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North Carolina The New GOP Battle Ground!

In GOP, north carolina on January 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Be careful North Carolina History does not bode well for your following ideologues!


Earlier in the week Moyers & Company published a piece with a 47 minute video on a topic that is as critically important as any in 2014.  


The GOP, GOP operatives, and Koch money are teaming to deliver North Carolina to the abyss of “deep southern ” GOP social safety zones. Zones that guarantee GOP politicians stairways to political office while denying equal rights to millions who reside in the districts. We at the TPI hope the citizens of North Carolina realize they joining the geographic playground of the GOP. It is not a wholesome place to be.
  • State by State use of Food Stamps: Linked
  • Ten Best and Ten Worst educated states: Linked
  • Maximum duration of Unemployment benefits (A sad North Carolina reality): Linked

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North Carolina: Battleground State

January 3, 2014

First it was Wisconsin. Now it’s North Carolina that is redefining the term “battleground state.”  On one side:  a right-wing government enacting laws that are changing the face of the state. On the other:  citizen protesters who are fighting back against what they fear is a radical takeover. This crucible of conflict reflects how the battle for control of American politics is likely to be fought for the foreseeable future: not in Washington, DC, but state by state.

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Mario Piperni and "Preparation GOP"

In ACA, Mario Piperni, north carolina, Obamacare on December 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

A Happy ObamaCares Story

Conservatism - America's Suppository of Wisdom   :    http://mariopiperni.com/
TPM posted a a great ACA story from one of its readers.
I’ve an Obamacare story – a happy one! – I thought I’d share with you, because I suspect I’m representative of a demographic that’s not getting a lot of ink.
I’ve bought health insurance on the individual market for a decade. Since 2007, when my youngest was born, I’ve had the same BC&BS policy to cover the whole family (me, wife, two kids, no major health issues). It’s roughly equivalent to a silver plan, albeit a fairly tarnished silver—no maternity, for instance—and it’s more than doubled in the past six years, from $684 a month in ’07 to $1,457 now. Our plan is grandfathered, so we could keep it, a fact BC&BS reminded us of in a cheery mailer. If we did nothing, we’d be rolled over on January 1 with a new premium of $1,549 a month for our same silvery plan.
Or we could go through the exchange (which, in fairness, BC&BS did mention in that same mailer).Because I live in the North Carolina—currently run by dicks—that meant using healthcare.gov. Yes, it was frustrating for a couple of months; and, yes, the system is still glitchy (I had to reapply a bunch of times because it kept telling me my 8-year-old wasn’t eligible). But I got through the entire process yesterday, and enrolled us in a BC&BS platinum plan that includes dental for the kids and caps my out-of-pocket at $3,000 a year. Without a subsidy, that plan goes for $1,280 a month—almost $300 cheaper than my current, crappier insurance with the same goddamned company. With the subsidy, it drops to $770.Once I factor in the lower co-pays, the dental, and the far cheaper premiums, I’m going to save at least $12,000 this year. No, that’s not quite right: I’m probably going to spend most of it, maybe replace our 12-year-old bed or my 13-year-old car or our 20-year-old washing machine—all things we’ve put off for years while we shoveled money to those skimming middlemen. I can’t believe my situation is unique, so multiply me by a few million individual-market serfs and that’s an enormous amount of money that’s going to start circulating through the productive economy.
Of course, I could have saved more with a silver plan, but I’d rather over-insure if I can afford it. And I still want single-payer. But this is a colossal relief for the time being.

And yet a political party that professes to love its country is doing all it can to make sure that this guy and tens of millions like him go back to paying higher premiums for crappy policies or, worse, go uninsured. This is why you never want a government “run by dicks.”

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North Carolina…And The Devloping Battles For Human And Voting Rights

In ALEC, GOP, GOTP, Kochs, north carolina, SCOTUS, Voter Suppression on August 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

North Carolina Confederate Flag

In July of this year the conservative (well stacked) US Supreme Court performed the ultimate act of judicial activism. The SCOTUS struck-down Section Four of the 1965 Voting Tights Act, thus effectively killing Section Five of the act. 


