political/personal observations

Friday, October 24, 2014

Steve Southerland explains, badly, why he voted against the Violence Against Women Act


Rep. Steve Southerland, the Florida Republican who gained infamy with his men-only fundraising ("tell the misses not to wait up") and lame defense of his men-only fundraising ("Listen: Has Gwen Graham ever been to a lingerie shower? Ask her.") is still explaining, badly, his record. In particular, his vote against the Violence Against Women Act. Here's his story: he was blindsided by the bill when it landed on the House floor from the Senate. And because he didn't have time to read it, he voted against it.
In a sit-down with the editorial board of the Tallahassee Democrat last week, Southerland suggested the scheduling of the vote was a "political maneuver," and said he voted 'no' because "I'm not going to allow a topic of such great importance be hijacked over someone wanting to score political points." […]
During his meeting with the Tallahassee Democrat, Southerland noted that he had twice before voted to reauthorize VAWA, but that the Senate version of the law came down for a vote in the House with no warning. He decried this as a "political maneuver."
"The bill that was put on the floor, the last VAWA vote, came straight from the Senate, was thrown on the floor. It was a surprise, it wasn't given to us in a—there was no forecast that that bill was coming," he said.

No warning at all! Except the whole part about the Senate having passed it and that being kind of a big news story because of the conflict between the House Republicans' version of the bill, which didn't protect Native-American women or women in same-sex couples or undocumented women, and there had been kind of a big fight between the House and the Senate over their competing versions of the bill for almost a year.

his explanation just  implicated the war on women denial to be false note where he says the house version left out 2/3rd's of the women in America that would be the republican controlled house.  as to a warning what would he have done and why would he need a warning to protect women against violence is self explanatory you are either for it or against, warning yeah not even a barely fair excuse.
  but more republican "PRINCIPLES" formerly known as "VALUES", than a legitimate excuse wait there is no legitimate excuse not to support violence against women unless you and your gang are perpetrators???????   that sign must be a not so clever ruse.

125 Seattle Cops Say They Have "Constitutional Right" to

of a police brutality incident at the hands of the seattle police ...
use excessive force-- and they sued to make this happen.
Wow... who could've foresaw this happening in our Nation?
But some 125 Seattle police officers responded by filing a lawsuit challenging the new laws. In their view, the new policies infringe on their rights to use as much force as they deem necessary in self-protection. They represent about ten percent of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild membership. The police union itself declined to endorse the lawsuit.
This week, a federal judge summarily rejected all of their claims, finding that they were without constitutional merit, and that she would have been surprised if such allegations of excessive force by officers did not lead to stricter standards.
The officers claimed the policies infringed on their rights under their Second Amendment and under the Fourth, claiming a self-defense right to use force. Chief U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman pointed out that the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms — not the right to use them — and that the officers “grossly misconstrued” the Fourth Amendment when they claimed that it protects them, and not individuals who would be the subjects of police force or seizures.
look around the country who really needs to protect themselves they were hired to protect the people I'm sure that pledge says nothing about protecting themselves.  cops have shown us they are not to be trusted with law that is at their discretion people die get maimed and families lose loved ones most not armed or committing a crime just WWB  walking while black.  these homicidal cops get into a zone and all out destruction of the body before them becomes the only driving force, witnesses or camera's be damned.
Again, folks... it's all about the police constantly, bogusly claiming "their lives are threatened"; whether it's by someone carrying a sandwich, a stick, or NO weapon at all as with the Michael Brown case.
Thankfully the presiding federal judge threw this nonsense out-- but the cops could appeal the ruling.
It's wayyy past time for some firm definitions of when a police officer can and cannot use excessive, deadly force.

we shouldn't get to complacent there is always some right wing judge or scotus waiting around the corner to give them back their licenses to kill indiscriminately.  using the law you are suppose to enforce to grant you the power to murder is not standing your ground is finding an excuse to execute.

Republicans buy ads like they govern: Incompetently

NRA attack ad against Michelle Nunn in Georgia Senate race 2014

Karl Rove is raking in the commissions, with new ad buys like this one:
With the Senate race in Colorado tightening, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads groups have pummeled Senator Mark Udall, the Democratic incumbent, with millions of dollars in negative ads. Crossroads begins its biggest assault on Wednesday: a $3.5 million barrage attacking Mr. Udall’s national security credentials.
The Kochs are getting in one last binge:
Freedom Partners Action Fund, a “super PAC” with ties to the billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch, will broadcast $6.5 million worth of advertising in six states in the closing days of the election campaign, officials there said.
But what exactly is this really buying Republicans? A lot less than what Democorats are getting. In fact, Republicans are spending $5 million more in the Senate battlegrounds these last two weeks, yet they're getting 10,000 fewer ad spots.

