and it includes selling our children to private penal institutions that do nothing more than warehouse them at tax-payers expense.


Judges, Mark Ciavarella & Michael Conahan Guilty in Scheme to Jail Youths for Profit » Titania – Ethical Creative Society




The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.

Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs — that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations.

Criminologists and legal scholars in other industrialized nations say they are mystified and appalled by the number and length of American prison sentences.

The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies at King’s College London.

China, which is four times more populous than the United States, is a distant second, with 1.6 million people in prison. (That number excludes hundreds of thousands of people held in administrative detention, most of them in China’s extrajudicial system of re-education through labor, which often singles out political activists who have not committed crimes.)



U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other nations


THE ASYLUM: For the care of people, especially those with physical or mental impairments, who require organized supervision or assistance.

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 America’s Future? The “next generation”?

The roster reads like an “America’s Most NOT Wanted” list of severely conservative (and disturbed) individuals who have been around too long and wrought too much damage on this country.

In this case the definition to insanity is “picking the same people  over and over and expecting different results.  


CROSS-HAIRS; used figuratively to describe someone or something being targeted




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The Kim Jong-un costumes are outselling Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that was a hot seller last year.


The spooks are cranking up the smoke machines and beginning to fill the room so that anyone with a brain can figure out that these are just neo-cons in costumes trying to stir a scare by throwing out buzz words like “nuclear” and “threat to homeland” to drum up paranoia and less talk about defense budget cuts.


If one would take a few minutes (it wouldn’t take much longer) to think about how this would work; North Korea launching a nuclear attack against the U.S., it would be blatantly obvious that it’s an absurd and crazy-making pile of steaming B.S.


Think about it. N. Korea is bordered by China on one side and South Korea on the other; both well-armed military powers who in protecting their own self-interests (and lives)  in allowing nukes or anything else to be launched from N Korea at anyone, let alone the U.S. lest we forget that China is our biggest creditor and South Korea is a U.S. military outpost.


Neo-cons and the politicians that pander to them hope that no one looks at a map or stops long enough to think about how they might be being played. They just want you to celebrate Halloween early this year. 



U.S. to bolster missile defenses to counter North Korea threat: Hagel


EQUITY: the quality of being fair or impartial; fairness; impartiality.


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 Just as Pope Francis is now the “role model” for  a few billion Catholics so is Warren Buffett for a few thousand “billionaires” like these schmucks;  Top six Wells Fargo executives made more than $70 million combined last year. 

These clowns claim that they deserve this absurd compensation from being the smartest and the brightest money can buy. What’s even more absurd is that there are people (usually from the same group of scoundrels) that agree with them. 

Do they really believe that they are better than, or smarter than, or wiser than this guy? Billionaire Warren Buffett’s salary remains unchanged who happens to be the 2nd richest man in America.


Warren Buffett’s total compensation declined 14 percent last year to $423,923 as Berkshire Hathaway spent less on his security, but his salary remained unchanged at $100,000. 

Buffett’s salary for leading Berkshire as chairman and chief executive hasn’t changed in more than 25 years. The $323,923 for security was the only other element of Buffett’s 2012 compensation because the billionaire forgoes typical executive perks. 

Also read: Warren Buffett calls Berkshire’s $24 billion gain ‘subpar’ 

Buffett again paid Berkshire $50,000 to reimburse the Omaha-based company for any personal costs.


THE ASSYLUM: For the care of people, especially those with physical or mental impairments, who require organized supervision or assistance.



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Here’s a first hand report from another disillusioned passenger floating around on one of Carnival’s floating buckets of human waste; literally! 


“There’s human waste all over the floor in some of the bathrooms and they’re overflowing.” What’s more, “the elevators have not been working.”


Waste ‘All Over Floor’ on Another Carnival Cruise


HALL OF SHAME: a failure to meet your own standards of behavior




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Mr Prouty needs to be commended for pulling down the curtain and exposing the gang of money grubbers who Republicans pander to and pay $50,000 dollars a plate to have clowns like Romney perform for them.  


It goes to show that not everyone smells of the rot of greed and corruption. 


“I felt an obligation, for all the people who couldn’t afford to be there,” he said in an interview with Ed Schultz on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show.”

“You shouldn’t have to pay $50,000 to hear what a candidate really thinks,” he said.

Mr. Prouty remained anonymous until now because he didn’t want to distract from what Mr. Romney said at the fund-raiser.

