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      I don't pity Steve Scalise. I refuse to pity him or his current condition. I know I probably should but in this instance I won't. Nor do I subscribe to this new push for 'Unity' in the wake of the latest incident of Gun Violence that is the eternal cancer on the skin of American Society and a shame on all the houses of those who are implicit in the slaughter of tens of thousands each year.


      I've made my opinion clear that whilst guns are a part of American culture, the wanton slaughter of thousands unnecessarily and the unwillingness of those in power to see beyond the rhetoric of Gundamentalists within and outside the corridors of power and make real changes to the embedded gun culture to a place that sees beyond the idea of gun grabs and indeed the language of those who pipe up every time safer gun ownership is promoted as an idea.....usually after a mass shooting......take your pick.....there are mass shootings pretty much every single week.


      https://www.yabberz.com/post/bullets-can-killregar...


      That aside the reaction to the shooting and in particular the current medical condition of Scalise.... (someone who will no doubt recover from his injuries, and because of his excellent Government provided healthcare won't have to worry or indeed bankrupt his family to pay for his ongoing treatment. Yet when he is fully recovered will vote to take Healthcare away from at least 24 Million Americans)....and indeed this assault on democratically elected representatives sparked something of a unified response from both sides of the aisle.


      All were shook by the shooting but the reaction from Paul Ryan particularly stood out. His statement that an attack on one is an attack on all, a unifying message that smacked of all the hypocrisy we have all come to know and loathe from these opportunists in elected office.

      You see, when someone utters a statement that at its core essentially says ''We must stand together'' is absolutely fine. I have no issue with anyone rallying all to unite in the face of an avoidable incident had the perpetrator been seen for the danger he was and denied access to buying his weapons, If only those elected representatives of the GOP realised they could have done something, anything......but no.




      'We Must Stand Together'

      Seems a reasonable request whenever a group of people feel under threat from a force they have little or no control over. The idea that a certain people easily identifiable and find themselves at a serious risk from others around them and risks from those within too.


      The same man that says 'we must stand together' is the same man leading a party that does not recognise the sentiment he bleats out in the name of his friend and colleague. Republicans in general have ridiculed and maligned those within the Black Lives Matter movement. Born from the continuous and seemingly neverending deaths of young black men and women at the hands of Law Enforcement Officers. In the case of those who 'stand Together' to bring voice to the victims of questionable police actions that are all too often deadly.


      Despite this Paul Ryan's party have declined their need to unite for the betterment of all when it comes to those within poorer communities and within the black community. You don't see the GOP unite to stand against this slow and steady destruction of communities.




      You don't see the GOP unite to stand against the regression of laws under the direction of their own Jeff Sessions, America's plantation apologist whose disgusting targeting of Black Communities to swell his own bank accounts from his investments in private prisons. Black Lives Matter unite to stand against that type of Prison Industrialisation that many Republicans either profit from or wilfully ignore for political gains and future favours.


      Private prisons back Trump and could see big payoffs with new policies

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/...

      ASHINGTON — Private prison companies, which stand to make big gains under President Trump’s tough new immigration orders, also have contributed big sums to pro-Trump groups, including the organization that raised a record $100 million for his inauguration last month.

      GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest for-profit prison operators, donated $250,000 to support Trump’s inaugural festivities, Pablo Paez, the company’s vice president of corporate relations, told USA TODAY.

      That’s on top of the $225,000 that a company subsidiary donated to a super PAC that spent some $22 million to help elect the real-estate magnate. Another prison operator, CoreCivic, gave $250,000 to support Trump’s inauguration, recently filed congressional reports show.

      For-profit prison companies' hopes for significant gains under the Trump administration already are coming to fruition. On Thursday, the Justice Department rescinded an Obama administration order to phase out the use of private-prison contracts in the federal Bureau of Prisons.





      Of course the evidence is there that Sessions is going after both sentencing laws and indeed the burgeoning Marijuana Laws strewn throughout the US. Sessions being the uneducated ignorant little toerag he is clearly still carries issues from watching the 1936 Anti Marijuana movie 'Reefer Madness'.



      Enough for anyone to reach for the bong.


      The response to the shooting at GOP representatives and the shooting of Steve Scalise has seen the Political Community make nothing more than the soundbites of the contradictions between the Soundbite and the Soul exposed by actions. Sure it is important to show defiance to that faction of society who acts out of rage and anger and those people should be condemned without hesitation, As I firmly believe and stand by the idea that a violent act only harms the argument of the perpetrator.


      By all means stand together as one. However, when you are a part of a party who have neglected their duties to all in America and are currently working to deny justice and equality to those who have nothing but where profit can still be gleaned by political parties and representatives then why the hell should there be tears or thoughts or prayers for the likes of Scalise.

      His party are not uniting the people but categorising those who will be easier to incarcerate through whatever means they can. Healthcare, Criminal Justice and the increasing incarceration within the most vulnerable sections of society.


      (Free Clinic for the poor of Mobile, Alabama)


      As soon as Scalise is well enough he'll happily go and vote to put more people from the Black Community in prison, happily vote to deny millions healthcare and assist in reinforcing the wedge between the poorest from the rest of the US.

      Ryan will be there too along with his Republican colleagues to ram through the biggest assault on America's poorest......

      .....and when the people realise this they too will unify.


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          Kevin Mc Daid
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          Kevin Mc Daid is a source of American divisiveness. If he doesn't care about a human being's life whose views disagree with his, then he is one of the primary sources of hate in America. Listen to Kevin Mc Daid and agree with him and you are part of the problem and inhibiting a solution.