WIKI Voting Rights Act 1965;  Section 4 and Section 5 (brief summary

Section 4(b) contains a formula for determining which jurisdictions will be subject to the preclearance conditions of Section 5. 
Section 5 of the Act [28] requires that the United States Department of Justice, through an administrative procedure, or a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, through a declaratory judgment action, “preclear” any attempt to change “any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting…” in any “covered jurisdiction,” which are jurisdictions that fall within the Section 4(b) coverage formula.[6]
A SCOTUS that is well “stacked” from Ronald Reagan (Scalia) through George H.W. Bush (Thomas) and so on, is paying dividends for conservative America beyond any expectation the early 1980s. If you think the father of modern conservatism did not inseminate our society with the full blown authoritarianism and growing disparities plus developing plutocracy we see today, you should call or text PT Barnum. Within days of the landmark reversal from the Court, the GOP and RNC jumped into action. The following images show which states were apparently chopping at the bit to enact voting laws developed to severely restrict the votes of historic democratic voting blocs. 


First, a meme message regarding a conservative organization that funnels drafted legislation to state governments and we can only assume money moves from ALEC to the very ‘stooge’ officials who move ALEC’s edicts forward. 


 

North Carolina’s ongoing and overwhelming steps to restrict the votes of non-Republican voting blocs is cause for battles.
  “Battle Ground” North Carolina. Rachel Maddow (below) will provide a comprehensive electronic summary of the following images.


CBS News July, 2013. (Linked..good read)

In 2012 most North Carolina votes – 61 percent – were cast early, before Election Day. Registered Democrats cast a lot more of them (443,000) than registered Republicans. In percentage terms, Democrats cast 47 percent of the early votes and Republicans cast 32 percent. (The rest, 21 percent, were independents.)


If you want to see authoritarian voter suppression at its most blatant and bodacious, you must watch the Maddow segment below.  If you want to see plutocracy creep across a state, view this one a watch. Unfortunately, the segment is as long as the problem is serious. As you watch, think of the possible ease of the very same creep in “border/swing” states that went for Obama in 2012. 

We will not posit after the segment due to its length. We will take a position now: “This is a damned shame and it is as UnAmerican as any action I have witnessed since poll taxes, literacy tests and outright threats against voting!” 

Some in America will tolerate any oppressive act as long as the act does not affect their lives.  Well, if you think these acts (as exemplified in North Carolina) will not affect your life, you should call the PT Barnum ticket office for front row tickets.

“Then they came for me…”


According to the Martin-Niemöller-Foundation the text is as follows:[2]                                                                                              
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

Rachel Maddow from North Carolina

MSNBC August 22, 2013, Rachel Maddow 20:37 minutes.  

War on Students! When Will The GOP Learn.."This only energizes people"

In GOP, GOTP, north carolina on August 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

John  (The Hatter)  S Illustration of a brown cartoon hat with a transparent background.
I know my political posts can get tiresome, but people need to recognize the growing radical faction on the right that is either pushing out or brainwashing reasonable conservatives. “Voter ID” is not about fraud. It IS about rigging the game – used in conjunction with gerrymandering (look it up) it is a means to circumvent the will of the majority. The Republican Party is losing relevancy, particularly with young, educated voters, who, apparently, recognize bat crap crazy when they hear it. Rachel explains NC government’s efforts to drag us back to 1964. If you don’t like hearing the truth from her, feel free to Google the facts and read them elsewhere, but at least be aware!

North Carolina Part II: Tea Party America,Voter Suppression And Battles For A Democratic Republic

In GOP, north carolina on August 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM

  

North Carolina Part I: Linked 

Before you read farther consider scrolling to the bottom of this page and performing a quick review of August 14, 2013 North Carolina voter registrants statistics. The data is also linked. Don’t forget to come back to the next paragraph. 


Seems the GOPs surreptitious ploys regarding Voter ID Laws and reducing available voting hours is yet another P.T. Barnum measure for those gullible enough to fall for the ploy.


“There is a sucker born every minute.”

Or worse yet, you may be such that you do not give a damn about a political party and ideology that strives to deprive  significant portions of the population the right to vote.

Is election fraud a major problem?  Is it a problem et al? Election fraud is a problem. According to experts in the field of election fraud, it is not most often perpetrated by the groups the GOP seeks to restrict from voting. The GOP position of free, fair and open voting for all has been clearly stated and documented via electronic archives.

First, a couple of examples of GOP focus on depriving Democratic voters an opportunity to vote.

