Americans have the human right of self-definition, to define being, to define perception, and the right to be:
We are equal to each other, not less than, not greater than, but equal.
We’re the same but different:
In our sameness we have a simpatico understanding of other people, of a common humanity; we have empathy for other human beings…
In our difference we are who we are -- we have a state of being -- we have a soul -- that what makes us unique...
Our human, civil, and Constitutional rights are inviolate...
Black Lives Matter might consider changing the entreaty, the statement of definition or their mission to Black Lives Matter Too (it’s likely others have suggested this). In this, they might challenge the argument that in suggesting Black Lives Matter they are mitigating the belief that All Lives Matter, but rather they are insisting, and want America to know, that Black Lives Matter Too.
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Bernie Sanders has a working class heart: he supports a fifteen-buck national minimum wage (Rolling Stone Magazine). A minimum wage that permits life is predicated on an ethical and a moral belief more than a financial formula.
Donald Trump’s effect on the dynamic of the presidential race is based on many shared worries, values, perceptions, with other Americans. He pounds, attacks, the status quo, and creates the interaction of ideas, ideals, debate. His presence brings and will bring out what is important in the other candidates, and the dynamic of the presidential race.
Beyond the obvious benefits of a fence running the length of our shared border with Mexico securing the border is a wider, more detailed, more in-depth issue; it is economic, cultural, social. The market of illegal drugs in the U.S. is a primary engine that impacts illegal immigration at the border as the drug cartels are so much a part of the smuggling of all things, including illegal immigrants.
Some years ago (1990s), approximately 75% of the cartels financial pie was predicated on the sale of marijuana in the U.S. Legalize marijuana in the U.S. and take away the bulk of the cartels financial will to do harm in the U.S and Mexico.
The cartels’ current annual income is 64.34 billion dollars (Latin American Herald Tribune) -- according to the U.S. government, 19-29 billion in 2014 (NPR). The violent, brutal, effective, drug cartels have as much money, the technology, and opportunity to attack or defeat border security as we have to maintain it.
Posted (version) Carbuncle Moon 7/15/15: Are the Central American children fleeing from the drug cartel/gang-infested and American-market-driven illegal-drug war zones refugees or illegal immigrants? When a firefighter puts out a fire does the firefighter concentrate on containing those fleeing the conflagration to first put out the blaze or is the fire put out and the survivors attended to simultaneously?
“We were at Kings Beach one of those places with our own kitchen. I was takin a shower. I smelled smoke. I heard Celeste yellin ‘grease fire’ but it was really Mel Gibson yelling cease fire on TV -- remember Celeste had that deep voice. So I ran outside without dryin off. It was about ten below. My thing, uh, my dingaling froze. I came back in and Celeste thought I had a woody and she friggin attacked me.”
“She did huh?” Bob said with a straight face.
“It was a savage attack, too.” Joe shrugged in Hollywood fashion. “As soon as I warmed up I thawed out.” He made a dwindling motion from an erect finger to a bent one to a flat one, and they both burst out laughing."
-Excerpt from The Three Almost Wise Men...
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The mind should be a sanctuary of reason, unfettered, free for flights of fancy, a cheering section for the ideas of others, love or what not, and a pilot of your soul. It should not be invaded, occupied, or put under martial law. There shouldn’t be tanks rolling through your Limbic system or barricades in your cerebral cortex. Your sanity should be yours to lose; it shouldn’t be carjacked by brainwashing, mind control, or electronic torturers: an evil shade of things to come, a gray miasma where sociopathic technology rules the heart, where slavery or murder can be a minor choice on a keyboard, the end of all good things, freedom, justice, and liberty for all --
Though, of course, the good things won’t end for the right people.
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Thank you very much: this website has reached 226,000 Likes.
Update: Carbuncle Moon has now reached 228,00 Likes (9/1/15). If every Like buys a T-shirt my family and I can realize more than $1,000,000.00 in net profit before taxes. If every other Like buys a T-shirt my family and I can make more than half-a-mil in net profit before taxes...
Of course if we don't sell a single T-shirt we make, uh, hmmm?, er, ah...
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