Land Of The Free Home Of The Slave – Private Prison Industry.

Posted in Business, Civil Rights, Politics, Social Issues with tags , , , on August 31, 2012 by WMO

Well my friends. There has been a couple of things on my mind recently. These next couple of posts are going to be on what I see as two of the most oppressive and profitable slave trades that America has to offer it’s citizens and the world. In this post I will be focusing on the Private Detention Industry.

First lets look at the two largest private detention corporations in the United States. Corrections Corporation of America which is responsible for over 60 detention facilities spread across almost every state in the nation. CCA has annual revenues of over 1.7 Billion dollars in fiscal year 2011  with almost 18 million in lobbying expenses for the same year. The second largest is the GEO Group. As of 2010, GEO contracted with 13 states, the Federal Bureau of Prison, the U.S. Marshals Service, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In 2010, 66 percent of GEO’s $1.27 billion in revenue was from U.S. corrections contracts equaling $842 million. Of the $842 million in revenue, 47 percent came from corrections contracts with 11 states. Not to mention their overseas holdings through partnerships with other detention corporations. CCA, GEO Group and those that it partners with have interests in more than 60 countries many of whom give out prison time for speaking out against the government.

According to the Justice Policy Institute , the state and federal prison population increased 722 percent between 1970 and 2009. The prison population in the United States has also doubled in the last 15 years. Locking people up seems to be good business. Many of you may not realize that your phone calls to various private and public company’s such as Hitachi and Microsoft just to name a couple, for customer service or to purchase products are being answered by inmates. These inmate call centers are so profitable that the use of them has exploded bringing in 10s of Millions of dollars per year in revenue for the private prison industry and the companies they partner with.

Now you may be thinking that this helps offset the cost of incarcerating these individuals. Well you would be wrong these privateer prisons charge the states and municipalities $65 dollars a day or more to house their criminals as well as make the inmates work and not just in the afor mentioned call centers. Prisoners are also making cloths you buy in the store, Furniture you put in your office or home and a whole host of other everyday products. CCA and other private prison corporations have partnered with Unicor formally Federal Prison Industries Inc having prisoners making everything from signs to data management solutions. They then sell these products direct to the consumer through online stores or distribution centers.

At this point you may be thinking “But Oppressor you are the last one we would think would be railing against profit?” It is not the profit that I have a problem with. What I have a problem with is that these companies spend millions to lobby politicians to increase mandatory minimum sentencing laws for non violent offenders. They lobby these politians to do one thing and one thing only to strip ever more people of their freedom for non violent offenses. Giving these people ever increasing amounts of time in prison so that they can always have a steady source of slave labor and continue being able to legally pay them roughly the same amount of money as people in Cambodia make.

You may also be thinking who cares how does this affect us? Well it may not affect you directly. What this does is make it harder for small businesses and factories that employ people to compete in the market place.  These private prisons can legally pay people 12 to 30 cents an hour. Then sell those products on the open market for a far cheaper prices than the small local business down the street. That same small business that employs the college student trying to work their way through school. This also hurts the private factories that produce goods and support small towns and law abiding families around this great country.  Small private businesses and factories have to pay people a minimum of $7.25 per hour and in many states much more than that. These same businesses and factories have much higher operating costs because the States and Municipalities are not paying for their material, employee, and overhead costs under the guise of job training. Is this really how we want our industries run. Do we really want to say to a 17 year old kid that gets caught with a joint. Here is 2 years of slave labor enjoy. Have we really fallen so far as a society that we rail against one kind of slavery but embrace another just because it sounds nicer. Think about that the next time you hear a politician say he is going to be tough on crime. It is not just a talking point for them it is campaign contributions and kickbacks from prison industry lobbyists.

Until Next Time: Courage

We The People Are The Problem!

Posted in Social Issues with tags , , , , on August 17, 2012 by WMO

I have been hearing as I am sure you have a common theme from people in the Occupy arena and people outside of that movement that blame Corporations and Brokerage houses for the current economic state of this country. They scream from the rooftops and street corners that it is The fault of these evil oppressors that the Job market is slow and food prices are rising while farmers struggle to pay the seed companies for the privilege of planting crops. They yell to anyone who will listen that it is the oil companies that are gouging you at the pump as well as a myriad of other evils.