Battleground Texas

At a Dallas event featuring Steve Munisteri, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Ken Emanuelson, a leader in the Tea Party, said: “I’m going to be real honest with you – the Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote…”  

Sadly, this strategy isn’t new. This fits squarely with the decades-long Republican war on voting. Texas Republicans have pushed for:
  • Partisan and discriminatory gerrymandering to weaken the voting power of our most diverse and fastest growing communities;
  • Manipulating the rules by ramming through voter suppression laws to make it harder for students, the elderly, and the poor to vote. 
Pennsylvania GOP official (2012 election campaign), “…..voter ID laws done!
Carnegie-Knight News21.com via Creative Commons License

Election Fraud in America

This database contains all cases reported to News21 of alleged election fraud across America since 2000. Search it to find specifics about such cases by state, individual and category of fraud. Read our story and the methodology explaining how the data was gathered and its limitations.  

BY NEWS21 STAFF, COMPILED BY CORBIN CARSON | NEWS 21 PUBLISHED AUG. 12, 2012, 2:10 P.M 

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The nation has 2,068 cases of alleged election fraud since 2000. By category, Unknown had the highest percentage of accused at 31 percent (645 cases), followed by Voters at 31 percent (633 cases). The most prevalent fraud was Absentee Ballot Fraud at 24 percent (491 cases). The status of most cases was Pleaded at 27 percent (558 cases). Responses to requests for public records varied from state to state. Some state and local officials were quick to respond by sending available records; others failed to provide a single document.


See Linked Table for detail of the 2000 plus cases. 

As my memory serves me the most visible cases of voter and election fraud during the 2012 cycle were perpetrated by Republicans or GOP operatives. 

I. Colin Small (Virginia) Case dropped by Virgina ATTY General (the quaky) Ken Cuccinnelli and GOP prosecutor. Colin Small, a Republican Party voter registration supervisor who secretly tossed filled-out voter registration forms into a dumpster. Linked

II. Nevada Republican, Roxanne Rubin, 56, a casino worker on the Las Vegas Strip, was arrested on Nov. 3, 2012 after trying to vote twice, once at her poling site in Henderson and then at a second site in Las Vegas. Linked

III. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement revealed Tuesday that two employees of a company hired by the Republican Party of Florida to register voters admitted they committed fraud during the 2012 election season. The two former employees of Strategic Allied Consulting are facing third degree felony charges after admitting that they submitted dozens of forged voter registration applications last fall ahead of the 2012 election. Linked with video.

IV. In the midst of his 2012 GOP primary campaign for a Massachusetts state House seat, Jack Villamaino changed the party affiliation of nearly 300 people in his town of East Longmeadow. Days later, the same number of absentee ballot requests were dropped off at the town clerk’s office, a list that was almost a “name-for-name match” for those whose registration information Villamaino had altered. Linked

V. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement revealed Tuesday that two employees of a company hired by the Republican Party of Florida to register voters admitted they committed fraud during the 2012 election season. 

The two former employees of Strategic Allied Consulting are facing third degree felony charges after admitting that they submitted dozens of forged voter registration applications last fall ahead of the 2012 election. 
The employees, Rebekah Joy Paul and Christian Davis Price, told investigators they forged forms in order to meet the required number of applications and receive payment. Paul also said that her bosses at Strategic Allied instructed her to not register Democrats, although a lawyer for the company denies that allegation. Linked with video.
The examples could go on a bit more, but for sake of ‘point-made’, we will stop here.

The GOP does not want all eligible US voters to vote, plain and simple!

The North Carolina Board of Elections webpage shows startling statistics related to voter registration to date (8.14.2013)


Voter Registration as of 08/14/2013

Democratic: 2,766,418 Republican: 1,988,694 Libertarian: 21,457 
Unaffiliated: 1,683,800 
Total: 6,460,369


Do you think the web page may have tipped the hand of why the GOP is working so hard in North Carolina to restrict the vote?  Democratic registrations to date 42.8% (or 43% rounded)  of the total 6,460,369.  Could the data indicate a need for bold draconian measures?

One last question. Do you think North Carolina may suffer backlash with exponential increases in Democratic registrants, or worse yet Undecideds who decide to vote Democratic based on the autocratic and draconian practices of the GOP? 

