Friday, August 31, 2012

The Old White Men's Club? Women of the U.S - You Should Be Furious!!!! (Just Another Day In Paradise)

If the Republican National Convention, just ending in Tampa, has done anything, it has emphasized the need for understanding history. Unfortunately, The GOP is rewriting HIStory and ignoring HERstory.....

That HERstory is why WOMEN of America should be FURIOUS at the lies told by the GOP - now the Old White Guys Club.

  Woman's Suffrage Digital Story!


History of Women's Rights 1848 - 1920


In 1921, a suffragette named Alice Stokes Paul.....


...........wrote the “Equal Rights Amendment” (called the "Lucretia Mott Amendment") and it was introduced into the U.S. Congress for the first time in 1923.

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

In 1940, the Grand Old Party, The Republican Party STOOD with the Democratic Party in support of equal rights for all.

In 1940, The Grand Old Party, The Republican Party, wrote it in their NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM....
Equal Rights We favor submission by Congress to the States of an amendment to the Constitution providing for equal rights for men and women. "    


The Grand Old Party, The Republican Party, KEPT that position in their NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM, in 1972 and added....
Equal Rights for Women
The Republican Party recognizes the great contributions women have made to our society as homemakers and mothers, as contributors to the community through volunteer work, and as members of the labor force in careers outside the home.
We fully endorse the principle of equal rights, equal opportunities and equal responsibilities for women, and believe that progress in these areas is needed to achieve the full realization of the potentials of American women both in the home and outside the home. We reaffirm the President's pledge earlier this year: "The Administration will . . . continue its strong efforts to open equal opportunities for women, recognizing clearly that women are often denied such opportunities today. While every woman may not want a career outside the home, every woman should have the freedom to choose whatever career she wishes—and an equal chance to pursue it."
This Administration has done more than any before it to help women of America achieve equality of opportunity.
Because of its efforts, more top-level and middle-management positions in the Federal Government are held by women than ever before. The President has appointed a woman as his special assistant in the White House, specifically charged with the recruitment of women for policy-making jobs in thee United States Government. Women have also been named to high positions in the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Labor to ensure equal opportunities for employment and advancement at all levels of the Federal service.
In addition we have:
Significantly increased resources devoted to enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, providing equal pay for equal work;
Required all firms doing business with the Government to have affirmative action plans for the hiring and promotion of women;
Requested Congress to expand the jurisdiction of the Commission on Civil Rights to cover sex discrimination;
Recommended and supported passage of Title IX of the Higher Education Act opposing discrimination against women in educational institutions;
Supported the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 giving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforcement power in sex discrimination cases;
Continued our support of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, our Party being the first national party to back this Amendment.
Other factors beyond outright employer discrimination—the lack of child care facilities, for example—can limit job opportunities for women. For lower and middle income families, the President supported and signed into law a new tax provision which makes many child care expenses deductible for working parents. Part of the President's recent welfare reform proposal would provide comprehensive day care services so that women on welfare can work.
We believe the primary responsibility for a child's care and upbringing lies with the family. However, we recognize that for economic and many other reasons many parents require assistance in the care of their children.
To help meet this need, we favor the development of publicly or privately run, voluntary, comprehensive, quality day care services, locally controlled but federally assisted, with the requirement that the recipients of these services will pay their fair share of the costs according to their ability.
We oppose ill-considered proposals, incapable of being administered effectively, which would heavily engage the Federal Government in this area.
To continue progress for women's rights, we will work toward:
Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; Appointment of women to highest level positions in the Federal Government, including the Cabinet and Supreme Court;
Equal pay for equal work;
Elimination of discrimination against women at all levels in Federal Government;
Elimination of discrimination against women in the criminal justice system, in sentencing, rehabilitation and prison facilities;
Increased opportunities for the part time employment of women, and expanded training programs for women who want to reenter the labor force;
Elimination of economic discrimination against women in credit, mortgage, insurance, property, rental and finance contracts.
We pledge vigorous enforcement of all Federal statutes and executive orders barring job discrimination on the basis of sex.
We are proud of the contributions made by women to better government.
We regard the active involvement of women at all levels of the political process, from precinct to national status, as of great importance to our country. The Republican Party welcomes and encourages their maximum participation.    
The women, of THIS nation fought a bloody battle, within the ages old, continuous war - Not JUST for the right to vote, BUT for the right to be seen AND HEARD and the right to control OUR OWN DESTINIES.

That destiny includes the right to control reproduction on OUR TERMS. Not terms to be decided by a man, a government, a religion but OUR OWN terms guided by our determination based on health, economics, need, and desire....

In fact, we don't even HAVE to give a fucking reason for our decision..