While there is definitely blame that can be squarely planted at their feet for their business practices. The bulk of the blame for these situations are justifiably planted firmly at the feet of the same people who are pointing their fingers saying it is all their fault. These same people who protest the banks, oil companies, and brokerage houses. These same people who are yelling that the rich are the real problem. These people are too indoctrinated into their own pity party to realize or even acknowledge that they are the problem. By now I am sure that there are a number of readers that are either red-faced pissed at the mere idea that they could possibly be the driving factor of these problems or are so blinded by their “everyone deserves other people’s money” ideology that none of this will sink in. I am not speaking to them. I am speaking to those readers out there that actually do a very unpopular thing in today’s America, Think.

But how are we the problem you may be asking. The answer to that is quite simple. I want you to think about your daily routine and shopping habits. If you are one of the people who yell from the roof tops how the banks are evil oppressors of the people yet que up for your turn at those same banks ATM, or find yourself standing in line to make a deposit at those banks. You are a willing participant in your own problem. If you complain about companies like Wal-Mart mistreating their employees yet still shop there. You are complacent in your own views.

So to all you armchair victims of society out there I am tired of listening to the whining. it is time to put up or shut up. Either stop shopping at these places and using the services of these banks and corporations you claim to hate so much. Stop trying to fight evil corporations with Twitter and Facebook on you I-Phone while holding your Starbucks coffee. Or shut up because you are acting like a disingenuous whiner and the rest of us are tired of your whining.

I have heard arguments from these types of people that they have no options but to patronize these place they claim to hate so much. Really? No Choice? If you use this argument you are lying and you sicken me. Instead of using banks use credit unions instead of shopping at big corporate chains shop at small businesses. convenience is not an excuse for feigned outrage and hypocrisy.

For example I do not like Apple Inc. So guess what. I don’t purchase their products. However if others do like their products and purchase them I am not such a crybaby that I am going to have a sit in because others shop for products from a company I don’t like.  I won’t shop at Starbucks. (because they don’t carry Irish Cream flavor.) I will not however tell some 18-year-old college know it all with their 1500 dollar Apple computer that they can’t go there and enjoy a cup of 6 dollar coffee with their friends and have a nice conversation about how broke they are and how it is corporations fault and not theirs that they are so broke.

My point is not to tell these people that they are wrong in their beliefs because that would be counter productive. What I want to convey here is either follow your convictions or keep your mouth shut. By being blatantly hypocritical and disingenuous with your complaining you make yourself look like an idiot that should be mocked rather than listened to.

Until Next Time:   Courage.

Naturalnews.com For Your Health or For Your Wallet.

Posted in Health, Social Issues with tags , , , , on August 8, 2012 by WMO

As of late on Facebook and other sites that your humble oppressor visits I have seen an increase in links that point back to a website called Naturalnews.com. The first of these that I saw was a single source story about federal agents “Raiding” a Mormon food storage facility in Tennessee and demanding their customer list. This untrue story made me question this site. I started to do some research and thus this post was born.  If you Google “Feds raid Mormon food storage” it returns 54,800 results. Now I did not sift through all 54,000 results many of which show how this story never happened. Those sites that did run with it tracked back directly to Naturalnews.com. Now seriously if something like this had happened it most assuredly would not have been a single source story.

Do you honestly think that News agencies like Fox News would not have been all over it? Not to mention the ACLU would be shouting from the rooftops. Hell you probably would have started seeing attorney commercials on tv with tag lines like “Have you ever been in a Mormon food facility that has been raided? You could be entitled to compensation.” The point is it would have been a big deal with actual credibility outside of the Government Bad and Conspiracy crowd.

Naturalnews.com has updated the story with anecdotal evidence that this is a fact by pointing to Oathkeepers which states it was verified by them but with no other references other than a quote from a member of that organization. They also point to a News Channel 5 article about The Metro Public Health and the Tennessee Department of Health doing a door to door survey about the citizens disaster preparedness in Tennessee which in 2011 when this survey took place had been hit hard with natural disasters. Everything from a devastating flood in May 2010 to several strings of severe storms and tornadoes that ripped through the state in just the last couple of years. Is it such a stretch that they might want to make disaster preparedness a forefront issue at times like this?