North Carolina Part I: Tea Party America,Voter Suppression And Battles For A Democratic Republic

In Fox News, GOP, Koch, north carolina, President Obama, Ron Paul, Tea Party, Voter Suppression on August 14, 2013 at 7:44 PM

     

Voter suppression, yet another strategy from the Koch Brothers and moneyed brokers who run the GOP. I am going to approach my opine on voter suppression from a round-about angle.

archiveofourown.org

The American public sat back in complacency after the election of President Obama and allowed the GOP and conservative America to grab the nation around the throat. Koch Brothers and other right-wing “money-brokers funded phony organizations gave birth to the Tea Party. 


We offer a Wikipedia definitions of the Tea Party. A definition which was very obviously written by a person who is a tea party advocate, sympathizer or even a tea party movement subscriber. The Wiki definition.

The Tea Party movement is an American political movement that advocates reducing the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit by reducing U.S. government spending and taxes.[1][2] The movement has been called partly conservative,[3] partly libertarian,[4] and partly populist.[5] It has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009.[6][7][8]

The definition is as idyllic as it gets. Early in the Wiki piece the writer posted a picture of Sarah Palin. The writers interest was obvious in not addressing the basic premise for the movement. Instead, the writer opted for n optic she/he felt was appealing. Also, the writer did so without regard for overall impact of one Sarah Palin beyond the Tea Party and sycophant Palin followers. There was apparently no regard for an impression based in cognitive fortitude nor political substance (Alaska Governor two years, quit to earn millions).

Scrolling through the piece we found the next image was that of Ron Paul. Ron Paul? As I recall Paul, I recall, state rights to racially segregate in public facilities, legalizing heroin, and eliminating FEMA (and other federal agencies). I think of this photo with a former Ku Klux Klan leader and white supremacist, Don Black.

The image has copies that include Black’s son Derek. However, as Derek has recently rejected his racist past and disavowed belief systems he was taught, we have chosen an image that excludes Derek Black. Of course, we must not forget the now famous Ron Paul Newsletter. Paul has publicly denied having “written those things.” Well, a former administrative staffer indicated, he certainly proofed each published newsletter edition. 

As I was about down reviewing the Wiki piece I ran across one more photo. The writer sought a bit of diversity. Allen, 72 members of Congress are Communist. West is boldly posted in the piece.  The very irrational person who exclaimed as follows while sitting on a Fox News camera with none-other-than Laura Ingraham; “modern day Harriet Tubman.” The member of congress who was forced out of the military to avoid court martial for physical abuse of prisoners in Iraq, yet he deflects publicly


The Wiki piece is a verbal museum dedicated to the Tea Party.  The piece acknowledges financial support from the Koch Brothers and it lists over 210 sources as contributors to the piece. It even lists Tea Party symbols. 

Gadsden flag


Second Revolution flag


Yes, the American public sat back and allowed a literal plutocratic and oligarchic takeover of hall the US Congress. a takeover that has led to congressional ratings almost in the single digits and pure unabashed obstruction of efforts to move the nation away from the Bush era economic collapse. A Congress that has some members proudly proclaiming (AGAIN), “shut-er-down” to avoid funding healthcare reform.


Our taking the 2010 mid-term elections for granted generated a couple of phenomena that will be hard to combat and harder to counteract. We received heavily gerrymandered districts which ensures GOP House wins until 2021; after the next US Census. We also are forced to combat GOP efforts to restrict the voting rights of many demographic groups; group which traditionally support Democratic candidates. The 2012 election cycle yielded telling and stark examples of a political party backed by uber wealthy oligarchs working to deprive the following groups of the right to vote. African-Americans, Latinos, the elderly in many cases), college students, and inadvertently touched into depriving the vote to veterans. Some of the veterans served in World War II and had never experienced American acts of political and social deprivation as some (of us) have grown to expect and combat like nuisance flies at a picnic. 

North Carolina has become the latest battleground for GOP voter suppression. Last week, the state’s governor quietly signed the nation’s most restrictive voter suppression measure into effect last week. 

We offer a short video from a recent segment of Lawrence O’Donnell’s The Last Word. You will also find a link to the full segment. Frankly, the full segment is both informative and relevant to issues of North Carolina’s suppression. 


