How ALEC, the Koch Brothers Led CABAL and "The Amicus Project" Interfere in Federal Courts ... from the Daily Kos

This article by Bob Sloan of the Daily Kos describes how ALEC and the Koch brothers have been filing "friend of the Court" briefs in federal court cases around the country to advance an agenda important to their members and corporate interests. The problem is, what is in the best interests of ALEC and their friends all too often is not in our best interests. And if Romney wins in November and the republican propaganda campaign results in them taking the US Senate also, you can bet that this problem will get worse, not better.

The legal terms in the article can get a little technical, but the information it contains is worth the time, and really makes one think about what you can do to help counter this effort.

Turning State Legislatures into Brothels

Some ask: how this has come to pass? Who is responsible for undermining our democracy and corrupting our elected representatives?

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How Are ALEC Laws Undermining Our Democracy?

ALEC is funded by the usual suspects: the Koch brothers, Exxon Mobil, and the NRA to name a few. "The group boasts that twenty percent or so of the nearly 1,000 bills it introduces each year become law." Over 2,000 state legislators are said to belong to ALEC, of which most are Republican.

In addition to the Florida bill that ALEC and the NRA call the "Castle Doctrine Act," (also known as the "Stand Your Ground" law which will likely be used as a defense in the Trayvon Martin killing), ALEC model bills have served as the template for "voter ID" laws that swept the country in 2011, for the "voucher" programs that privatize public education, for anti-environmental bills, anti-immigrant legislation, and for the wave of anti-worker legislation pushed over the past year in Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, Indiana, and most recently, in Arizona.

The Corrosive Effect of the Koch/ALEC Cabal on U.S. and World Governments

August 30th, 2012 2:54 PM

Meet the industry that makes the Koch brothers look poor (VIDEO)

Co-authored by Jesse Lava

When will the United States start thinking beyond bars?

This nation is now spending over $200 billion a year on a justice system that locks up more people than any country on earth. We have more prisoners than China. More than Russia. More than anyone. This colossal system is hitting our communities with staggering financial and human costs — gobbling resources that should be going to strengthening communities.

That’s why we’re teaming up with a slew of great organizations and launching a major new campaign at Brave New Foundation. The campaign is called Beyond Bars. It aims to change Americans’ thinking and inspire action through short videos and shareable graphics exposing the U.S. system of mass incarceration.

Our new video shows the prison system as the giant beast that it is...

This video was done in partnership with a host of groups, showing the widespread hunger to create a sense of public urgency around mass incarceration: cont:michaelmoore.com

Fox News: The No. 1 Name in Murder Fantasies

Bill O'Reilly's recent "joke" about decapitating Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank was only the latest example of a demented Fox News culture that permits on-air personalities to fantasize about assassination and other forms of violence against those deemed enemies of the station, its personalities or their worldview.During the cable channel's ... continue reading

Guns and Terrorism: Two Unasked Question in Tucson Mass Murder

Question: How does a mentally unstable man who was kicked out of school and had run-ins with the law buy an assault weapon? The weapon reportedly used in the mass murders in Tucson was an assault weapon - a Glock 19, semi-automatic pistol, with an extended magazine. That weapon was ... continue reading

The NRA Can’t Take Yes For An Answer

Earlier this week, one of the biggest backers of the Republican Party, the NRA, refused to meet with President Obama to discuss vital gun control measures supported by 86% of Americans, 80% of gun owners, and roughly 70% of their own membership. President Obama pointed out in a Sunday op-ed ... continue reading

Lots of Blood on Lots of Hands

Guns don’t kill people. Bullets kill people. And bullets come from guns fired by people to kill other people. And we saw this again Monday at a high school in Ohio when one student was killed and four others wounded (two critically) by a young man who fired away in ... continue reading

ALEC Ratified NRA-Conceived Law That May Protect Trayvon Martin's Killer

A Florida law that may protect the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February is the template for an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) "model bill" that has been pushed in other states. The bill was brought to ALEC by the National Rifle Association (NRA). Florida's "stand ... continue reading

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Guns, Prisons, Crime, and Immigration

Efforts to Rewrite Americans' Rights; Changes that Imprison More People for Longer and Make More Money

How Are Corporations Interfering With Our Criminal Justice System?

Corporations and their politician allies voted behind closed doors through ALEC to change America's criminal justice system and enrich profits.

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It's time to overturn Citizens United

Anonymous Launches Operation Last Resort
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In response to the Feds overzealous prosecution of hactivist Aaron Swarz, the hacker group Anonymous has launched "Operation Last Resort". They have taken over the server used by the US Sentencing Commission and stolen the encrypted files. The files have been distributed to mirrors and hold the encryption keys and they are going to release the files if the US Government doesn't respond to their demands for legal reforms.

