This is terrifying and totally goes against the Constitution which so many politicians ascribe to.
‘an array of anti-protesting laws that center on stiffening penalties for demonstrators who block traffic; in North Dakota, conservatives are even pushing a bill that would allow motorists to run over and kill protesters so long as the collision was accidental.’
‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’
LAWMAKERS IN TEN STATES HAVE PROPOSED LEGISLATION CRIMINALIZING PEACEFUL PROTEST
Millions of demonstrators took to streets across the country to mobilize against the ‘so-called president‘ and his agenda, assembling in a national turnout that organizers call the beginning of a reinvigorated protest movement. But in states home to dozens of demonstrations, Republican lawmakers are moving to criminalize and increase penalties on peaceful protesting.
Minnesota, Washington State, Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina, Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana
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After that performance by both candidates on October 4, there was something else needed.
Pence won, Kaine won …
who the heck did?
Whenever I need a pick me upper, Randy is there.
The video is right off the presses.
Humor is the only way we can get through the amount of crap that one of the candidates has heaped on the collective minds of this population.
Laughter is the best Medicine!
Virginia senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence met face-to-face for the first time Tuesday night, October 4, as the running mates took part in the only vice-presidential debate of the 2016 election.
Dream Moderator Randy Rainbow Asks VP Candidates All the Hard Questions
Out comedian Randy Rainbow, who has made a name for himself with clever election-themed videos, “sat down” with vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence (and “that Mexican thing”) to discuss issues of import to American voters.
Rainbow asked about foreign policy, the Trump Foundation, and which makeup product Trump uses to achieve his signature look.
There’s a saying somewhere in the American language. It says something about “don’t assume” … because the final result wouldn’t be nice for either “party” (meaning the persons involved, of course).
How dare you even think that America, or any intelligent and enlightened human being would want to follow your state’s example?
You never anticipated these attacks? Then you must be quite dense. You have personally attacked quite a few members of the USA population. Do you think that you can push without anyone pushing back?
Unfair attacks? That’s what you, Sir, have done to members of the LGBT community, IMHO.
Why should anyone stop lying about you? There’s no lie here. You signed into law, for your state, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
~DON’T DISH IT OUT IF YOU CAN’T TAKE IT~
A furor has erupted over an Indiana law that opponents say could give businesses the right to refuse service to gay people. And the controversy is reaching its height just as the Final Four comes to town.
Gov. Mike Pence, a possible Republican presidential candidate, says that the law is meant to protect free exercise of religion. The Republican leaders of the Indiana Legislature said Monday that the law does not permit discrimination of any kind, and they pledged to work quickly on language to clarify it.
It seems that I can’t get this topic off my mind. It’s been circulating in many major news outlets. There has been a huge outcry about this action taken by the Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence. It has become the law of their state.
This is poised to affect the rights of the LGBTQ community living in the state.
One wonders where it will all stop. Who will be the next minority affected: Jews, Latinos, African American?
Arkansas is preparing to take action and also make this the law of their state.
Where will it stop?
After much progress has been attained where 37 states have declared acceptance of marriage equality and 13 states are left to have nationwide marriage equality, Indiana is the first state to make it legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, Pub. L. No. 103-141, 107 Stat. 1488 (November 16, 1993), codified at 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb through 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb-4 (also known as RFRA), is a 1993 United States federal law aimed at preventing laws that substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion.
The bill was introduced by Congressman Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on March 11, 1993 and passed by a unanimous U.S. House and a near unanimous U.S. Senate with three dissenting votes and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law, and some celebrities, politicians, and journalists — including Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher, and Hillary Clinton, just to name a few — are absolutely outraged. They say the law is a license to discriminate against gay people.
Meanwhile, activists are calling for a boycott. The CEO of SalesForce, a company that does business in China, is pulling out of Indiana. The NCAA has expressed concern about holding events there in the future. And the city of San Francisco is banning taxpayer-funded travel to the state.
This law has the distinction of making Indiana the first state to move overtly, wholesale, on purpose to legalize and say the state approves of businesses refusing to service people on the basis of sexual orientation …. or anything else your religion encourages you to discriminate on the basis of.