To paraphrase Taj Mahal ....."Ain't nobody's business but OUR OWN"

Proud to be Pro-Choice


We had the leaders of the GOP standing with women, declaring for ERA ratification and declaring that abortion, the law of the land, was never "their issue" to address (Talk about "Small Government"...THAT is "Laissez Faire") - The CONSERVATIVE and REPUBLICAN LEADER, Barry Goldwater, discussing Choice as it relates to the Republican Party:


IN 1975 – President Gerald Ford declared “The Year of the Woman” . Here is Gerald Ford discussing the declaration as he signed the executive order (from a segment of the Rachel Maddow Show in March, 2011). You will note that this segment of video continues to present day as Rachel discusses the events of 2011 when the Bush installed John Roberts SCOTUS struck another blow in order to return us to a country devoid of WOMEN'S RIGHTS by refusing to deal with women’s rights at Wal-Mart.
Something changed in 1976....

The Grand Old Party, The Republican Party, renewed their position supporting the ratification of ERA for the last time in their NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM as they began making allowances for the Religious zealots on the right.

The New American Taliban began to intrude with their rancorous, anti-feminist minority and they were given credence in the party platform....
Women, who comprise a numerical majority of the population, have been denied a just portion of our nation's rights and opportunities. We reaffirm our pledge to work to eliminate discrimination in all areas for reasons of race, color, national origin, age, creed or sex and to enforce vigorously laws guaranteeing women equal rights.
The Republican Party reaffirms its support for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Our Party was the first national party to endorse the E.R.A. in 1940. We continue to believe its ratification is essential to insure equal rights for all Americans. In our 1972 Platform, the Republican Party recognized the great contributions women have made to society as homemakers and mothers, as contributors to the community through volunteer work, and as members of the labor force in careers. The Platform stated then, and repeats now, that the Republican Party "fully endorses the principle of equal rights, equal opportunities and equal responsibilities for women." The Equal Rights Amendment is the embodiment of this principle and therefore we support its swift ratification.
The question of abortion is one of the most difficult and controversial of our time. It is undoubtedly a moral and personal issue but it also involves complex questions relating to medical science and criminal justice. There are those in our Party who favor complete support for the Supreme Court decision which permits abortion on demand. There are others who share sincere convictions that the Supreme Court's decision must be changed by a constitutional amendment prohibiting all abortions. Others have yet to take a position, or they have assumed a stance somewhere in between polar positions.
We protest the Supreme Court's intrusion into the family structure through its denial of the parents' obligation and right to guide their minor children. The Republican Party favors a continuance of the public dialogue on abortion and supports the efforts of those who seek enactment of a constitutional amendment to restore protection of the right to life for unborn children...............

The Jerry Falwells, Jim Bakkers, and other Nouveau riche and hypocritical zealots (Jim Bakker finished a huge portion of his life in prison after conviction of fraud, conspiracy and a few other crimes, not to mention exposure of his predilection for female parishioners) began the "Born Again" Movement to be "Born Again" in the middle of the US Government and insinuated it in the middle of women's vaginas.

Good-bye to the division of Church and State, hello the new, enhanced War on Women...........

Since that time, we have seen an increase in religious zealotry in the Halls of Congress and in the Halls of the White House.

We have seen a steady attack on the Middle Class, the Constitution and a re-writing of history by those using "religion" and their zealotry to excuse the destruction they embrace.

With that destruction is the denial of HERstory....

An entire generation of women has lost acknowledgement and much of the knowledge of that which has come before - The victories and the battles lost...
The realities of WHY they were fought in the first place....

  • The truths of "back alley" and botched abortions, sepsis, ruptured uterine walls and punctured ovaries (though THE RATE of physician assisted abortions increased for those women with the money to pay, the back alley and botched abortions still occurred all too frequently for those women without the resources to buy the silence and the help of a physician breaking the law);
  • The statistics for suicide rates among adolescent girls and young women forced to bear children and reviled for doing so;
  • The abuse; 
  • The stigma; 
  • The health issues of birth (of special note, the danger posed by pregnancy, to immature women denying and hiding their condition, while highly stressed);
  • Homes for Unwed Mothers - some good, others not so much. Girls "sent away" to bear their children and give them up for adoption - a wound that for many may never heal.

The ERA died last year, 2011...A last whimper as the women of the nation seemed to sleep.

With minimal fanfare, the ERA fell dead. Even after two extensions to attempt ratification by the states, the ERA lost the support of the GOP and the Democrats just pretended to forget about it.

Attacks on all of our rights have become so very common place - the attacks that effect every American effect women more than men because we have never attained a status of equality afforded men in this nation....

