What a day to be alive, what a day to be in Scotland for this momentous occasion. Whatever the outcome of the vote today, I think we can all take pride in the levels of engagement that have taken place here, with a visit anywhere barely passing by without overhearing or getting involved with some discussion about the referendum… or seeing a badge or a window sticker proclaiming support for a particular side. 97% voter registration is an outstanding level, and judging by the levels of polling station activity, this should be quite some turnout. And quite rightly so due to the important nature of the event. We could debate about the causes of voter apathy, whether it is the fault of the politicians, the political system in general or a “why bother?” attitude and belief that voting wouldn’t change anything. It has been this sort of attitude that has allowed successive governments and parties to take certain demographics for granted. But I feel that things will be different now. The attitude of the people here has certainly given inspiration to other independence movements in other countries. Who knows, we may even shaken up the English and Welsh out of their lethargy and encourage them to be more active in political engagement. Because real change can only be achieved by a genuine desire and action. I freely accept being labelled a socialist, but this is 2014 and while I wouldn’t support a violent revolution, but instead have fully supported democratic change, achievable by votes at the ballot box. And that is something that we should be thankful for here. That we haven’t had to indulge in a civil war to bring about votes, elections or talk of change. Democracy… it is a wonderful thing.

Well, Scotland, this is it!

Go out and show them today! Don’t let anything stop you. Show the polls Scotland is great; too good for nationalism, and defiant enough to stand up to it. It’s been a good debate, and hopefully afterwards, we can all accept the result and work together to repair the divisions that have arisen. Undoubtedly, the debate we’ve had will serve as an inspiration to democrats the world over, as a model for regional self determination, in a world where so much blood is spilt over issues of sovereignty. So let us end this the way we should, and reject independence and nationalism, once and for all, in the one poll that matters. Say “No,” but be thankful you had the choice.

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Today only ONE of the countries that make up “our union” gets to vote today on its future!! Our government calls this democracy! After today this might be all that remains of the flag that used to represented it! A little bland without the blue of Scotland, don’t you agree?

On Notice: Sharon Slater for Taking her Hateful Missions Worldwide

Sharon Slater is president of Family Watch International, a driving force behind fighting LGBT equality at the United Nations. Each year, Family Watch International hosts an annual, invitation only global policy forum for UN delegates. The forum often includes testimony from people who claim to have been “cured” of homosexuality through the dangerous practice of reparative, or “conversion”, therapy. In addition, Family Watch International provides delegates with a number of resources online to continue the drumbeat of hate year round. Among these “resources” are briefs on how “so-called ‘homosexual rights’ are driving much of the current worldwide assault on marriage, the family and family related issues.”

Today is the day. Its September 18th and today my wee country votes for its independence.

I’m equal parts filled with hope and fear, we might win and be free or we might loose and continue to be the lackey of Westminster. But regardless, the YES movement has changed the world in its own wee way. We’ve stood against the bias and corrupt media of the BBC and we’ve shown that as a people we are no longer “too wee, too stupid and too poor”. Theres a whole generation now that are smart to politics and have the capacity to call out bullshit and injustice when they see it. We’ve taken to the streets in our thousands in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness and elsewhere, we’ve ignited an independence movement for the people of Catalonia in Spain and have the support of peoples of all nations around the world.

No matter what happens today my country will be forever changed, and even if we fail at least people might realise that no matter what they have a voice despite others trying to tell them they have not. The spirit of this movement wont disappear into obscurity, the people are awake.

Alba Gu Brath!

Brown's Final Nail In Prop. 187 Is Really A Blow To California's Voters

Immigration: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a repeal of 1994’s overturned Prop. 187, calling it a law that “has no place on the state’s books.” What do you call a man who claims voters’ choices have no place in government?

In most places out there, the name would be “tyrant,” even if the word seems a bit fancy for the increasingly unpopular Gov. Brown.

Because the hard fact remains that in 1994, millions of California’s voters, by a margin of 59% to 41%, voted in favor of denying “free” welfare, education and other benefits to illegal immigrants on the clear logic that a burglar who breaks into someone else’s home doesn’t have the right to eat the owner’s food.

It was a legitimate decision for a people to make, given that in any democratic system, the participants have the right to control the purse.