“I wanted his words to be the center of attention,” he said. 


The Man Behind the ‘47 Percent’ Video Comes Forward


THE BIG TOP – a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance



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He doesn’t make a good “McCarthy” because his comments are more childish than sinister. 90% of it is gibberish and serves to cloud the issue he claims to be addressing. 


His bio states he was educated in law and one would assume he actually retained what he heard/learned. Yet he brings up absurd scenarios in 1st, 2nd, and 4th Amendment rights which, on the surface sound sensible  but after a moments thought are silly. 


How or why this clown (as well as several others) end up in government and on committees remains a mystery to me. I thought Americans had enough sense to elect people of “sound mind” to represent them.


Dianne Feinstein Battles Ted Cruz in Heated Senate Showdown Over Guns: ‘I’m Not a 6th Grader’

HALL OF SHAME: a failure to meet your own standards of behavior 

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But I didn’t realize that the mental health professionals and the sex toy industry teamed up. 

In an article written by Charlie Glickman, PhD  Getting Older, Getting Better  He presents himself as; 

I’m a writer, blogger, teacher, workshop facilitator, and occasional university professor. I teach workshops, seminars, and university courses on sexuality topics, including sex-positivity, sex & shame, communities of erotic affiliation, many different sexual practices, gender & masculinity, and sexual politics. Contact me for more information or to arrange a speaking engagement.  

He goes on to plug a book;

I also highly recommend Joan Price’s book  Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior   

“One of the best things about Naked at Our Age is that in addition to Joan’s thoughtful and compassionate perspective, the book is full of excellent advice and suggestions from sex educators, therapists, and medical professionals. It’s like getting to talk with a panel of experts, which gives the reader much more to work with.”

CHARLIE GLICKMAN, PHD, Education Program Manager, Good Vibrations, 

That can be bought here;  Good Vibrations 20% off on dildos?




HALL OF SHAME: a failure to meet your own standards of behavior



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10 Worst People on Forbes 2013 Billionaires List


They feed on the masses who blindly consume the junk they serve and will literally stomp each other to death breaking down the doors to get more.


My pick of the lot are the Walton’s who are superb at this form of debauchery contaminating the country with massive “super” junk yards that are reminiscent of episodes from “The Walking Dead.”


In America we call this success;


. The Walton family: Christy Walton and family ($28.2 bn), Jim Walton ($26.7 bn), Alice Walton ($26.3 bn), S. Robson (Rob) Walton ($26.1 bn), Anne Walton Kroenke, ($4.5 bn), Nancy Walton Laurie ($3.9 bn)


The Walton family is the richest in the U.S. and heirs to the retail juggernaut Walmart. They collectively claim 0.14 percent of the country’s entire wealth, or to put it another way, they are worth as much as the bottom 41 percent of all Americans combined. Their legacy is a grotesque business model that depends on pushing down wages and sinking living standards for millions of Americans. Rob is chairman of the board of directors of a company that pays its full-time hourly employees an average of $12.50 and has a policy of keeping them part-time so they don’t even earn that. The Waltons are big-time funders of conservative causes, with special emphasis on undermining public education. Jim Walton, who serves as the chairman for the Walton-owned Arvest bank, is particularly active in injecting his family’s ill-gotten gains into politics






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Despite being Argentina’s top church official, Bergoglio never lived in the ornate church mansion in Buenos Aires, preferring a simple bed in a downtown room heated by a small stove. For years, he took public transportation around the city and cooked his own meals.




Maybe all those “prosperity gospel” preachers can take a page from this playbook. They can start by hocking the Rolex and putting the cash back in the basket.


Maybe all these “monarchs” that still roam the planet looking for something to do can take off the crowns and robes and go about doing the work of the people they expect subservience from.


Maybe all those “Greed is Good” 1% can try a new slogan; “Generosity is Better” and begin to voluntarily share the wealth they acquired from those who created it for them.


Maybe? Possibly? Likely?  If nothing else Pope Francis might force those who don’t “walk the talk” to look in the mirror.


Mother Teresa cleaned a toilet at sunrise as a reminder of where she (and most of us) are.


Governor Jerry Brown (an ex-Jesuit) preferred a 1 bdrm apartment to the Mac Mansion his predecessors indulged themselves with until Ronnie R reinstated the wasted tax paid for palace life. 



Cardinals elect Pope Francis, Argentinean Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio | National Catholic Reporter