The church began to instigate legislation as politicians who stood with "CHOICE" began to flip in order to be a part of the new institutionalized zealotry...

Mitt Romney on Choice through the years...


Those rights hard fought and hard won are slipping away as discussion of our past and the mention of our heroes go with them... And attitudes?  

 From 2006 ...


In 2012...The Republican Convention in Tampa....

The Grand Old Party, The Republican Party, has sanctified their stated position in their NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM ....


It is imperative to remember your HERSTORY....
To remember OUR MOTHERS is to gain the strength and that rage TO DRIVE US.
The Battle is on...
The GOP has declared war on us once more.

For more information on HER-Story:

Cross-posted from FreakOutNation

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What is it about the GOP that they don’t get “Mind your own business!” (Just Another Day In Paradise)

The Uterus Police
Cartoon by Matt Bors February 2012

In light of the virtual shitstorm of insanity surrounding the blatant stupidity of Todd Akin and his distinct, unmitigated ignorance and fear of women (yes fear, boys and girls – imbuing women with a magical power to prevent pregnancy with our golden vagina! We won’t even get into the whole Vagina Dentata syndrome as described by dear old Otto Rank), why is NO ONE actually dealing with the real issue?

Updating Otto Rank - Is this what the GOP fears?

That issue:
The not-so-hidden and SPECIFIC attempt, by the GOP (and to be fair, a number of Democrats), to insert government in the middle of MY FUCKING UTERUS!?!

The Republican Party, pandering to the “small government” narcissistic males and (and the very few scared, masochistic females), claims to be all about “shrinking government” and getting rid of the “Nanny State” .

The Republican Party continues to whine and kvetch that OBAMA is HUGE government spender … And destroying “FREEDOM”

FACT: Obama has spent LESS of OUR money than the last EIGHT PRESIDENTS. Even FORBES (not known as a bastion of liberalism) and the Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch (another not known for their socialist leanings) say quite the opposite stating, “Government outlays [under Obama] rising at slowest pace since 1950s“

The REPUBLICAN PARTY CONTINUES to whine and kvetch that they and they alone want to return to “small” government

FACT: It is the GOP with Personhood USA trying to promote “Personhood” in states from Colorado to Oklahoma to Virginia to Mississippi, and at the Federal level. So far in 15 states have tried and, so far, been unsuccessful in forcing "personhood" up the "birth canal" of women in America.

Personhood USA (Based in Arvada, CO) has been trying to force the acceptance of “life at conception” thereby increasing government control and placing government right in the middle of every pregnancy, every ultra-sound, every miscarriage and every abortion…That’s a fact.

The GOP, now led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, has tried to shut down government more than once on the issue of Abortion. Akin-Ryan are two hypocritical peas in a misogynist pod AS EVIDENCED by their attempt at their "Personhood Bill", the "Sanctity of Life Act" H.R 212, proposed to put government in the middle of – guess what? A WOMAN’S UTERUS!

When the GOP proposes bill after bill, even put in their fucking platform, push in state after state their right to enslave all women through their reproductive organs – RAPE is OK as long as the woman "asks for it” or is "not forcible" ('cuz women won’t get pregnant if it's "forced", it’s obvious!).

Making it OK for them to poke and prod; decide what is IN THE MINDS and HEARTS of the woman of the planet and decide the best course for us all.

What is it that allows any woman in this nation to believe they deserve to be treated as a brood mare? As chattel?  As slave to man?

And what immature fear is it in the males of the GOP that makes them actually believe that they are better, smarter, stronger and more capable of making decisions for any woman who can think and act for herself?

It is nothing less than laughable that John Ashcroft, Kit Bond, Roy Blunt (one of the more laughable since he proposed the BLUNT Amendment to the AHC Act… Here is what the National Women’s Law Center has to say about the Blunt Amendment – a virtual disaster for women of the US. It was voted down by a nearly crippled Senate-That’s how bad it was) and others, to include the Koch Unionized boys calling themselves the “Tea Party”, in the MO GOP have called for Akin to step down – a virtual who’s who of misogyny and xenophobia.

Most hilariously, the call for Akin to step away by Mitt and his boy horror (whore?), Paul Ryan – who has single-handedly tried to destroy every program that supports women and children in the nation.

I suspect that the foolish and ignorant of the US have allowed themselves to be fooled again and they have handed power to the LEAST among us.

Bigoted misogyny promoted by the blatant hypocritical lying of the GOP leaders is part of the same hate, fear and xenophobic angst that is institutionalizing racism, sexism, and homophobia and is no more than fear of women, hate of the feminine and fear of "other". ....

And that fear is destroying us.

