Thursday, February 23, 2017

THE CLASSROOM. TWO EMAILS FROM TEAM UDALL AND PEOPLES ACTION.


From: Team Udall.


To: David Mcdonald.


Special interest cash has been inundating our democracy since Citizens United.

And now it’s infected President Trump’s Cabinet.

Todd Ricketts, a leader of the pro-Trump Super PAC Furture45 and its dark money counterpart the 45Committee, is President Trump’s pick for Deputy Secretary of Commerce. These two groups have spent upwards of $1.7 million running ads to support Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

President Trump campaigned on a promise to rid Washington of insiders who raise secret cash to influence policy makers. Instead he's installing some of the biggest donors and influencers in his Cabinet. Groups like the 45Committee are eroding our democracy from the inside out. It's never been more clear that we need common-sense campaign finance reforms.

Tom’s constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United will cut off special interest cash in our democracy. We need to begin repairing the damage. 



Thanks.

Team Udall





Poisoned!

A child needs so much from us to grow up strong. She needs a healthy diet with lots of vitamins and minerals. She needs fresh air, a good education and all of our love.
What she doesn’t need is arsenic or lead in her well water. Nor does she need mercury in the stream she plays in.
This should be common sense, yet Donald Trump just canceled the rule preventing coal companies from dumping waste into our streams.
The cost will be paid by children. Some will be born with terrifying birth defects. Others will face learning disabilities, or suffer from childhood cancers. Decades of research backs this up.
People’s Action is fighting back. We are in the town halls, confronting members of Congress. We are in dozens of states training new organizers to resist the radical right-wing agenda.
PEOPLES ACTION.

AUDIO\VISUAL POST #7. LOGIC. IT'S NOT JUST FOR VULCANS, AND VIEWERS OF "THE BIG BANG THEORY." #3. (AUDIO ONLY.)

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THE CLASSROOM. "We build a future for all of our children. No exceptions..."

Back when I was campaigning for the Senate, I met a man in his 60s down near the South Shore. His skin looked leathery like someone who had spent years working outside, and he wore a frayed Vietnam vets cap. He asked flatly: "Yeah, you talk about building a future. But what about transgender? What about them?"
I’ll admit: I didn’t expect that question from him. But I replied exactly what I believe: "We build a future for all our children. And that means transgender children. All our children—no exceptions." He stared at me, and then he said: "Damn right." He explained that he had a grown son who was transgender. "In a million years you’ll never know the special kind of hell he has gone through."
I’ve never forgotten that man – and I’ve never forgotten his son.
Yesterday the Trump Administration cruelly said to millions of students, families, parents like that man from the South Shore that it won’t stand up for LGBTQ young people. They used one of the oldest and most pathetic excuses in the book – "let the states decide" – to allow discrimination against trans students. They cowardly made it easier for some of our country's most vulnerable students to get bullied and beat up in our schools.
The United States Constitution and our laws do not give states a free ride to discriminate or eliminate the rights we guarantee to all Americans. The Trump Administration must protect and defend the basic civil and human rights of all our students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
We build a future for all of our children. No exceptions, President Trump.

AUDIO/VISUAL POST #6. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. PORTRAITS OF EVIL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE EVIL? PT 1. (AUDIO ONLY.)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. PORTRAITS OF EVIL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE EVIL? PT 5.

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What is perhaps the Most Incredible part of Discussing the Topic of Evil, and its Definition, Causes, and Sources is the way Individuals try to Justify Actions that They have Previously Maintained as EVIL OR IMMORAL, TO EXPLAIN THEIR BEHAVIOR THAT MAY BE SANCTIONED BY SOCIETY, FAMILY, OR FRIENDS.

Many of us would consider these EXPLANATIONS TO MITIGATE THE DEGREE OF RESPONSIBILITY ONE HAS FOR THEIR ACTIONS, JUST EXCUSES TO AVOID PUNISHMENT and REMAIN IN GOOD STANDING AMONG ANY GROUPS THEY ARE CONSIDERED A MEMBER OF. 

This Leaves us with the following Dilemmas;

-  Did The Individuals Committing the Acts, actually believe that these Behaviors were EVIL OR IMMORAL from the BEGINNING, OR WERE THEY JUST REPEATING WHAT WAS EXPECTED OF THEM TO AVOID CONFRONTATION, AND REMAIN A WELCOME MEMBER OF THE GROUP.

-  When Social Attitudes, Legal Judgments, or Even a New Job make Certain Behaviors Unpopular and/or Illegal, how are we to Measure the Truthfulness or Sincerity of the Individual Who Now makes a Complete Turn Around, and Espouses Opinions that are the Exact Opposite of Those They Expressed in the Past.

In the Next Post on this Topic, we will look at some Examples from History.


FEATURE ARTICLES. THE SOCIOPATH- A DANGER ALL AROUND US. PT 34.





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(Stepping away from our Fictional Example again, to answer another question.)

Now some of you may be saying; "I KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS JUST LIKE THAT, BUT I'VE SEEN THEM CRY.  THEY PLAY AND DOTE ON THEIR CHILDREN, AND THEY SEEM TO BE A REAL ASSET TO THEIR EMPLOYER.  SO I GUESS THEY'RE NOT TRUE SOCIOPATHS."