The Indiana law is modeled after the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but unlike the federal law, which only bars the government from placing a substantial burden on the free exercise of religion, Indiana’s version applies to businesses and private individuals as well. In the wake of dozens of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage across the country and with the Supreme Court scheduled to rule on the issue in June, such measures have cropped up in dozens of states. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a similar measure last year.
In a report, LGBT-rights group Human Rights Campaign outlined the danger posed by these “super RFRAs”: “These bills are often incredibly vague and light on details — usually intentionally,” the report reads. “In practice, most of these bills could empower any individual to sue the government to attempt to end enforcement of a non-discrimination law.”
Pence, on the other hand, maintains that the bill would not sanction discrimination. “This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it,” the governor said in a statement.
Amazingly how Republican Governor Mike Pence’s “Religious Freedom” law seems to cover 3 of the 14 characteristics common to fascist governments.
1. “Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights”– Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
2. “Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause” – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
3. “Religion and Government are Inter-twined” – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions. So, if you believe for one minute that this new Republican Party is not trying to morph our Democratic society into a Fascist Regime then you need to wake up before it’s too late and you wake up and are no longer allowed to vote (unless you own property or make over a certain amount).
Check out Dr. Lawrence Britt’s 14 defining characteristics common to fascist regimes, it reads like the Republican Party Platform.
Governor Mike Pence just signed into law a measure that would allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.” In a recent statement, Pence said, “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion, but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.”
Pence has a history of anti-gay politics, namely attempting to amend Indiana’s constitution to ban same-sex marriages last year before being beat down by Democrats. The state isn’t exactly known as the most gay-friendly of the 50: At the moment there is no law in Indiana that protects its citizens from discrimination based on sexual orientation. But there are a few counties that do protect those rights, and people against this “religious freedom” law are afraid businesses will use it to get around the local defenses. While Pence hasn’t specifically mentioned the anti-LGBT effects this law could hold, a few of his allies have been vocal about the possibility of businesses using it against gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans. Other supporters have stated that it doesn’t necessarily target the LGBT community, but allows business owners in the wedding industry — such as florists, bakers, and photographers — who disagree with same-sex marriage to deny services to those customers.
As a result, people are “boycotting” the state (hence the trending hashtag) to show their disapproval of the bill. Gen Con, Indianapolis’s biggest convention, threatened to take its event elsewhere, and the NCAA is worried how the legislation could affect next week’s Final Four championship. Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, tweeted at Governor Pence, “Is it going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come to the #FinalFour?”
~~Indiana boycott urged after religious freedom law passes~~
~~Published on Mar 28, 2015~~
Indiana boycott urged after ‘religious freedom’ law passes
Activists have encouraged a boycott of Indiana after the US state enacted a “religious freedom” law, which they say discriminates against gay people.
Supporters say the law prevents the state from forcing people to provide services contrary to their religion.
Similar bills are being considered across the US as court rulings have made gay marriage legal in more states.
Several groups plan to do less business with the state, and celebrities criticised the law on Twitter.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association said it was “especially concerned” about how the law would affect its employees and student athletes.
Next week, the NCCA will host the finals of its annual basketball tournament in Indianapolis, the state’s capital and its largest city.
On Friday, Arkansas moved closer to passing a similar “religious freedom” measure.
Several large conventions based in Indiana — including the large gamer gathering GenCon — have threatened to hold their events elsewhere because of the law.
Salesforce, a California company with ties to Indiana, cancelled all employee travel to the state and said it was considering decreasing its investment in Indiana
Governor Mike Pence said he signed the law to “help protect churches, Christian businesses and individuals from those who want to punish them because of their Biblical beliefs”.
Mr Pence, a Republican, said he would not have signed the law if he thought it was discriminatory.
Corporate executives such as Jeremy Stoppelman of Yelp and Tim Cook of Apple have urged other states not to follow Indiana’s example.
“These laws set a terrible precedent that will likely harm the broader economic health of the states where they have been adopted, the businesses currently operating in those states and, most importantly, the consumers who could be victimised under these laws.” Mr Stoppelman wrote in an open letter.
