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USA! WE’RE NUMBER ONE! USA!!! WOOOHOOO!!!

August 9, 2014

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This is pretty long but well worth the time with links to the info at the end.

We as Americans are fortunate.

We live in a country with more freedoms than many and a vastly higher standard of living than most in the world. We waste more resources than many people have the opportunity to use, we have more cars than drivers, and we turn food crops into fuel while people go hungry. Our priorities are based on convenience and our leaders appear to make decisions based on financial and political gain. We as a disgruntled public stand by and allow it. We need to do something other than watch.

My goal for this pamphlet is to honor the legacy of printers and activists from the past, such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine, who saw issues of the day and did their part to bring them to the attention of others. This information isn’t new. It’s readily available. These sobering facts and figures are thoroughly researched and cited. Originally, this pamphlet was planned as a satirical statement about the issues of our day, but in the end, the weight of this material was far too great to treat lightly. My hope is that it promotes a discourse with the readers and the desire to learn more and become more involved. Our democracy only works as well as the people involved in it. We as Americans have the responsibility to live up to our claims of being the greatest country on earth. If we don’t step up to the plate, then that’s not a claim we have the right to make.

                                                                AMERICA

                                                             #1 COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

                                              BUT ARE WE REALLY?

Our leaders love to pontificate about America being the greatest country on earth, and we the masses love to wear our foam finger proudly and shout “We’re Number One!” to the rest of the world. But what are we really?

A

Climate change is good

State Representative Joe Read in Montana believes that climate change is a natural occurrence and not accelerated by pollution. He has proposed an economics bill that includes declaring climate change to be good for the state’s business economy and well-being.

B

Slavery and the Bible

Arkansas State Congressman Loy Mauch has written of his support of slavery and his belief that it is not condemned in the Bible.

C

Buyer’s remorse

Ken Buck, front runner for Colorado’s US Senate seat and current local District Attorney, refused to see a rape case on grounds that a jury could conclude that this is a case of buyer’s remorse, stating, “Although, you never said the word yes, the appearance is of consent.”

D

Abortion law combined with motorcycle law

In an attempt to pass multiple restricting laws all at once, politicians in NC have lumped abortion restrictions inside of a motorcycle safety bill, hoping to rush it through the house. Regardless of how unrelated abortions and motorcycles are, this actually passed.

E

Felony to propose a law that restricts gun rights

Missouri State Representative Mike Leara proposed a law that would make proposing laws that infringe on the right to bear arms a felony offense. 

F

Climate change is not fact

Both Texas and Louisiana have laws that make it required to teach that climate change is a theory and not a fact, regardless of scientific consensus that climate change is real and man-made.

F

Segregated proms still happen

Regardless of students’ desire to join proms, the leadership in place at some schools in the South, such as Georgia, still insist on holding segregated events.

G

Insurance benefits for no one in the National Guard

Governor Mary Fallin stated that Oklahoma would no longer offer benefits for any National Guard couples to avoid breaking federal same sex laws.

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Government shutdown

Fueled by Republican disdain for Obamacare, the federal government fought for six weeks over a budget bill, eventually ending in a lengthy government shutdown that cost us 24 billion dollars.

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Ted Cruz’s filibuster

To show his and his fellow Republicans’ opposition of Obamacare, Ted Cruz spoke for 21 hours straight about his dislike for the program among other miscellaneous unrelated topics.

What can you and I do?

Firstly, we need to base our decisions on sound logic.
Take pollution for instance. Why pollution has become a political issue gets at the bewildering degradation of our environment. Profits now, exhausted earth later. In a recent election, a popular candidate repeatedly spoke of getting rid of the EPA. He came dangerously close to being elected. Do we not recall when America had rivers that caught fire? When the symbol of our country, the American Bald Eagle, was endangered due to the spread of the pesticide DDT traveling up the food chain? How could this candidate be in contention? Environmental regulation helps ensure protection.

