Daily Archives: April 20, 2015

Stopped Clocks

I’ve gotten used to the idea that when I read something from a lawmaker with an “R” next to his or her name, I should expect lunacy to follow. I post so much bad news about them, I thought I would share some good stuff from Republicans:

Police-officers-turned-legislators sponsored two bills that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in Illinois’ House of Representatives last week, which would reward inmates who continue their education behind bars with shorter sentences and sealed criminal records.

Last February, Rep. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) sponsored HB 3149, which would seal criminal records for non-violent felony offenders seeking employment, if they receive a “high school diploma, associate’s degree, career certificate, vocational technical certification, or bachelor’s degree, or passed the high school level Test of General Educational Development” while completing their sentence. The same applies for individuals who earn a certificate during aftercare or supervised release.

A separate bill introduced two days later by Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield), HB 3884, says, “90 days of sentence credit shall be awarded to any prisoner who passes high school equivalency testing while the prisoner is committed to the Department of Corrections.” In other words, inmates will have 90 days deducted from their sentences. The credit can be tacked on to any credit that was previously earned by someone under DOC supervision.

I guess it is because they are regular joes who have good ideas about stopping recidivism. They’re not lawyers, and they’re not ideologues.
Amen.

Biff Bang Pow!

I’m gonna send you to His Rudeness today. Title:

Shut the Fuck Up and Support Hillary: A Message of Blind Hope

Correct. Get in line, morons.

‘Tis The Season For The Treason

If you have looking at the online news for a while, you know that Mike Huckabee will say anything to get attention to his joke of a presidential run. It is de rigeur for the hard right to smear Obama any way they can to bolster their conservative creds.

Republicans since Nixon have been the party of law and order. But has one of their own broken the law by saying this?

There’s nothing more honorable than serving one’s country and there’s no greater heroes to our country than our military, but I might suggest to parents, I’d wait a couple of years until we get a new commander-in-chief that will once again believe ‘one nation under god’ and believe that people of faith should be a vital part of the process of not only governing this country, but defending this country.

Not only is this idea a blatant violation of the wall of separation, but Huck might have also violated the Espionage Act. It states:

The Espionage Act of 1917 is a United States federal law passed on June 15, 1917, shortly after the U.S. entry into World War I. It has been amended numerous times over the years. It was originally found in Title 50 of the U.S. Code (War) but is now found under Title 18, Crime.

It was intended to prohibit interference with military operations or recruitment, to prevent insubordination in the military, and to prevent the support of U.S. enemies during wartime.

Now this is 2015. That Act came from a different America, where our first anti-war activists were being born. But my point is, Republicans are always skirting the bounds of propriety and law while they undermine President Obama’s sunset years. They freak out when Obama is “lawless”, but don’t mind denigrating the office to protest his actions, and that includes coming dangerously close to being rather lawless themselves.

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