 Senate DEM: $27.2M, 46,180 spots
GOP: $32.5M, 36,086 spots
DEM: $8.5M, 16,824 spots
GOP: $11.4M, 17,193 spots
DEM: $10.4M, 15,396 spots
GOP: $12M, 16,187 spots

they really need to lose that fiscal responsible BS they get so giddy in putting out these slam ads that they pay no attention to content, truth, or obviously cost, do you really want them holding the purse strings any longer?  looks like the only one getting over is the shyster from last election Karl Rove, but you might remember this 2012 faux pas?

GOP congressman tells school children they are to blame for classmate's suicide

Don Young, CSPAN screenshot

Rep. Don Young of Alaska reminding us once again just how classy Alaska Republicans can be during a question and answer session at—where else?—Wasilla High School:
... teacher Carla Swick posed a question about Alaska’s high suicide and domestic violence rates and asked what Young's office is doing about it. Young started talking about suicide, mentioning the role played by alcohol and depression, several witnesses said. The school didn’t record the assembly.
But then, witnesses say, Young said suicide shows a lack of support from friends and family.
That comment stunned students and staff still mourning the loss of a student who died Thursday, staffers say.
 The school's principal, Amy Spargo, said she was taken aback:
"When I heard 'a lack of support from family' and I heard 'a lack of support from friends,' I felt the oxygen go out of the room, but I gasped as well," Spargo said. "It just isn't true in these situations. It's just such a hurtful thing to say."
Young's office issued a statement saying the Congressman's comments blaming the students were "well-intentioned." According to the statement, Young felt he merely "shared some suggestions for helping family members and friends who are dealing with suicidal thoughts."

I used to think that they were just making up things to appeal to the far right but now I'm wondering they way they say these things with impunity and belief if they actually believe this crap, if so this is even more scarier than just doing it for political posturing.   the tea party gets their kids and indoctrinates them into the Godless hateful selfish world of republican politics.

now they want to continue 365 days non stop changing curriculum in southern schools to teach compliance, non rebellion don not question authority, you kids are doomed to a Stepford kids existence.  no mind of their own programmed to obey republican ideology and be their slaves while they continue to do whatever they want to you, them and the country pledging allegiance to the Koch oligarchy.

Rounds admits he knew aide was headed to beef plant he'd just authorized $600,000 in state loans for

Republican South Dakota Senate candidate Mike Rounds
SD did he take that bucket of lollipops from your kids?
smiling faces

In a huge admission, former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, the GOP nominee in this year's Senate race, acknowledged Tuesday that he did in fact know that a top former cabinet official, Richard Benda, was going to work for investors running a meatpacking concern called Northern Beef, right around the same time that Rounds signed off on a special $600,000 state loan package to the company that Benda had urged. That money went directly into Benda's pockets, as he paid himself $225,000 a year to oversee the now-failed plant.

Just before Rounds left office at the end of 2010, Benda, then the state's secretary of tourism, pressed for the extra loans for Northern Beef, and Rounds approved the funding. A state audit later found that Benda had a serious conflict of interest in requesting the loans—duh—but until now, we didn't know whether Rounds himself was aware of this glaring conflict. It turns out that he most certainly did:
At the time, though, Rounds didn't ask Benda for more details. "I said 'Good, I'm glad to hear that he's going to be actively involved in the beef plant,'" Rounds said in a live interview on the Argus Leader's "100 Eyes" online show.

