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As Larry Wilmore says frequently about Bill Cosby, I haven't forgotten.

The United States tortures. It has tortured non-combatants and innocents without scruple or a break (yeah, that means YOU Mr. Obama) since at least 9/11. The reason that the remaining Guantanamo detainees can not be released from indefinite detention, a lifetime behind barbed wire without a warrant or trial, is because they have been tortured and will testify to it under oath in a real Court of Law and not some Kangaroo Star Chamber Secret Military Tribunal which expressly forbids that testimony. In a real Court statements extracted by torture are no evidence at all, except against the Torturers who in my opinion should rot in Spandau for the rest of their lives in the cells that used to hold Nazis.

Indiana conservatives strive to top North Carolina

Indiana may have lost to the Tarheels in the NCAA tournament, but Indiana Republicans are going all out to prove that nobody is as bigoted as they are.

Sen. Jim Tomes introduced SB 35 in January which prohibits schools from ever allowing transgendder students from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identity...but goes much further. The bill legally defines a person's gender as determined as that which is assigned to the person at birth and their chromosomes.

[T]he bill mandates that any transgender person who uses a public sex-specific restroom, locker room, or shower room that matches their gender identity has committed a “single sex public facility trespass,” which it deems a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is the highest non-felony charge in Indiana, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 dollars.

The misdemeanor charge would not apply to a student at a school, a person under the age of 18, or the usage of any private residence facility.

Hellraisers Journal: Persecution of Colorado Miners Continued by Coal Owned State Government

There are no limits to which powers of privilege will not go
to keep the workers in slavery.
-Mother Jones

Thursday March 30, 1916
From the United Mine Workers Journal: A Day in a Trial of Colorado Miners

Military Veterans - 22 Suicides a Day – Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The failed Iraq war that Mrs. Clinton voted for, without even taking the time to read the national intelligence estimate, is helping to contribute to 22 military veteran suicides a fucking day. No, I'm not implying that it is all Hillary's fault, only indicating her lack of leadership abilities, by not reading the NIE before she voted to give GWB carte blanch to launch an ILLEGAL war against a country that did not attack us, nor threaten our national sovereignty.

Washington Human Rights Commission quashes anti-trans petitions

Yesterday the Human Rights Commission of the State of Washington voted to reject two petitions to repeal what is being referred to as "the transgender bathroom rule." The HRC established WAC 163-32-060 last December. The rule allows transgender people to use gender-segregated facilities corresponding with our gender identity.

One of the petitions was written by Roderick and Bonnie Smilonich and the another by retired Sens. Val Stevens and Joyce Mulliken along with retired Reps. Gigi Talcott and Lynn Schindler. Mulliken, of Moses Lake, formerly served the 13th Legislative District. Mulliken wrote on her Facebook page she was told of the hearing only one day prior by another legislator, not by the commission. She is currently out of state and wasn’t able to attend the hearing. The other lawmakers who filed the petition weren’t in attendance either.

Mulliken later told the Herald the group plans to appeal the decision with Gov. Jay Inslee and the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee (the Legislative committee that audits state agencies, boards and commissions).

Hellraisers Journal: Indictments Against Judge Elbert H Gary of the U. S. Steel Corporation Quashed

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday March 29, 1916
From The Day Book: Judge Anderson Quashes Indictments Against Judge Gary

About the restroom safety thing

Saturday night, around 11:40pm, a 25-year-old transgender woman was inside a single-occupancy unisex bathroom at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York's Greenwich Village when a man entered the bathroom claiming he only needed to wash his hands. The man then groped and raped the woman.

The man fled the scene. The woman also left the scene, before returning an hour later and calling 911. She was taken to Lennox Hill Hospital for treatment.

The Poisoning of Flint, MI – A Crime Against Humanity – No Terrorist Required

Imagine the headline, Tens of Thousands of People Poisoned by, {then insert name of bad dictator the US does not have any use for anymore}, and you have the same basic headline for the last 40 to 100 years. The call for a bombing campaign, if not all out war would be immense. Just think for a moment, when the people of Crimea voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to secede to Russia in 2014, we had TV pundits, a retired general on Tee Vee, calling to Kill more Russians.