But Brown’s statements and those of his political allies, including those in the press, suggest an imperial contempt for the will of California’s voters. After all, there was no need to sign a bill, given that a single judge had effectively overturned the will of the voters and subsequent governors failed to appeal, letting it die.

Meanwhile, the desire on the left to besmirch the will of the voters as Jim Crow racism has continued.

As the law’s sponsor, state Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Democrat from Los Angeles, told the L.A. Times, Brown’s signing of state Senate Bill 396 “closes a dark chapter in our state’s history and brings dignity and respect to the national immigration debate.”

The Times, in an Aug. 21 news story no less, reported that “supporters of the effort to strip Proposition 187 from state books said that (the new bill) would help cleanse California of the last stains of a law that inflamed anti-immigrant sentiment.”

Last stains? With rabid rhetoric like this, it’s no surprise that the intentional destruction of the will of California’s voters by a single left-wing judge have left the state a one-party shambles.

The left claims the GOP has never recovered politically from Proposition 187, citing the fact that California has been a one-party state (with all the dysfunction, corruption, unaccountability and fiscal incontinence that any system with no checks or balances has) ever since.

What’s happened, in fact, is that California has become a mecca for illegal immigration, as Gov. Pete Wilson, who championed Proposition 187, said.

One quarter of the nation’s 11 million illegals are believed to now reside in the Golden State, with that lawlessness spreading in multiple areas.

This month, the feds rounded up nearly $100 million in Mexican illegal cartel cash from 70 Los Angeles garment district collaborators, calling it “the epicenter” of money laundering in the Western Hemisphere. That’s some foreign investment you’ve attracted, governor.

More to the point, when California’s voters passed Proposition 187 in 1994, illegal immigrants numbered just 1.3 million in California, with 308,000 of them children, costing taxpayers $3 billion, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Today that figure is 3 million illegals, including 1.1 million children, at a cost to taxpayers of $25.3 billion a year, FAIR says, a $2,370 yearly cost per household.

Census data released Tuesday show that more than 1-in-7 California children live in poverty, according to the California Budget Project.

It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that a large number of those children are illegals, given that FAIR reports in its breakdown of costs that illegals cost California taxpayers $792 million in welfare and $4 billion in health care, including $388 million to pay for anchor babies, children produced for citizenship purposes.

Even with figures like this, it’s significant that nationally two-thirds of voters disapprove of the president’s handling of illegal immigration, according to a Politico poll. And a Univision poll showed that even Latino voters want border enforcement over amnesty.

None of that halts Brown’s and his allies’ disdain for the will of the voters, or their attempt to rejigger the “narrative” to a question of racism and “dark chapters.” For them and other so-called progressives, if there’s a problem with the vote, just change the voters.

Palestinians understand, from so fucking far away, that this is RACISM.
And so many fuckwads in the United States do NOT.

A lot of my family in Mexico was so shocked to hear me say that I hate the United States while I was there visiting them last month. “How could you hate the United States?”

Well this is how. The US is fucked, and almost everyone can see it except for the fucking US.

I get the feeling that Scottish Independence is seen as just a big joke to the rest of the world. That we are the kilt wearing, whisky swigging laughing stock of the free world.

We’re trying to show you that there is another way to have your country run. That you can break away from establishments that have bound you for centuries, that big business and the faceless corporations don’t dictate your democracy.

We’re trying to show you that the hope lies not in the millionaires, but the millions. Wake the fuck up and join us. Support us. This is our time, and it will soon be yours.

Because they don’t teach the truth about the world, schools have to rely on beating students over the head with propaganda about democracy. If schools were, in reality, democratic, there would be no need to bombard students with platitudes about democracy. They would simply act and behave democratically, and we know this does not happen. The more there is a need to talk about the ideals of democracy, the less democratic the system usually is.
—  Noam Chomsky
But if we define terrorism as the use of violence against civilians for political objectives, then the US state is the world’s leading terrorist. The powers that be in global society and that control the global political discourse attach the label “terrorist” to violence that they do not approve of, and they attach the label of “freedom and democracy and security” to violence that they do approve of, or that they commit themselves. Moreover, increasingly “terrorism” is used to simply describe political dissent, so that legitimate social movements and political struggles against global capitalism become labeled as “terrorism” in order to justify their suppression.
—  William I. Robinson, professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara
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