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Kids For Cash -- Judges Sold Children For Profit

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This weekend a new documentary called Kids For Cash, The Movie opens nationwide. It contains some very startling revelations about justice, children and dirty judges who sold them for profit. For many of us, this shocking story will seem surreal. Imagine you're a parent and your child is accused of a prank or joke. Not a real crime. Here's what happened in Pennsylvania, according to the NY Times:

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Things were different in the Luzerne County juvenile courtroom, and everyone knew it. Proceedings on average took less than two minutes. Detention center workers were told in advance how many juveniles to expect at the end of each day — even before hearings to determine their innocence or guilt. Lawyers told families not to bother hiring them. They would not be allowed to speak anyway.

Why and how would a judge be allowed this shadow justice -- this attack against innocent kids or ones whose crime in any other jurisdiction would result in probation or a scolding? Money!

In what authorities are calling the biggest legal scandal in state history, the two judges [ Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Judge Michael T. Conahan] pleaded guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud in a scheme that involved sending thousands of juveniles to two private detention centers in exchange for $2.6 million in kickbacks.

The root of this evil, of course are the perpetrators, the two judges. But what's behind this all is the justice system, one that rewards the incarceration of men, women and children. These REWARDS are paid by... private detention centers. That's right. The private profit-making jails. These corporate-run cesspools are allowed to exist under lighter and less supervised oversight than state-run facilities. Hellholes fraught with unbridled horrors and torture. These Gitmo-like facilities make their highest profits when they run at full capacity. And how best to keep the occupancy rate high? Offer kickbacks to judges who will turn their backs on justice. In essence, this is legalized slavery and the slave sellers are men and women in black robes.

Rev. Al Sharpton had a woman and her daughter on his show who together helped break this scheme wide open. Here's a piece from that interview on Politics Nation that will open your eyes and perhaps even turn your stomach.

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Conservative: Transgender student rights law is "impudent, in-your-face" #LGBT

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Here's what Brad Dacus, president of conservative legal group Pacific Justice Institute, said about a California law that took steps to protect transgender students rights and, in doing so, is helping to educate the public:

“We are ready to review and challenge every signature that was not counted toward the referendum of this impudent and in-your-face bill."

Conservatives apparently feel that sensitivity, understanding, doing well in school, and respect are "impudent and in-your-face." Then again, that attitude is prevalent in the Republican party and pretty much sums up their "new and improved outreach efforts."
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Here's why legal eagle Brad "Justice" Dacus felt it necessary to upchuck such typically hateful sentiments:

Via the Los Angeles Times:

SACRAMENTO -- A measure to block California's transgender students rights law failed to qualify for the November ballot Monday, according to the secretary of state's office.

The referendum would have repealed a law passed last year that requires school districts to let transgender students participate in school programs and use school facilities, such as bathrooms and locker rooms, based on their gender identity instead of their biological sex. 

Vote29.com:

A.B. 1266 – PUPIL RIGHTS: Sex-Segregated School Programs And Activities -  (D-Tom Ammiano-San Francisco/17) – The so-called “California Transgender Bathroom Bill” allows transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools to choose which restrooms they use and whether they participate in boy or girl sports.  Mandates all California public schools to permit biological boys in girls’ restrooms and showers, along with biological girls in boys’ restrooms and showers.

The bill went into effect January 1.

Via a post from June 2013 at LGBTQnation, here's a little insight into why it's so very important to "respect a transgender student’s gender identity in all school programs, activities, and facilities":

The measure also ensures that students who are transgender have equal access to facilities and activities like sports teams that match their gender identity.

“All I want to do is go to school and have the same opportunity to succeed as everyone else,” said Ashton Lee, a 16-year-old transgender boy from Manteca who came to Sacramento with his mother to testify at the committee hearing.

“I just want to be treated the same as all the other boys, but my school forces me to take P.E. in a class of all girls and live as someone I’m not. Every day in that class leaves me feeling isolated and alone, making it extremely difficult to learn.” he said.

Why, the very idea! How "impudent"!

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What Would You Do? More Importantly, What Will You Do? SOS Children

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A social experiment was done recently in Norway. Hidden cameras were set up to cover it and the results show something in the human spirit, no matter whether in the US or abroad, that gives hope that we as people really care.

An 11-year-old boy sat shivering, freezing, and jacket-less at a bus stop in Oslo on a cold winter's day. Others saw him, alone and chilled to the bone. Watch and see how they reacted. How would you have handled this? What would you do?

HUFFPO:

The experiment was filmed by the Norwegian branch of the SOS Children's Villages International charity as part of a campaign to provide warm clothing for displaced children in Syria, according to The Nordic Page.

"People [everywhere] should care as much about children in Syria as they care about this boy," Synne Rønning, the information head of SOS Children's Villages Norway, told The Local. She also noted that the child was a volunteer who was never in any danger during the filming.

Doesn't this video show us that we do care? Now how about those hundreds of thousands of displaced children in Syria? Want to help? Here's how:

To learn more about SOS Children's Villages International click here.