Cross-posted at FreakOutNation

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council: Trying for Martyrdom but Proving Narcissism (Just Another Day In Paradise)


Tony Perkins in whine mode
Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, proving once again WHY he and the Family Research Council are on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s watch list - for promoting extremism, divisiveness, hostility and angst no matter who gets hurt.
As stated by the SPLC....
"The SPLC has listed the FRC as a hate group since 2010 because it has knowingly spread false and denigrating propaganda about LGBT people — not, as some claim, because it opposes same-sex marriage. The FRC and its allies on the religious right are saying, in effect, that offering legitimate and fact-based criticism in a democratic society is tantamount to suggesting that the objects of criticism should be the targets of criminal violence."

Mr. Perkins’ attempt to politicize the recent shooting at the family Research Council’s DC headquarters, without concern or care for the facts; without knowledge of any motive other than his own supposition (no information has been released on “motive”) and his blame of SPLC for the criminal act of a man who walked into their DC offices and who shoots a guard is as outrageous and inappropriate as someone blaming him for attacks on Sikhs across the country after 9/11.
Perkins on national media:

news conference 8/16/2012

Cross-posted on

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Stealing the White House The New GOP Way - Can Election 2012 be Election 2000 all over again? (Just Another Day In Paradise)

In 2000, GW Bush and his daddy’s friend, Dick Cheney, took the nomination of the GOP - a virtual horror show of unmitigated stupidity, blustering narcissism, bad jokes and psychotic fear mongering out to win an election by hook or crook (with emphasis on that crook).

Jeb and Big Bro GW

The state of Florida was run by then Governor Jeb Bush . A position that allowed Jeb to control much of the process and outcome of the state. He promised to deliver to his big bro and he did with the assistance of a 100,000 person voter purge , Katherine Harris (Jeb’s Secretary of State), the hanging chad. When it became clear that those chads were hanging too close to Gore, he helped delay until the DC muscle, lead by Chief Justice William Renquist, were able to assure the final "coup de gras" with a judicial "coup d’etat" (and the Republican's claim to hate the French for its “socialism”?)

Katherine "The Chad Killer" Harris:
Delivering Florida then gets delivered a 
Senate Campaign as a Pay Off?

According to CNN:
“In the days leading up to the presidential election, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush promised his brother, Republican nominee George W. Bush, that he would nail down Florida's 25 electoral votes -- a promise on which he could still deliver.” “Jeb Bush walks political tightrope over electors, ”
The Florida courts, state senate and house hemmed and hawed, delayed and played with the US Supremes stepping up to play a 3 show set to interject their voice and throw their weight around:

1) “Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board" - In an attempt to end the "election crisis" created by the challenges to voter tally (from the shock of the media in claiming the win for Gore per exit polls, then Bush, then Gore...The close results in the popular vote and challenge to the count) , the Supremes decided to put a stop to the Florida Supreme Court's decision to extend the time for certifying the vote past the period set by state law. Hoping to prevent further consideration of the vote count ( the GOP's embarassment, not to mention baby bro Bush's) and to force the state to certify results as they stood at that moment – Bush over Gore and screw the hanging chads, uncounted votes and questioning of the count - the Supremes began the process of taking control away from the state and forcing the certification of results. Fortunately, for the Supreme's, the Florida court ended up doing it all for the Supremes and, unanimously, certified those VERY questionable results.
But just when the Supremes thought they could take it off the road for an early holiday retreat, the Florida court brings it all back and the Bush boys demand an encore…
2) “Bush v. Gore” Act I – For one whole week the decision seemed set and certification complete, then the Florida court demands a statewide recount of ballots in a 4-3 splits so the Supremes come in for an encore show.
3) “Bush v. Gore” Act II - Just a few days after the Supremes ordered their stay of the recount, they came in for their final show that left the country in a state of dazed vertigo. Those Supremes, led by William “Dianna Ross” Renquist, belted out their infamous "song"...
The Supremes committed their 2nd ever act as King maker (for more information, check out the 1876 election of Samuel Tilden as the President … ) by throwing out precedent and policy, respect for the state and respect for the people’s voice.
Quoting the late Marable Manning, "Stealing the Election: The Compromises of 1876 and 2000" , comparing the 1876 election to the 2000 election:

