Wednesday, April 26, 2017

'Kings and Queens' is the Sunset Music Video of the Week!


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CD featuring unparalleled performances all relating to animal welfare and that are against animal cruelty have been assembled which span generations of legendary music artists, coupled with being aligned with up and coming new artists, is set to be released this week on June 7th. What makes this 20 song CD special is that it is dedicated to Animal Welfare and all proceeds from sales of this CD will directly help change laws relating to animal cruelty in the United States where wildlife and animals are in desperate need of help. All revenues from all sales of this full length album that also features two bonus tracks will go directly to the ALDF. No expenses relating to the manufacturing, distribution, marketing, promotion, press and media work will need to be recouped as all expenses will be donated as well by the label.


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“The album and its participants are focused on the animal cruelty issues we face in America and the goal is to deal with it from the root which is by law" says the label head, Don Lichterman. "I honestly wish I could do more to help animals in distress that are used for human entertainment and that are abused, and that is why I decided to use my resources and my basis that I have set up in place at my company and notably, in my music group.” The only ulterior motive is to help promote some up and coming artists from around the world like Vicky Kiely whom is a Cove Monitor for Ric O’ Barry’s The Dolphin Project along with some other great talent like Shanel, Gaia's Eye that also has an amazing new song specifically made for this album featuring Azucena Azul and Simon Dabbicco.”

The 20 song CD also features songs by some current Sunset Recording artists like Richtaste, Han Drabur, Respect, Joe Atman with the Riohc Choir, Federal Moguls (DJ Q Ball’s (Bloodhound Gang) side project) and Mister Sir while it licensed in tracks by established and legendary acts that are notably against animal cruelty by artists such as The Smiths, Vegan Boss, Gina Thompson and Bob Marley. The album is rounded off by some remixes by the likes of Boy George, Amos, Gavin Friday and DJ X vs. Sonic Solution which contributes a remix of the classic Supertramp hit song ‘The Logical Song [DJ Self Remix]’.

The label head who is a passionate supporter for animal welfare fights for it every day by writing articles and weekly reports at his Google+ and at Blogger that boasts to having millions of reads and views since last January. (Don) Lichterman is known to be very much against the Dolphin Hunting season which is allowed for a half year off the coast of Taji, Japan, and has fought to stop the use of all animals and all wildlife for the purpose of human entertainment. “I make no bones about saying how us humans have shifted from enslaving other humans like we did for centuries all over the world, to enslaving animals and wildlife, says (Don) Lichterman. “Think about it please because we take these beings from their own natural environment. We have the audacity to sell them off before bringing them over to America and to places all over the world now, and we put them to work for free while we feed them and while we allow them to live in a small area on the property they get housed.” “Even though that is abuse in itself, in many cases if not all cases, they get neglected and even abused while these private companies and public entities make bank money from it.”

All revenues from every CD/Digital Download and stream that is created will be paid out directly to the ALDF. “The reason that I approached the head of the ALDF about it is because I wanted to change things by law,” (Don) Lichterman says about this very special project.

Activists for animal welfare, people against animal cruelty and fans of any of these bands are able to buy this CD at all major retail outlets in the world. Anyone that wishes to get involved with making changes with laws on behalf of animal rights should go directly to the ALDF (http://aldf.org/) to follow the progress of all campaigns that are being worked by them, to check out the successes the lawyers at the organization are making every day and if anyone wants to contribute to help carry out passing these laws on behalf of animals and wildlife.

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The Sustainable Action Network (SAN) works to fight to stop the Death Penalty

Gov. McAuliffe Decides to #LetIvanLive!
Ivan's Prayer for Justice
Thank you for standing up for justice. Today Governor McAuliffe commuted the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz, stopping the execution of an innocent man in Virginia planned for April 25th. Ivan will be alive to continue fighting to prove his innocence. Updates will be available on social media (@InnocenceVA) and ivansprayerforjustice.org. Your voice made a difference!

Legal Chaos in Arkansas as Judges Halt State Plan to Carry Out Unprecedented Spate of Executions

Arkansas executions: first prisoner killed after legal challenge fails. Ledell Lee, who maintained his innocence in a brutal 1993 murder, becomes the first to die in state’s historic attempt at quickfire executions
Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski county circuit court on Tuesday 18 April for a hearing in which lawyers argued to stop his execution.
Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski county circuit court on Tuesday 18 April for a hearing in which Arkansas has executed Ledell Lee, the first of eight condemned prisoners the Republican-controlled state had hoped to kill in the space of just 11 days.

