Execution for Those Who Deserve to Die

July 28, 2014  By Jack Jodell.

BURR DEMINGI am delighted to present this new podcast from the very thoughtful Burr Deming (shown at right), creator of the fabulously insightful website Fair and Unbalanced. com, in association with which I present this effort. Here, Mr. Deming puts forth simultaneous arguments both for and against the death penalty. I myself am opposed to the death penalty and would be thoroughly horrified to learn that a future jury vote of mine would possibly convict an innocent person to death. But, as Burr rationalizes, “We all share the anger about the crimes, the murders, the victims. ..
The anger that reacts against injustice is often what impels us along the arc of the moral universe. It is part of what bends that arc toward justice. If not channeled, it becomes the violence itself.  

So, yeah, if my family was victimized, I would want to kill those responsible. Personally. Slow, torturous death would not be a flaw, it would be a feature. I wouldn’t want to be deterred by process, or by appeals, or by the microscopic possibility that I might have the wrong guy. I would likely be the one who pulls the switch. I can see myself as the one who hopes the killer suffers as much as his victim. Two hours to die? Good.

The same would be true if the victim was from a family down the street.

Here’s the problem.
The same might even be true if the family was in the same courtroom while I deliberated guilt or innocence.”

Listen by clicking on the link below and see what you think, readers…


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July 25, 2014  By Jack Jodell.

Below are words from a song I co-wrote and recorded 11 years ago with a man named Tom Sedio (a VERY gifted singwruter and guitarist) during the earliest phases of the criminal Bush / Cheney Iraq War fiasco. Although we have not yet released it, (and perhaps never will). as I listened again to it recently, it struck me how timeless and wholly applicable the lyrics seem to be even today, more than a decade later…


“God knows everybody needs more love
I know what it’s done for me
God sees Satan taking over the world
I know what he’s done to me
God knows that there is no need for war
I see dying needlessly
God wants everyone to share their love
I want people to be free…

Take a look around you – tell me what you see
Looks like everybody’s insane
Give your heart a listen; tell me what it says -
Seems like everybody’s in pain
Think about the fiture – analyze the past -
Looks like no one uses their brain
Tell me how to stop this – turn this world around -
Is there really something that’s sane to gain?

God knows everybody needs more peace
I feel what it’s done for me
God sees greed has taken over the world
I know what it’s done to me
God knows that there is a need for peace
I see dying needlessly
God wants everyone to share their joy
I want people to be free…

Both the left and the right at each other’s throat
Seems like everybody’s insane
Save the unborn child; kill the criminal -
Such a contradiction – such pain!
Do a crazy diet – throw away your food -
1 in 6 go hungry each night!
Book me on a Mars probe – get me outta here!
I’m afraid we’re losing our sight for what’s right!

God knows everybody needs more love
I feel what it’s done for me
God sees Satan taking o’er the world
I know what he’s done to me
God knows that there is no need for war!
I see dying needlessly
God wants everyone to share their love
I want people to be free…

East and west in turmoil
at each other’s throat
everyone so hateful and mean
Give the rich some more – take it from the poor!
BOTH are fed by those in-between
Tell me how to stop this; turn the world around -
Nobody is using their brain
Book me on a Mars probe – get me OUTTA here!
I’m afraid we’re losing our sight for right!”                                  


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al Qaeda and Iraq – Fly Paper!

July 21, 2014  By Jack Jodell.

Happy Monday, readers! In what is rapidly becoming a start-of-each-week tradition on this blog site, and in association with the superb blog Fair and Unbalanced.com, I proudly present Mr. Burr Deming’s latest podcast, which he narrates below. Just click on this link and have your speakers on:


BURR DEMINGIn Burr’s very accurate words:

“Al Qaeda had never had any force to speak of in Iraq. There were scattered outposts in largely deserted areas not controlled by Saddam Hussein’s forces. But after the invasion, al Qaeda began to develop a presence. It wasn’t much, but it was more than the zero that had been in Sunni areas before. And it was growing.

So the Bush/Cheney administration went for the spin cycle. The increase in al Qaeda activity was actually a good thing…”

————————————————————————————————————————I remain amazed that the Bush/Cheney regime were able to so thoroughly mislead the public for so long. Cheney and his equally corrupt and lying, arrogant bedfellow Donald Rumsfeld, involved us in a trumped-up war which should never have been fought, and which has nearly bankrupted us in the process.