Secondly, we need to consider where we get our information.
Many media outlets are extremely biased and have been proven so. For instance, it was shown that people who watched Fox News were more likely to believe that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, and that the more often they watched, the stronger their beliefs became. Polls by media- monitoring groups studying fairness in reporting show the bias of this network, yet those who watch it believe there is none. Just because an email traverses the internet saying that so-and-so is a socialist does not make it so. We need to stop being so gullible. We choose to believe what we want. We tend to listen to programs that support our own views rather than listen to a variety of viewpoints and then think critically for ourselves. We choose to be passive. We choose to vote based on a single topic of our ideology, abortion for example, instead of a potential leader’s entire platform. We blame our problems on others, often of differing race or socioeconomic class, rather than look deeper into the root of the problem.

Thirdly, we need to get involved.
Yes, it’s hard to believe that one small voice can hardly make a difference, but it can. Change starts with individuals believing in a dream and working hard to realize it. Where would we be today without the efforts of individuals like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Adams, John Dewey, Upton Sinclair, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Betty Friedan, Harvey Milk and many, many more.

Do what you can with what you have. I have printing presses and I have a voice. My hope is that putting this book out into the world will make a difference.

Thank you,

Todd M. Thyberg
February 2014

The best country on earth…

…why do so many of our people go hungry? Why do our leaders consistently work for corporate interests rather than individuals’ rights? How can our leaders, the media, and we the public still be ignorant to the factual reality of climate change? Why can someone go to prison for a minor drug offense while the people who brought our economy to its knees still receive bonuses? Why are we still taking off our shoes to fly? How can 2/3 of America’s population be overweight when people here and around the world are going hungry? How is it acceptable to make fuel from food? Why don’t we Americans question policies?

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

The information in this book is not ground-breaking, but it is time-sensitive. If left unattended, these matters will only increase in scale. It is up to each of us to stay educated and actively do our individual parts to change the direction of this country. These are sources of the data referenced in this pamphlet,but a simple online search will help you to stay informed as the most current information becomes available.

AMERICA IS #1

“Bullying is more common among old children-Girls.” Society at a Glance 2009: OECD Social Indicators, OECD Publishing. 2009. Link

“Democracy Index 2010: Democracy in Retreat.” The Economist Intelligence Unit. 2010. Link

“Democracy Index 2012: Democracy at a standstill.” The Economist Intelligence Unit. 2012 Link

Freeman, David. “Gallup Poll: Americans’ Views On Evolution, Creationism Little Changed.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 01 June 2012. Web. Link

“Male Prevalence of Obesity.” The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. 2011. Link

Parry, Wynne. “Gallup Poll: Americans’ Views On Evolution, Creationism Little Changed.” Huffington Post. 1 June 2012.

Reich, Ashley. “Highest divorce rates in the world.” Huffington Post. 21 December 2010. Link

Rice, Mark. “Ranking America.” Ranking America. Web. 6 January 2014. Link

Rogers, Simon. “World carbon emissions: The league table of every country.” The Guardian. 21 June 2012. Link

“The U.S. spent more on defense in 2012 than the countries with the next 10 highest defense budgets combined.” Peter G. Peterson Foundation. 12 April 2013. Link

“United States.” CIA World Factbook. 28 January 2014. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world- factbook/geos/us.html”>Link

“United States.” Programme for International Student Assessment. 2012. Link

UNSUSTAINABILITY

Buchheit, Paul. “Average American Families Pays $6K a Year in Big Business Subsidies.” Moyers & Company. 24 September 2013. Web. Link

Dinan, Stephen. “U.S. debt jumps a record $328 billion—tops $17 trillion for the first time.” 18 October 2013. Link

Frank, Robert. “US in minting almost all of the world’s millionaires.” CNBC. 9 October 2013. Link

Gladstone, Sabrina. “CNS News.” CNSNews.com. 3 August 2012. Web. Link

Gongloff, Mark. “The U.S. Has The Worst Income Inequality In The Developed World, Thanks To Wall Street: Study.” Huffington Post. 15 August 2013. Link

“It’s the Inequality, Stupid.” Mother Jones. March 2011. Web. Link

Katz, Andrew. “Congress now mostly a millionaires’ club.” TIME. 9 January 2014. Link

Liberto, Jennifer. “CEO pay in 380 times average worker’s-AFL-CIO.” CNN Money. 19 April 2012. Link