Arkansas' governor is 'fighting back' to execute five men in 10 days. But why?

Lee was pronounced dead at 11.46pm local time, just four minutes before his death warrant had been due to run out. The department of corrections had sprung into action shortly after 11.30pm on Thursday, after the US supreme court gave its leave for the killing to go ahead. 

As soon as word came from the nation’s highest court, Lee was escorted from a windowless cell just feet from the death chamber at the Cummins Unit in south-east Arkansas, where he had been made to wait for several hours, and then strapped down on to the gurney.

IV lines were attached to his body, two in each arm; they passed through a wall into the room occupied by two executioners who then at 11.46pm plunged the syringes into the tubes that led back to him. Media witnesses inside the death chamber said the room was very quiet.

Lee was asked twice for his final words, but said nothing. He appeared to lose consciousness quickly – within three minutes his eyes were closed and when officials carried out a consciousness check by rubbing his head and flicking his eyelids, there was no visible reaction.

A stethoscope was used to test for a heartbeat a few minutes later. Then an official who is thought to have been the coroner entered the chamber to pronounce him dead.

The prisoner was killed with a combination of three medical drugs: midazolam to sedate him, vecuronium bromide to paralyse him, and potassium chloride to stop his heart. A media eyewitness from Associated Press said that as far as he could see there was no sign of pain or suffering.

The sudden activity in the death chamber came after a long day of legal wrangling between the Arkansas attorney general’s army of lawyers and a team of defence lawyers that worked doggedly to try to keep Lee alive. It ended up at the door of the US supreme court, where Neil Gorsuch, the new member of the nation’s highest court, participated in his first decision to send a man to his death.

The killing marks a victory of sorts from the perspective of the beleaguered governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, who astonished the world in February by announcing that he would set execution dates for no fewer than eight prisoners in an 11-day span before the end of this month. Such an intense burst of killing has not been attempted by any state in the US for half a century, and it invited a barrage of criticism from around the country and the globe.

It also tied the state up in legal knots. By Thursday evening four prisoners had effectively been taken off the execution list as lawsuits were taken up and turned into stays in both state and federal courts.

Lee, 51, was put on death row for the brutal 1993 murder of a 26-year-old mother named Debra Reese in her home in Jacksonville. He broke into the house and strangled her before beating her 36 times with a tire thumper. 

Lee was offered his last meal at about 4pm, but according to prison officials he requested communion instead.

The prisoner had been represented in his final days by lawyers from the Innocence Project and the ACLU. Though the second prisoner scheduled to die on Thursday, Stacey Johnson, was granted a stay so that DNA testing could be used to determine his innocence or guilt, Lee’s attempt to press the same argument in court filings failed to persuade either state or federal judges.

Nina Morrison, a senior staff attorney with the Innocence Project, said after the execution that Arkansas’s rush to execute so many prisoners in such a short timeframe had deprived Lee of the right to DNA testing. “While reasonable people can disagree on whether death is an appropriate form of punishment, no one should be executed when there is a possibility that person is innocent.”

A counter view of the proceedings was given by the state’s attorney general, Leslie Rutledge, who has aggressively pursued the plan for an unprecedented killing spree. “The family of the late Debra Reese, who was brutally murdered with a tire thumper after being targeted because she was home alone, has waited more than 24 years to see justice done. I pray this lawful execution helps bring closure for the Reese family.”

Lee always maintained his innocence of the Reese murder. Unknown fingerprints were found at the crime scene, none of them belonging to the prisoner.

At trial, the prosecution made much of two small drops of blood on Lee’s shoes which they told the jury were human, though they were never submitted to scientific analysis. DNA testing, his lawyers insisted, could prove whether the blood had come from the victim, and they also called for hairs found at the crime scene to be tested to see if they were Lee’s.

 Arkansas governor spokesman JR Davis speaks after the news that the US supreme court stayed the scheduled execution of Don Davis.
Arkansas governor spokesman JR Davis speaks after the news that the US supreme court stayed the scheduled execution of Don Davis.
The prisoner’s attorneys had also presented evidence that his previous counsel had been inadequate to the extreme, including representation by one lawyer who had been drunk during a crucial hearing.