The Mormon raid is just one example of made up news on this site. The big question is, what is Naturalnews.com and is it really what it claims? According to the about page of this site. The NaturalNews Network is owned and operated by Truth Publishing International, Ltd., a Taiwan corporation. It is not recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit in the United States. Also in the about section it states that its key writer, Mike Adams, receives absolutely no payment for his time, articles or books other than reimbursement for items purchased in order to conduct product reviews. Wait but who owns Truth Publishing International? from all the information that I could find that would be Mike Adams. So lets see if this makes sense Mr. Adams starts a not for profit corporation in Taiwan  However notice it does not say that it is a Taiwanese Civil Organization which is their equivalent to a 501c (3) in the United States, Nor when researching the company could I find anywhere where it states Civil Organization or Non Profit. The part about only receiving reimbursement for purchases in order to conduct product reviews. Ok fine he does not get reimbursed for his time from the company unless he buys a product for review. However all indications point to him owning the company so that is a moot point to begin with and I am sure that he most certainly receives profits from purchases made from Moxxor which Natural News and by default Truth Publishing International, Ltd partnered with which by the way is a Multilevel Marketing Scheme.

Being as Natural News has partnered with the Moxxor MLM, is it any wonder he gives these products glowing reviews? Green-Lipped Mussels Omega-3 Oils Join Moxxor, NaturalNews. What MLM would be complete without bias reviews and of course you can sign up to be a dealer of it under his pyramid of course. Speaking of sales Mr. Adams is also Founder and CEO of Arial Software which is a mass e-mail marketing software. The kind that is generally used by spammers. According to Webboar.com the registered phone number (520) 232-9300 of Naturalnews.com is also the registered number of 35 other websites. Some of these websites are similar to natural news and others are or were for other Mass Email Marketing sites.

Just a tip be very careful if you give Natural News your email. I am not saying nor do I have any evidence that these collected emails are being sold as bundles for one of his Spam / E-Mail marketing products. However he could, and he would not be breaking any spam regulations because by entering your email on his site you are freely giving it to him to use as he wishes unless it is expressly said otherwise on the web sites privacy policies. However being as Natural News is a subsidiary of a Taiwanese company they are not bound by US anti-spamming regulations.

Not only is Mr. Adams not a medical doctor or doctor of Naturalistic medicine he seems to be comfortable on Natural News and his other health websites to use standard health fear mongering efforts against modern medicine to sell a multitude of herbal products and to get others to sell them in MLM schemes.  It seems to me that these sites are nothing more than a very elaborate and well run marketing campaign and not actual unbiased health reviews and articles.

I am not writing this piece to in anyway slander or put down Mr. Adams. I feel that it is his right to make a living anyway he sees fit and I do not personally know him so I can not in good conscience speak to his character. If you use the products he offers and are happy with them I certainly do not want to dissuade anybody from using them. Because hey I am not any kind of doctor either. I just find a number of his articles disingenuous and poorly researched with an amazing lack of credible sourcing. that is of course unless he is selling the product then like any good salesman he has plenty of seemingly wonderful sources to these articles. The point is, take this stuff with a grain of salt and do your own research before taking any claims, especially when it comes to your health at face value.

Until Next Time: Courage

Why I Support Chick Fil’ A

Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Religion, Social Issues with tags , , on August 3, 2012 by WMO

Somethings amaze me about this whole Chick Fil a fiasco. It amazes me how Liberals are railing against this company. They are proving their tolerance for the views of others by calling in bomb threats, verbally attacking the hourly employees and vandalizing restaurants because of the personal opinion of one of the executives. An executive who, I might add never once mentioned gay rights or gay marriage. They are railing against the fact that the company gives money to Christian organizations that believe in the traditional family unit. It is to the point that on a lot of liberal bulletin boards and gay rights groups have predictably turned this into an attack on Christianity. They portray anyone who would still eat there as a homophobic bible thumper.

It amuses me how Gay Rights groups actually think that having their kiss in at the restaurants is going to make anybody do anything other have lunch. I support their right to hold their kiss in, as long as they do not impede patrons from getting their lunch which at this point it appears they have not done. I think it is meaningless for the simple fact that these groups and their ilk have somehow convinced themselves that the hourly minimum wage workers at Chick Fil’ A give a rats ass about their “protest” or even the fact that they are gay. These are people that drag themselves out of bed to go to a job that barely pays them enough to pay their bills or feed their families. They seem to have also convinced themselves that the majority of the public cares at all about this. This is an issue to them and them alone. Yet these arrogant, I mean tolerant liberals and activist groups feel it is OK to take their meaningless rage out on minimum wage employees and people on their lunch hour.

