Thursday, December 18, 2014

President Obama's courageous decision on Cuba

by Lara Spenzak

President Obama sent a strong message to the world that he will not let hate-mongers like Conservative Republicans stop the march to progress. 

Cuba has been a victim of U.S. policy for decades and I only wish that President Obama had acted sooner. But I understand that he had deal with the mess created by the Bush disaster first. And I think Cuba can help the U.S. in ways that many people may not be able to realize now. 

First, Cuba has a first-rate medical care system. Free and first rate medical care is available to every Cuban. The emphasis there is helping people, not profits. Remember it was Cuba that offered to send doctors to the U.S. to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina but Bush said no. 

Cuba is also years ahead of the U.S. in providing state-sponsored sex-change operations 

Consider what President Castro said about the Affordable Health Care Act: 

"Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform "a miracle" and a major victory for Obama's presidency, but couldn't help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago." 

Well said President Castro! 

Cuban also have access to first-rate and free education in schools while most American kids do not. Cuba has very little to no negative impact on the environment. 

We are better, stronger and happier with Cuba as a friend. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Should we consider disbanding all police departments?

Should we consider disbanding all police departments?

Instead of helping people the police seem to be hurting and killing people.

by Lara Spenzak.

After the killing of Micheal Brown we are now faced with death of Eric Garner who was choked to death by NY police for selling cigarettes. As with Micheal Brown, Garner was another person of color who was minding his business, hurting or bothering no one when the police confronted him and killed him.

In the aftermath of the killings of Trayvon Martin and Micheal Brown I called for the removal guns from police departments to reduce the threat they pose to innocent people especially people of color and diversity. But Garner was choked to death, not shot to death with a gun. This raises the need to discuss what role, if any, should police departments have in our society.

Instead of helping people we are seeing more and more incidents where the police are confronting, hurting and killing people.    Why are tax dollars being used to fund armed police departments with this going on?

Instead of choking Eric Garner the police could have LISTENED to him and could have arrived at a peaceful understanding.   But instead of trying to understand Eric Garner, they attacked him and killed him.   This is scary and I don't want to live in a society where this can happen to anyone at anytime.

What we need are people who can help us and who can make an effort to understand and not be confrontational.    What we need are social helpers, community organizers and nice people who don't have guns but have good intentions and the ability to listen and understand other people. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Conservatives outraged that President Obama does the right thing

A President Who Cares

Treating immigrants with respect, humanity and dignity is a crime to the Right

by Lara Spenzak

We in a special time in history. In the White House we have a president of color who has lived in different parts of the world and who understands and greatly values the importance and meaning of diversity. There is no doubt that this perspective is what enables President Obama to care about people regardless of their race, gender status or ethic background.   President Obama understands that Diversity is a basic right and that diversity enriches society.

President Obama simply did the right thing last night. He did what he was supposed to do: Take care of the people. Treat millions of people like the human beings they are and to protect them.

America is a land of immigration and diversity. In essence, there really is no such thing as an "American". We are one world and one large community. No one is "illegal". Would you deport someone simply because they were walking down the street in front of your home? A rational person would not but right-winger types with guns might be doubted to do so. That is the challenge President Obama has faced. But he said, "enough!" and decided to take action.

As the National Council of La Raza has stated, "“This action is a victory for the president, a victory for millions of American families and workers, a victory for our country, and a victory for common sense.". All true but even that does not go far enough. President Obama people ahead of politics and did the essential thing that government is supposed to do: take care of people.

But the Republican Congress has resisted to help people. Republicans opposed the Stimulus Act to help people recover economically from the Bush Recession. Republicans opposed ending the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. Republicans opposed having the rich pay their fair share in taxes. Republicans opposed the Affordable Health Care Act. Republicans oppose Marriage Equality. Republicans opposed fighting Climate Change.

I could go on but lets go back to what President Obama did right.

President Obama promised to transform America and to move it forward in a better direction and he did so in a big way last night.

Thank you, President Obama. We love you.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Emancipation Proclamation for all gays and people of color?

President Obama is in a unique position to advance equality and fairness for all people who have been victims of discrimination including gays, transgender people, people of color and immigrants.

Perhaps tonight he will do this.

Either way, America is moving FORWARD in the right direction.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Republicans did NOT win on Election Day

Republicans think they won a big victory on Election Day but they didn't.   In fact, they set themselves up for a big and well-deserved lost in 2016.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Why do the police in Missouri still have guns?

Another African-American youth is shot dead by a police office armed with a gun.

Disarm the police now.

Ebola is a disease not a threat and President Obama is doing just fine

It is sad to see that the crazy Conservatives are claiming that President Obama is responsible for the Ebola outbreak in Africa and that somehow he is guilty of putting Ebola in the United States.

Sad but not unexpected.

What Republicans are really afraid of is that we're seeing how effectively and rationally the Obama administration is dealing with Ebola.   Instead of closing down borders, banning travel and blaming people, President Obama and his administration is helping people and working to solve the problem.