As pointed out on Twitter by Sister Helen Prejean, the Louisiana nun and anti-death penalty campaigner played by Susan Sarandon in the movie Dead Man Walking, the drugs used in the triple cocktail of lethal injections on Thursday night illustrated the shady nature by which the state had acquired its instruments of death:

In earlier legal challenges that eventually failed to stick, the US healthcare giant McKesson had accused the Arkansas department of corrections of lying in order to acquire the second drug in the cocktail, vecuronium bromide. McKesson said in court filings that a state official had intentionally misled the medical distribution company into thinking that the chemical was needed as part of a routine restocking of the hospital wing of the prison service.

Wendy Kelley, the director of the corrections department, testified last week that she had personally acquired the third drug, potassium chloride, from a supplier who was so scared about his or her identity becoming public that they decided to “donate it”.

The execution of Ledell Lee takes the experiment under way in Arkansas to a new level:

Hutchinson’s initial plan was to kill eight prisoners in 11 days, with four sets of double executions set for 17, 20, 24 and 27 April.

Such an intense killing spree has not been attempted in the US since the 1951 mass execution of the Martinsville Seven, black men accused of raping a white woman in Virginia. They were put to death at 15-minute intervals.

The governor said the highly unusual timeframe was necessary in Arkansas because the state’s supplies of the sedative midazolam, used as the first of the three-drug cocktail in lethal injections, was expiring on 30 April and would be hard to replace. Critics and lawyers for the eight countered that the plan was rushed and could expose the men to the risk of cruel and unusual punishment through botched procedures.

Lee’s killing on Thursday night marked the first execution to actually go ahead in Arkansas after the state hit several legal roadblocks.

By Monday night three of the eight condemned men had dropped off the list of set executions, their lives spared. The first was Jason McGehee who was recommended for clemency by the state’s parole board. Then both Bruce Ward and Don Davis were temporarily reprieved after the courts intervened, including a late-night flurry at the US supreme court.

On Thursday afternoon the state conceded that it would not be able to execute a fourth prisoner, Stacey Johnson, after Arkansas courts decided he should be given the chance to prove his innocence through DNA testing that had previously not been made available to him.

There now remain three more killings scheduled at the Cummins Unit: that of Marcel Williams and Jack Jones next Monday, and Kenneth Williams on 27 April. Should they all die, Arkansas would have put to death four men in eight days. Jacob Rosenberg is a reporter with the Arkansas Times

On April 11, we released a letter that has received national attention. It was signed by 25 notable Virginia conservatives calling on Virginia Governor McAuliffe to halt the planned execution of Ivan Teleguz. His execution is scheduled for April 25, despite a complete lack of physical evidence and the fact that two of the three witnesses who originally linked him to the crime have since recanted their testimony. The third witness had incentive to lie because he received a lighter sentence in exchange for testifying against Teleguz.
Considering all of this, there is simply too much doubt to execute Teleguz, and there is reason to believe that he may actually be an innocent man. Thus, pro-life conservatives in Virginia signed the letter respectfully asking Gov. McAuliffe to commute Teleguz’s sentence. You can read it in its entirety and see the signatories here.
Conservatives Concerned in the FieldOn March 22, I traveled to the College of William and Mary, where I presented the conservative case against the death penalty at an event hosted by the College Libertarians and College NAACP. The event was attended by inquisitive students who mostly opposed capital punishment by the end of the presentation.
On April 1, representatives of CCATDP exhibited at the regional Young Americans for Liberty conference in Pittsburgh, and it was another success. Our booth was flooded with supporters, and those working the booth met with many fellow conservatives and libertarians who oppose the death penalty and want to become involved.
Conservatives Concerned in the Media• Multiple news outlets covered the conservative outcry to spare Teleguz from death. The New York Times, Washington Times, Boston Globe, US News, National Review, Roanoke Star, Richmond Public Radio, Idea Stations, WVTF, and many others all reported on the conservative sign-on letter.• Ben Jones was a guest on Wichita Liberty TV to discuss why Kansans are better off without the death penalty. • The Flat Hat News published a piece covering my speaking engagement at the College of William and Mary.• I returned as a guest to the Chosen Generation radio show with Pastor Gregory Young, Wayne Dupree Show, and the Colors of Politics radio show to describe how the death penalty is inconsistent with conservatism. • I penned an op-ed in the Daily Caller in which I discussed the Georgia Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty’s launch. • Friend of CCATDP, Jennifer Maffessanti, authored an op-ed in the Libertarian Republic discussing the reasons why she no longer supports capital punishment. • Long time CCATDP supporter, Austin Paul, wrote an article for Red Alert Politics explaining how Georgia’s death penalty violates conservative values.
UpcomingOn April 19, 2017 at 12pm, I will be presenting to the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC). The meeting will be held at Mama Roja Mexican Kitchen in Oklahoma City.
The following day, April 20, 2017 at 7pm, I will be speaking on Oklahoma’s sordid history with capital punishment with the University of Tulsa College Republicans at the Student Union Center
If you’re in the neighborhood, then I hope to see you there!
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Live music by Polyphonic Spree, Radiohead, The Smiths, Pink Floyd and more great live music is being played at Live Jam 107!