“The election of 2000 was decided not by the popular will of voters, but in Washington, D.C., by a narrow five-four conservative majority of Supreme Court justices. Chief Justice William Rehnquist's refusal to acknowledge evidence of blatant voter fraud against African Americans was no surprise. Back in 1962, when Rehnquist was a young attorney in Arizona, he led a group of Republican lawyers who systematically challenged the right of minority voters to cast their ballots in that state. Called "Operation Eagle Eye," Rehnquist successfully disenfranchised hundreds of black and brown voters in Phoenix's poor and working class precincts. In 2000, Rehnquist supervised the disenfranchisement, in effect, of the majority of American voters.
Under no conditions can George W. Bush be considered the legitimate president of the United States. The Supreme Court has certified an electoral robbery in Florida. Gore was elected by the plurality of America's voters, but Bush was selected by the courts. As columnist Julianne Malveaux has quipped, perhaps instead of saying "Hail to the Chief," we should salute the faux President with "Hail to the Thief." History has repeated itself, and it is up to us to challenge this "Compromise of 2000," which threatens to usher in a new period of racial inequality.“
Jeb Bush) to promise them their state no matter what, and they did not have the brilliance and the leadership but they did have the Supremes in their back pocket.
4 years and the worse record in history, the GOP team of Bush and Cheney succeeded again in gaining an election with questionable practices:

More GOP lies and manipulation than a con man scamming old ladies out of their social security checks...

For more on the tale of Blackwell, O'Dell and the tricky electronics:

SO...It appears we have discovered the NEW GOP way.

 Mitt "I never had a position I didn't change" Romney and Paul "Alissa Rosembaum" Ryan
 or the Let Them Eat Cake Tour 2012

Today, 2012, in a new election year, Romney and Ryan have created the Republican "Let Them Eat Cake" Tour.
Mitt Romney has changed his position on nearly every issue more than once - from auto bail outs, social security, budgets, abortion and birth control - I won't even go into ROMNEY Care.
Paul Ryan is like a steroided Ground Sloth stuck in the La Brea Tar Pits tar pits clinging to radical right wing positions from overturning Roe v Wade (and making abortion, not only, illegal, but also, criminal for anyone to include the victims of rape and incest) to shredding what is left of the social safety net (to include the destruction of Medicaid - he calls "entitlement", the privatization of Social Security, the privatization of Medicare) . ...
And what have we seen so far?
The GOP governors promising to deliver the election AGAIN:

Though we may see Obama and Biden as a lock and the clear leader in the race of 2012, never under estimate the new "GOP Way" to steal the White House while we watch.

If there were ever a time for the people to be vigilant, it will be November 6, 2012.

Cross-posted on FreakOutNation

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What happens to those wrongfully convicted once they are freed? 27 states offer restitution – the rest just say “oops…sorry” (Just Another Day In Paradise)

What happens when the wrong guy gets convicted……………

Robert Dewey was 31 years old when he was arrested and convicted of the rape and murder of 19 year old, Jacie Taylor, in Palisade, CO, in 1994 . He received a sentence of “life” in prison. That was in 1996.

Convinced of his innocence, Dewey’s post-conviction attorney, Danyel Joffe, and The Innocence Project worked to secure an exoneration from all charges questioning the evidence used against him – evidence destroyed , mishandled and test results dubiously reported by “experts”.

Dewey was convicted with a list of evidence that was mishandled, misrepresented and misapplied:

1) “DNA evidence” from blood found on a shirt belonging to Dewey was attributed to both Dewey and the victim. A DNA specialist stated, at trial, that evidence linking the blood on Dewey's shirt to Taylor (the victim) — and 45 percent of the Caucasian population — should never have been admitted. It was that sample taken from Mr. Dewey’s shirt, that Attorney Joffe had retested. In original testimony, it was stated the blood was that of the victim, Jacie Taylor, but new DNA testing concluded it belonged to Dewey alone.

2) Dr. Robert Kurtzman performed the autopsy on Taylor's body in 1994. He said he took great pains to preserve a key piece of evidence: fingerprints on the soap inserted into Taylor's vagina. The fingerprint was destroyed while in evidence.

"We'll never know now whose fingerprint that was," said Kurtzman, who still thinks that more than one person might have been involved in Taylor's murder or at least was present for it.

3) Randy Brown, the original defense attorney recalled finding out mid-trial that a bloody handprint found in Taylor's shower actually belonged to an agent for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

4) There were questions as to whom the semen found on Taylor's (the victim’s) blanket actually belonged - that remained unsolved for years until it was retested along with other evidence in 2011. New DNA technology revealed a complete DNA profile from that semen and linked it to Thames through the federal CODIS database.

Joffe and The Innocence Project worked to have everything left from the case (that was not lost, tainted or destroyed) retested and found the results nothing like those reported during the trial.

On April 30, 2012, Robert Dewey was exonerated.  Robert Dewey was freed, finally, from his hole, in which he lived for over 6,000 days ……….

