Friday, November 21, 2014

Or was my memory playing games with my head
For some reason, the other day, I was a thinking, that years ago The Supreme Court had ended The Death Penalty. The thought came out of left field. Perhaps the latest news flash about the subject woke something in my subconscious. But I remembered that sometime in the 1960's or 1970's the high court had ended the punishment. If so how was it that people were being put to death left and right lately via the Death Penalty…I mean was my mind playing tricks on me.
So I just googled and discovered, I wasn't losing my mind. Yes, I was correct. It was in 1972. The Supreme Court did overturn 'most' Death Penalty Laws. 
Supreme Court Overturns Most Death Penalty LawsIn the 1972 case of Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 153 (1972), the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision effectively striking down most federal and state death penalty laws finding them "arbitrary and capricious." The court held that the death penalty laws, as written, violated the "cruel and unusual punishment" provision of the Eighth Amendment and the due process guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Supreme Court Upholds New Death Penalty LawsThe Supreme Court's decision in Furman v. Georgia did not rule the death penalty itself to be unconstitutional, only the specific laws by which it was applied. Thus, the states quickly began to write new death penalty laws designed to comply with the court's ruling. 
But, afterwards creative legal minds worked their magic to get that lovely form punishment back into the equation of how we can punish the guilty in this land of opportunity.
The first of the new death penalty laws created by the states of Texas, Florida and Georgia gave the courts wider discretion in applying the death penalty for specific crimes and provided for the current "bifurcated" trial system, in which a first trial determines guilt or innocence and a second trial determines punishment. The Texas and Georgia laws allowed the jury to decide punishment, while Florida's law left the punishment up to the trial judge. 
Whats most troubling to me was, that all the states currently performing these executions all enacted new laws to go-around the new provisions written by The Supreme Court's ending the 'punishment'. I guess not all citizens of these United States are created equal.  
Here's the link:
Just one man's opinion
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

And of course, its all for political reasons!
Lets vote for the Keystone Pipeline already? Really? I mean isn't it about time? Why? As far as I've heard the President has been consistent on this from day one. Lets wait till the reports are finished… well, according to what he just came out and said, the reports are still not done. Ergo. Why put the Pipeline up for debate, since the President has announced that he won't go forward with it, till then. In other words, lets waste tax papers money and vote on something that will probably be vetoed!
Sadly for me, the entire debate is a joke. According to the educated, experts discussing the issue, the pipeline just doesn't make financial or ecological sense. And worse, their big reasoning for it, jobs, are so few, that the costs for the project makes the project itself, a joke. A windfall…really?  Sounds more like a non-starter to me.   
Veto away President Obama! … Republicans go ahead, shut the government down, and then blame the President for the shutdown… go ahead, have a tamper tantrum… 
Impeach him for sneezing already, get it out of your system. I dare you. Then maybe we can get some things accomplished when you get your heads out of your asses! The few voted you into power, probably Fox faux new's viewers, cause the majority decided it wasn't gonna really mean a thing. I mean, its only our freaking Government! 
Lets prove them wrong… do something… for once, that actually benefits the people, and not your benefactors. Oh, its seems you voted for it anyway, guess I missed my chance to sway any votes today… damn.

This commentary, was brought on by a post I read on Facebook, here's a link to what inspired the post that I read.
Just one man's opinion
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Thursday, November 06, 2014

