19 2 / 2014

Crime: A History Of Capital Punishment – Documentary Video

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A BBC Documentary

“Timeshift digs into the archive to trace the extraordinary story of the ultimate sanction. At the beginning of the 19th century you could still be hanged in Britain for offences such as stealing a sheep or shooting a rabbit. Even children as young as seven were sent to the gallows. The last hanging in this country…

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29 10 / 2013

Protesters in Sao Paulo, Brazil blocked roads and torched vehicles on Monday. The protesters are angry because police shot and killed a 17-year-old. (Oct. 29)


29 10 / 2013

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, told a Senate committee Tuesday to amend stand your ground laws because they don’t work. ‘The person that shot and killed my son is walking the streets today,’ she said. (Oct. 29)


07 10 / 2013

A U.S. Default on Debt Seen as Catastrophe, to Have Worldwide AffectsA U.S. default on it’s debt would be devastating to not only the U.S. but also it’s affects would…View Post

A U.S. Default on Debt Seen as Catastrophe, to Have Worldwide Affects

A U.S. default on it’s debt would be devastating to not only the U.S. but also it’s affects would…

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06 6 / 2013

Shocking revelations of  U.S. gov’t unwarranted domestic surveillance:

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The Guardian Reports: “The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple

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03 4 / 2013

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In the same manner that some Muslim lawmakers abroad use Shariah Law to limit rights and freedom of their citizens with extreme interpretations of the laws, American Christian congressional Republicans, Tea Party, and some Democratic members do the same, but with Christian Law.

Tennessee, Louisiana and Arizona have passed laws banning judges from consulting Sharia, or more generally, foreign or religious laws. Oklahoma voters approved a ban on Sharia law in 2010, but a judge blocked the rule after a Muslim man filed a religious freedom lawsuit. Legislatures in South Carolina and Florida are considering anti-Sharia bills.” - Huffington Post

Christian congresspersons use Christian Religious Law based on Bible teachings to limit the rights of it’s citizens by passing laws such as DOMA, (Defense of Marriage Act enacted in 1996) whose future is now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Christians use religious law to limit the rights and freedoms of gay people throughout the United States, and it’s wrong. It is wrong for anyone to use religious beliefs as a basis to enact laws. State political leaders also use Christian Religious Law to limit the rights of women to choose what is best for their own medical and economic situations by banning Abortion. keep-abortion-safe-and-legal

When it comes down to it the the way in which Christians in power force their beliefs onto populations through legislation, and the way that Muslims use Shariah based on the Koran to enact laws are the same. They are both wrong in doing so. The reasons are that everyone isn’t Christian or Muslim, there are more religions or lack thereof in existence than just those two. In fact there are more world views than anyone can imagine. No one should be forced to live by someone else’s religious laws.

Basic human laws are the exception, of course we are against killing, or robbing your fellow man, but that is instinctual not religious law though often included in religious text.

In the current laws on Abortion, women are denied a choice, based on religious beliefs crossing over to actual legislation. These women are bound by a religious belief that they may not share. This limits their rights immensely.

In the current laws on Gay Marriage, those seeking to marry may be prevented from doing so, they too are bound by religious beliefs crossing over into actual legislation, that they may not share. This limits their rights immensely, and it’s wrong in a nation that is suppose to be for justice for all showing favor for one religion, or group over another.

All religions are free to exist of course, and we are free to to be free from it. Both are protected in the U.S. Constitution. It’s time to give women back their right to choose, and gay couples the right to marry, and stop using religious law to enact law. DOMA

Suggested Reading:

1. It’s time to overturn DOMA - Washington Post

2. The Landscape of abortion bans, in one must-see map - Washington Post

3. 10 states where abortion is virtually illegal for women- Alternet

4. Sharia Law Campaign begins as Muslims fight ban - Huffington Post

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18 3 / 2013

Progressives Challenging Obama’s Drone Strike Legality

"Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is leading a small group of House Democrats in calling on President Barack Obama to release information regarding the Administration’s use of drone strikes.

In a letter sent Monday, Lee said a leaked Department of Justice memo showed an “increasing devolution of accountability, transparency, and Constitutional protections in U.S. counterterrorism operations.” The 16-page memo provided an outline of the Obama’s administration legal justification of targeted drone strikes against U.S. citizens.”

It takes a lot to challenge a president of your own party, but a group of progressive representatives are calling Obama out, demanding legal justification for deadly drone strikes. Cenk Uygur explains who the constitutional heroes are, and what they’re doing for transparency.” 

Read more from Raw Story: House Democrats Demand Obama Release ‘full legal basis’ for Drone Strikes

11 3 / 2013

Giffords’ Aide Speaks Out On Gun Violence

Pam Simon, a survivor of the 2011 Tucson Shooting that injured U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others, recounts her harrowing story and what life has been like for her since the tragic event.

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11 3 / 2013

The Truth About Gun Control

"34 people—at least—on average, every single day, are murdered by a handgun across the United States." That’s just one of the sobering facts Pam Simon shares in this latest episode of EPIPHANY. Learn more about how Pam is trying to change our nation’s gun laws without taking away gun owners’ livelihoods.

Pam Simon was a survivor of the Tuscon, Arizona shooting, and Gabby Giffords aide at the time.

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08 2 / 2013

"This case concerns the most fundamental right the Constitution guarantees to citizens: the right not to be deprived of life without due process of law. Defendants respond with various arguments for dismissal of the case, but they all boil down to a single assertion: The Executive has the unilateral authority to carry out the targeted killing of Americans it deems terrorism suspects—even if those suspects do not present any truly imminent threat, even if they are located far away from any recognized battlefield, and even if they have never been convicted (or even charged) with a crime." - ACLU Brief PDF

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03 5 / 2012

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Mar 8, 2012 

Via Global Grind: “17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a Neighborhood Watch captain inside his own gated Orlando, Florida community where he was living with his father, stepmother and little brother, according to the family’s lawyer. Martin was shot after returning home from a local convenience store, where he bought snacks including Skittles candy requested by his 13-year-old brother, Chad.

According to the family’s lawyer Ben Crump, the family is calling for the Watch captain’s arrest, saying Martin was “on his way home and a Neighborhood Watch loose cannon shot and killed him”…”.* Was the teen singled out and shot because he was black in a white neighborhood? Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss if race was involved on The Young Turks.

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10 3 / 2012

From  Mar 8, 2012  

 25 members of the global hacker group Anonymous were arrested in Europe by Interpol. In America the FBI is fear mongering and talking about cyber ‘terrorism’. Are comparisons to terrorists relevant? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur on document leaks and how our corrupt government is protecting the interests of private corporations over the interests of the American people.


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07 2 / 2012

February 07, 2012

Prop. 8 ruled unconstitutional AGAIN! In a historic decision, the Ninth Circuit sent a clear message: it’s unfair and un-American to treat gay and lesbian couples differently. 

Read the ruling here.

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01 2 / 2012

February 01, 2012

 The UK Supreme Court is expected to consider an appeal by the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange against his extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault in August 2010. The future of the world famous whistle-blower is as unclear as ever, with questions being raised over Sweden’s legal system and its ties with the United States.

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