Here is a Partial List of Traits that have been Indicative of THE SOCIOPATH.
(Reprinted from Part 1.)

  • Uses others as tools to satisfy individual desires.
  • Lacks remorse or empathy for the pain and suffering they cause to others.
  • Has a Grandiose, Inflated self-image that makes them feel like they are the center of the universe.
  • Enjoys Deceiving and Manipulating people, often for no other reason then a sense of power.
  • Positive words such as Dignity, Honor and Duty or negative words such as Cruelty, Prejudice and Suffer are meaningless. They represent concepts foreign to the Sociopath.

So what can you do if someone seems to Possess One, Two, or a Few of the Traits that are ASSOCIATED WITH THE SOCIOPATH, BUT DOES NOT EXHIBIT
OTHER TELL TALE BEHAVIORS.

There are other RECOGNIZED PERSONALITY DISORDERS, THAT OFTEN EXHIBIT SOME OF THE BEHAVIORAL TRAITS OF THE SOCIOPATH.


NARCISSISM.

SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

-  EXCESSIVE BELIEF IN YOUR OWN IMPORTANCE.

-  COME ACROSS AS EXTREMELY CONCEITED
AND PRETENTIOUS.

-  A BELIEF THAT YOU DESERVE SPECIAL TREATMENT,
OR REWARDS, JUST BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE, NOT
FOR WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED.

-  REACT WITH AN UNREASONABLE DEGREE OF ANGER,
OR VERY CONFRONTATIONAL, IF YOU DO NOT GET WHAT 
YOU WANT.

-  DO NOT TAKE CRITICISM WELL, NO MATTER HOW IT IS
OFFERED, OR IN WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES.

-  BEHAVIOR OFTEN MASKS FEELINGS OF INFERIORITY,
WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR EMOTIONAL OUTBURSTS OF RAGE
AGAINST THOSE WHO CRITICIZE YOU.


As you can see, THE NARCISSIST IS VERY QUICK TO PLAY THE 
"VICTIM," AND LIKE THE SOCIOPATH, BELIEVE IN THEIR OWN
SUPERIORITY.


ANOTHER FLASHBACK: FEATURE ARTICLES. WHAT ARE THE REAL CAUSES OF THE SUPREME COURT CONTROVERSY?

REMEMBERING ALL THE "GOOD THINGS" DONE BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY,
DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.  TRUMP FITS RIGHT IN.


Frankfort, Kentucky, State Supreme Court


As the Controversy Continues, with the REPUBLICAN SENATE LEADERSHIP continuing its UNCONSTITUTIONAL STANCE NOT TO MEET WITH ANYONE NOMINATED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO FILL THE VACANCY ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, THE ACTUAL ROOTS OF THE PROBLEM ARE BEING IGNORED.

LETS LOOK AT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY LEADERSHIP, AND SOME OF THE OPINIONS AND STANCES ON ISSUES IN THE RECENT PAST. THE FOLLOWING WERE PROMOTED IN THEIR NATIONAL AGENDA.

-  THE PRESIDENTS ECONOMIC POLICIES WOULD NOT WORK IN 
   SOLVING THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS.

-  AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WOULD RESULT IN RUNAWAY UNEMPLOYMENT.

-  THAT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WOULD DESTROY THE INSTITUTION.

-  IRAN NUCLEAR TREATY WOULD FAIL MISERABLY.

-  THAT THE STATES DON'T WANT TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE.*(SEE BELOW).

These Were the Scare Tactics Pressuring all Americans to Abandon any Desire for Compromise, attempting to Sabotage this Countries Future.  Fortunately, enough Voters and Candidates realized the Danger. While many PROGRESSIVES see the REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP FOR WHAT THEY ARE: 

SELF-CENTERED OPPORTUNISTS WHO DERIVE MOST OF THEIR SUPPORT
FROM THE ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE WING OF THE PARTY. YOU KNOW, THE PRIMARY VOTERS WHO HAVE MADE DONALD TRUMP THEIR RUN AWAY CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT.

REMEMBER, THEY WERE ELECTED TO REPRESENT ONE STATE. THE ONLY VOICES THEY CARE ABOUT ARE THEIR CONSTITUENTS, SO THE FATE OF THE REST OF THE COUNTRY MEANS NOTHING TO THEM.

IF THAT STATE DECIDES THAT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS SHOULD BE ANTI- LABOR, AGAINST RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, RACIST, MISOGYNIST etc., WE AS A COUNTRY ARE STUCK WITH THEM YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT. GIVEN TIME, THEY EVENTUALLY RISE TO LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. WHY IS THAT? 

LONGEVITY, NOT CAPABILITY,
OFTEN COUNTS FOR MORE.

ALLEGIANCE TO THEIR BENEFACTORS,
BRINGS THEM MONEY AND POWER.

TIME IN OFFICE MATTERS MORE,
IN SOME CASES, THAN WHAT YOU DO IN IT.

*Many States realized that the Republican Leadership of the House and Senate, would never support Raising the Federal Minimum Wage.  So in the past few yearsThey have Taken it upon Themselves to do so.

These 29 States: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington,  West Virginia and Washington D.C, now have a MINIMUM WAGE HIGHER THAN THE FEDERAL LEVEL.