Anonymous is accusing the government of "bullying" using outdated laws resulting in Aaron Swarz's suicide (some call it murder). Read more here:

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The Neocons, including the Kocheads. Sell treatments. They solve problems, even if they have to create them. They sell us poisons that make us sick and then sell us drugs to treat the sickness. They fabricate non victim crimes and then rent cages to the government at thousands of dollars a year per head. Mandatory sentencing bought and paid for by the NRA cages over a million Americans on non violent vices. Same as the forced rehabilitation. Selling cardboard foods leads to drug treatment medicines. War sells wartoys and fossil fools to run them. We have become a nation of dysfunction sales and service. Cannabis Hemp and Ganja can by pass Wall St. But they keep it outlawed and not a renewable competition. Koch is in the business of selling treatments. Oil we don't need when we can grow plastic and fuel. Private for profit tax paid prisons contracting all 50 states, requiring full capacity. Meaning mandatory minimums long term investments. Monsanto or Exxon or DuPont or Coors all selling products. Halliburton sells wars with the help of the corporate media and the dick cheney. Stringing along teabog ditto's. Koch's and Diebold sell elections. If we would think of where the money goes and not just the fact it is wasted or taxes. With elections we only hear about the cost and how much each spends. Hundreds of millions. Same with initiatives. In dollars and taxes for the processors and government authorizations. What we should look it is who gets that money. Madison Ave ad agency's, Fox, MSNBCNN and the alphabet channels. Bumper stickers to the horde of lawyers. Dyncorps no bid contracts reaping them billions in Lieraq aren't seen as wasteful. Selling the Ganjawar profits copshops and keeps out a viable product from the market shelves. Koch knows if you want to gut the regulations you must get elected. That is the end to their any means necessary. Buying politicians or swiftboat trashing opponents. Bain outsourcing and gutting the work force with disposible temps, scabs and high turn around taxbreaks. Hacking votes or rigging counts. Disenfranchising as Harris did in Florida or redistricting as they did in Texas Oklahoma and Ohio. The end justifies the means.

420 Dysfunction Junction, Incarceration Nation

Kochroach & Aleech

Forfeiture $quads

Koch Roaches A.L.E.C. Drug Detention Centers

Heston died, NRA's Mandatory Minimum Didn't

Slavery: Another Fine Product Still Made in the USA!

Slave Labor Means Big Bucks For U.S. Corporations

'Relax Your Muscles as Much as Possible'

"The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one."
~ Benito Mussolini,December 8, 1935
"London Sunday Express,"

Got SqWAT?

POLICING FOR PROFIT

The majority of prohibitionists profit on the drug war,
... and that is their only motive. DdC

Money Grubbing Dung Worriers

Forfeiture $quads

Pro Life? Not even anti abortion

Drug War Bailing Out Banksters

"All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it."

"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise."
~ Benito Mussolini

Tell Holder: Protect Every Citizen's Right to Vote!

Profound Hatred for Democracy

"No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back."

Neocon Teabogs Really Are "Bloodlusting Terrorists"

Remember Tulia? Race, Cocaine, and Corruption

Thank you Miss Rosa
☛The Racist Ganjawar
☛Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and MMJ Prohibition

Prejudice: Marijuana and the Jim Crow Laws

"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others."
Harry Anslinger, (attributed)

Child Protection Racket (raw)

Calvina Fay Prohibition Inc.

Religious drug treatment in Texas

I LOST MY FREEDOM AND CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE!

The Drug War Gravy Train By Daniel Forbes

The Nazi Comparison

SCAPEGOATING - Blaming social problems on a cultural, racial, or behaviorial group. PREJUDICE - Selling the public on the idea that all members of the targeted group are 'bad' people. LIES - 'Facts', which cannot be verified, and pseudo scientific studies are used as propaganda against the targeted group. History is rewritten. NO PUBLIC DEBATE - "These people have no right to have their viewpoiunt aired." and " Anyone who disagrees or questions us must be one of them!" DEHUMANIZATION - Characterizing all members of a targeted group as subhuman and typically capable of monstrous deeds and/or crimes. PROTECT OUR CHILDREN - "They corrupt, seduce and or destroy our children." CIVIL LIBERTIES SACRIFICED - "We must give up some of our freedoms, liberties, and rights in order to combat this menace to society." LEGAL DESCRIMINATION - Laws criminalize members of targeted group and they may be denied jobs, the right to own property and/or be restricted as to where they may live or go. INFORMERS - Citizens are urged to 'turn in' friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members. SECRET POLICE - Non-uniformed police squads set up to wage war on targeted groups utilizing deception, infiltration, espionage and entrapment. CONFISCATION OF PROPERTY - Property and assets are seized from people who are members of targeted group. Property may be divided between the informer and the state. REMOVAL FROM SOCIETY - Prisons, rehabilitation camps, 'hospitals', executions and genocide...
"Kill Them All" "Zero Tolerance"