Sponsors of the bill say it is closely modeled on a federal religious freedom law passed in 1993 and that 19 other states already have similar laws.
But Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, a Republican, said the law sends a “wrong signal” to visitors and could make the state seem unwelcoming.
Star Trek star George Takei, who has a large following on social media, has pushed for a boycott of the state. The term #BoycottIndiana has been a top trending topic on Twitter for more than a day.
“Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today,” Hillary Clinton, a presumptive presidential candidate, wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “We shouldn’t discriminate against people because of who they love.”
~~Indiana boycott urged after religious freedom law passes~~
I went to the movies today. Loved, loved this film. Take a packet of tissues: tearjerker!
A heart-wrenching love story that follows the relationship between two cancer-stricken teenagers.
The Fault in Our Stars is the sixth novel by author John Green, published in January 2012. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.
The story takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, where sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster reluctantly attends a cancer patients’ support group at her mother’s behest. Because of her cancer, she uses a portable oxygen tank to breathe adequately. In one of the meetings she catches the eye of a teenage boy, and through the course of the meeting she learns the boy’s name is Augustus Waters. He’s there to support their mutual friend, Isaac. Isaac had a tumor in one eye that he had removed, and now he has to have his other eye taken out as well.
After the meeting ends, Augustus approaches Hazel and tells her she looks like Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta. He invites Hazel to his house to watch the movie, and while hanging out, the two discuss their experiences with cancer. Hazel reveals she has thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. Augustus had osteosarcoma, but he is now cancer-free after having his leg amputated. Before Augustus takes Hazel home, they agree to read each other’s favorite novels. Augustus gives Hazel The Price of Dawn, and Hazel recommends An Imperial Affliction.
Hazel explains the magnificence ofAn Imperial Affliction: it is a novel about a girl named Anna who has cancer, and it’s the only account she’s read of living with cancer that matches her experience. She describes how the novel maddeningly ends mid-sentence, denying the reader closure about the fate of the novel’s characters. She speculates about the novel’s mysterious author, Peter van Houten, who fled to Amsterdam after the novel was published and hasn’t been heard from since.
Augustus confesses that while Hazel was in the ICU he had a body scan which revealed his cancer has returned and spread everywhere. They return to Indianapolis, and Hazel realizes Augustus is now the grenade. As his condition worsens he is less prone to his typical charm and confidence. He becomes vulnerable and scared, but is still a beautiful boy in Hazel’s mind.
As this change occurs, she ceases calling him Augustus and starts referring to him as just Gus, as his parents do. Hazel recognizes that she loves him now as much as ever. Augustus’ condition deteriorates quickly. In his final days Augustus arranges a pre-funeral for himself, and Isaac and Hazel give eulogies. Hazel steals a line from Van Houten about larger and smaller infinities. She says how much she loves Augustus, and that she would not trade their short time together for anything in the world.
Augustus dies eight days later. Hazel is astonished to find Van Houten at the funeral. Van Houten explains that he and Gus maintained correspondence and that Augustus demanded Van Houten make up for ruining the trip to Amsterdam by coming to his funeral to see Hazel. Van Houten abstractly reveals the fate of Anna’s mother, but Hazel is not interested.
A few days later, Isaac informs Hazel that Augustus was writing something for her. He had hinted about writing a sequel to An Imperial Affliction for her, and as Hazel scrambles to locate the pages she encounters Van Houten once more. He drunkenly reveals that Anna was the name of his daughter. She died of cancer when she was eight, and An Imperial Affliction was his literary attempt at reconciling himself with her death. Hazel tells Van Houten to sober up and write another book.
Eventually Hazel learns that Augustus sent the pages to Van Houten because he wanted Van Houten to use the pages to compose a well-written eulogy about Hazel. Lidewij forces Van Houten to read the pages and sends them straight off to Hazel.
The novel concludes with Hazel reading Augustus’ words. He says getting hurt in this world is inevitable, but we do get to choose who we allow to hurt us, and that he is happy with his choice. He hopes she likes her choice too.