NOW PLAYING/JUST PLAYED:
Bebe Le Strange
Heart
Nobody Does It Better by Radiohead
Unknown
Cross-eyed Mary
Jethro Tull
Bursting out
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
Elton John
Echoes, Part I
Pink Floyd
Live At Pompeii [Remaster]
War
Bob Marley
Unknown
Blinded By The Light
Bruce Springsteen
Live In Dublin
There is a light that never goes out
The Smiths
The Final gig (Live at the Brixton Academy 1986-12-12)
Science Fiction
Alice Cooper
Nobody Like...Alice Cooper Live
Light and Day by Polyphonic Spree
Unknown
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Progressive Breakfast: Bernie Sanders Inspires Candidates to Run on Rise Up Platform

MORNING MESSAGE

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Bernie Sanders Inspires Candidates to Run on Rise Up Platform
“Let me begin by thanking the People’s Action network for making the political revolution,” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders told a raucous afternoon crowd in Washington, D.C. at “Rise Up: From People to Power,” the founding convention of People’s Action, on Monday. “This is what the revolution looks like. You are what the revolution looks like!”
You can join Rise Up: Protest to Power, the founding convention of People’s Action!
Hometown Rising: A Town Hall
Tue, April 25, 12:00-1:15pm

Surrender on the Wall

Trump signals he’ll surrender on border wall funding. CNN: “Hours after Trump touted the importance of building a wall, a White House official signaled later Monday that the President won’t insist on that funding in a spending bill to keep the government running past Friday. The official said that even some funding for ‘border security’ could satisfy the President at this point, with the expectation that wall funding would come in future spending bill negotiations.”
AP adds: “Trump told a gathering of around 20 conservative media reporters Monday evening that he would be willing to return to the wall funding issue in September … The other major stumbling block on the spending bill involves a demand by Democratic negotiators that the measure fund cost-sharing payments to insurance companies that help low-income people afford health policies under Obama’s health law, or that Trump back off a threat to use the payments as a bargaining chip.”
Politico quotes Kellyanne Conway: “Building that wall and having it funded remains an important priority to him. But we also know that that can happen later this year and into next year.”

Trump To Propose Deep Corporate Tax Cut

Trump to propose 15 percent tax rate for corporations tomorrow. Politico: “Cutting the corporate rate to such a low level would allow Trump to follow through on a campaign promise that has been months in the making – even if policy experts argue that getting to that rate is impossible to do without imposing a new levy like a consumption tax, or blowing a hole in the deficit … A senior administration official acknowledged that the proposal to cut the rate to 15 percent is just a starting point in negotiations and would likely end up being higher in any final plan approved by lawmakers … The administration’s tax proposal on Wednesday is not expected to be very detailed, or to include ways that Trump would pay for deep tax cuts.”
WSJ lists “Five Roadblocks in the Way of the White House’s Proposed Corporate Tax Cut”: ” That means the 20-point cut would leave a $2 trillion hole in the federal budget over a decade … reconciliation comes with some special rules … the bill couldn’t increase deficits outside the length of the budget, typically 10 years … divides in the corporate world might emerge as Congress works through the details of what’s in a business tax plan.”

