Friday, August 31, 2012

Business As Usual For NRA As The Bodies Pile Up in USA As Ex-Marine In Full Battle Gear Commits Mass murder Meanwhile The Extreme Right Has Officially Taken Over The Republican Party

Republican Convention illustrates that the GOP and The Religious Right and the Tea Party gang want to reverse changes made in the USA to protect the rights and liberties of various groups such as women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and other minorities including the GLBT community.

...But the party platform and the ascendancy of the anti-government Tea Party faction within the GOP make it clear that when they talk about “taking America back,” they don’t just mean taking it back to pre-Obama days, or even to the era of Ronald Reagan. They are looking further back, before LGBT equality was “threatening” the family, before women had access to contraception or the option to have a safe and legal abortion, before the federal government was promoting socialism in the form of Medicare, before the Supreme Court allowed the federal government to usurp state sovereignty with pesky things like child labor laws.
Marco Rubio, mocking President Obama’s choice of “Forward” as a campaign theme, described the past as a time when wealth and power belonged only to a few. But doesn’t that increasingly describe America in the post- Citizens United era, when wealth and political power are concentrated hand-in-hand? For Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the folks toasting them from the Americans for Prosperity suite, that’s just fine.

Shameless: 5 Ugly Themes We Saw at the RNC Convention
When they talk about “taking America back,” they don’t just mean taking it back to pre-Obama days, or even to the era of Ronald Reagan. by Peter Montgomery a senior fellow at People For the American Way Foundation.via, August 31, 2012

And the NRA must be proud that the lax US gun laws leads to more deaths. Well of course this murderer had the right to purchase whatever weapons he wished and to then use them as he wished in America this is call freedom in other nations it is called irrational ,irresponsible or just plain crazy to put weapons into the hands of every one who can afford a semi-automatic weapons UZIS, AK47, rocket launchers , tanks or what have you.

Old Bridge Shooting: Several Reportedly Killed In Mass Shooting At New Jersey Pathmark via Huff Post, Aug 31, 2012


OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — A New Jersey supermarket employee wearing military clothing opened fire at the closed store early Friday as a dozen or more co-workers worked inside, killing two of them and himself, a prosecutor said.

A law enforcement official identified the shooter as an ex-Marine who was discharged two years ago.

The 23-year-old man left his shift at a Pathmark store in Old Bridge Township around 3:30 a.m. and returned a half-hour later with a handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said.

About 12 to 14 workers were in the store, he said. The man fired at least 16 rounds from the rifle at the first workers he saw, killing an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man as other workers hid, Kaplan said.

"I do not believe that they were specifically targeted. I believe everybody in the store was a target," said Kaplan.

The gunman then killed himself, said Kaplan.

He did not release the name of the suspect, but a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation identified him as Terence Tyler, an ex-Marine who was discharged in 2010. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because his agency is not in charge of the investigation.

Tyler, an infantryman, never served overseas, said Marine spokeswoman Capt. Kendra Motz. She wouldn't comment on the circumstances of his discharge. Tyler's home of record was Brooklyn.

John Niccollai, president of a foodworkers union that represents some store employees, said Pathmark officials and employees told him the gunman wore military clothing and had just punched out for the night before coming back into the store and opening fire...

Liberals in the US argue that the GOP must be stopped from putting Romney/Ryan team into the White house but others fear that even with Obama in the White House things may not get any better since Obama is still trying to persuade Republicans that he is a bi-partisan accommodating president . What the Republicans see is an easy target who will back-down more often than not when met with GOP or even resistance by conservative democrats.

Fight Back Against a Romney/Ryan Ticket By Michael Keegan at The People For the American Way, in a letter to supporters August 29, 2012
Yesterday, Republicans took to the stage for the first night of their convention.
They wanted us to think this was an evening dedicated to "building" America. And they wanted us to ignore the fact that the only plan they have is to turn their backs on the American Way -- and they have no plans to "build" anything but a society that favors corporate special interests.
The Republican Platform represents a Radical Right that has lost sight of the people they intend to serve. They claim to champion freedom and opportunity for all Americans. But their platform tells a different story and tells us what their priorities are:
A call to outlaw abortion in all cases -- with no exception even for rape or incest 
A constitutional amendment preventing same-sex couples from getting married in any state 
A voucher system to replace Medicare 
A ban on women fighting in combat 
Support for Citizens United and scrapping what's left of our campaign finance regulations 
Public displays of the Ten Commandments 
Slashing taxes for the top 1% PFAW Supporter, this is the platform of a Party that is looking out for right-wing special interests and corporations -- not everyday Americans.
...This radical platform is titled "We Believe in America."
It has drawn praise from many on the far right including Freedom Works and conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly. Their version of America simply ignores the rights of everyone except corporate special interests, Religious Right Activists, and the richest among us.
The Republican Party is running from the middle class, women, and minorities -- and is running instead towards open arms of the Tea Party. ... We simply cannot stand by and watch as this Party burdens our seniors ... attacks the rights of women ... and looks to lift up the wealthiest among us on the backs of the middle class. 
If the GOP succeeds in November, they will succeed in rolling back so much of the progress we've made as a nation. If they win we can say goodbye to the American Way that you and I have fought so hard for.
As Richard Eskow illustrates Americans have already lost many of their freedoms that they took for granted and the Ultra-Conservative Republicans are out to make matters worse .

Goodbye, Liberty! 10 Ways Americans Are No Longer Free Our struggle for liberty is a fight against concentrated wealth. by Richard Eskow at August 29, 2012
Our most fundamental rights, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, are under assault. But the adversary is Big Wealth, not Big Government as conservatives like to claim. Consider:
Life? The differences in life expectancy between wealthier and lower-income Americans are increasing, not decreasing. Liberty?
Digital corporations are assaulting our privacy, while banks trap us in indebtedness that approaches indentured servitude. The shrunken ranks of working Americans are being robbed of their essential liberties – including the right to use the bathroom.
The pursuit of happiness? Social mobility in the United States is dead. Career choices are increasingly limited.
As for working hard and earning more, consider this: Between 1969 and 2008 the average US income went up by $11,684. How much of that went to the top 10? All of it. Income for the remaining 90 percent actually went down.
These changes didn't just happen. Wealthy individuals and corporations made it happen – and they're still at it. Meanwhile, Corporate America's wholesale theft of your individual liberties has been rebranded as a fight for … the corporation's individual liberty.
Corey Robin notes in the Nation that this conservative appeal to “economic freedom” has been met by Democrats who present themselves as “new Victorians,” standing for “responsibilities over rights, safety over freedom, constraint rather than counterculture.”

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