Marovich, Pete. “Corporate Welfare Grows to $154 Billion Even in Midst of Major Government Cuts.” Reclaim Democracy. Web. Link

Riley, Charles. “Family net worth plummets nearly 40%.” CNN Money. 12 June 2012. Link

Sinn, Mike P. “Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs.” Think by Numbers. Web. 03 March 2014. Link

LAND OF OPPORTUNITY

“American Household Credit Card Debt Statistics: 2013.” NerdWallet. Web. Link

“Divorce Study: Financial arguments early in relationship may predict divorce.” Huffington Post. 12 July 2013. Link

EarthTalk. “Use It and Lose It: The Outsize Effect of U.S. Consumption on the Environment.” Scientific American. 14 September 2012. Web. Link

Gunders, Dana. “Wasted.” NRDC. August 2012. Link

“Stress in America.” American Psychological Association. 7 February 2013. Link

“The State of Consumption Today.” Worldwatch Institute. Web. Link

STATES OF DISPARITY

“2010 Complete Election Coverage: Ken Buck Stands by Controversial Remarks.” POLITICO. Web. Link

Aronson, Gavin. “Montana Rep: Global warming good for the economy.” Mother Jones. 17 February 2011. Link

Banerjee, Neela. “Climate change skepticism seeps into science classrooms.” LA Times. 16 January 2012. Link

Celock, John. “Loy Mauch, Arkansas lawmaker, defended slavery in letters to the editor.” Huffington Post.

8 October 2012. Link

Dinan, Stephen and Jacqueline Klimas. “As Sen. Cruz gives long speech, Treasury gets short on funding.” Washington Times. 25 September 2013. Link

Griffin, Marshall and Chris McDaniel. “Mo. House bill makes proposing gun control legislation a felony offense.” St. Louis Public Radio. 19 February 2013. Link

Johnson, Luke. “Government shutdown cost $24 billion, Standard & Poor says.” The Huffington Post.

18 October 2013. Link

“Segregated Prom.” The Huffington Post. Link

Stern, Mark Joseph. “Republican governor denies benefits to all soldiers to discriminate against gay ones.” Slate.com. 20 November 2013. Link

Terkel, Amanda. “North Carolina motorcycle abortion bill passes state house.” The Huffington Post. 11 July 2013. Link

OIL CONSUMPTION

Burdeau, Cain. “BP Oil spill trial nears, company faces billions in fines.” Associated Press. 25 February 2012. Link

“Consensus: 97% of scientists agree.” NASA. Accessed 5 February 2014. Link

Mogerman, Josh. “Two Years Later, Kalamazoo River Oil Pipeline Spill Is Nation’s Costliest.” Chicagoist. 26 July 2012. Web. Link

“Pipeline crews cleaning up oil leak near Neche.” Associated Press. 12 January 2010. Link

Robertson, Campbell.” U.S. puts oil spill total at nearly 5 million Barrels.” New York Times. 2 August 2010. Link

“Romeoville Oil Spill: More Than 250,000 Gallons Of Oil Recovered In Chicago Suburb.” Associated Press.

16 September 2010. Link

“Say no to tar sands pipeline.” NRDC. March 2011. Link

“USGS: Ogallala aquifer water quality currently acceptable.” Journalstar.com. 19 July 2009. Link

NSA/TSA

Akers, Becky. “Ten years of the TSA: Yes, it feels much longer.” Forbes. 18 November 2011. Link

Andrews, Wilson and Todd Lindeman. “The black budget.” The Washington Post. 29 August 2013. Link

Berkes, Howard. “Amid data controversy, NSA builds its biggest data farm.” National Public Radio. 10 June 2013. Link

“Figures show thousands of breaches at U.S. airports.” CNN.com. 13 July 2011. Link

Frank, Thomas. “It’s the last gasp for bomb-sensing ‘puffers’ at airports.” USA Today. 21 May 2009. Link

Jansen, Bart. “TSA finding more guns each year at checkpoints.” USA Today. 13 January 2014. Link

Jones, Jeffrey. “Americans back profiling air travelers to combat terrorism.” Gallup. 15 January 2010. Link