Trump Scrambles Before 100 Day Mark

Trump slaps lumber tariff on Canada. Bloomberg: “Trump announced the new tariff at a White House gathering of conservative journalists, shortly before the Commerce Department said it would impose countervailing duties ranging from 3 percent to 24.1 percent on Canadian lumber producers … U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross amplified Trump’s remarks in a statement afterward that also referenced a fight over a new Canadian milk policy that U.S. producers say violates Nafta … The measures will hurt workers on both sides of the border and will raise U.S. home prices, [Canadian officials] said … The so-called countervailing duties … came in below some analyst expectations”
Trump tries to revoke Obama’s designation of national monuments. The Hill: “Obama created the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in late December using his unilateral power under the Antiquities Act … Trump is expected to sign an order Wednesday to examine all national monuments going back two decades, a White House official said. But people familiar with the order say it’s directed primarily at Bears Ears and at Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which former President Clinton created in 1996 … Conservationists and experts say the Antiquities Act doesn’t give Trump the power to rescind monuments or greatly reduce their size.”
No expectation for quick health care vote. Politico: “So far, none of the moderates who opposed an earlier repeal bill have publicly committed to supporting the latest version … the House has no plans to take up a repeal measure this week, despite the White House’s urging last week to do so. Republicans are expected to remain focused on funding the government past a Friday deadline for a new spending bill, with Obamacare repeal discussions likely continuing in the background. Members of the Freedom Caucus are expected to review the legislation together on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Breakfast Sides

Corporate lobbyists aim for paid leave exemptions. Bloomberg: “Now big business is countering the calls [for mandatory paid leave] with a proposal of its own: Congress should establish a certain optional amount of paid leave and, if companies meet that threshold, they should be protected from state or local laws that might require more … The preemptive strike from the business community is also a response to the increasing number of states and municipalities that have taken matters into their own hands…”
CA Gov. Jerry Brown skeptical of Trump’s infrastructure plan. LAT quotes: “Let’s invest in America, not sell it off to the highest bidder … watch out for this infrastructure program, that it isn’t another way to enrich Wall Street, providing all the financing for the selling of all our public jewels and assets.”
House bill gutting Dodd-Frank would constrain SEC. NYT: “[One] provision would require the S.E.C. to determine if a corporate penalty will harm shareholders. That could discourage large fines … Defendants named in an administrative proceeding would have the right to require dismissal of the case; the S.E.C. could then refile the charges in a federal court, but that would give defendants much broader power to discover evidence and a right to a jury … A federal court requires proof only by a preponderance of the evidence, making it even less likely that the administrative process will be used in a contested matter.”
“Middle Class Contracted in U.S. Over 2 Decades” reports NYT: “Middle-class Americans have fared worse in many ways than their counterparts in economically advanced countries in Western Europe in recent decades, according to a study released Monday by the Pew Research Center … the authors of the Pew study found a broader contraction of the American middle class, even as the ranks of the poor and the rich have grown.”
Dem AGs criticize Betsy DeVos on student loans. Reuters: “…21 state attorneys general, all Democrats, wrote to Republican DeVos decrying her decision to end the Education Department’s work on reforming loan servicing, steps intended to ensure that borrowers understand their outstanding debt and repayment options …”

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Animal Testing Weekly: It's World Week for Animals in Labs!

World Week for Animals in Labs starts TODAY and runs until the end of April.


Millions of animals suffer in laboratories and education every year, but many people don’t know this. World Week for Animals in Labs is an opportunity to spotlight this issue and educate more people about how animals are used in research, testing, and education.

Need some tools? AAVS created these eye-catching e-posters that can be shared to raise awareness about the use of animals in science. Small actions, like forwarding this e-mail and sharing on social media, can be impactful, and go a long way in sending a message to people who might not ordinarily hear it.

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Nearly 20,000 cats were used in research in 2015, and thousands more were needlessly dissected in classrooms across the country.

In 2015, over 60,000 dogs were used in research and testing. Beagles are the most commonly used dog breed because of their size and temperament.
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Pigs are used in many areas of research, like cardiology, dermatology, xenotransplantation, and as surgical training models. Nearly 50,000 pigs were used in labs in 2015.

Primates are target species for use in drug testing, neurological studies, and infectious disease research. In 2015, labs housed over 105,000 primates, 62,000 of whom were used in experiments.
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Remembering those that were abused
Yesterday was the international day of remembrance for the animals used and discarded in laboratories. Here are three things you can do to show your support:
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Support a Moratorium on Animal Experimentation. As legislators review the law designed to protect animals used in experiments, we must urge Europe to support a moratorium on animal experimentationspeak out

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