"It's really a pretty humbling day for a lot of people involved in the criminal-justice system," District Judge Brian Flynn was quoted as saying in the Denver Post

"Mr. Dewey's case seemed to be one where someone was convicted because a jury wanted to blame someone," His attorney, Danyel Jaffe was quoted as saying.   "How do you set a price on 18 years of someone's life? It's something we're going to look at down the road”

Well let’s look at what Mr. Dewey has facing him today:
  •   Robert Dewey is now 51.
  •  A life sentence does not allow for the normal “rehabilitation” plan provided for prisoners with lesser sentences. He did not get the benefit of job training or “Skills” training.
  •  He has no civil case against the court because there was no prosecutorial misconduct.
  •  He is not eligible for unemployment because his earning years were spent behind bars.
  •  He left prison with a back injury that prevents him from doing many jobs. He needs surgery to remove metal rods and plates that a prison surgeon put in his spine.
  •  No income or job and limited skills – he went in when computers were barely out of DOS and pagers were the tether to the planet. Today it is cell phones (and texting) that are the ties that bind – along with Windows 8, IPods, Notebooks……….
  • He must search for a job while carrying a prison record.
  • He will be subsisting on food stamps and donations from individuals who learned of his plight and have sent him checks for $25 to $100 via his attorney’s office.
  • A civil engineer in CO heard that Dewey had been a motorcyclist (Robert had been known as “Rider” in his “former life”) and donated a motorcycle.
  • He will be living with his new girlfriend - The two met through a pen-pal program about a year ago, began writing every day.
  • Robert has to re-integrate into a society that has left him behind
In Colorado there is no compensation program in place for those wrongfully convicted men and women who are later released. There is no re-integration program into society.   Colorado, like 23 other states basically says, “Sorry” and calls it a wash.

The Innocence Project is working to change that.

The organization works to create programs and laws nationwide that help wrongly convicted men and women to get back on their feet after release.

The Project also works in conjunction with The Innocence Network - the affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions

In Colorado, The Innocence Project assisted in the exoneration of Timothy Masters, a victim of prosecutorial misconduct, who served 9 years for a murder he has always maintained he didn't commit. On January 22, 2008, he was released from prison after a judge approved a motion from prosecutors to vacate his conviction based on DNA evidence that pointed to an ex-boyfriend of the victim.

After the Masters exoneration, The Innocence Project worked with Colorado officials on legislation aimed at improving evidence preservation in the state. If evidence from the crime scene in Masters’ case had not preserved, he would still be in prison. In dozens of other Colorado cases, potentially exculpatory evidence has already been destroyed.

The then Governor Ritter, created the Task Force on the Preservation of Evidence, working with the Innocence Project, to craft legislation and procedures for preservation of evidence.

The Project is also working to pass fair compensation laws in every state – currently there are 27 states and the District of Columbia that have compensation of some form, but even many of these are inadequate.

As part of their work, the Project seeks to provide direct services such as after care and counseling assistance to victims wrongly incarcerated after their release. They are providing Robert Dewey with counseling to assist with re-integration (something the state does not provide and he could not pay for on his own)

As of July 7, Prosecutors in Colorado are already calling for the State government to craft legislation that would compensate Dewey and others who might be wrongly incarcerated in the future. The Colorado District Attorneys' Council is expected to back legislation.

For more information on specific compensation ideas proposed visit:

July 7, 2012, "Prosecutors: Colorado must compensate prisoners freed by DNA evidence", reported by Nancy Lofholm, The Denver Post

Those who would like to assist Mr. Dewey, donations are accepted on his behalf through  

The Joffe Law Firm 
1626 Washington St
Denver, CO  80203 
Tel: (303) 757-6572  
 Cross-posted on FreakOut Nation

Friday, August 3, 2012

Happy Anniversary, America!! 10 years ago, America sanctified TORTURE (Just Another Day In Paradise)

Iraqi Prisoner at Abu Ghraib

On August 1, 2002, The infamous “Torture Memos” were released by then Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez - Four memos written for the sole purpose of justifying some of the most heinous crimes against other humans that a sick mind and black heart can devise. Those 4 memos written by and approved by two attorneys in well salaried administration positions that supposedly mean they are to be respected – then Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States, John Choon Yoo, now a professor at University of California – Berkeley, and then Assistant Attorney General, Jay Scott Bybee, hand-picked to serve as judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Sure, we Americans have been torturing our prey ; our victims; “the enemy” since our inception - but those “Torture Memos” set out to contrive a legal and acceptable basis, with all the spin and twist and misapplication of law Gonzo’s boys could contrive, for the sole purpose of justifying OUR commission of inhumane and horrific acts against other humans on a continued basis. A POLICY stance starting with the redefinition of the word “torture” to “the infliction of physical pain “equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death,” or the infliction of mental pain which “result[s] in significant psychological harm of significant duration e.g. lasting for months or even years.” Then proceeded to justify it in a manner to address each issue arising from the use of such inhumane acts.