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Gay Dads Get Hateful Birthday RSVP For Their Daughter

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Laffy Note: This turned out to be a hoax by some DJs. Here's the scoop via Joe My God.

So you're two proud gay dads and can't wait to throw your daughter the best birthday party imaginable. You send out invitations and you expect, out of respect for your daughter, you'll get mostly positive responses. That's not really too much to expect.
Let me repeat, two GAY dads.

So above is the RSVP response they got from the mother of an invitee via HuffPo:

Tommy will NOT attend. I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your "lifestyle." I'm sorry Sophia has to grow up this way. If you have an issue or need to speak to me: [number erased]

Ignorance does really start at home, but it's not started by the young. It's started by the old. It's the parents, not the innocent kids. Now there's so much wrong with that short response, but really, is this 2014 or the dark ages? What does Tommy's mother think is going to happen to her son if he attends? Is he going to be molested? Is he going to be sold into slavery? Is he going to be "indoctrinated?"

Obviously this mom thinks any or all of those will happen. What's her giveaway -- She highlights "lifestyle" as if it's a choice for these two men. They evidently missed out on getting into Marcus Bachmann's (Rep. Michele's husband) program of conversion therapy.

How awful to be brought up in a heterosexual household by ignorant adults rather than being the child of two same-sex, loving people who want to teach their child that there's more to life than news, weather, sports -- oh, and bigotry.

I wonder if the rack where they hang their house and car keys has the reminder, "Hate, don't leave home without it."

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Oklahoma GOP Has Gone Batsh*t Crazy, May Ban All Marriage

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I'm sure we all know about spite -- we've either done something in that vein or have had it done to us. Well, the Republicans in Oklahoma are readying to chop off their noses to spite their face.

Only the Sooner State right-wing crazies could come up with something so silly and stupid that it makes you think there's going to be another land rush -- only this time to leave the Oklahoma territory. Get this, the state legislature is concerned about their same-sex marriage ban. Well, actually, they're one step ahead of that. They think their same-sex marriage ban will be challenged. To make sure no same-sex marriage happens in their fine state under any circumstances including federal/Supreme court findings, they're considering banning all marriage.

Think this is a Saturday Night Sketch? Well, it may become one, but first check out reality on News9.com:

So Oklahoma, what's next? Will all of the children of "married" couples become bastards? Can't wait for you deal with this one.

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Young Moochers in Utah Get Their Lunches Taken Away - Serves Them (and their Dads) Right!

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The photo is from this page: http://helpmegrowutah.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html

The photo is from this page: http://helpmegrowutah.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html

The picture above.....as luck would have it, I found this picture on a page about the importance of children in Utah eating healthy lunches.....what irony!  No money, no eatee in at least one Utah school which took lunches away from children whose parents had gotten behind in their meal payments.  The cafeteria actually served them lunch, took it back, and threw it away because the parents, not the children, were in arrears with the lunch money.  Looks yummy, doesn't it? Here's the page it's from: Help Me Grow, Utah.

The nerve of these children thinking that they deserve a free lunch!

Apparently the Bible believers are perfectly okay with this behavior because it says in Exodus 20:5 that "You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me."   So no lunch today, kids...we'll let you look at it, smell it, anticipate eating it...then watch us throw it in the trash because of your fathers' iniquities.

Here's the story on Daily KOS

If these kids want to eat, they should work! Stop depending on their parents...stop believing that the school would care enough about its students to actually be sure they could make it through the day. They could be janitors, shine shoes for their teachers, clean the blackboard, discipline other students, wash the principal's car...but no free lunches...after all, who the hell do they think they are?  Children?

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Another school shooting, another study on gun access and risk of homicide, suicide

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An all too familiar news flash showed up in my inbox today: One dead, one arrested in shooting at Purdue University:

A lone gunman walked into a basement classroom at Purdue University Tuesday, shot and killed one person then calmly walked outside and turned himself in, police said.

And David just posted Police Chief Shoots Himself And Blames His Fleece Jacket.

When I opened my morning Los Angeles Times this morning, I saw this headline: Study takes new look at gun access and risk of homicide, suicide:

People who have ready access to a firearm are almost twice as likely to be killed and three times likelier to commit suicide than those without a gun available in the home or from a neighbor or friend, a new study has concluded. [...]

The United States is thought to have the highest rate of gun ownership of any country, with close to 4 in 10 households owning a firearm. The nation's gun-related homicide rate is higher than that of any other high-income country, and its rate of suicides carried out with a gun exceeds that of any other country that maintains such data. [...]

...Congress passed a law prohibiting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from spending federal funds on research that could be interpreted as promoting or advocating for gun control measures.

We are becoming way too accustomed to news bulletins about school shootings, mass shootings, workplace shootings, "accidental" (negligent) shootings, you name it. And we have seen study after study like the one above that tells us what an unnecessarily violent country we are.

What will it take for this country to wake up? What will it take for gun-toting gun zealots to see the need for common sense legislation that could save lives? WTF is so hard about that?

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