A quick reminder. The US supreme court handed these vote killing politicians a way forward. Within hour of the recent SCOUTS striking of Section four of the 1965 Voting rights Act, the State of Texas advanced suppression legislation and additional gerrymandering initiatives. 

After opening “machine-gun like talking points from the North Carolina Governor, O’Donnell and his guest accurately delineated GOP voter suppression. 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU

The map below outlines which states passed voter suppression measures since January 1, 2011 and where the right to vote remains under siege today.

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  • Voter Suppression Measure Passed
  • Voter Suppression Measure Reversed
  • Voter Suppression Measure Pending
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To Be Continued

North Carolina Leads The Nation In Shame!

In Kochs on February 20, 2013 at 5:09 PM



North Carolina Governor and GOP legislature show exactly why voters should be aware. They cut unemployment payments!!!

One might think voters in the US South will one day realize the serious social errors in their ways.  They consistently vote for candidates who clearly value ‘business’ over the rights and well-being of human constituents.  Many southern voters are fully socially paradigm (ed) and delivered as reliably ‘in the bag for the GOP. Factually speaking, the GOP need not deploy their General Election “southern strategy” across those “in the bag states.” The  strategy serves to frighten and fire-up borderline voters who might dare vote Democratic.  The strategy is easily and regularly enacted via commonly used ‘code’ and dog-whistles (e.g. welfare, urban, BLAH people, et al).  

A quick look at a far-right wing militia web page shows the potential for well orchestrated GOP campaign strategy. I  state before posting,  the site developers must have tracked deeply into 2012 Karl Rove, Dick Morris and the Rassmussen and Gallup polling.

Red states blue states map
Romney projected to win 320 electoral votes to 218.
OOOOOPS!

AAAH!!!!

Fortunately, and with exception for Texas, blue states are those with the highest levels of population.  Thus, states with more voters. 

State elections, however, are fertile ground for all things conservative; even in blue states.  While North Carolina is far from consideration as a blue state, it falls squarely in the Southern voting belt.  The state has a long history of Democratic Governors and actually shares very little social connection with its neighbor state: South Carolina. The newly elected Governor of North Carolina has taken a Draconian step that will surely drive the state to consideration of gubernatorial return to the Democratic Party. 

Governor Pat McCrory signed his second piece of legislation since winning the gubernatorial seat in last fall elections.  The unfortunate unemployed in North Carolina will effective July, 1, receive moderately less life-sustaining unemployment payments. 

Huffington Post

Pat McCrory, North Carolina GOP Governor, Signs Law Slashing Unemployment Benefits

Excerpts
(signed into law)…..a measure that will cut benefits for jobless workers by about one-third and reduce how long they can collect any aid in a state with the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country.  
The Republican governor said the legislation, the second bill he has signed since taking office at the start of the year, marked an important step toward fixing the state’s unemployment insurance system.  
The overhaul will allow North Carolina to repay $2.5 billion borrowed from the federal government for unemployment benefits at a quicker pace.  
The law, which takes effect on July 1, cuts maximum weekly benefits to $350 from $535 and caps benefits at 12 to 20 weeks, depending on the unemployment rate, instead of the current 26 weeks.  
McCrory said the measure “will protect our small businesses from continued over-taxation, ensure our citizens’ unemployment safety net is secure and financially sound for future generations, and help provide an economic climate that allows job creators to start hiring again.”

Read critics reaction     


We find the governor’s actions reprehensible with full recognition the legislation moved to his office from state legislators. We realize such and anticipated the results posted below.

Wikipedia 

2013–2014 composition

Affiliation Party

(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Ind. Vacant
End of Previous Legislature 52 68 0 120 0
Begin 43 77 0 120 0
Latest voting share 35.8% 64.2%

[edit]Officers

North Carolina House Officers
Position Name Party
Speaker Thom Tillis Republican
Speaker pro tempore Paul Stam Republican
Majority Leader Edgar V. Starnes Republican
Majority Whip Mike Hager Republican
Deputy Majority Whips Pat McElraft Republican
James L. Boles, Jr. Republican
Republican Conference Leader Ruth Samuelson Republican
Republican Freshman Leader Rick Catlin Republican
Republican Freshman Whip Dean Arp Republican
Minority Leader Larry D. Hall Democratic
Deputy Minority Leader Michael Wray Democratic
Minority Whips Winkie Wilkins Democratic
Susan C. Fisher Democratic
Rosa Gill Democratic
Deborah K. Ross Democratic
Marvin Lucas Democratic


MSNBC, The Ed Show

The GOP is the party of the South. Despite a long history of Democratic Governors , the new law is indicative of what takes place when citizens make the grievous mistake of turning certain governmental bodies over to the GOP. 