At this point the intolerant tolerance police are painting every employee of this company as homophobic hate mongers and the corporation as discriminatory. Yet there are openly gay employees of Chick Fil’ A that have not been fired. Not only that but if everyone that works there really hate gays why is it that at some of the restaurants the employees bought out and offered free lemonade to the protester. Those hateful chicken making bastards. REAL liberals are better than this kind of behavior. At least that is what I would like to believe but then again I have been wrong before.

I support Chick Fil’ A because I support the First Amendment and the right of an owner of a company to run that company anyway they see fit. Not because I hate Gays.

Overprotective Parenting The New American Way

Posted in Activism, Child Care, Social Issues with tags , on July 24, 2012 by WMO

I look back when I was a kid back in the 1970′s and remember being kicked out of the house to go play in the yard (by myself with no supervision) or saying I was going over to a friends house which was a mile away and walking there all alone. Or even worse yet I would walk myself half a mile to school and back everyday in the first grade. (I’ll bet if that was today my mother would have been brought up on child neglect charges). And through all those apparently horrid trials I managed to survive childhood to be here to write this.

The question remains was it really any less dangerous back in the mid 70′s or are the sensationalistic media machines just making it look like today there is a pedophile on every corner just waiting to snatch little Johnny the second you take your eyes off him. According to the “National Center For Missing & Exploited Children” which is an organization that most people would agree has a fairly good pulse on these kinds of things and who gets their information from The U.S. Department of Justice states that  every year there is a whopping 115 children that were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. Stereotypical meaning crimes that involve someone the child does not know or someone of slight acquaintance, who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.

While even one case a year is far to many and terribly tragic, it is important to keep in mind that according to the United States Census Bureau the percentage of the population in the United States that is under the age of 18 is 24.3% or roughly 72,000,000 people and which even further translates to your child has about a 1 in 1,605,000% chance of being abducted by a stranger or slight acquaintance, those are about the same odds of winning the lottery. Here is one more for you. In the United States your child has a 1 in 244,000 chance of getting struck by lightning that’s right your child is 6 and 1/2 times more likely to get struck by lightning at some point in his or her life than to be abducted by a stranger. Get the point?

One of the main causes and problems is that child (over) safety has been shoved down the throats of the American people so hard by sensational journalism that every one has even developed the phobia of a skinned knee. This has gotten to the point where there are playgrounds with no swings or slides for fear of a potential injury (We used to call those empty fields). Hell when I was a kid if you didn’t have at least one scrape or cut you didn’t have a good day at play.

Children today are so sheltered because you hear scary statistics on the news all the time with no comparison of realistic numbers. When you hear on the news statistics like 250,000 children are taken to the Hospital every year from bicycle accidents that number sounds horrible and there is probably some bleeding heart group out there that immediately starts a push to ban bicycles. Once again when you look at the number of children in just this country which is again about 72,000,000 that number is actually really small.

The point is that being over protective to the point of not allowing your child to experience life and forcing it to grow up completely sheltered does not help the kid. If the child is not able to experience life and have failures, cuts and scrapes then when that child grows up and realizes that life is hard and full of failures before you reach the successes they will not keep trying to attain those successes because they have been taught their whole lives to be afraid of their own shadow. So I say to you parents out there quit listening to the scare tactics of a multi-billion dollar a year child safety industry and non-profit child activist groups who do actually profit off you being afraid of obviously overblown statistics with nothing to contrast against them, open your back doors and kick your kids out into the yard to play they will have a good time, get some exercise and you will get some peace and quiet.

Ghandi vs. The Founding Fathers.

Posted in Civil Rights, Politics, Racial Issues, Social Issues with tags , , , on July 19, 2012 by WMO

As you may recall, I did a post called “Gandhi All Peace or All Hype” in which I explored the unfortunate elitist and racist side of Gandhi. Well, needless to say, that post brought little in the way of a warm response, which I expected being as people see him as almost God-like. But what I didn’t expect was to get retort arguments such as “George Washington owned slaves” and “Our founding fathers were slave owning racists and they did good” as well as a couple that were rather strongly worded with four letter insults.