The final words of the novel come from Hazel, who says she does.
The film focuses entirely on the relationship between Gus and Hazel.
I loved this movie. I must say I’m a sucker for tearjerkers. Having worked in the medical field, this topic is familiar to me. The main characters (Hazel and Augustus) are superbly portrayed by the actors.
It’s a very touching story, intense, full of feeling.
Even though sad, it’s a “good sad”. It takes your mind away from the “real” sadness of our life. This is one movie that I wouldn’t mind seeing time and time again.
~~THE FAULT IN OUR STARS~~
~Extended Official HD Trailer~
~Published on Apr 28, 2014~
Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, based on the bestselling novel by John Green.
We ALL are ONE!!
~~The Fault In Our Stars~~
~~All Of The Stars – Official Music Video~~
~~Published on May 9, 2014~~
From ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Original Movie Soundtrack
Singer-songwriter Michael Jackson’s award-winning career as the King of Pop transformed the face of pop music and popular culture. He released the best-selling album in history, Thriller, in 1982.
He died unexpectedly on June 25, 2009 … 5 years ago.
Dubbed the “King of Pop,” singer-songwriter Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, on August 29, 1958. As a child, he performed as the lead singer of the Jackson family’s popular Motown group, the Jackson 5. Jackson went on to become one of the most internationally famous award-winning solo pop sensations to date. Jackson’s 2009 death stirred controversy and was ultimately ruled a homicide. Dr. Conrad Murray, who had been caring for the pop star at the time of his death, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on November 7, 2011, later receiving a four-year prison sentence.
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, to an African-American working-class family. His father, Joseph Jackson, had been a guitarist but had put aside his musical aspirations to provide for his family as a crane operator. Believing his sons had talent, he molded them into a musical group in the early 1960s.
At first, the Jackson Family performers consisted of Michael’s older brothers, Tito, Jermaine and Jackie. Michael joined his siblings when he was 5 years old, and emerged as the group’s lead vocalist. He showed remarkable range and depth for such a young performer, impressing audiences with his ability to convey complex emotions. Older brother Marlon also became a member of the group, which evolved into the Jackson 5.
Behind the scenes, Joseph Jackson pushed his sons to succeed. He was also reportedly known to become violent with them. Michael and his brothers spent endless hours rehearsing and polishing up their act. At first, the Jackson 5 played local gigs and built a strong following. They recorded one single on their own, “Big Boy” with the b-side “You’ve Changed,” but it failed to generate much interest.
The Jackson 5 moved on to working an opening act for such R&B artists as Gladys Knight and the Pips, James Brown, and Sam and Dave. Many of these performers were signed to the legendary Motown record label, and it has been reported that Gladys Knight may have been the one to tell Motown founder Berry Gordy about the Jackson 5. Impressed by the group, Gordy signed them to his label in 1968.
Relocating to Los Angeles, Michael and his brothers started work on their music and dancing with their father as their manager. They lived with Gordy and also with Supremes singer Diana Ross when they first arrived there. In August 1969, the Jackson 5 was introduced to the music industry at a special event, and later served as the opening act for the Supremes. Their first album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, hit the charts in December of that year. It’s first single, “I Want You Back,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 1970. More chart-topping singles quickly followed, such as “ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There.”
On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering cardiac arrest at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, said he had found Jackson in his room, not breathing and with a barely detectable pulse, and that he administered CPR on Jackson’s bed to no avail.
Jackson’s death triggered an outpouring of grief around the world, creating unprecedented surges of Internet traffic and causing sales of his music and that of the Jackson 5 to increase dramatically. Jackson had also intended to perform a series of fifty comeback/farewell concerts entitled This Is It to over one million people at London‘s O2 Arena between July 13, 2009, and March 6, 2010.
A public memorial service for Jackson was held on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he had rehearsed for the London concerts the night before his death. The service was broadcast live around the world, attracting a global audience of up to one billion people. In 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a US $250 million deal with Jackson’s estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings up until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death. Jackson’s death is ranked No. 1 on VH1/VH1 Classic‘s list of 100 Most Shocking Moments in Music.