The Governor and his GOP legislature have taken steps as “friends of business” at the expense of people who actually cast voters. Alas, I am remiss. Businesses pay taxes (hopefully), and due to Citizens United contribute to political campaigns. 

I also recall significant American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) work in the state and I recall reports of the Koch Brothers meddling in one North Carolina Education System. The “meddling” had a side effect that resulted in potential or actual school segregation Why would two of the nation’s wealthiest conservative libertarians have so much interest in North Carolina. 

I could speculate the Kochs and ALEC have been successful in North Carolina. Has North Carolina been converted to a reliable GOP Red State?

As Ed Schultz stated, “this is what you voted for North Carolina”. 

Eugenics: Forced Sterilization in what country? States Rights anyone?

In Uncategorized on January 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

One of many Victims
Victim: Elaine Riddick went on to become a successful entrepreneur despite being sterilized because she was deemed feeble-minded and promiscuous
Victim: Elaine Riddick went on to become a successful entrepreneur despite being sterilized because she was deemed feeble-minded and promiscuous



Scene: She was raped in her hometown of Winfall, North Carolina after taking the long road from school. The perpetrator was never charged
Scene: She was raped in her hometown of Winfall, North Carolina after taking the long road from school. The perpetrator was never charged
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The following article and embedded links include information and comment about a recent study about the past practice of forced sterilization of human beings.  Recent reports about sterilization happen to be in the State of North Carolina. My intent is in no way to point a disparaging finger at the state as it is not a living breathing thinking entity; people perpetrated the practice.  Additionally, there were 29 other states which practiced the same horrible medical procedure.  I also have a few friends and relatives in live in the State of North Carolina and I certainly have no desire for either of those people to feel ‘put-upon’ by this screed.


CNN’S Debra Goldschmidt, has published an article about the horrid practice of human sterilization in the United States of America. Yes, US sterilization of human beings. Human beings were victims of the procedures when most had no desire to be sterilized while being treated like spaying or neutering a pet. The results from the findings of a commission to study the sterilization abuses provides a foundation for the CNN article:  North Carolina task force recommends $50,000 for sterilization victims.

According to Goldschmidt.

Steven Selden, a University of Maryland professor and author of the book “Inheriting Shame: The Story of Eugenics and Racism in America,” said the national eugenics movement was about altering the gene pool and eliminating people who spoke, looked, or behaved differently. What set North Carolina apart was how recently it occurred: Most states stopped after World War II, but North Carolina continued sterilizing people into the 1970s.

While the State of North Carolina apologized to the victims in 2002, the abuses were investigated by a state commissioned panel which recommended the $50,000 payments to the victims. North Carolina was one of 30 states that practiced sterilization.


Goldschmidt’s article includes reaction to the sterilization from subjects and their families; those who are still alive.  Families of the deceased receive no payments.   Goldscchmidt provides a few firsthand commentary from some who were victims of the abuse.
Elaine Riddick was just 14 when she got pregnant after being raped. After giving birth to her only child 43 years ago, Riddick was sterilized. Her illiterate grandmother was bullied into signing the consent forms for the procedure.
Naomi Schenck was 16 when she got married, and was on her way to motherhood by 17. She went to the hospital after a miscarriage and left after a hysterectomy she didn’t authorize. She never became a mother.
Men weren’t spared, either. Charles Holt was 19 and living in an institution for boys when he was sterilized, and wasn’t aware of what it meant until after the vasectomy.
We often like to think about the holiness and exceptionalism of the United States of America. Is it not true that other societies may have practiced similar injustices and quasi-genocidal practices against human beings? One middle European country comes to mind.   While, it has become politically incorrect to compare any American actions with Nazi Germany; I have a penchant for “calling it as I see it”.  I  am not one who practices political correctness when it comes to evil acts reaped upon human beings.

People should remain conscience of other heinous acts involving involuntary medical abuses of human beings.  

WIKI  (As sick as it was)


Bill Clinton apologized to the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments.