Bush-CheneyThat entire regime, from Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld all the way down to plunderers-rs-in-chief Paul Bremer and Paul Wolfowitz, to worthless and shoddy attorneys like Alberto Gonzales and John Yoo, are all guilty, directly or indirectly, of deceiving the world and engaging in WAR CRIMES. Each, in their own way, has blood on their hands, and justice demands that each be tried, convicted, and punished severely for the role they played in this wholly unnecessary and wanton spree of murder and warfare!            

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July 17, 2014  By Jack Jodell.

Greedy, corporate tax evasion has hit one of America’s oldest, and  the country’s largest retail pharmacy chain: Walgreens Drug stores. Begun in Chicago in 1901 by Charles R, Walgreen, the son of Swedish immigrant parents who became a pharmacist. Charles was quite an innovator: he was one of the first drug retailers to feature non-pharmaceuticals as a big part of his inventory, and quickly established inexpensive lunch counters in his stores. As ice cream grew in popularity, Walgreen opened his own ice cream factory, and, by 1922, had introduced malted milk shakes to the country. Walgreen expanded his number of stores relatively rapidly, growing from the one store in 1901 to 5 by 1915 and 20 by 1920. During Prohibition, the chain continued to grow and thrive partly by selling legal prescription whiskey. Today, this pharmacy giant boasts an astounding 8,678 stores throughout the United States and its possessions. The latest Wall Street stock figures show this to be a company with rising revenues and dividends – rock solid. Despite all this, it has been announced that Walgreens may move its headquarters from Deerfield, IL to Sqwitzerland to aoid paying U.S. taxes. The company claims it will save as much as $750 MILLION by doing this.  Of course, while it may then become technically a Swiss-owned corporation, it will continue to make all of its revenue and profits here; will still depend upon  OUR roads and airports to move its goods upon; will still depend upon OUR police and fire departments to protect its stores, yet will avoid all tax liability within this country. This nifty little scheme is called tax inversion, and is completely outrageous!  While corporate predators like Mitt Romney may consider this to be an advantageous shrewd move, in reality it is a slap in the face of every American worker, consumer, and taxpayer!

That is why I am STRONGLY urging ALL Americans to BOYCOTT WALGREENS DRUG STORES IMMEDIATELY, until this greedy corporation comes to its senses and completely drops this plan to defraud the American government and its people!

Let’s all BOYCOTT WALGREENS and teach the greedy corporate schemers there a well-deserved lesson in ethics!                                                        

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July 14, 2014  By Jack Jodell.

Please listen to the brilliant podcast I just received from BURR DEMING over at Fair and Unbalanced.com. I proudly stand with this enlightened man 100% on this very vital issue.Wayne LaPierre and the NRA: GO STRAIGHT TO HELL WITH YOUR LIES AND DISTORTIONS, you paranoid scoundrels! You have dishonestly reinterpreted the Second Amendment and have perverted it in the process, just to benefit gun manufacturers. You are very poor excuses for supposedly rational human beings. Kindly DON’T fill us full of any more of your nonsense. We’ve had a belly full of it already! :-( Here is the link for a good lesson in sanity.


BURR DEMINGHere are Burr’s own comments:

“Most voters, in fact the overwhelming majority of voters, regard gun safety as something that government ought to insist on. The numbers are unmistakable. 

But, while most voters are for gun safety in principle, it is one of many issues. War, environmental regulation, taxes, jobs, Obamacare, and a thousand other issues are also important. Some voters will show up to vote. For some, gun safety will even be the straw that breaks a vote away from a Republican. For enough gun enthusiasts to matter, guns are not an issue in principle. It is a matter of principle. And more. It is an issue that is personal. Very.” 

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July 11, 2014  By Jack Jodell. 

“Corporations are NOT people, and money is NOT Free Speech!”- Commonly accepted modern truth and wisdom - 

The American Republic, first proudly proclaimed in 1776, has undergone many changes since its birth. It has withstood challenges from both within and outside of its borders, from President James Madison’s successful victory over British invasion in the War of 1812, to President  Andrew Jackson’s successful shutdown of the Second National Bank in
lincoln1835, to President Abraham Lincoln’s decisive victory over the pro-slavery and pro-secession forces of  the Confederacy in the Civil War of 1861 – 1865, to President Theodore Roosevelt’s defeat of the robber barons with his trust busting efforts in the early 20th century, to the long overdue and much FDRneeded reforms enacted under President Franklin Roosevelt’s fabulous New Deal programs in the 1930s, to the Nazi and Communist threats running from 1940 – 1991 (under many Presidents, of both parties), to the Civil Rights and Great Society programs launched by liberal Democrats and President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s, and even others not listed here. In almost all cases,  the forces of fairness, equality, and morality – the progressive forces of expanded individual social freedom – won out and carried the day politically, economically, and socially. 

