The Group Behind Planned Parenthood Videos

CMPgoldfinalOver the last couple of weeks, we have been hit with some horrendous videos that have been heavily edited regarding Planned Parenthood and their abortion services. While the videos sound extremely disturbing, they do not prove any laws being broken. The videos were taken undercover over a period of about two-three years by a group calling “The Center For Medical Progress”. Now let’s be serious here. What exactly does the “center” do to advance medical progress when they are trying to stop medical research that is vital to finding cures for major medical conditions? What is the progress that they are searching for? Well in order to understand that, we must first understand who is behind this supposed organization.

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The Myth Around Black-on-White Murders – Facts Don’t Lie

Courtesy USATodayAre you tired of hearing the far-right conservatives and NRA supporters telling you that African-Americans commits more murders of white Americans? Are you tired of being told that people of color are to blame for the violence and murders in this country? Well let’s play a little game of simple math. Let’s look at some statistics and then do a few calculations. Now this is going to be more of a math lesson than a simple blog post so I will try to be informative without boring you completely, so please bear with me. This is important and we need to stop allowing the Republican Party and the NRA to lie to the American people about the crime rates in the United States.

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Debate : Should We End Third World Debt?

BreakDebtMy friend, @political_ppl, has a great blog on world politics. You can find his work at www.politicalpeopleblog.com. We have a debate series where we both take on a question and this week was “If we could end third world debt, should we?” So I figured this one would be easy, but there is a lot of research that must be done to truly understand the types of debt and which restrictions are placed on the countries when they accept the debt. Most third-world countries require loans from larger countries like China, America, Germany and other larger countries. Typically this debt comes with conditions. Many of these conditions put harsh limits on the citizens of the country that takes out the loan. Many times this loan is mishandled by the borrowing country’s government or given to a leader without sufficient understanding of economics, business and sometimes even politics. Many third world countries have inept leaders that either distribute the money in a trickle-down economic mindset or down right steal money from their own citizens. This cycle of debt forces the citizens to live in harsh conditions, high death rates, high disease rates and low work opportunities. Countries such as Germany loan money out with such high interest rates that some countries never pay off their debt, they just keep taking more debt to pay old debt.

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Donald Trump And His “Trumpisms”

donald Donald Trump wants to be the next President of the United States. He says that he only speaks for those Republicans that feel that there is too much political correctness in politics. Mr. Trump has taken a serious position and turned it into the latest reality freak show. The sad truth is he is correct. He does speak for a portion of Americans that have no moral justification for the way that they speak and treat other Americans. The sad part is that these are the Christians on the Republican side that speak, act and think just like Donald Trump. George W. Bush became famous for his “Bushisms”, but do you know some of the most horrific quotes that have come out of the mouth of Donald Trump? His “Trumpishs” are exactly why he doesn’t qualify to lead the United States. To think that our political system has become so corrupt was tough, but now we must also acknowledge that the people who want to lead our country do not even understand how our country works. They do not understand what our political process is. And furthermore, they would not pass a basic civics course. There is no way that the actions of the Republican Party and their self elected leader Donald Trump meet the qualifications to be the leader of this country. Let me just remind you of some of the words that came out of Donald Trump’s mouth.

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Another Mass Shooting – Another Defense Of Guns

150724-john-houser-9a_70fb90a8bf8dc49c6685e2f2bb527563_nbcnews-ux-2880-1000Another day, another theater, another gun, another Christian extremist RWNJ has opened fire on innocent movie goers. Immediately, he is being labeled as a mentally ill man who was off of his medication. No one is using the true words that should be used. Domestic terrorist. Christians are attacking when you saying terrorist because they only label a terrorist as someone with dark skin from another country attacking our citizens. I am sorry, but that is a stupid way of looking at the definition of terrorism. A terrorist is someone who has an ideology different from the community in which it attacks. Christians say that it must be a politically motivated attack to be terrorism. OK, I will go with that logic, and give you the exact reason that what happened at the Grand Theater in Lafayette, LA is the exact definition of terrorism.