Hellraisers Journal: Haywood, Moyer, Pettibone Now Held Together at Ada County Jail in Idaho

There are no limits to which powers of privilege will not go
to keep the workers in slavery.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday March 28, 1906
Boise, Idaho - W. F. of M. Officers Now Confined at Ada County Jail

Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits

My title is from the King James Version of the of the New Testament, Matthew 7:15-20, which relates Jesus' parable of the Tree and its Fruits. Here is the full version:

7:15 "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves."

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Prison system theoretically ahead of North Carolina

In case you aren't familiar with it, PREA is the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.

The National PREA Resource Center has clarified guidelines set in 2012 regarding the treatment of transgender inmates within the prison system, stating Thursday that any policy that houses transgender or intersex inmates based exclusively on external genital anatomy violates PREA standards.

Standard 115.42(c): In deciding whether to assign a transgender or intersex inmate to a facility for male or female inmates, and in making other housing and programming assignments, the agency shall consider on a case-by-case basis whether a placement would ensure the inmate’s health and safety, and whether the placement would present management or security problems.

(e) A transgender or intersex inmate’s own views with respect to his or her own safety shall be given serious consideration.

Think about that: This is a better situation than transgender people are facing in North Carolina in regards to restrooms usage.

Hellraisers Journal: Louis Zancanelli Released After More Than Two Years in Filthy Trinidad Jail

Say, brave boys, say, the star that rose in Bethlehem has crossed the world,
it has risen here; see it slowly breaking through the clouds.
The star of Bethlehem will usher in the new day and new time and new philosophy
-and if you are only true you will be free.
-Mother Jones

Monday March 27, 1916
From the United Mine Workers Journal: Springtime and Freedom for Louis Zancanelli

The Online Graveyard of The Progressive Movement

Until a couple of years ago I used to frequent a website known as the online liberal bastion the world over. At the beginning, I used to just read essays posted by other users/members, many of which I found to be very informative, compelling, inspiring, and motivating.

When you're down and troubled

 photo qq_tgh.gifAnd you need some love and care,
And nothing, nothing is going right...

...then I find myself looking for something...anything...to brighten up even the darkest night.

There is Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, who posted on Facebook about the anti-trans legislation the GOP is promoting in his state.

They are wrong on the issue and wrong on the morality of it in my opinion. I’ll veto it.


Hellraisers Journal: George A. Pettibone, First President of the Gem Miner's Union of Idaho

There are no limits to which powers of privilege will not go
to keep the workers in slavery.
-Mother Jones

Monday March 26, 1906
From The Miners'Magazine: A Sketch of George A. Pettibone

My Back Pages - US Government and Corporations Cooperate To Create Your Dystopian Future

I'm slowly bringing some of my old articles over to post here on C99. This is one that I originally published Jun 21, 2013. Now that we are in the midst of FBI vs. Apple wherein the FBI is attempting to compel Apple to become an arm of the surveillance state, some of this seems pretty current in a way.

The US government works closely with thousands of corporations to bring you everything from national security to the drivers of climate change.  The connections between these entities are diverse and often quite opaque making it difficult for citizens to tell who is really in charge.  Is it the corporations with their ultimate responsibility to make a profit for their owners and shareholders, or is it the government with its ultimate responsibility to the electorate that is in charge?  Do the principles of government or business apply to joint decision making processes when government invests in businesses and sits on their boards, or when government agencies have representatives of business sit on task forces and decision making structures?

The economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith wrote, “people of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”

What happens when the interests of business and government so align, that they are fundamentally, "in the same business?"

I Suppose I Should Not Have Been Surprised

It really didn't take many of the so called 'liberal' blogs to fall in line with the corporate wing of the Democratic party.

They boldly avoid even touching the subject of Hillary's AUMF vote, all is forgiven since she said, oops my bad.

If she hadn't campaigned against people's rights it would have been so much worse, so that one is all good.

If she hadn't campaigned for the prison industrial complex..actually could it be much worse?