          Kevin, apparently, hates anyone who disagrees with his myopic views of life.


          BAD FORM, Kevin.

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              Ed Bradford
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              I had to chuckle at your post. Giving Kevin McDaid that kind of power (Kevin McDaid is a source of American divisiveness) is not just hyperbole, it is the mark of one who deals in simplistic answers and has nothing with which to refute any premise that differs from his own.

              As for hate - your obvious projecting is showing.

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                      Ed Bradford
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                      Kevin Mc Daid is a source of American divisiveness. If he doesn't care about a human being's life whose views disagree with his, then he is one of the primary sources of hate in America.


                      I doubt anything I post or have posted would come anywhere close to the divisiveness within the US thanks to networks like Fox News, Breitbart etc.

                      To claim a writer in Ireland has somehow worsened the divide in the US is laughable if the charge weren't so pathetic.


                      Note how you didn't argue the content and went after the person who wrote it......almost as if you have already chosen your side of a divide you yourself are implicit in.......


                      Run along Ed.

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                              Kevin Mc Daid
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                              Florida has been fighting the private prison issue since Rick Scott was elected. He, and all his republican puppets in Tallahassee, backed down (some) when newspapers exposed large political contributors in the industry. BUSTED!

                              Thanks go to The Media in Florida, this legislation is now at a crawl.

                              Links at the bottom of this article.

                              http://fightforflorida.com/2014/10/01/rick-scott-p...

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                                  Kevin Mc Daid
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                                  That is probably the most hate filled, illogical letter I have seen on this site.


                                  You are mad because someone might make people pay their own way, instead of stealing from others to pay it for them.


                                  You refuse to see that for the most part if you just obey the law, even the ones you disagree with, will keep you out of contact with the PO PO and will keep you out of jail.


                                  You envy the healthcare program you think congress has? Well run for and get elected to Congress and you can enjoy it as well. Of look at any other list of jobs that has the healthcare you want and work to get one or more of those jobs. The answer isn't "well someone has it so I deserve it too."


                                  Do you have no shame?

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                                      Tom Lowe
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                                      And now... republicans using the shooting:

                                      Some Republicans see political upside in the tragedy. Brad Carver is chairman of the Republican Party in the neighboring 11th Congressional District, which is represented by Barry Loudermilk, a member of the GOP baseball squad who was on the scene during last Wednesday’s shooting.

                                      “I’ll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us,” Carver said Saturday after a get-out-the-vote rally for Handel in Chamblee. “Because moderates and independents in this district are tired of left-wing extremism.”


                                      Is this shameful? Or simply typical Georgia Republican, and acceptable?

                                      http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/some-georg...

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                                              Tom Lowe
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                                              This is not a game Mr. Stern face not a joke or sideshow. One side promoted violence at every rally, continually demanded 2nd rights to punish government officials and fought for rights for the unstable to purchase and carry guns.

                                              This is all sad and destructive but not to notice one ideology has done this, one party has done this is not going to happen.

                                              Now apart from always being wrong on facts and ignorant of history you may be a troll or a hack but you do not have an right to be upset when the policies you support start killing your champions.

                                              You don't like it call for a moment of silence or pray

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                                                      Tom Lowe
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                                                      Mr. Lowe apparently never learned, has long since forgotten, or dismissed from his mind, that human civilization is about human beings and humanity. As we are living in the here and now (in this world and at this time) our obligations are humanitarian obligations. Such as Mr. Lowe, and there are many, if they do not recognize those, and thereby have no human conscience, are what are referred to as sociopaths. It then follows that if the human conscience is lacking, they cannot possibly have a social conscience.

                                                      It is not only individuals who can be sociopathic, but so can entire political movements, societies and nations. All that is required is a high enough degree of self-centeredness and selfishness in order to become so. In other words, the "me, myself and I", and "I don't care about anyone or anything else", overrides everything. To put it another way, they believe themselves the center of the universe, around which everything and everyone else revolves and exists but to serve them.

                                                      What is fascinating about such individuals is that they are the ones who most frequently claim that they are for such noble sounding things as "freedom", "liberty", "democracy", "morality" and even such things as "souls" and "god". Looking at their arguments more closely, it becomes quite evident that they are enamored of those, but only in their abstract forms, and not in the real life obligations they impose on all. Of particular note is the word "freedom", which they interpret as "freedom from any responsibility(ies) but those I owe to myself."

                                                      Some of us are always fascinated when such attempt to argue morality and claim that they are moral. Actually, as what they value most is money and power (both being totally materialistic objectives) such individuals are not even immoral (as that would necessitate the existence of some moral norm, but amoral.

                                                      One tale I particular like is that of a minister and a farmer, something such as Mr. Lowe will either not understand or accept. I found it in a book by Dale Carnegie.


                                                      One day a minister walked up to a farmer and said. "God has surely blessed you for giving you such a beautiful and bountiful farm".

                                                      The farmer took a few moments to think about it and replied. "Maybe, but you should have seen it before I took over."




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                                                          Tom Lowe
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                                                          There are not enough jobs with healthcare benefits in the US to go around. In Ireland, employers don't need to provide healthcare benefits because the government does.

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                                                                  Tom Lowe
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                                                                  I agree that those infants, toddlers prepubescents and teens should be "paying their own way." Those awful people with neurological diseases, Cancer, birth defects, accident injuries and stroke - they should too. Ah hell - only those who have enough money should get health care; the rest should just die.

                                                                  satire alert

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