So rather than give credence to those that just felt like ranting and looking foolish in an email calling me names I will focus on the argument that I found interesting and unexpected. The founding fathers’ arguments. The difference between the founding fathers’ slave ownership and Gandhi’s Elitist racism are many and varying. While yes it is true that both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves they were also fervent abolitionists.

I know that may sound hypocritical but in order to understand that point we need to look at the economic climate of the mid 18th through the mid 19th century. When George Washington owned slaves, slavery was one of the cornerstones of this fledgling nation’s economy. If, in the formation of this country, they had pushed forward their abolitionist views the country would have never formed because the colonies of the North and South would have never ratified or agreed on anything and we would still be eating baked beans on toast. George Washington said “I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.” And Thomas Jefferson is quoted on the subject as saying “Do not mistake me. I am not advocating slavery. I am not justifying the wrongs we have committed on a foreign people… On the contrary, there is nothing I would not sacrifice to a practicable plan of abolishing every vestige of this moral and political depravity.”

The reason they did not push their abolitionist views is because they knew that with the unrest and uncertainty of this fledgling nation, if they brought about the end of slavery it would have been the end of this experiment we call America. In the constitution where it says in Article 1 Section 2 Clause 3. “three fifths of all other Persons” referring to the black slaves and the census is because at that time black slaves outnumbered the whites by a good margin in the South, so in order to ensure that there would be an ability to enact the abolition of slavery in the future they needed to count the slaves as three fifths a person because if they did not that would have given the Southern states a far greater representation in Congress that could stop any abolitionist push and they feared that if that was to happen their hope of abolition would never come to be.

So as you can see the argument of using Thomas Jefferson and George Washington as arguments to somehow vindicate Gandhi is moot. So now onto Gandhi.

While some have tried to use the argument above to somehow lesson the atrocity that was Gandhi, it is important to realize that unlike the founding fathers Gandhi was okay with slavery of the Kaffirs as he called them and was not shy throughout his entire life of letting that be known. He was a noted Imperialist, classist and racist. He saw value not in blacks or even members of the lower classes of Indians but only in his own merchant class. In fact if you read his writings in his own publication, “The Indian Opinion”, you will see the level of disdain that he had for the blacks and the lower casts.

Gandhi did not work for the betterment of anyone else except his cast of Indians and the British interests in South Africa and used the excuse of working for a better life for all to subvert criticism and divert attention away from his intentions, which apparently has worked.

Quit Crying Wolf Over Katy Perry

Posted in Feminism, Political Correctness, Politics, Social Issues with tags , , , , on March 30, 2012 by WMO

Hello again my friends. Today I would like to talk about the noted activist, author and often quoted woman of the Feminist movement Naomi Wolf. This woman deserves to be chided with disgust for many reasons almost to numerous to name. But this most recent act can not go without a public shaming. What did Wolf do to get this ever so humble moderator’s blood a boiling? Quite simple – she has once again made not only herself but the feminist movement look even worse by calling for the boycott of Katy Perry’s new video Part of Me. She claims on her Facebook that, “it is a total piece of propaganda for the Marines.” She follows that statement up with “I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it…it is truly shameful“. Just in case she deletes the post like most of her ilk would do to try to save face from a potential public backlash. I took a screenshot of it for you. Sorry Naomi it isn’t going anywhere now.

Is it Naomi? Is it really shameful that an American citizen paints the women of the US Marines in a positive light?  With her being an outspoken feminist I am kind of surprised by her stance on this. The video shows Perry after a bad breakup with her boyfriend in a convenience store when she sees a bumper sticker on the cork board that reads “All women are created equal, then some become Marines.” How is that not empowering to women? In fact the whole video shows women in the Marines and not in the kitchen. Ms. Perry, in discussing this video with MTV, stated “It’s an affirmation of strength, so I wanted to go the strongest route I ever could,” she explained. “Literally, I was like, ‘I’m gonna join the service. I’m gonna join the Marines.’ We used only Marines. … For three days, I was a wannabe Marine, which was so difficult.”

From what I have read on feminist forums and blogs showing a music video that paints women as strong is not a bad thing. I guess it is not a bad thing unless they are serving their country and risking their lives overseas so that people like you have the right to complain here.  While the video below is not showing a woman specifically joining the military and is promoting the National Guard, that I might add would help an ingrate like you in an emergency. I would like to dedicate this video to you Naomi may you choke on it.

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