So I guess you can put lipstick
on a pig!
Simply put, maybe you can buy an election! Now before you  scream, take a breath, step back, because maybe it's just history repeating itself. As has been noted by fact checkers, this political game of self-correct goes on every 2 or 4 or 6 years, where the opposing party to The President takes control of both Houses of Congress. Basically smacking whomever is in The White House. It happened to Reagan, it happened Clinton, and it happened to Bush 2. Why shouldn't it happen to Obama?
Maybe the sky isn't gonna drop! Chill out Democrats, the end isn't near! All hope isn't lost, because historically, The Republicans have done the usual... which if you think about it… is a vast improvement over what they've done in recent years.
The worse part of the defeat is, that this historic norm will be promoted by The Republicans as another Obama failure. It doesn't matter if what happened yesterday, happens every time we have a President in his second term, and sometimes in his first.
Possibly the worse part of all this for me, was watching The Democrats act like they were scared to acknowledge the man in The White House. Who? Nope never heard of him. I mean what's an Obama? Scary. If you can't run on your association with The president, the leader of your own party, perhaps maybe you're in the wrong business? But, seeing how most of you all lost, perhaps someone, or everyone is trying to tell you something.
I understand as our President expressed in his 'concession' speech, each candidate did what they did, for political reasons. That he's not taking it personal, its only politics. An adult realization of the facts. But as usual, the opponents on the other side, aren't. Somehow even a minor victory is always considered a mandate. Like when Bush the 2nd was given his seat of power by The Supreme Court. Somehow the next day, that was also a mandate… really? How is it a mandate, if you really didn't win? 
The opposition, the victors, ran a campaign, a highly funded campaign, of deceit, half-truths, and out-right lies. About their policies and even on what they've done in the past. Talk about a wolf in sheep clothing. In fact the very next day after their victory speeches, where they preached bi-partism, they gleefully announced that they would be trying to repeal Obamacare…again! Seemingly the more things change the more things stay the same. Or maybe, simply don't trust what they say, or their interpretation of what they've accomplished, see the facts and see what they do. Amazingly it never winds up in the same hemisphere. 
Of course they been attacking our President with this since before he even was in office. Using a list of talking points that seemingly bewitched the masses and bedeviled their opponents. If we've learned one thing by now, it's that whose ever writing the play books for the parties, of the two parties, The Republicans surely know how to learn their lines.
And mostly what they did was try to wrap The Democrats in the throes of Obama lust. Blinded by the fowl smell of this imposter President. The soon to be Impeached President, had somehow tortured them into allowing the masses to have healthcare, and worse! He allowed those sinners, the gays to marry! Never told the truth on Benghazi! Allowed Ebola into our nation and hadn't declared any wars in at least the last ten days! And the last straw… tried to take our guns away!
All along The Democrats tried showcasing what they've accomplished as a party, they tried to tell the masses to look at the records, not to listen to their talking points. But the attacks kept coming. They sided with the president 97%! OMG, how wrong of them! Hey haters, our Presidents policies are the right policies, so agreeing with him, 97% of the time is a good thing!
But instead of defending our President and his achievements, thanks to them, they instead, acted like he was a pariah. It was just a coincidence that their votes were the same as his agenda.
How stupid can you get, people voted for our President because of his agenda, and that's how most of you got elected in the first place or at least re-elected. Revel in it, be proud of it. Their party wants to remove healthcare, voters rights, women's rights and a thousand other things, be proud of those votes! That's what makes you a Democrat or worse a Liberal
Sadly, having one of those Obama's Delegates, actually refuse, on multiple occasions, to say if she voted for our President probably was the end of any chance the Democrats had of at least keeping control of The House. Trying to showcase her independence killed any chance to end Mitch's eventual coronation. Instead of coming out, proudly saying that yes I voted for him, I agree on most of his accomplishments and what he's trying to do, she sounded defensive about it, and worse. Something which truly helped her opponent's one big weakness, being the absolute model of a Washington Insider. Dooming any real chance you and your party had of fighting against history's lesson. You can only do so much, till you learn you're pushing it. That you need to realize life ain't easy. It's supposed to be a struggle. Cause with each defeat, you strive to improve.
Meaning, if we didn't have Reagan we never would have had a Clinton. Which in turn brought us Bush. Which in turn brought us Obama.
Hopefully, this current nightmare in the hearts and minds of Democrats, the McConnell era, will bring about Hillary's reign. That is if The Republicans don't remove voters rights in the next two years.
Just one man's opinion
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Lets not give them a chance to prove it!
So its election day, and as a precursor to voting, I'm online checking out what the media, the press, and the experts have to say, before heading out and doing my patriotic duty. Yes!
So I wind up at MSNBC, as I tend to do, and I was immediately annoyed, as is my lot, with what was being discussed.
Today's segment was about The Republicans taking control over both The House and The Senate. Its amazing how sure these experts are with their opinions. And when they're wrong, all you hear are excuses. They are so sure, that history will repeat itself. The proposition being: how will these fine elected officials run our Government? When in power!
Andrea Mitchell who was hosting her program, Andrea Mitchell Reports. used one of those expressions I keep hearing, and have been hearing forever, that just makes my blood boil. 
"They have to prove that they can govern." 
My question right back to her and anyone who utters it is why? They shut the Government down, people still vote for them. They are trying to stop people from voting, people still vote for them. They seemingly have done 3 things since getting control of The House: Trying to abolish Obamacare, trying to make Benghazi an excuse to Impeach our President and stain Hillary Clinton. And possibly worse, attempting to remove the rights of millions upon millions American women… and people still vote for them.
All they do is insult our President, showcase no policies except, that he's wrong. Won't admit the reality of climate change, insult educated people, the young and women, suggesting they weren't smart enough or good enough to even think about voting. More people have lost the right to vote because of their policies… Thousands of Americans have had their rights stolen and people still vote for them.  
And I haven't brought up our economy yet…  and people still vote for them. 
They stopped practically everything our President has attempted to do, and they blame him for his failure to enact anything… and people STILL vote for them.
Sorry Andrea, they don't have to prove anything… people just wanna believe what they wanna believe.   
I'm just praying that enough people wake up today, and prove the experts wrong. That we break records with the number of voters who cast. Maybe the masses will arise and smack some reality into the haters. And then we'll see who wins this election. Cause the truth is, there are many more Democrats out there then Republicans… 
Just one man's opinion
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014