angry reagan 2Beginning with the presidency of Ronald Reagan in 1981, however, and continuing to this very day,  the forces of regression began to gain influence in American political, economic, and even judicial life. This has unfortunately resulted in a devastating reduction in income as well as economic and political power for the overwhelming 99% MAJORITY of our population! Reactionaries who neither fully understand our Constitution nor the sinister motives of the greediest 1% minority who wish to exploit them and reduce our economic system to feudalism have gathered within the extremist-laden Tea Party and are wreaking havoc. Also,  that odious bunch has successfully infested and now controls the once great (but now fully disgraced) Republican Party.

Libertarians have always exerted some influence in the GOP. They have always opposed too much federal government regulation over private business, and have resisted government intrusion into ordinary citizens’ lives. But this influence over the GOP has now grown malignant and angry ted cruzpaul rdangerous, as extremists like Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Darrell Issa, DICK Cheney, and Rand Paul all hold powerful positions of influence or strong voices within this now reactionary Republican Party. Their aim is  to weaken the federal government’s power by all means necessary to establish the absolute supremacy of corporations, the military, and the religious right. The losers in this ongoing and yet upcoming epic battle for the control of this country will be working Americans, artists, the religious left, peace activists, environmentalists, minorities, the poor,  social libertines, women, and a huge number of the 99% MAJORITY  whose incomes or political beliefs do not coincide with those of the greediest 1% minority.

2087958DK336_PowellOn he very crucial Judicial slide, this downward slide can be directly attributed to the efforts of the late Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Originally a corporate lawyer (naturally), this misguided fool laid the basis for the creation of a most unjust Corporate States of America. Like many conservatives and virtually all reactionaries, this man was a paranoid who offered horrible, antidemocratic tactics to be used by conservatives to regain judicial and political control from liberals. Powell was very alarmed by the rise of the New Left during the late 1960s – early 1970s, and he also was obviously uneasy with the growing economic, political, and judicial power being attained by the middle class and poor of that era. He saw labor unions as being far too powerful and a threat to corporate profits. So he drafted a notorious memo, the Powell Memo, which was eagerly devoured and soon put into practice by conservative and reactionary Republicans.  THIS ONE DOCUMENT HAS PROVEN TO BE THE MOST DANGEROUS THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY THAT HAS EVER BEEN CONCEIVED! It advocated increased and heavy conservative, business-friendly input into the nation’s educational system as well as its media, and the appointment of only conservative, business-friendly judges to all available judicial posts nationwide. The Republicans eagerly instituted this idea and put it into practice as widely as they could. Before long, they were actively opposing and even blocking the appointment of as many liberal or opposing judges as they could,  Wealthy, conservative, government-hating news sources (like Fox so-called “News”) came into being and began a constant, endless stream of distorted, nonfactual, and even outright lying news stories to brainwash the public into supporting conservative political candidates who would consistently vote in a pro-corporate, anti-worker capacity. Before long, labor unions were under attack to the point where they all but disappeared from nearly every industry. Corporations began sending American jobs and even entire American factories and plants to slave-wage labor markets outside our borders. Meanwhile, here at home, worker benefits began to disappear and worker’s wages began to fall, all under the very false guise of needing to protect American jobs here at home by enabling the corporations to be more “competitive” on the world market. What utter absurdity! Corporations and their wealthy owners,  boards of directors, and stockholders were even given substantial tax breaks and subsidies, despite the fact that many of them did not need the extra income and were actually illegally shielding their corporate profits from the federal government by hiding them in overseas tax shelters!

Corporate power has grown rampantly since then, to the detriment of all koch brosbut the wealthiest 1% minority. The numbers of corporate lobbyists grew eponentially, successfully rolling back many needed regulations on banking and business which had effectively maintained economic equilibrium since the Great Depression. Safety standards in mines, pharmaceuticals, and other industries began to fall. Air and water pollution began rising, and deadly oil spills began to pop up more frequently. Yet short-sighted opportunists like Phil Gramm, DICK Cheney, and the notorious Koch brothers all kept pushing for, and were largely successful in, obtaining even more deregulation.

