This is a Christmas tree I keep in my band locker. It has lights that are battery-powered, and little snare drum ornaments.
Come at me, offended atheists.
I guess I’m confused as to why you’d think atheists would be offended by your putting a tree the origins of which were almost certainly pagan in your locker? The Christmas tree is pretty much entirely secular.
Personally, I wouldn’t be offended if you put up a picture of Jesus and a full-blown nativity in there. Your locker, your rules. Now, if you are attending a public school and they put a nativity on their front lawn, that would be a different story.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he believes America’s “dangerous and growing” income inequality represents the “defining challenge of our time,” indicating that he intends to put social mobility at the center of his remaining second-term agenda.
The remarks came during an impassioned speech at an event organized by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based liberal think tank with close ties to the White House.
The president also emphasized what he said was the need to raise the minimum wage, “making sure our economy works for every working American,” and drove home the point that income inequality had jeopardized the nation’s middle class.
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i’m not sure if my body can handle much more of this “getting out of bed” nonsense
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
#afterlifeofslaveryThe criminalization of Black, Brown, Muslim and poor people, prisons for profit and pipelines from schools to jails/prisons/juvenile centers. It’s not just adults who are being victimized by the racist, capitalistic “justice” system. If you’re poor, Black, Brown or Muslim, they’ll find a way to make a buck off of you.