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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Represión Guardia Nacional 24F

Represión Guardia Nacional 24F


Represión Guardia Nacional 24F

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 12:15 PM PST

Represión Guardia Nacional en San Cristóbal, Táchira. 24F

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San Cristobal, Represión 22F (2)

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 12:08 PM PST

Represión de la Guardia Nacional en Pueblo San Cristonal 22 de febrero

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San Cristobal, Represión 22F

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 12:03 PM PST

Represión de la Guardia Nacional en Pueblo San Cristonal 22 de febrero

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San Cristóbal, Venezuela 24F

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 11:47 AM PST

Barricada en San Cristóbal, Venezuela

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the Big Man 6ft 10 in Ray Petty aka Raunch Foxxx says its BIG MISTAKE

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 11:13 PM PST

Internet shock jock from Arizona RaunchFoxxx of renegade Talk Radio says this is financial disaster for Arizona and will incite discrimination in a big way

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Religious Freedom Or Intolerance

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 05:51 PM PST

Here in California I see signs in front of business' all the time that say "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone". I guess that's not the case in Arizona.

The thing I don't understand is why would any business refuse a paying customer unless they are super hyper religious in their beliefs. Then again, why would any person being discriminated against even want to patronize that type of business.

I find the entire issue ridiculous but, I also think government should stay out of it. I don't think is has anything to do with civil rights but more to do with intolerance on the part of those "religious" business owners. Shame on them. Judge not lest ye be judged!


Picture by KCRep
Leaving the Redwood Forest.

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Legalizing Discrimination

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 05:30 PM PST

Outraged, upset, and quite troubled – those are some of the adjectives I could use to describe my feelings toward the new Arizona Legislature Bill that proposed outright discrimination toward gays and lesbians in Arizona. The new bill titled SB1062 gives business the ability to refuse service to anyone that claims to be gay or lesbian. There is no other way to put it – the passing of this bill legalizes discrimination.
I am not religious and I am not atheist. I like to call myself agnostic, meaning I do not claim a faith, nor do I claim disbelief in a God. I have a wonderful and very Christian girlfriend with whom I have attended church many times. I am also tolerant of religions – to a point. I believe in the ideal of having the same freedoms for everyone. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from oppression – are these not the very values upon which this country was founded? Well, apparently Arizona did not get the memo.
Quite frankly, as a patron of any establishment, I do not care about the religion of the owner or its employees. I do not need to be force fed their views simply because they are free to express them. Guess what anti-gay folk? The gays you fear don't care either. They aren't in attendence to preach how being gay is the "way to go", or that all people should be gay. They simply are trying to live their lives. They want to live their lives with the same freedoms as anyone else. Even though they may not share your religious beliefs, they are trying to be what YOUR God made them, right? After all, assuming your religion has a God, in your eyes it is all knowing, the only one, and therefore we must ALL come from the same God. Doesn't the bible teach to "Love thy neighbor as thyself"?
The state of Arizona is led by right-wing politicians; the ones who all-too-eagerly forget that the United States was founded on a basis of freedom of religion. This has become somewhat of a problem when considering that these same politicians now attempt to force their religious bias upon the rest of the state. When did it become okay to publicly discriminate against another human being? If I understand correctly, the last time this was acceptable was back when slavery was legal in the U.S. But, guess what Arizona? Slavery was abolished in 1865. Yes, more than 100 years ago most of the country realized that discrimination was a terrible thing. (But really, what can be expected from politicians that did not know how gay people spend their money. Hint: per the New Yorker, the bills backer Carol Foyer didn't know gays have jobs, spend money, and contribute to the economy.)
Based upon what I know of only Christianity at least, sexism is very apparent in the bible. Therefore, if this bill allows a person to refuse service based on religious views, perhaps I could flat-out refuse services to women in my establishment. After all, there are thousands of ways to interpret the Bible. Or, perhaps I choose to adopt the religion of Pastafarianism, and all non-noodle based beings would be banned from my restaurant per my own discretion. (Pastafarianism is a real thing, look it up.) Perhaps I should take on an anti-Republican religion and ban any that see this law as constitutional. Really though, I believe I should have a say in my own religion because, well, how can a government tell me that my religion isn't real? Isn't that discrimination too?
From my standpoint, I have a sister who is lesbian. She has been her entire life. We were the best of friends growing up and almost inseparable at times. She was terrified to tell me for fear I would judge her or not understand as I was about 10 when she came out. I told her "So? You like girls. That's your choice, why would it bother me?". My sister, is a beautiful human being. The only thing she has ever wanted for anyone that she has ever met is happiness. She goes far out of her way to help anyone that ever asks. We love her for that and for the bravery she has in simply being who she was meant to be. She has to be brave every day because of the very same intolerance that this bill perpetuates.
Based on the new law, my government is telling me I cannot go have lunch with my sister at a bigot's restaurant because they may not agree with my views. Does that same law give me the ability to turn them down for services at my establishment because my religion doesn't like theirs? For that matter, who is to say who is gay and who isn't? Are people going to be assigned an I.D. stating their sexual preference? In the end, doesn't this all just propagate more hate and less tolerance?
If this bill passes, it will join the ranks of SB1070 as a very questionable call by those who apparently "run" this state. It WILL lead to more boycotts of the state. Hopefully (if it passes), large venues like the SuperBowl will think twice about which state is a deserving host. It will diminish the little respect the country has left for the state. It will make me less proud of where I live. And it WILL legalize discrimination.

