Sunday, February 8, 2009

25 Random Reasons I Hate Living in a 3rd World Country

1.  No national health care system. 

2.   Depressed economy that forces people to join the military for promised health care and education money.

3.  A federal government that sponsors torture overseas and within domestic prisons.

4.  Massive potholes in streets and highways that were once the pride of the community.

5.  A duopolistic political system that masquerades as a two-party system.

6.  Having a military that runs secret prisons.

7.  An education system that has for years warehoused multitudes of uneducated students and a government system that hides this fact and offers no explanation to anyone of the long-term ramifications.

8.  Auto pundits, media, politicians, and policymakers grapple with a downsized automobile industry while play-pretending that the electric automobile is not already functional and while also depending on everyone forgetting the EV1 existed.

9.  The military-industrial complex and the prison-industrial complex continue to suck up massive amount of financial resources while anti-government zealots don’t say a peep.

10.  A 14-year education becoming a norm, not because more skills are needed, but because the students no longer get educated in 12 years.

11.  The fact that it is cheaper for our government to kill us or let us die than to have to pay us our old age social security benefits or federal-guaranteed pensions.

12.  As massive government funds are doled out to financiers and industries, pundits holler about “socialism” while ignoring the fact that what is being practiced is “fascism.”

13.  No one calls for a parliamentary system which would enable the voters to toss out a malfunctioning federal administration.

14.  Eco-activists get 22-year prison sentences for burning down empty buildings while we have walking the streets a former President and Vice President and their lackeys who ordered torture, secret prisons, domestic spying, illegally invading non-threatening countries, and bombing and burning of buildings with innocent people in them.

15.  Bridges literally crumble into rivers.

16.  Tainted peanut butter.

17.  Reliance on cheap imported goods made by slave labor in foreign countries, ironically taking us back to our country’s slave ownership heritage.

18.  Honorable Members of Congress haven’t overtly told the public that the same members of Congress have spent all of the Social Security taxes over the decades on military spending.

19.  Nothing serious is done to stop global warming while our polluting habits continue unabated.

20.  Hearing incessant claims by people that the U.S. is a “Christian” country, yet the same people directly and indirectly support government policies that support military destruction and killing, while letting our own populace starve, go without health care, and lack education resources.

21.  Citizens, who after looking more closely at the 9-11 incident, say “I choose not to believe.”

22.   Allowing a roulette wheel of hate variously targeting “boogey-monsters” like illegal immigrants, gays and lesbians, African-Americans, Arabs and Muslims, and others.

23.  Allowing our brand of capitalism to kill the planet.

24.  Having a government claiming it is broke when people demand national health care, education spending, and other social services, yet pulling billions out of mystery orifices when the business community collapses upon its corrupt, inefficient self.

25.   Living with large numbers of people who hide behind a flag in an effort to escape from the inescapable truth that our country is “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”

-- Rico Thomas Rico

1 comment:

Ahma Daeus said...

A “SINGLE VOICE PROJECT” is the official name of the petition sponsored by: The National Public Service Council To Abolish Private Prisons (NPSCTAPP)


The National Public Service Council To Abolish Private Prisons (NPSCTAPP) is a grass roots organization driven by a single objective. We want the United States government to reclaim sole authority for state and federal prisons on US soil.
We want the United States Congress to immediately rescind all state and federal contracts that permit private prisons “for profit” to exist in the United States, or any place subject to its jurisdiction. We understand that the problems that currently plague our government, its criminal justice system and in particular, the state & federal bureau of prisons (and most correctional and rehabilitation facilities) are massive. However, it is our solemn belief that the solutions for prison reform will remain unattainable and virtually impossible as long as private prisons for profit are permitted to operate in America.

Prior to the past month, and the fiasco of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Lehman Brothers, and now the “Big Three” American Automobile manufacturers, the NPSCTAPP has always felt compelled to highlight the “moral Bottom line” when it comes to corrections and privatization. Although, we remain confounded by the reality that our government has allowed our justice system to be operated by private interests. The NPSCTAPP philosophy has always been “justice” should not be for sale at any price. It is our belief that the inherent and most fundamental responsibility of the criminal justice system should not be shirked, or “jobbed-out.” This is not the same as privatizing the post office or some trash pick up service in the community. There has to be a loss of meaning and purpose when an inmate looks at a guard’s uniform and instead of seeing an emblem that reads State Department of Corrections or Federal Bureau of Prisons, he sees one that says: “Atlas Prison Corporation.”

Let’s assume that the real danger of privatization is not some innate inhumanity on the part of its practitioners but rather the added financial incentives that reward inhumanity. The same logic that motivates companies to operate prisons more efficiently also encourages them to cut corners at the expense of workers, prisoners and the public. Every penny they do not spend on food, medical care or training for guards is a dime they can pocket. What happens when the pennies pocketed are not enough for the shareholders? Who will bailout the private prison industry when they hold the government and the American people hostage with the threat of financial failure…“bankruptcy?” What was unimaginable a month ago merits serious consideration today. State and Federal prison programs originate from government design, and therefore, need to be maintained by the government. It’s time to restore the principles and the vacated promise of our judicial system.

John F. Kennedy said, “The time to repair the roof is while the sun is shinning”. Well the sun may not be shinning but, it’s not a bad time to begin repair on a dangerous roof that is certain to fall…. because, “Incarcerating people for profit is, in a word WRONG”

There is an urgent need for the good people of this country to emerge from the shadows of cynicism, indifference, apathy and those other dark places that we migrate to when we are overwhelmed by frustration and the loss of hope.
It is our hope that you will support the NPSCTAPP with a show of solidarity by signing our petition. We intend to assemble a collection of one million signatures, which will subsequently be attached to a proposition for consideration. This proposition will be presented to both, the Speaker Of The House Of Representatives (Nancy Pelosi) and the United States Congress.

Please Help Us. We Need Your Support. Help Us Spread The Word About This Monumental And Courageous Challenge To Create Positive Change. Place The Link To The Petition On Your Website! Pass It On!

The SINGLE VOICE PETITION and the effort to abolish private “for profit” prisons is the sole intent of NPSCTAPP. Our project does not contain any additional agendas. We have no solutions or suggestions regarding prison reform. However, we are unyielding in our belief that the answers to the many problems which currently plague this nation’s criminal justice system and its penal system in particular, cannot and will not be found within or assisted by the private “for profit” prison business. The private “for profit” prison business has a stranglehold on our criminal justice system. Its vice-like grip continues to choke the possibility of justice, fairness, and responsibility from both state and federal systems.
These new slave plantations are not the answer!

For more information please visit: or email:
To sign the petition please visit:


William Thomas
National Community Outreach Facilitator
The National Public Service Council To Abolish Private Prisons
P.O. Box 156423
San Francisco, California 94115

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