ARMEY2Arch-conservatives and government-haters like Dick Armey and Fox “News” teamed up to create and popularize the extremely destructive Tea Party. In the off-year congressional elections of 2010, this deadly force, acting much like killer bees, successfully got rid of large numbers of much more sensible and moderate Republicans by targeting them in primaries, and captured control of not only that wretched party, but also the U.S. House of Representatives. That year, Republicans also captured a lot of state legislatures and governorships, and immediately began redistricting and gerrymandering so as to ensure they would remain in power as long as possible.  These relentless extremists also began to obstruct any effort made by liberals or Democrats to pass any legislation at all, effectively installing a de facto one party rule throughout much of our elected government. Seemingly overnight, they have destroyed our American democracy and have transformed it into  a blatant CORPOCRACY. Nice going, Lewis B. Powell – what an absolute moron you have turned out to be! You were so worried that leftists would destroy our republic – look at the wreckage your cherished “conservatives” have wrought! Your efforts have ruined opportunity for average Americans; have created a record disparity in wealth; and have robbed us of individual freedoms by aiding the rise of a vastly overbloated military / industrial complex and “national security” apparatus. These are NOT healthy developments in our country: rather, they are destructive and antidemocratic by their very nature!

2 corporatist supreme courtOnce the conservative / reactionary types had established a working majority on the Supreme Court (effectively turning it into the Extreme Court), they began issuing a load of pro-business, anti-worker, authoritarian and activist decisions. They ignored past precedent and began twisting long held constitutional beliefs to fit their own narrow ideological mold. Their most sordid effort was the preposterous Citizens United ruling, which declared that money is free speech (though even a child could tell you that corporations are NOT individual people  and spending money is NOT the same as exercising free speech)! This insane decision lifted almost all restrictions on campaign donations by corporations and the wealthy. In one fell swoop, this Extreme Court had destroyed the longstanding notion of “one man, one vote” and ensured that we will be plagued with a torrent of one-sided, pro-corporate political advertising for the foreseeable future. It also assured that our government will remain corrupt and bought-out in favor of big business. ,An equally sordid Extreme Court decision was the recent Hobby Lobby ruling, which basically granted corporations a right of noncompliance with  federal statutes based on the corporation’s alleged religious convictions, as if these greedy, self-centered entities had any real religious convictions at all!Whatever became of the long-observed precedent of maintaining a separation of church and state? Obviously, this modern, activist  Extreme Court views that time-honored practice and precedent as being outdated and wholly irrelevant…

But, my friends, I am happy to report that we in the 99% MAJORITY have not yet lost the fight to restore democracy in this country and get the money OUT of politics for once and for all time!

In reaction to these most flawed Extreme Court  rulings in its history,  a relatively new organization has sprung up to get these preposterous decisions nullified. It’s called MOVE TO AMEND.ORG, and it is actively advocating the adoption of a new Constitutional amendment stating that corporations are NOT people and that money is NOT free speech. I strongly urge you to visit its website at https://movetoamend.org  and contribute to this noble and vital  effort. For if you don’t do ,so, the America we all grew up with could very well disappear forever! 

We cannot allow this reactionary, corporatist Extreme Court to succeed in its attempt to reinterpret the Constitution along radically backward-looking ideological lines! One thing we MUST do is VOTE this November and not only unseat all the Tea Party types, but also replace them with new, forward-thinking progressive candidates! Money and far-right, government-hating ideology MUST be removed entirely from our politics, and only WE, THE PEOPLE, can achieve this through voting and supporting Move to Amend.Org!                 

In the words of Thom Hartmann, “democracy is NOT a spectator sport; it depends on YOUR active participation!”               

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July 9, 2014  By Jack Jodell.

BURR DEMINGIn association with the excellent blogsite Fair and Unbalanced.com, I am happy to present the creator of that site,  BURR DEMING’s, latest podcast below, (Burr is pictured at left).  Click on the link at bottom and hear Burr’s fabulous take on an obscure Texas law regarding possession of explosives. Burr writes: “Greg Abbott is not just the Republican candidate for governor. He is also the Attorney General of Texas. He ordered state agencies, including the State Health Services Department to no longer release any information on vast amounts of chemicals corporate neighbors are storing, including explosives.

Attorney General Abbott came up with what you might call the New Neighbor Principle. Residents can drive around a neighborhood, knocking on the doors of friendly business owners, and simply ask what hazardous substances, including chemicals and explosives, they store. 

A Texas law requires companies to furnish information about certain hazardous substances. But there is a twist.”


UP NEXT: A WAY TO NULLIFY CITIZENS UNITED!                                                     

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