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#SayHerName – A Series On The Women Lost

ProneDay after day, we hear of a new death at the hands of a militarized police force that increasingly has become more brutal in their duties. We see riot gear, armored vehicles, snipers and mace being used on peaceful protests. We see chokeholds, physical violence and demeaning speech when confronting citizens of color. Some say this is new, but the truth is that we have seen this for centuries, not months. The United States has never fully accepted our immigrant roots or our multi-cultural population. We have allowed elected leaders to put corrupt officers on our streets. We have allowed police unions to defend and cover-up nationwide police brutality. We hear of a death at the hands of police, and we are always told it was justified. 651 people were killed by policed since January 1, 2015. That is more than three lives taken a day. Sure, many could be justified, but not all. Of those 651 people, there is less than a handful that have been investigated and determined to be unjustified. So we have defenders of the police pointing to this as proof that there is minimal police brutality in the United States. Even when video proof comes out, the police always seem to give a story that happens “off-camera”.

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Debate: Is America To Blame For The Radicalization of Islamic Militants?

imagesEPAQKMD8Hello friends, we have not had a Point/CounterPoint in a few weeks, so my Irish counterpart offered this next debate. The question being presented is quite simple. Is the United States responsible for the terroristic organization ISIL. This is a touchy subject that may upset many but it is something that we should be talking about. With the elections coming, many wish to blame Muslim communities for all of the terror that the world is currently experiencing. However, that is far from accurate. Let me just break down a few things for you. Now, if you do not agree with my point of view, I recommend reading @Political_ppl and his blog at www.politicalpeopleblog.com.

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The Republicans Need A Lesson On Branches Of Government!

TEDLately, we have been listening to every right-wing politician talk about how five unelected judges have decided what God made, which they like to call “Traditional” marriage. Now I could go into a whole conversation on the history of marriage and the church’s history of non-involvement in actual marriages, but I already wrote that post a few weeks back. I recommend giving a healthy little read. But I am not going to write a lengthy post on marriage because it is the law of the land and there shouldn’t be any further conversations on it. However, the Republicans keep claiming that five unelected people are deciding the law of the land without the authority to do so. Honestly, it has come to the point that the Republican party is no longer a party. They have allowed an insane wing of Americans to dictate what they do. They don’t actually believe what they are saying to you because they actually have education. They actually know what the three branches of legislature are. They should know what the three branches of government are allowed to do. If they do not understand basic governmental hierarchy, how can we expect them to lead our country? They blame the President for his unconstitutional overreach. They call the Supremes that they don’t agree with “unelected” and partisan. However, if those Supremes, of which there are actually 9, agree with the Republicans, then they are patriots who defend the Constitution. Let me explain the three levels of government. Now, I am not going to go crazy and give you a complete history lesson because no one likes school. However, maybe this is the type of school we need to start having. Our education department has allowed this crazy wing of the party to dictate what our children actually get to study. Again, this could be another post and now that I am thinking of it, it will be a good one to tackle!

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Racism As A Control Mechanism – We Allow It!

images3Less than one month ago, a twenty-one year old white man walked into the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC. He was welcomed into the church as if he was family. No one made any comments about him being a white guy in the church. This church and their members proved that race shouldn’t matter when it comes to praising the Lord. I am not religious, but I grew up religious. I immediately recognized the grace that the members of this church spoke of. That young man thought he would kill them and cause a race war. He didn’t expect grace. He didn’t expect forgiveness. He didn’t expect the action that our nation has begun to take. But taking down a symbol of hate such as the Confederate flag only begins the conversation that our nation has avoided for more than 150 years. This is just a scratch on the surface of what our nation needs to complete. We shouldn’t stop at a flag. We shouldn’t let this boil over and go back to our status quo. We need to make a change. The United States has been endorsing racism since the beginning of our founding. I know you will say, that is a lie. There is no way that we endorse racism. But lets talk about that. Let me give you some facts and examples of how the United States has been the nation of racism since slavery was abolished.

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