Allen Wests shocking comments about the Pursuit of Happiness By : Staff Reporting

A former GOP Congressman #WESTOUTOFOFFICEOUTOFTOUCH pontificated about the World Series and the Pursuit of the Championship on his personal blog. I asked myself how does a person like Allen West, a lieutenant colonel who was punished and kicked out of the military for attempting to make a name for himself in Kuwait, arrive at his collection of thoughts when he says,

However, why is it that we all don’t love the “pursuit of happiness” as enshrined as one of our unalienable rights from our Creator in the Declaration of Independence — the fundamental document, which established our Constitutional Republic? Why is it that we don’t cheer and just go nuts over our individual right to have the equality of opportunity to press on in the pursuit of our own championship?

West is approaching the idiocy of the 47% comments of Mitt Romney, a Presidential candidate who was allowed to go to France and drink wine during the war, while millions of middle class and poor Americans were fighting in Vietnam.

According to West’s logic there are some Americans who would rather not pursue happiness as our Forefathers envisioned. I take it that when West was writing this piece he was just as prohibited in his thinking about the full equality of rights as Thomas Jefferson was when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, but please don’t get me wrong West is no Jefferson by any stretch of the imagination (LOL). I apologize for the laughter.

The Declaration of Independence is so great because it is a document that has withstood the vestiges of time and it continuously perfects our daily lives as it pertains to individual rights.

West, would you listen to Dr. Martin Luther King:

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

We’re still realizing the promise. Today we give massive amounts of subsides to conglomerates and global entities like one of West’s top contributors when he was actually in office, Exxon Mobil. We allocate billions of dollars in special deductions to the top 1% of Americans while we argue about giving a livable wage to single mom’s working two and three jobs to make ends meet.

Some are asking, if all things are equal, why are we allowing wealthy folks like Mitt Romney to leave a sizable chunk of his wealth in Swiss Accounts untaxed or off shore tax shelters, so the middle class is left footing the bill?

Everyone can’t enjoy a “perfect morning in South Florida for a run” that gave Mr. West the perspective to write his divisive rant. You see some citizens are under assault, because guns and drugs are flowing into their neighborhoods unabated with under-performing schools and high unemployment rates.

Sometimes lofty perspectives like West’s are not achieved if you’re a kid growing up in South Chicago dodging bullets. For some it easy to blame other politicians without having the moral aptitude to understand this dichotomy from the perspective of a child growing up seeing few opportunities and what appears to be easy money flowing around them.

West’s comments are shocking, because they would mock a Creator that has hardwired everyone with the will to achieve happiness. Have you met a subhuman that wouldn’t want to be happy?

And what of the San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies; teams who haven't won or the Seattle Mariners and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals who have never played in a single World Series. From West’s reasoning the thousands of staff and players on those teams either didn’t want it bad enough or didn’t have the will; they’re simply losers in life.

Officer who shot Michael Brown says he feared for his life  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

The white police officer who shot dead Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August, sparking protests which continue in October, reportedly told investigators he feared for his life in an altercation with the teenager just before the shooting.

The New York Times reported that officer Darren Wilson told authorities he was pinned in his vehicle during an altercation with Brown, and that the teenager reached for his gun. - Full Article

Ruth Bader Ginsburgs Dissent  

Ruth Bader Ginsburg By : Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a six-page dissent >>

The new Texas Voter ID Law rejects idenification from federally recognized tribes, in-state four year colleges and IDs issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Bill 14 aimed to ward off,  and the means adopted by the State to that end. Between 2002 and 2011, there were only two in-person voter fraud cases prosecuted to conviction in Texas.
The potential magnitude of racially discriminatory voter disenfranchisement counseled hesitation before disturbing the District Court’s findings and final judgment. Senate Bill 14 may prevent more than 600,000 registered Texas voters (about 4.5% of all registered voters) from voting in person for lack of compliant identification. Id., at 50–51, 54. A sharply disproportionate percentage of those voters are African-American or Hispanic.

Supreme Court: Texas Can Use Voter ID Law  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.

A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented.

The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. - Full Article

Joe Klein exhibits the bigoted extremism of Republican radicals By : Staff Reporting

I’m trying to recount the last time I’ve read a piece like the latest piece from Joe Klein, the journalist and columnist turned psychoanalyst. He captures a lot of what we see by the likes of Fox News pundits and talking heads in terms of far-reaching pronouncement about what the President seems to be feeling from face gestures.

…the President’s body language has too often conveyed disgust and cynicism. He seems defeated by the trivial pursuits of the media and his opponents. He does not have the sunny conviction necessary to carry the country through a period of near biblical plagues and wars. His policies and popularity have been crippled by his dour political sense.

We’re left asking if there’s a lot of room for subjective interpretation here. Care to flip the switch here, what was Joe Klein’s body language when he wrote this piece, was it dour?
You have to like the fact that Joe weeded through all of the GOP and extremist media attacks to say that the President’s policies are actually working, imagine that.

You have a President who has brought the country through one of the worst economic calamities of global proportions, a catalyst for giving the nation affordable health care and ending the era of conglomerates lobbying congressional leaders to rip off folks with terminal illnesses and preexisting medical conditions, manage two wars, lead in ushering the most crippling sanctions against a rogue nation in Iran, received memorable praise from GOP leaders during natural disasters during his watch unlike the Katrina disasters, pushed back on the threat of Al Qaeda, brought credibility back to a nation who lost its standing with world leaders concerning the “dumb war” in Iraq…

So I’d have to say Joe Klein exhibits some of the heresy from Republican extremists based on ignorance and bigotry, just in a smaller dose. Like all of those White Americans sucking up the benefits of Obamacare and like all of those politicians at the ribbon cutting ceremonies of stimulus funds and thumbing their noses at the administration at the same time Joe needs to rid himself of this madness.

South Korean concert, 14 feared dead  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Officials say 14 people are feared dead after a ventilation grate collapsed during a concert by a popular girls' band near South Korea's capital.

Fire officials said two people have been confirmed dead and 12 others were unresponsive after the accident Friday in Seongnam, just south of Seoul. They said 10 others were seriously injured. - Full Article

Ebola Nurse Nina Pham, saying Im doing really well  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

The first nurse to test positive for the Ebola virus arrived in Maryland Thursday evening on a chartered flight from Dallas, bound for treatment at a federal hospital outside Washington, D.C., Nina Pham, saying "I'm doing really well,'' left Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in an ambulance for a chartered small jet waiting at the city's Love Field. - Full Article

Second Health Care Worker in Texas Tests Positive for Ebola, Authorities Say  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced.

The unidentified health care worker reported a fever Tuesday and was isolated at the hospital, authorities said. - Full Article

WHO Says Ebola Outbreak is Killing 70% of People Who Contract Disease  

WSJ By : Staff Reporting

The Ebola virus is killing 70% of the people who contract the disease, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, and as many as 10,000 new cases a week could be reported by early December.

Dr. Bruce Aylward, the WHO assistant director-general in charge of the organization’s response to the epidemic, said the Ebola virus is “still moving geographically, still escalating” in some bigger cities. - Full Article

Medical crews surround aircraft at Logan Airport  

WCVB 5 By : Staff Reporting

A Massport spokesman told NewsCenter 5 that five passengers on board an Emirates flight had become sick with flu-like symptoms.

The plane, Emirates flight 237 that had arrived from Dubai, was surrounded by ambulances and emergency responders in white and yellow suits.

The Massport spokesman told NewsCenter 5 that none of the passengers taken ill had come from West Africa. Family members said they had come from Saudi Arabia. - Full Article

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