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Arizona's SB 1062 : There's a separation of state religion

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 05:05 PM PST

If business was run by religion then Arizona's SB 1062 would be understandable but Business is run by government and by law. There's a separation of state and religion. This bill shouldn't even be considered.

Another factor to consider is that "Center for Arizona Policy", who put forth this bill led the 2008 amendment campaign to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. "Center for Arizona Policy" are well known for being anti same-sex marriage and anti gay, so I find this hard to believe that this bill is purely a "religious freedoms act" and not an oppressive piece of legislature in sheep's clothing. They are continuing their anti-gay legislative rampage and trying to cover up their agenda with religion.

I am not partial to hypocrisy and sneaky legislature. I wouldn't call this "Family Values".

Ohio and Arizona must share a brain, the anti-gay legislature in each is almost word for word. This is not one state's bill, it's now a multi state conspiracy. Take a look below at the wording in both Ohio's - H. B. No. 376 and Arizona's - S.B. 1062.

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Ohio's - H. B. No. 376
(C) "Exercise of religion" means the practice or observance of religion. "Exercise of religion" includes, but is not limited to, the ability to act or the refusal to act in a manner that is substantially motivated by one's sincerely held religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.

Arizona's - S.B. 1062

2. "Exercise of religion" means the PRACTICE OR OBSERVANCE OF RELIGION, INCLUDING THE ability to act or refusal to act in a manner substantially motivated by a religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.

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Ohio's - H. B. No. 376

Sec. 9.692. (A) State action or an action by any person based on state action shall not burden a person's right to exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless it is demonstrated that applying the burden to that person's exercise of religion in that particular instance is both of the following:
(1) Essential to further a compelling governmental interest;
(2) The least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

(B) A person whose exercise of religion has been burdened or is likely to be burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding, regardless of whether the state or a political subdivision of the state is a party to the proceeding. The person asserting that claim or defense may obtain appropriate relief, including relief against the state or a political subdivision of the state. Appropriate relief includes, but is not limited to, injunctive relief, declaratory relief, compensatory damages, and the recovery of costs and reasonable attorney's fees.

Arizona's - S.B. 1062

C. Government STATE ACTION may substantially burden a person's exercise of religion only if it THE GOVERNMENT OR NONGOVERNMENTAL PERSON SEEKING THE ENFORCEMENT OF STATE ACTION demonstrates that application of the burden to the person PERSON'S EXERCISE OF RELIGION IN THIS PARTICULAR INSTANCE is both:
1. In furtherance of a compelling governmental interest.
2. The least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

D. A person whose religious exercise is burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding, and obtain appropriate relief against a government REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT IS A PARTY TO THE PROCEEDING. E. A PERSON THAT ASSERTS A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION MUST ESTABLISH ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. THAT THE PERSON'S ACTION OR REFUSAL TO ACT IS MOTIVATED BY A RELIGIOUS BELIEF.
2. THAT THE PERSON'S RELIGIOUS BELIEF IS SINCERELY HELD.
3. THAT THE STATE ACTION SUBSTANTIALLY BURDENS THE EXERCISE OF THE PERSON'S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. F. THE PERSON ASSERTING A CLAIM OR DEFENSE UNDER SUBSECTION D OF THIS SECTION MAY OBTAIN INJUNCTIVE AND DECLARATORY RELIEF. A party who prevails in any action to enforce this article against a government shall recover attorney fees and costs.