Those up and coming legal “wonder boys,” Yoo and Bybee, did their bosses proud. They came up with the legalese to convince themselves and the less than genius “I’m the Decider,” George “We do not torture” Bush, that the law didn’t matter. They wrote that opinion trying to skirt the issue of our “acceptance” and ratified UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, that states:

"No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture."

…………as well as to manipulate our way out of our own laws:

2340-2340A of title 18 of the United States Code, which defines torture as any act committed by an individual that is “specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering … upon another person within his custody of physical control.”

As used in this chapter—

(1) “torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control;

(2) “severe mental pain or suffering” means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from—

      (A) the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering;
   (B) the administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering  substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality;
      (C) the threat of imminent death; or
      (D) the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering, or the administration or application of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or personality; and

(3) “United States” means the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States.

(a) Offense.— Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.

(b) Jurisdiction.— There is jurisdiction over the activity prohibited in subsection (a) if—

         (1) the alleged offender is a national of the United States; or

      (2) the alleged offender is present in the United States, irrespective of the nationality of the victim or alleged offender.

(c) Conspiracy.— A person who conspires to commit an offense under this section shall be subject to the same penalties (other than the penalty of death) as the penalties prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was the object of the conspiracy.

The “golden shield” (The “Torture Memos”) for the Bush Administration, and therefore the CIA, the US military and even its contractors, attempted to fully excuse and justify the continued and even escalated use of torture on prisoners currently held, “captured,” kidnapped, bought, and found.

The US and its government unleashed these now sanctified acts of torture on the world:

  • Abu Ghraib – the “few bad apples” that were no more than patsies for those protocols of systematic abuse and torture, acknowledged, accepted and sanctified all the way up to the White House
For more information on Abu Ghraib:
American soldiers brutalized Iraqis. How far up does the responsibility go?” by Seymour M. Hersh May 10, 2004 , “The New Yorker”

"The Abu Ghraib Pictures", May 3, 2004, "The New Yorker"

  • Black sites throughout the world on land and sea - Secret US CIA prisons used for the purpose of “interrogation” (and torture) located in Europe, Africa, Asia and even at sea (Navy ships being used as floating prisons). Some have been revealed; Others are just being found out. Some reports indicate 100 plus throughout the world that were to have all been closed down upon Barack Obama’s take over of the presidency. There are reports that the UK had involvement in these “interrogations” at Black Sites as well.

For more information on Black Sites:

“This Is What a CIA Black Site Looks Like”, by The Associated Press' Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, “The Gawker”,
“CIA Secret Prison: Polish Leaders Break Silence About Black Site“ By Vanessa Gera, 03/31/12, “The Huffington Post”

Transport to Interrogation - Guantanamo Camp X-Ray

  • Guantanamo, Bagram and other US held/managed prisons in foreign nations as part of the "War On Terror" - Guantanamo Naval Base was chosen by the Bush Administration for his “off site” detention program and Guantanamo Detention Center was born.

Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo "Detention Center" - Evening prayers

………….while Bagram was originally a prison set on a former soviet air base in Afghanistan, taken over by the US upon bringing Bush’s “War on Terror” to that beaten and bloodied nation.

Since Bush left office, it has been expanded and moved and used consistently by the US.

Bagram - new facility ain't no country club. 
Group "cage" with armed guards to go with the prayer rugs

Even as other prisons are to be turned over to the Afghan officials, Bagram will continue to be held by the US for “detention”.

For more on Guantanamo, as well as Bagram, and the detainees there:

Andy Worthington, author, film producer and activist, has created one of the most extensive libraries on the prison, detainees (prisoners) and former detainees (prisoners). He has started a 2nd site, Close Guantanamo, for the sole purpose pf educating and and increasing awareness of the issues, the people and the state of Guantanamo Prison (though called a "Detention Center," do not doubt that it is a prison)

Jason Leopold, lead investigative reporter of Truthout, the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, News Junkie, a memoir; The Public Record, and his most recent investigative report, "From Hopeful Immigrant to FBI Informant: The Inside Story of the Other Abu Zubaidah," now available as an ebook.

