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  •  stand your ground - end times 21 (4+ / 0-)
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    Corporate Groups that Promotes 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

    http://www.pensitoreview.com/...

    Zimmerman is free because of a “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida that grants anyone who feels threatened with the right to hurt or kill anyone whom they perceive to be dangerous, regardless of whether the purportedly threatening person is armed. Trayvon Martin, for example, was carrying a package of Skittles and an iced tea.
    USA Today reports that “Stand Your Ground” laws have been passed in 21 states
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    Just as it is not surprising that the NRA is behind the “Stand Your Ground” laws, the fact that the Koch brothers, funders of the tea party astroturf mobs, are major supporters of ALEC is also hardly a shock.

    What is surprising is that among ALEC’s dozens and dozens of corporate sponsors are some of the biggest consumer brands in the United States — from Microsoft to American Express, from Dell to Sara Lee and from AT&T to Mary Kay Cosmetics.

    You’ll find a complete list of ALEC’s sponsors at this link, but here are just a few of the corporations that are funding ALEC’s extreme corporatist agenda:

    Amazon
    American Express
    AmericaWest Airlines
    Anheuser-Busch
    AT&T
    Bank of America
    Bayer
    Coca-Cola
    Comcast
    Coors
    Dell    FedEx
    Ford
    Frito-Lay
    Fruit of the Loom
    GEICO
    General Electric
    General Mills
    General Motors
    HP
    Intuit
    JC Penney
    Kentucky Fried Chicken (Parent)    Mary Kay Cosmetics
    Microsoft
    Miller Brewing
    Nestle USA
    Outback Steak House
    Pepsi Cola
    Pizza Hut (Parent)
    Sara Lee
    SBC
    Seagrams
    Sony    State Farm
    Taco Bell(Parent)
    Time Warner
    The Travelers
    TRW
    United Airlines
    UPS
    Variety (Parent)
    Verizon
    Visa
    Walgreens
    Wal-Mart
    Wendy’s
    ALEC’s success has bred imitators, of course. A case in point is Americans United for Life, which is responsible for drafting the boilerplate language for the the ultrasound “shaming wand” bills that were passed in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas and elsewhere recently, according to report from Addicting Info:

    The thing that bothers me most about the new GOP is how down on America they are. How they talk about things that have no relationship to reality. All in the name of making sure that the people at the top do very well. ~ V.P. Joe Biden

    by anyname on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 11:03:00 PM PDT

    •  pressure from those with the most to lose (2+ / 0-)
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      EXCERPT ~ Pat Paquette

      I truly want to believe that we’re on the threshold of a leap in human consciousness, possibly so significant that we might mutate in to a higher species. But I also know from history that we’ve been in that place before, and the transformation either was aborted or sabotaged.

      The example that comes immediately to mind is the revolution that was taking place in Occitania in the 12th century. The region was the first to emerge from the Dark Ages, with flourishing music, literature, and a culture that respected women. The Church wasn’t having any of it, and conspired with the king of France to overrun the region, slaughter much of the population, and burn dissenters as heretics. So much for the revolution.

      We can’t take it for granted that an evolution in human consciousness will happen all by itself. It faces enormous pressure by those who stand to lose the most. We need to support each other in waking up and staying awake.

      By “support,” I don’t mean attempting to convince others that they need to “wake up” and think like you. Spiritual awakening is a deep, mysterious internal process. It’s not going to happen by shouting down people who don’t agree with your politics.  

      The thing that bothers me most about the new GOP is how down on America they are. How they talk about things that have no relationship to reality. All in the name of making sure that the people at the top do very well. ~ V.P. Joe Biden

      by anyname on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 11:09:30 PM PDT

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    •  Stand Your Ground - NOT USED (1+ / 0-)
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      Zimmerman's defense did not use the 'Stand your ground' law.

      •  please see dan gelber's blog post (0+ / 0-)

        it explains how the legislation language included w/ SYG affected the trial.  

        Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

        by jlms qkw on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 03:48:34 AM PDT

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