And, there-in lies the horror. 

If we live in such an ‘exceptional” nation why do we have such stories that continue to ooze from our imperfect history?  We seem to suffer from the very same cancers that worked to kill many supposedly civilized societies. As to the matter of it happening the past? We are not beyond comparable behavior that thrives off of the existence of others. Of course, is it possible “exceptionalism” applies to people who have no worries about being such a victim.  Need say no more!

We have a political party that is so full of behaviors that remind of times past, it is remarkable. Remarkable for an alleged ‘exceptional’ society!  Of the six remaining GOP candidates for office, four have made comments that remind of racism of the early Third Reich, and one wantonly and willfully languished, and partied, at a ranch that for years offer a greeting etched in stone: NIGGERHEAD.  Four out of Six!  Also a stratospheric tragedy related to the GOP is their are notable black members of the party who refuse to see or speak-out against the bigoted ills of the party. Now, that is a real sickness.

The North Carolina victims were not victimized solely based on race; as is illustrated with a click of the link to the CNN article.  I will wager anyone (well shy of $10,000 however) that African-Americans were very very well represented in the number.  I have read, some of the experiment victims were prisoners.



The Public Broadcast system has run a video segment based on the North Carolina Panel compensation recommendations 

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The reason that I posted this article relates to our ‘non-exceptional‘ society as a whole (Not a State or region of the country) and things people do when given power to act without restraint.  I post it here not only shed light on the horrors, I want to remind of what, people such as Ron Paul and Libertarians call “State’s Rights’. States Rights is pure code for people who have been victimized by people who exercise unfettered power over their lives and well-being.

Ultimately, when candidates such as Ron Paul goes on camera and stumbles in response to questions of discrimination, I have to laugh.  He actually told Wolf Blitzer that people don’t do things like were practiced in the Jim Crowe South.  I wonder why no one has asked Mr. Paul about property rights and Jamie Hein’s “Whites Only” swimming pool sign that was litigated in 2011?  That case has nothing to do with forced sterilization, but the Ohio swimming pool case definitely speaks to the suffering and harm that people can reap upon another if the is no over-sight authority. 


States Rights does not provide such oversight.

Koch Brothers….Pay for the Journey….

In Kochs, Tea Party on August 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM

,…to the Land of OZ (the RIGHT’S fictional utopia)

Have you ever wanted to actually see the roots of what has become known as the Tea Party?  You only have to take a peep.










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Political activities
David and Charles have funded conservative and libertarian policy and advocacy groups in the United States.[6] Since the 1980s the Koch foundations have given more than $100 million to such organizations, among these think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, as well as more recently Americans for Prosperity.[7] Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks are Koch-linked organizations that have been involved in the Tea Party movement.[8][9]

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I find it interesting and tragic that two of the world’s most wealthy men spend extreme amounts of money funding RIGHT-WING causes. The Kochs are self-professed libertarians. There behavior and chosen projects appear  motivated by far more than rich people who believe in small government. While the Kochs have little affinity for government, they benefit from have wealthy self-indulgence that verges on the obscene.   Such wealth is even more achievable with the absence of strong monitoring and regulating government. 


As you know the current governor of Wisconsin was ‘pranked’ into believing that he was conversing with one of the Koch Brothers.  The phone conversation was as revealing as a newly polished mirror.  The phone prankster masterfully manipulated the gullible governor into revealing comments indicative of doing the bidding of a ‘fake’ Koch.  Other than the acknowledged contempt for collective bargaining, I could not understand why such a wealthy person would wallow in an issue that seemed to be far below him.  There was a motive but the motive was easily hidden unless one diligently probed well beyond the trick phone call.  One such person did probe much deeper; always think in terms of motive. Let’s take a look via the following exert and a link to the Daily Kos.

Wisconsin

Read on, the Koch formula is effectively delineated rather artfully.  The link below is worth a CLICK & READ; must read.  Since, I know that most will not click the link I am going to paste an example of the piece by Patience John.


