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We Can't Afford Another Cheney

Can you think of another person in power who did more harm to this country than this cretin?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/20/1378921/-Jon-Stewart-rips-Dick-Cheney-a-new-one?detail=email

Isn't the definition of a sociopath someone without a conscience? It seems Cheny fits the definition. Enriching Halliburton seems to be the major thrust of his policies. Poor little W just was the pawn.

IGWT Currency Silent Protest

This is a silent protest of religion on currency. Our government and currency should be religiously neutral - secular.

Mark out In God We Trust with Sharpie

#GodRedacted #nogodwetrust

https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-God-We-Trust/727454174002738?fref=nf

Mother Of The Year

The black community could use more mothers like her.

https://gma.yahoo.com/baltimore-mom-smacks-son-taking-part-violence-1429...

Baltimore Riots: Mom Smacks Son for Taking Part in Violence

The Best Of Local Government

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-industry-audit-20150428-st...

"Companies tied to Industry ex-mayor racked up fortune

20-year jackpot of City of Industry contracts that included $4.9 million for lawn mower rentals and street cleaning fees billed at six times a competitor's rate has enriched a handful of companies owned by the tiny town's former mayor and his family by more than $326 million, an audit has found.

Veterans Affairs Woes

I have a question for some of you wonderful people who browse the forums. Some background info:

It has recently come to light that the oft stated statistic of 22 veteran suicides a day may be very low, and the actual rate may be considerably higher as the original survey covered fewer than half of the states and excluded 3 of the the 5 most veteran populated states, among other issues.

Veteran suicide can be directly linked to inability to receive care from the VA.

The real problem with TTIP and TPP trade partnerships

Everyone sites how these partnerships will subvert our constitution and give corporations the ability to sue American taxpayers if our laws adversly affect their businesses.

This is true.

A more serious danger is that a corporation like Monsanto will be able to sue foreign governments if it doesn't allow them to plant their GMO crops, thus ensuring the (probably inevitable) spread of GMO's and a capture of the world agricultural market.

Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Equality Case Today

Well, the time has finally arrived. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in four cases consolidated under the name Obergefell v. Hodges. By the end of June, the Court is widely expected to hand down a decision declaring that anti-gay marriage discrimination violates the Constitution.

The Basic Rights of Any Just Social Contract

These should be the basic rights to any social contract in order to counter the coercive nature of economic exploitation of people. A social priority over any economic system.

Did The Constitution Sanction Slavery? LS Says No.

Looking back at an old exchange from 2 years ago I came across LS making another of his empty claims similar to capitalism ended child labor. http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2015/04/capitalism-ended-child-labor-us

In this older thread http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2013/02/compassion-dr-ron-paul there's this exchange that the Constitution did NOT sanction slavery. It was a topic already covered in older threads so I didn't bother to provide the evidence.

See How Fast Track With TPP Is NOT Constitutional

See how the US Constitution gives Congress the authority to regulate trade with foreign nations and NOT outsource this to foreign tribunals.

http://customsocceruniform.com/us-constitution-managed-trade.html

From the US Constitution see how Fast Track with TPP, which can be called Obamatrade is NOT Constitutional in several ways.

http://obamatrade.com/constitution/

Sheriff Mack

Thom has a Tea Party ex-sheriff from AZ on his show on occasion that has had medical problems and huge cost and was not insured. This is a radical right winger that was and is totally opposed to Obamacare ( I prefer to use ACA). He is radical right wing. He could have purchased healthcare insurance on the open market as Republicans prefer (and I do) but did not. medical insurance is a crapshoot. Yes it is expensive. Yes medical bill are very expensive.

Fundemental Empirical contradictions of Libertarianism

Draw a line representing economic well being starting in 1776 to now.

It is generally positively sloped.

Draw a line representing government size, scope and regulation.

It is generally positively sloped.

Draw these two lines for all the developed countries.

They are generally positively sloped.

Thom, Federal Trade Commission must instantly prosecute all law officers that commit unjust murders.

Thom, the Federal Trade Commission has the authority to and must instantly investigate and instantly prosecute all law officers that commit wrongful murders since the FTC does have the authority to prosecute entities that wear badges that provide bad (false) services. There must instantly be a Federal Trade Commission workplace building in every municipality and in ever state and Congressional legislative district, and this will provide more jobs, by

10 new insults

http://www.merriam-webster.com/top-ten-lists/top-10-rare-and-amusing-insults-vol-2/loblolly.html or ten words for nasty people, that they probably won't understand .

Ted Cruz Spends Evening with Two Prominent Gay NY Businessmen

According to the New York Times Ted Cruz and his wife were social guests of two prominent gay businessmen on Monday Evening last in the men's Brooklyn apartment. The same apartment in which a young man had been found in a bathtub unconscious from an apparent drug overdose last October. That young man died in the hospital a short time later.

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Bernie Sanders Could be the Next FDR

Tuesday night, I appeared on the Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to talk about Elizabeth Warren, the rise of progressives within the Democratic Party, and what this means for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

At one point in our discussion, the conversation turned to whether Bernie represents the closest thing to an Elizabeth Warren candidacy.

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