Good post. I read a great article in one of the car magazines it was about Chicago impounding people's cars left and right. The impound lot was huge beyond belief. This is the stuff we can fix if we work together.USA Today: Deaths in Custody. Sexual Violence. Hunger Strikes. What we uncovered inside ICE facilities across the US
This is not going to be anti-Trump nor pro-Trump. Sorry to disappoint, but there are other larger inherent problems with this, and I'm not about to debate whether or not the current administrations attitude has exacerbated or overblown the issue.
The real problem is right there in the article with this quote: "And Lasalle Corrections, the private company that runs Richwood, issued a statement.... "
I'm sorry if anyone disagrees, but the GOP has been pushing to privatize many civil functions of government for many years to realize this dream of a small government. In reality, it is merely a way for the GOP to support people within the organization who are primed to start up these companies which are then chosen by elected GOP members after legislation making such companies legal appeared. I will also note that I'm positive that Democrats have done the exact same things in states where they control the state legislature. I remember when this stuff became popular, and a time when the government ran prison systems, immigration detention facilities, and civil forfeiture. Now the way things are, depending on what state you live in, you might have no option but to pay a private company to settle a claim with the state after a judge rules against you. The same thing was done with power distribution companies which were once state owned, and are now overwhelmingly private. Some of us might be old enough to remember when there was a massive blackout months after 9/11- originally considered a terrorist action, but ultimately found out to be private energy companies who simply didn't want to disrupt their profits by performing necessary maintenance.
At one time, the taxpayers paid for power distribution systems to be created and maintained in this country. Yet politicians felt that such a vital national security asset should be turned over to their friends instead.
The root of the problem is our election system, and most notably our campaign finance laws that currently allow foreign governments to give as much money as they can to PAC- public action committees. It's a back door for corruption, and the laws allowing it were passed bipartisan. I have noticed that some candidates across the country have started to recognize this as the root of the issue. I also remember a time when politicians were allowed to keep leftover campaign funds as gifts. That ended after the Reagan era- for those of you who didn't know. Since then we've increased the corruption of our elected officials of all cults by allowing corporations and foreign governments to enter the process uninhibited. As long as the person we want is elected- it's all ok.... or is it?
Are we not selling out our own system of a democratic republic for the sake of elected officials profiting after leaving office? Why should it not be that any wealth offered by lobbyists, and then taken by officials be considered treason against the USA? Why are prison and civil forfeiture corporations required to be 501c? (non-profit charity corporation) Why are our ICE detention centers more like prisons than camps? It seems like we treated Japanese Americans better during WWII than we treat people fleeing the Russian takeover of Venezuela and Guatemala. ICE detention could be self supporting. Instead of prison for families, think of leftover FEMA trailers which are usually sold or stored until they become scrap, being parked in a government facility. While there detainees are given plans, tools, leadership, and materials to built housing throughout the property. Each domicile will be fitted with renewable energy that can then be sold to the local power company, and eventually pay for the facility and electricity. It doesn't have to be jail. Detainees could also be taught English and how to survive in a 1st world country, how to get birth control- etc- because in the 3rd world it's advantageous to have more children to help farm, but in the 1st world children are a financial liability. That has to be better than jailing people, and then chucking them out on the street.
Don't just sit back. Fight the power. They have been fighting against us for a very long time, and we just take it. There is no need in today's digital world for us to pay a private company to settle up with a state court fine. There is no need for us to pay a private company to disperse child care payments. There are many men in jail today in my state as a result of clerical errors by private childcare disbursement corporations, and believe me, they don't get to sue the people who "accidentally" put them in jail and caused them lawyer fees. Just because you might think that this sort of stuff doesn't affect you, so you don't need to consider it- doesn't mean it won't ever affect you. Fight back before it does.
If you've ever been in the military, which I doubt you were, you'd see how many white people are in it already.This was an act that both the Bush and Obama administrations would not do. Was it a good idea? If you are hoping to ignite the mid-east religious/ethnic/resource tensions into all out warfare, that will certainly help. The reason it wasn't done before is that we are already broke, fighting the relative "skirmishes" we're currently entangled with, but soon may have to contend with Iran, Russia, and other proxies, as well as the Taliban, ISIS, and the proxies already endlessly fighting. Leave it to the idiot populist POTUS to give the go-ahead on an assassination of a Iranian general. I expect the gullible evangelicals and white supremacists won't be "happy" with their support of the fool, when their kids are drafted into the military.