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…. in short:

1) Koch Brothers get their puppet Governor Walker in power 

2) Governor Walker gins up a crisis  

3) Democrats and Progressives take the bait and counter-protest on collective bargaining 

4) Governor Walker will compromise on collective bargaining if the rest of the budget is passed as is 

5) Bill passes, with trojan horse give-a-way to the Koch Brothers nested in 

6) Koch Brothers will buy Wisconsin state-owned power plants for pennies on the dollar in closed unsolicited bids for which there will be no oversight 

7) Koch Brothers get the best vertical monopoly in a generation

If you read the linked article, you may very well have accomplished more than most Americans. You may have just received an education on the very greed and malfeasance that has covered the nation like dense fog.  Always the motive.  It does mot matter that hundreds of thousands lost their jobs.  It does not matter that education systems in the state may have been impacted. It does not matter that state services have been trimmed. And, the Koch’s do not give a damn about the recent barrage of legislative recalls that have beset the state. There care nothing about the aforementioned; they care about laws that facilitate infusions of more and more wealthy in the Koch conglomerates.

A picture is worth a thousand words……
Before I move to a topic that places the Kochs on another level of disgust and un-American activities, I think it important to remember that the Kochs are ‘Founding Fathers of the Tea Party’.  It is critical that we keep the Tea Party in mind as we explore the the movement’s Founding Fathers.

received the following link about a week back. I believe Rachel Maddow broadcast a segment related to this Koch intrusion into local government in North Carolina.  The issue is as basic as Segregation 101.    The Koch Brothers and Public School Segregation – Truthdig
Why would two of the nation’s wealthiest men work so hard to promulgate school segregation?  I have not found an answer to that question. But, as surely as they fund and influence human behavior to 
support segregation, they have a motive.
  



How can I believe that the Teas Party is not infused with the very same illness as is being perpetrated in North Carolina.  Why does David Duke, Ku Klux Klan Leader, have such a great affinity for the Tea Party? 

RHETORICAL QUESTIONS.





Ever hear people on the RIGHT declare with great glee and proud that they are ‘social conservatives”?  The Kochs are not only the Fathers of the Tea party, they are engineers of ‘social conservatism’.   They 
fund for organizations which provide requisite bigotry and bias (all necessary for institutional segregation).  Unlike America of pre-1950,  modern day segregation and social foundation for 
segregation are not possible without effective RIGHT-WING propaganda, inductive paradigm influencing messages from RIGHT-WING media,  and as previously stated funding to facilitating 
organizations  such as FreedomWorks, The Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute.
While neither you nor I can stop the regressive desires and actions of modern American NEO-regression from the RIGHT, we can remain vigilant in exposing their inner workings.   The Kochs and others of their ilk will never be exposed to the preponderance of U.S. media. Talk Radio has become a soil puddle of RIGHT-WING dogma.   Your local television stations dare not delve too deeply into the mischief of the RIGHT; even if  producers were inclined to do so.  CNN is becoming increasingly populated with RIGHT-WING sympathizers.  Fox News…well I mentioned that network earlier in this paragraph. MSNBC can only do so much to expose malfeasance from the RIGHT.

People like the Kochs are prime examples of how the conservative ‘uber’ wealthy spend significant effort in maintaining, revitalizing or preserving their wealth.  Wealth revitalization requires a favorable legislative environment; obviously.  It really is no surprise that people like the Kochs do what they do in pursuit manufacturing potential to earn money for their ‘greedy hoppers’.  Alas, capitalism you say?  Ah, grandee!


What rationalization can you give me for their avowed support of regressive segregation?  How do they benefit from funding and influencing people back to a time when only white children received a fair and, as a minimum, adequate education?  From segregation in education people learn the paradigms of bigotry, racism and bias. Even if not taught in the classroom, forced segregation lives with diseases of the mind that tend to place one above another.  


The ultimate in ridiculous is the Kochs are supporting regressive segregation while our nation moves toward a more ethnically diverse nation.  Population demographics are working contrary to every dime spent by the Kochs in their attempts to regress to a world in which they were raised as bigots.


Since, I hear the likes of Allen West (self-appointed pied piper of black people to conservatism), Herman Cain, and nationwide chapters of so-called ‘black conservatives’, exalt the good in the Tea Party.  How can they assimilate to a socio/political school of thought that was born from the minds and moneys of bigots like the Kochs? 


Money coupled with the willingness to divide a nation, is as dangerous as any crazed terrorist (international terrorist or domestic terrorist).

If you and I do not use the Internet and LEFT social networking as a tool  for scrutiny, the information battles will be lost, the Kochs win; the nation losses.
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