Lapidos, Juliet. “Does the TSA ever catch terrorists?” Slate.com. 18 November 2010. Link

Lester, Will. ”Federal probe questions TSA behavior profiling.” Associated Press. 13 November 2013. Link?utm_hp_ref=tsa

Mosk, Matthew, Angela Hill, and Timothy Fleming. “Gaping Holes in Airline Security: Loaded Gun Slips Past TSA Screeners.” ABC News. ABC News Network, 16 December 2010. Web. Link

Priest, Dana and William M. Arkin. “A hidden world growing beyond control.” Washington Post. September 2010. Link

Rosenbach, Marcel. “Prism Exposed: Data surveillance with global implications.” Spiegel Online. 10 June 2013. Link “Stasi versus NSA.” Stasi versus NSA. Web. Link

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”

 

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT

 

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Obama’s Movable Features …His Newest Scar! (Open Thread)

August 9, 2014

Originally posted on We the People of the United States:

By Bridgette

Here a Scar, There a Scar, Everywhere a New Scar!

Or Does Obama Have a Twin?  A Double?

Barack Obama and Michelle December, 2010

The Latest Scar on Obama’s Head. But this time it appears on his left side and extends from the top of his head down to his neck.  Does this explain the loss of  30# that some people are reporting?   Did someone go for his jugular? Does he change scars like he changes his hair color?

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The problem that Teabaggers and the GOP have with President Obama…

August 4, 2014

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Obama cannot be reduced to a footnote in history, nor can his first term be labeled a mistake. His legacy, his place in history, is now secure.

That’s what’s really chapping their asses.

This first one sums it up nicely.

 

 

 

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Start All Racist Statements With

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Racist teabagger sign

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anti black vote stupidity

The Tyranny Party

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One of my favorites.

Cheers to Obama Haters

 

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Grand Prismatic Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Silly Saturday 7-26-14

July 26, 2014

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Let’s start off with a bang…

Well. Sort of.

Big Dicks Halfway Inn

Wonder if this sign is inside?

Rap loses to Rock

I have reached that age

True Love Is...

Have u seen this bird

Maybe the stove knows why.

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stupid gun nut ear plug

CASTITY BELT Hobby Lobby

Are You Drunk

Nonsense pic

Airplane Premature Evacuation

Cat Pushing Watermelon

Stop Looking At My Twits shirt

Odin Banished Ice Giants

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Stephan Hawking Quote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another HUGE anti- immigration rally in Iowa.

July 22, 2014

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You just can’t make this stuff up.

Standing room only at anti-immigration rally.

A racist anti-immigration rally, headlined by Kooky Kongressman Steve King – what could go wrong?

Iowa’s Steve King is well known for his hatred of brown people.  Last July, King smeared 99% of immigrate children as drug mules, stating

“kids that were brought into this country by their parents unknowing that they were breaking the law. And [immigration reform supporters] will say to me and others that we have to do something about the 11 million, and some of them were valedictorians. [...] It’s true in some cases, but they aren’t all valedictorians, they weren’t all brought in by their parents. For every one that’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

Looks like there might be a few people under the awning. Family?

I so hope they keep this kind of stuff up for the next few months and through 2016.

Three people show up at anti-immigration rally, say others “must have got the wrong address.”

July 21, 2014

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This is just so, so,SOOOOO, funny.

HUGE crowd of 3(?) at anti-immigration protest.

Rally Here

 

“Only three people showed up nearby as part of the national anti-immigrant protests. They said they expected others to arrive, but also speculated they may have “gotten the wrong address.”

Maybe someone should tell them that ‘Fox News’, isn’t a (credible) news reporting agency.

(Like they would believe that.)

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Here’s an idea…

The First Honest Cable Company

July 21, 2014

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At last…Truth in advertising.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/04/anti-telecom-ad-banned-canada_n_3868963.html

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“Geologists have discovered the secret that gives dramatic natural sandstone monuments their shape: gravity.”

“These natural sculptures have delighted countless visitors, some of whom must have paused to wonder where they come from,” Prof Paola wrote. “Here is an answer.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28365410

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