.”. When the Star Spangled Banner played, Smith and Carlos bowed their heads and raised clenched fists of iconic protest. The stadium erupted in boos, Olympic officials lost their shit, Smith and Carlos went home to death threats. The following week Time magazine wrote “Faster, higher, stronger is the motto of the Olympic games, angrier, nastier, uglier, better describes the scene in Mexico City last week”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Olympics_Black_Power_salute

Forty nine years later the “make America great again” man simpers like a dotard as professional athletes refuse to stand for the national anthem. As if the world demanded further proof America teeters on the brink of collapse, Trump pouts infantile Tweets like – “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!” Make no mistake America, your president is an asshole. A unhinged megalomaniac hell bent on dictatorial obedience, a snake oil salesman so diabolical he feeds on manipulated adoration without a tinge of conscience.

Trump hasn’t the foggiest notion why professional athletes kneel during the national anthem. He doesn’t bother with issues of police brutality, can’t comprehend poverty, exclusion, racial profiling. In Trump’s America Negroes are uppity. Make no mistake, America’s puppet master knows how to pluck strings of his starry eyed fans. Throngs of slack jawed patriots blither unequivocal allegiance to Trump, incapable of grasping the fact nothing has changed in half a century.

Greatness can’t be declared, it’s earned when individuals lead by  example. Forty nine years ago Smith and Carlos attained a level of greatness Trump wouldn’t recognize if it slapped him in the face. Forty nine years later, the man elected on make great again hogwash has the audacity to Tweet “fire the son of a bitch” when African American athletes kneel in peaceful protest during the national anthem.Wake up America, you’ve had 49 years and failed miserably.

Mentally Deranged U.S. Dotard


“Mentally deranged U.S. dotard”, words North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un used to describe Donald Trump following Trump’s asinine soap box rant at the United Nations. The pride of America saw fit to turn his first UN address into a template for self serving ignorance. Only a dotard would poke “rocket man” sticks at Kim Jong Un. Kudos to North Korea’s lunatic for pulling out a antiquated English language thesaurus. Strictly speaking “dotard” alone would suffice, we’ll never know but I’m of a mind to think Kim Jong Un or his advisors added “mentally deranged” as reference for linguistically challenged Trump. Oh man, Trump lost his shit, so mad he prefaced rocket man with “little”.  Now the little rocket man plans to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. Hysterical as little rocket man calling Trump a mentally deranged.S. dotard may be, there’s nothing funny about it.

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Ponder The Mindset Of Trump’s America


News broke today of Mueller officially investigating Donald Trump for criminal obstruction. Being a busy day I didn’t give it much thought until home from work found this comment waiting on my laptop. A unrelated response to an old post in which I pondered what exactly Trump meant by “Make America Great Again”. A comment reminding me Trump supporters are immovable objects impervious to truth, reason or common sense. A comment driving home the fact Trump’s America doesn’t care about obstruction of justice.

What follows was written yesterday. Penned with determination and sincerity indifferent to realities of Trumpish corruption. This is Trump’s America, minds set in righteous monoliths of delusion hewn by opportunistic media manipulation of reality. Read on for an ominous lesson in the power of propaganda and fear –

“I thought “great’ referred to our standing in the eyes of the world. We used be #1 and under obama we were down to #3 or #5. Our schools used to be near the top with several other countries and then we were closer to the bottom. None of this happened quickly, and not just one party is responsible. Obama hurt America faster than the others. I read some of his book and he said that America did not deserve it’s place as Top Dog [my words, not direct quote from the book.] Why not? Should it be a communist nation where freedom is not allowed? Trump wants to get rid of the laws that bog down business growth. How’s that bad? He wants to let us keep our freedom to worship who we want. Obama wanted to take that away and have everyone worship Allah. Obama wanted to change or get rid of our Constitution. That is a unique document that has worked well for generations. Yes times change, but the Constitution remains the same and needs no changes.”