There has been Americans killed before the strike on the Iranian General and there still will be Americans kill after. You must have missed the sentence in the article: '"Soleimani was an evil genius, he had a lot of American blood on his hands," Morell said.' But amusing you target Trump specifically for the attack on the embassy and Iran's possible counter (in which they can and will target civilians,) but you won't blame Iran for their actions. Amazing, I guess people nowadays don't put the blame where it belongs.[This could have gone in the "Impeachment" thread, just as easily.] In addition to the above listed environmental conditions and nightmares that are upon us and getting worse, there is a new war about to happen. The Iranian general Soleimani was targeted and killed by one of our drones. Ex-CIA boss: "There will be dead Americans" after Iran general killed
I was in a war before you were born, and you missed the point completely... judging from your post, it seems you do that a lot.If you've ever been in the military, which I doubt you were, you'd see how many white people are in it already.
What are you even talking about??? Are you aware we have a garrison of Marines stationed inside our embassy compound.in Iraq? If anybody actually attacks any embassy with a big enough force to destroy it, the guarding force will fight back. Also, we don't kill protesters for simply protesting... foreign or domestic... that would be murder.There has been Americans killed before the strike on the Iranian General and there still will be Americans kill after. You must have missed the sentence in the article: '"Soleimani was an evil genius, he had a lot of American blood on his hands," Morell said.' But amusing you target Trump specifically for the attack on the embassy and Iran's possible counter (in which they can and will target civilians,) but you won't blame Iran for their actions. Amazing, I guess people nowadays don't put the blame where it belongs.
But it's okay, just let the Iranian backed militia and protesters keep destroying the embassy without any harm. Next time let them protest on your front door so we can laugh at you.
Yea, it's called Embassy Duty, and while I was never on embassy duty myself, plenty of my instructors were. If you looked at the photos, the protests were anything but peaceful. The first headlines I've read of the attack was "protest breaches gates of US Embassy in Baghdad." Yea, that's a great start to a peaceful protest that only withdrew when additional Marines, 82nd airborne, and Apaches were deployed. Sounds like you want another Benghazi or Beirut to happen.I was in a war before you were born, and you missed the point completely... judging from your post, it seems you do that a lot.
What are you even talking about??? Are you aware we have a garrison of Marines stationed inside our embassy compound.in Iraq? If anybody actually attacks any embassy with a big enough force to destroy it, the guarding force will fight back. Also, we don't kill protesters for simply protesting... foreign or domestic... that would be murder.
Why is Iran-backed militia and protesters there then? What does Iraq have to do with Iran? There's already been a lot of evidence of Iran-backed terrorist groups, military, and weapons used in Iraq and Iran? Why don't they just "stick their nose out of it" if you want the US to keep their nose out of things too?Here's the point: the Iranians don't have an occupying force in Canada, we have an occupying force in Iraq. Iraq shares a border with Iran, just like Canada shares a border with US. What do you think we'd be doing, as a country, if Iran (or any other enemy country) were occupying Canada? What do you expect we'd do if they assassinated one of our military and intelligence leaders? We're not the victims in this. Our oil men aren't the victims in this. Our bankers aren't the victims in this. We are the aggressors. We are the attackers. And now we are the assassinators.
When Bin Laden was assassinated, it was fair, we took retribution on him... paid him back for killing Americans on American soil. But this guy's activities all took place in and around his own country. He was not a direct threat to the USA, only a threat to the goals of our oil-men and bankers, and some of Israel's plans. Sending a drone to assassinate anybody who disagrees with US foreign policy is insane, and an international crime... murder.
No, it sounds like you're trying to justify the Iranian-backed militia and protests and trying to act as if Soleimani as a guy who deserved to live anyways.I anticipate what you must be thinking right now... "You love Iran", "You hate the USA", "Why don't you go move to Iran, if you love them so much". But understanding that DJT just committed an international crime has nothing to do with my feelings about our country. Rather, it's about a desperate egoist bully, trying to do something dramatic because he has Impeachment hanging over his criminal head.
Not at all, I don't want the US to be the head honcho of the world. I also hate the fact that when anything bad happens in the world it's always "why doesn't the USA do this or that...". We help, we get blamed, we don't help, we still get blamed. We reduced funding towards the UN and every other nation gets mad, but why are we paying are we even paying more than the next 3 countries combined? Ultimately I'd rather just pull out of being the world's police force and just let every other country handle their own issues but history has a tendency to repeat itself; so what do we do?~snip~