Thanks to the Affordable Health Care Act we are now able to provide easy and affordable health care to people and do so quickly.   Remember it was Romney who promised to take away our health care and had he won the election in 2012 we could be facing a major health right now without the Affordable Health Care Act.

Republicans are desperate because they keep losing elections and they stand a good chance now of losing more this November.  And they know President Obama is going to be in the White House for at least two more years.

But life is getting better for people thanks to President Obama.  The economy continues to improve and recover from the Bush disaster.  People now have access to health care and Marriage Equality is the law of the land.

The crazy Conservatives can continue to say what they want but we are winning and the world is getting better.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

10 worst examples of Christian or far-right terrorism far_right_terrorism_partner/

Conservatives claim that all terrorists are Muslim, but most violent attacks in the US are carried out by white men

From Fox News to the Weekly Standard, neoconservatives have tried to paint terrorism as a largely or exclusively Islamic phenomenon. Their message of Islamophobia has been repeated many times since the George W. Bush era: Islam is inherently violent, Christianity is inherently peaceful, and there is no such thing as a Christian terrorist or a white male terrorist. But the facts don’t bear that out. Far-right white male radicals and extreme Christianists are every bit as capable of acts of terrorism as radical Islamists, and to pretend that such terrorists don’t exist does the public a huge disservice. Dzhokhar Anzorovich Tsarnaev and the late Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev (the Chechen brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing of April 15, 2013) are both considered white and appear to have been motivated in part by radical Islam. And many terrorist attacks in the United States have been carried out by people who were neither Muslims nor dark-skinned.

When white males of the far right carry out violent attacks, neocons and Republicans typically describe them as lone-wolf extremists rather than people who are part of terrorist networks or well-organized terrorist movements. Yet many of the terrorist attacks in the United States have been carried out by people who had long histories of networking with other terrorists. In fact, most of the terrorist activity occurring in the United States in recent years has not come from Muslims, but from a combination of radical Christianists, white supremacists and far-right militia groups.

Follow the link for 10 of the worst examples of non-Islamic terrorism that have occurred in the United States in the last 30 years.

Friday, September 5, 2014

We Must Disarm The Police - NO MORE GUNS

Enough is enough.   The time is disarm the police and to stop of the shooting of unarmed people is now.

By now, everyone knows what happened to Michael Brown, the 18 year old African American youth.  He waas shot dead, six times by a police officer with a gun.   Why?   Because he was walking down the street.

If the police officer in question didn't have a gun that night, Michael Brown would be alive today.

Guns create fear.   They create violence and guns kill.

If the police are supposed to "protect" us then why the guns?   How are they keeping us safe by creating creating tension, violence and death?

If the police really want to help people, they can start by putting down their guns.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Homophobia keeping Michael Sam out of the NFL

Serious questions need to be asked as to why the St. Louis Rams released Michael Sam this weekend.   By all accounts, Sam is a talented player who has ability to play in the NFL yet the Rams are not keeping him.

Homophobia is the most obvious reason and because of this reality a serious investigation needs to be conducted.    What is the background of Rams coach Jeff Fisher?   Is really qualified to make this kind of decision?   What are his attitudes towards the LGBT community?   Was he someone who could have coached Sam in the first place?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

To bring peace to the Middle East: Hand over W. Bush and Cheney to The Hague

Specifically, to the International Criminal Court.

If only because it may help prevent atrocities, like the Iraq War, from happening again.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A song for the people of Ferguson

Inspired by the Colors of the Wind....

You think I'm an ignorant savage because of my skin
You think your gun makes you right
But don't you see I don't want to fight?
If the savage one is me
How can there be so much that you don't know?
That a gun can only kill don't you see?

You think someone who is different is someone you should fear
Someone that you can shot and kill
But you are so afraid you don't let the truth come near
That we are a rainbow of many colors
Many sexes, many sizes, many sisters and brothers

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You'll learn things you never knew you never knew

 Have you ever seen a person of color?
Or speak a different language?
Or touch someone who is in pain and anguish?
Or watch a gay couple in love?
Have you ever dated a tgirl or fed a morning dove?

Have you looked in a mirror and see who you really are?
Don't you know that your gun can kill?
A gun is not an answer not is it a thrill

Drop your gun and open your heart
Use your mind to think and don't react with hate
We could be in love and be on a date.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Why Rick Perry Will Be Convicted

No amount of Perry obfuscation will contradict the facts, the facts folks:

Perry is accused of using his veto authority to coerce a publicly elected official into leaving office. And when the veto threat, and later the actual exercise of the veto didn't work, he may have tried a bit of bribery, which is why he is facing criminal charges.

Not because he exercised his constitutional veto authority.


Simple, right?

We need to get the message out you can't shoot someone if your don't have a gun in the first place.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Michael Brown would be alive today if the police did not have guns

The murder of Michael Brown is yet another tragic example of  unnecessary gun violence.   The undeniable fact is this:  if the police did not have guns, Michael Brown would be alive today.

As always, is stop and to restrict gun ownership. Michael Brown would be alive today if there was effective gun control in place and his murder is proof that the police do NOT need to be armed. The police in the UK are not armed and they have no problems there as a result of that. Guns create violence. Guns kill.