JURIST – Paper Chase: ACLU: more than 3,200 serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes

The punishment does not fit crime perhaps?

Innerstanding Isness


[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] published [press release] a study [text, PDF] on Wednesday finding that 3,278 Americans are currently serving life sentences without parole for nonviolent offenses. The study, entitled “A Living Death: Life without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses,” explains the racial and gender makeup of the inmates, as well as the state of the law that has led to the increasing rate at which nonviolent offenders are being sentenced to life without parole. In this analysis, the report makes particular note of mandatory minimum sentences stemming from “repeat offender” laws. “The punishments these people received are grotesquely out of proportion to the crimes they committed,” said author Jennifer Turner. “In a humane society, we can hold people accountable for drug and property crimes without throwing away the key.” The study also points out extreme racial disparity in the sentencing patterns and…

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5.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Tokyo, halts trains: nerves frayed as Fukushima decomissioning reaches critical stage

Japanese earthquake

The Extinction Protocol

November 16, 2013TOKYO, JAPAN A 5.5magnitude earthquake hit eastern Japan on Saturday. Tremors were felt from inside Tokyo skyscrapers, and the city’s high-speed train service was halted as a precaution. The earthquake struck at 8:44 p.m. local time (11:44 a.m. GMT) at a depth of 63 kilometers (39 miles) in the Chiba prefecture which neighbors Tokyo, the US Geological Survey reported.  The quake shook skyscrapers in the Japanese capital and temporarily halted the city’s high-speed train service, according to AFP. The trains soon resumed after a track inspection. Local broadcaster NHK assured that neither Tokyo’s Narita International Airport nor regional nuclear installations were affected by the earthquake. There were no reports of damage or casualties. It comes just one week after another 5.5 earthquake struck close to the capital, and three weeks after a major 7.3 magnitude quake sent small tsunamis to Japan’s northeast coast…

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At the end of the day …..

Tomorrow is coming. Then it will no longer be tomorrow but today. Hugs and blessings. Barbara

It Is What It Is


It’s over and done with. Now, it’s time for rest.

Then go on as a new day appears!! 

~~Ralph Waldo Emerson~~


Annie – Tomorrow (Movie)


The sun’ll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There’ll be sun!

Just thinkin’ about
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
‘Til there’s none!

When I’m stuck with a day
That’s gray,
And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And Grin,
And Say,

The sun’ll come out
So ya gotta hang on
‘Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
I love ya Tomorrow!
You’re always
A day
A way!

We ALL are ONE!


We ALL are connected!!

Tomorrow there’ll be SUN!! 

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All the Way Down: CIA Head Brennan Benghazi Lies Exposed

We seem to be lacking truth here.

The Firewall

John Brennan was given written questions by Mike Rogers, chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, back in September. One of the questions specifically dealt with this point: were CIA who had been in Benghazi during the attack made to sign NDAs.

Brennan denied it, in writing.

Here is a copy of the letter, signed by Brennan, denying anyone was made to sign an NDA after Benghazi, and with a postscript that also appears to be from Brennan, saying, “I want to assure you that I will not tolerate any effort to prevent our intelligence oversight committees from doing their jobs”.

via CIA Head Brennan Lied, Benghazi Survivors WERE Asked To Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements At Memorial Service | Weasel Zippers.

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Gloria Steinem Awarded Presendential Medal of Freedom

From Ms. Magazine (http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/08/12/gloria-steinem-to-be-awarded-presidential-medal-of-freedom/)
President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that writer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem, cofounder of Ms. magazine, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, later this year. She joins nearly 600 distinguished people who have won the award since it was established in 1963. According to the White House, Steinem was awarded the medal for her women’s rights activism. When he announced this year’s winners, Obama said:
The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.
Four other of this year’s honorees are women: astronaut/science educator Sally Ride, multi-media entrepreneur and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, country singer/songwriter Loretta Lynn, glass-ceiling-breaking judge Patricia Wald.


Feminism seems to be in the news a lot. Now Gloria Steinem  as well as others are going to awarded by President Obama. I have met Gloria Steinem at Chatauqua Institute in New York. It is the oldest gated community in America. Chautauqua is a community of picturesque Victorian homes. It has a “season”  and speakers come form all over the world to be able to speak to the thousands who attend. They have an Open Air Ampitheater on Lake Chautauqua.

Gloria has been my muse, my ideal feminist since the seventies. She started MS. Magazine and worked with NOW ( the National Organizations of Women). I was never on a march that she wasn’t there. She is also an author, having written several books on feminism.  Women owe a lot to the hard work of this great woman. She lives her truth and is a very authentic person.

Gloria Steinem quotes

Gloria Steinem quotes

Gloria Steinem makes point with Statue of Liberty.

Gloria Steinem makes point with Statue of Liberty.

Dreams and Gloria Steinem

Dreams and Gloria Steinem

gloriafor obama                                                                                                                                           Gloria believes in our President Obama

Happy Birthday and wishes for many more

Happy Birthday and wishes for many more

Chautauqua Lake

Chautauqua Lake

Chautauqua Amplitheater

Chautauqua Amphitheater

Some Chautauqua homes

Some Chautauqua homes


The Abolition of Slavery

Very moving blog!

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The 1840 Anti-Slavery Convention, London, England
The 1840 Anti-Slavery Convention, by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1841, London, England (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Exeter Hall
Exeter Hall (1840 Anti-Slavery Convention)
(Caption and photo credit: Wikipedia) 

Thomas Clarkson[i] (28 March 1760 – 26 September 1846), was an English abolitionist. He helped found the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade, formed on 22 May 1787, and helped achieve passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807, which ended British trade in slaves. In 1840, he was the key speaker at the Anti-Slavery Society (today known as Anti-Slavery International) conference in London, which campaigned to end slavery in other countries.”

The Abolition of Slave Trade (Britain 1807)

Thomas Clarkson (Britain)
William Wilberforce (Britain)
Anthony Benezet (US)
British Abolitionists (list)

The Slave Trade Act of 1807 did not abolish slavery, but it paved the way for the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire, the 

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