And Jeffrey Kaye, a psychologist living in Northern California, writes regularly on torture and other subjects for Truthout, The Public Record and Firedoglake. He also maintains a personal blog, Invictus. His email address is

One has to wonder what kind of depravity thinks repeatedly drowning someone just to the point of no return over 180 times in order to SET intel is proper way to treat another human being; Or sodomizing someone; or forcing tubes down someone’s throat and forcing them to eat until they begin vomiting and aspirating then doing it again; Or stripping someone, beating them unconscious, until their skin is raw, all so they can coat them with pepper spray; Or sticking them in a total darkness chained to the floor for days and days while playing Barney tunes alternating with “America The Beautiful” at high decibels….

How can ANYONE possibly think treating ANYONE in this manner could be construed as legal, humane and “patriotic”?

And HOW can WE THE PEOPLE accept this behavior, ignore this behavior, even SUPPORT this behavior without SCREAMING for ACCOUNTABILITY for those who committed these heinous acts, justified these heinous acts and excused these heinous acts?

Special "Thank you" to Andy Worthington and his GREAT memory as well as resources.

For more information:


  • to avoid geneva conven tion
  • - In 2002, Military Agency Warned Against 'Torture'

  • - Extreme Duress Could Yield Unreliable Information, It Said

  • “A Tortured History,” December 19, 2005, Updated: December 20, 2005

Related NPR Stories

  • Waterboarding Puts Mukasey's Nomination in Peril Nov. 2, 2007

  • Expert Sheds Light on Waterboarding Nov. 1, 2007

  • Mukasey's Torture Comments Give Panel Pause Oct. 31, 2007

  • Mukasey Calls Waterboarding 'Repugnant' Oct. 31, 2007

  • Waterboarding: A Tortured History

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Out of the shadows comes a candidate not owned by Big Money……… (Just Another Day In Paradise)

In a nation that has assured that nearly every candidate seeking office is wealthy or has access to extreme wealth, how can we expect the people, the REAL people of the country to have a voice that understands us?

No matter how much the newly chosen "leader" of the GOP, Mitt Romney, and his ilk try to explain they “understand the common man”, how can they?

Sure, Ann Romney did her interviews and speeches to prove the Romneys are certainly in touch with hardship - having to dip into their stock portfolio during those lean months as Mitt went to school.

And Congress? 47% of the entire Congress are millionaires or billionaires as compared to the rest of America at only 1% in that lofty realm - Marrying into wealth, born into wealth, it doesn’t matter HOW.   It is the fact that Congress is heavily skewed by wealth.

"The vast majority of members of Congress are quite comfortable, financially, while many of their own constituents suffer from economic hardships," said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

The American people don’t enjoy such prosperity; NOR do they have the inside information that Congress enjoys; NOR do they have the added benefits of golden health care plans, security up the ass, free travel, meals, and pomp that go along with the “job” (and paid for by the “WE folk” of America – as in WE the PEOPLE).

In Illinois, specifically District 16 (Ottawa, IL), US House of Representatives, it appears the people have a chance to gain a voice that does understand the “common man” and better yet, in light of the perpetual and now escalating “war on Women,” the “common woman”…..

Wanda Rohl, social worker, a voice rising from the PEOPLE:

“I want to keep this a true grassroots campaign. We want to keep this to local small donations and support from local organizations,” she states in a recent meeting in front of 60 participants.

“I want there to be no mistake that my loyalties are to the people of this district and not to corporate special interests, unlike my opponent.”

Her opponent, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, has already received $200,000 from SuperPACS and out of state contributors.

She is the exceptional person that proves the rule – if we respect everyone and work together to provide for the least among us, we can do better and are better.

Wanda Rohl is NOT the “lazy welfare queen”, the scam artist living on the dole so many on the right would have us believe those on assistance to be.

Out of hardship she rose to become a social worker, with graduate credentials and now she takes it to the street and, hopefully, to Congress.

Wanda Rohl speaks in a meeting with progressives in Illinois April, 2011, about her candidacy:

And again with Stephanie Miller on Miller’s Talk Show, July 6, 2011:

The poor in America have become pariahs. They have had their voices stifled; they have lost the assistance necessary for the basics of life.

Homelessness... Joblessness... Education? WTF is that? As that “47% are millionaires or billionaires” Congress promotes defense spending over spending on the defenseless....

As that overly pampered 1% promote their well-being and wealth over the survival of the 99%.....
In a system that has a growing populace impoverished from out-sourcing; tax breaks for the wealthiest; and over – the –top health care costs....

As the people on the bottom bear the brunt of paying for those who pay less and less every tax year....

WHO is speaking for them? Wanda Rohl appears to be one who will try, at least, to speak for the people…

Looks like we need to find another 434 just like her to win seats in the House of Representatives….
Once that is done, we can start on the Senate and the White House

Other sources:
  • "Congressional Candidate promising to Refuse Money from Certain Sources," by Rick Koshko,,

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