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Religious Freedom or BUST.

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 04:31 PM PST

First of all, I do not consider myself a discriminating person but my spiritual, political and personal view points and living a long life may suggest such, as perceived by each individual's perception of me. I think in this day and age we have all had so much taken away from us that we are fed up -sick and tired of jumping thru the loopholes and trying to skip over those gunshots from our Govt at our feet to pretend to maintain self images & beliefs we don't agree with. We are told what 'words' we no longer can use unless we want to be arrested for inciting a riot, or arrested for a hate crime. We are told who we can hire, what we should eat and what we are taught is the right way instead of many right ways. I think it is time to let the PEOPLE speak for themselves, and allow them to FEEL comfortable with their beliefs and power and STOP blaming discrimination to continue to take away their rights. The People have rights and that includes Religious freedom frankly. If a business owner does not want to deal with a certain type of people, it is natural frankly and should be acceptable. Not everyone likes nor wants to deal with 'everyone' and they should have the power to chose. Religious values, excuses or real reason? Who cares. Let the People BE. Let it Be... as the Beatles sang. Give Business owners MORE RIGHTS to individuality. If they don't want Gays - why do the GAYS WANT THEM? People will be who they are no matter what rules are passed. Judgments will always be made and people will always be judging- no matter what. Call it Religious Freedom or call it Life. Some people don't need the Gay and Black votes-to survive. Just sayin. Again- I don't consider myself prejudiced but I do have some issues with a few some jews, aisians, black ,white, gay, straight, male, female, short people, skinny people, & born again Christians.I am not claiming religious freedom act. I also believe some jobs are meant for certain 'types' and some are not. Call me what ever you like, but I am only human and over 60 yrs old. I finally am comfortable with my beliefs which are not religious nor discriminating and are simply individual thought and process. The Govt would consider me discriminating I am sure, because the GOvt wants too much control over people's individual thought process.

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Protest yesterday and today in Reykjavik ,Iceland

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 01:41 PM PST

The Iclandic Goverment , has decided to withdraw its discussions about joining the Europian Union.
The Goverment had promised before the Parliament Election last year , that any decision about this matter , would be put to a nationa refferendum , but now they have decided to not put it to a refferendum , and just stop any discussion with the Europian Union .
That is why people in Iceland protested yesterday and today in front of Parliament.
Made lots of noise , and want the Goverment to keep their promise.
The Independence party and the Progressive party are now in Goverment and have a majority in Parliament .
The protest is peaseful , but with a lot of noise - as you can see on the video .
The goverment opposition in Parliament are demanding that the goverment keeps its promise .

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SOS EL PASEO

Posted: 24 Feb 2014 06:43 PM PST

Asi nos atacan colectivos resguardados por la guardia, esto sucedió aproximadamente a las 7:50am el día lunes 24 de febrero en el Paseo de las Ferias, Mérida estado Mérida.

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1:52pm - 2:13pm Tanquetas y militares de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana al borde de la zona norte. Maracaibo. Estado Zulia.

Posted: 24 Feb 2014 12:14 PM PST

1:52pm - 2:13pm Tanquetas y militares de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana al borde de la zona norte. Maracaibo. Estado Zulia. Urbanización Mara Norte tercera etapa, Urbanización San Jacinto y Av. Goajira. Maracaibo. Estado Zulia.
-24 de Febrero de 2014.

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In the company of heroes!

Posted: 24 Feb 2014 10:39 AM PST

A lot of time has passed, but memories linger on. It was a brutal day, a day, a period of tradgedy. But in the Coney Island sun, as it was Sunday, you could not help but celebrate in a bittersweet way the lives and dedication of the 9/11 first responders who gave.. their lives in the tradgedy. But that is what this tribute wall wants you to do, celebrate life.
I was taken back by the beauty of it for a moment.
The Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance is located on the west wall of MCU park on Surf Ave.
This is the only memorial to all the first responders in the area, the only one to have their portraits engraved in granite. I think it is fitting as these people deserve to be remembered for their courage and dedication. If you come to visit here, and it is a sunny day you will feel better. They did a beautiful job on the wall and tribute walk. Then you can go to the beach and get some sun.
The German Shepard in the picture also perished and should be remembered to for his dedication.
February 23, 3014.

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