As for Northern Beef, it's at the center of the EB-5 visa scandal, which is both complex yet very simple. In short, EB-5 allows wealthy foreign investors to jump the line for green cards by putting at least $500,000 into a rural business. During the financial downturn, South Dakota decided it wanted in on the action, and a state official named Joop Bollen ramped up efforts to pull in more investors. He created a private company called SDRC that ultimately brought in $100 million to fund Northern Beef—and allowed him to collect fees off the top.
Benda, who nominally oversaw the state's EB-5 program in his role as tourism secretary, also wanted a piece of the pie, which is why he scored a job with SDRC (which was running Northern Beef) and secured that loan from Rounds to pay his own salary. Northern Beef was a mismanaged debacle, though: It went out of business after less than a year, unable to service its debt and fund operations.
The implosion cost taxpayers at least $4.4 million, and state investigators began taking a close look at the entire mess. But as they began to close in on Benda last fall and an indictment loomed, Benda took his own life.

my friends this is your tax dollars in the hands of republican leaders to the hands of their cronies, and they claim to be the party of fiscal responsibility, I guess that's true they are responsible to each other and the guy in the closet with his pockets bulging.  and he is running to do it all over again, but will he even though their polls show hi ahead he's slipping and will slip further when his opponent ups his ad buys,  republican voters are totally okay with criminal politicians it's just when they catch their hands in their own pockets do they get pissed, but he will get a part of the vote anyway republicans, go figure.

Chris Christie: 'I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage'

Gov. Chris Christie, who is paid $175,000 a year by New Jersey taxpayers, making him the fourth-highest paid governor in the nation, took his tough guy act to the minimum wage Tuesday:
"I've got to tell you the truth, I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am. I don't think there's a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight in America who are saying 'you know, honey, if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all our dreams would be realized.' Is that what parents aspire to for their children?"
 What a plainspoken truth-teller, is the reaction Christie was clearly going for with this. What a load of unbelievable crap, is the truth.
Forget the parent sitting around the kitchen table thinking about their son or daughter's wages. Many minimum wage workers—27 percent of them—are parents themselves. If these workers made a higher minimum wage, 19 percent of children in the United States would have a parent who got a raise. That means those children would benefit. Maybe they'd eat better. Maybe they'd be able to do school sports. Maybe they'd avoid the disruptions of having to move because their family fell behind on the rent.

IMO since he hasn't been a resident of Rockaway yet he thinks he won't be, but to quote Yogi Berra, " it ain't over till it's over", he's carrying on like there is no past or present litigation against him and only one saying he's innocent is him.

With the average age of minimum wage workers being 35 years old, their parents sitting around the kitchen table thinking about their wages are not the middle-class parents of teens or recent college graduates that Christie is trying to invoke in our minds. If your child is 35 and making the minimum wage, sure, you'd like to see them make more than the minimum wage. But a raise from $8.25 an hour—which New Jersey voters voted in after Christie vetoed a minimum wage increase—to $10.10 an hour would make a big difference in the life of said hypothetical adult child of worried parents. Shoot, you don't have to be making minimum wage to think an annual raise of more than $3,000 is worth getting. I don't know, maybe at Christie's $175,000 a year you stop caring about a piddling $3,000.
Christie is taking the Scott Walker line here: Why are we even bothering with the minimum wage, they want to know, when I want people to make more than the minimum wage. They want us to forget about the people they'd leave behind, the people they aren't trying to get higher wages for. They want us not to think "wait, if you want people to make more than the minimum wage, then why are you against the minimum wage being more than the minimum wage is right now?"

I got one word for that author "TOUCHE'". BTW walker is not looking as good asw his dark money made him look last recall.

White SC High School Football Team Celebrates Win by Making Monkey Sounds and Smashing Watermelons

Meet the football team at Academic Magnet High School, a public school near Charleston, South Carolina.

As you can see here, they're almost entirely white, with the exception of a single teammate. Recently, they've played a number of games against teams that look like this:

On the left, you see the Raptors of Academic Magnet. On the right, North Charleston High School, a team that's made up almost entirely of black players.
During a recent winning streak, Academic Magnet has developed what you might call an odd tradition. They smash watermelons on the ground, then eat them. This alone might be offensive after defeating a mostly black team, but the fine folks at Academic Magnet have added something extra to their little celebratory routine - making "monkey noises."
A parent of an opposing team took issue with this practice and complained to the local school board. After investigating, the school took action against the coach, firing him, despite what many people claim is a prolonged run of success.
As you might suspect, some people have really taken issue with the "sensitive" and "overly PC" response to this incident. Just to provide some picture of what we're dealing with:

On local radio this morning, broadcaster Emerson Phillips, who has been honored by the SC Broadcasters' Association with awards, went on a prolonged rant in which he bemoaned the fact that "some people" - namely, black people and Jewish people - "see racism or anti-Antisemitism in everything." According to him, those people "let racism effect everything they do."
These are typical refrains from racists and those who look to cover for racists in all parts of the country, but especially in the Deep South. This event has been met with incredulity on the part of many white people, who seemingly cannot understand how something as innocuous as a watermelon and "monkey noises" could ever be viewed as racist. These people, of course, are either extremely disingenuous or have been living in a cave.
It's in this light that a "Dear White People" lesson is needed.;postID=5795587855532411794;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=1;src=postname

As white people, we do not get to tell black people what they can and cannot be offended by. Offense is the province of the offended, especially when such offense is objectively reasonable.
More than that, we inherit - and in fact, occupy - the actual world, complete with its full history. We do not occupy a world where watermelons are neutral fruits in the context of a white person speaking to a black person. Likewise, we don't occupy a space in which one group making monkey noises toward the other constitutes a signal of mutual appreciation for the local zoo.
Rather, we occupy a world in which white people have used symbols - be they the confederate flag, watermelons, fried chicken, nooses, or anything else - to intimidate, de-humanize, and otherwise demean black people. And black people cannot be blamed for learning and understanding that history. When black people understand that in the early 1900s, white people dressed in blackface in order to highlight the "simplicity" of the black man by showing that black man content with just having his fill of watermelon, then we have a duty to moderate our use of those symbols.

When black people understand that even today, the president of the United States is depicted as a simpleton after a juicy watermelon treat, we must understand that the context in which they view, and receive, messages about things like watermelon are through the context of that distant and not-so-distant history. For centuries, watermelons have been used to demonstrate that the black man is so stupid that he would be content with his lot in life - that of the oppressed, the enslaved, and the downtrodden - if a white man would only give him some watermelon. Understanding that, it becomes very easy to understand why a black person today would take great offense at a nearly all white football team celebrating a win over a nearly all black football team by smashing watermelon and ripping a few primate noises.

I don't buy that the Academic Magnet team engaged in its little ritual without nefarious intent. There are few contexts in which young, white boys would use monkey sounds and eat watermelon on the same field as young, black boys that do not suggest the intention of racial subjugation. But even if one gives these boys a benefit of the doubt they have not earned, it is still the responsibility of white folks to understand history and to avoid those symbols which will rightly be offensive to black people or any other ethnic group.
And when those people speak up about the offense, it is incumbent upon us not to tell them that they are wrong - another form of racism in which we elevate our judgment over theirs - but rather, to listen to what they have to say, to study the history behind it, and to understand how, given the hundreds-years context, black people would be angered at the suggestion of their simplicity.

Updated: To add this nugget from News 4 Charleston:
"Further, the students also drew a face on each watermelon and named them, according to McGinley. She said the investigation revealed the students also named the watermelons Junior and Bonds Wilson.
Bonds Wilson is the name of the formerly predominantly-black school in North Charleston where Academic Magnet now sits."

attribution: None Specified

The above image was uncovered in the investigation. It's a sketch that administrators believe the students used to draw faces on the watermelons. It doesn't take a history scholar to see that that picture is a really poor high school artist's rendering of some of the old sambo "art" that was produced in the early 1900s. The overdone smiles. The red eyes. The overdone nose. I know that racists will deny it, but I've seen enough of those types of illustrations to know what these students intended.

White trolls, and their politicians still maintain there is no racism or racial divide are they blind and stupid or are they just arrogantly belligerent?

Updated: My local Walgreen's: NOT "at the corner of happy and healthy"

Apparently the Walgreen's slogan, "At the corner of happy and healthy" doesn't apply to its employees.
When I stopped at my local Walgreen's today to buy a card, I noticed a large sign out front advertising that it's Senior Citizens Discount Day, so naturally lots of older people were shopping in the store. When I walked in, I was stopped by a pharmacist at a large display advertising immunizations, right at the front of the store, and he kindly offered to give me a flu shot if I hadn't had one yet. (I have.)
It sure gives the impression that Walgreen's is kind to senior citizens and concerned about health, doesn't it? Oh, but then you get to the checkout........
The cashier, a middle-aged woman who has worked at this Walgreen's for years, looked like hell. She was congested, coughing, barely able to croak out any words. When I asked what was going on, and why on earth she was at work in this condition, she told me she was also running a fever.
But, when she tried to call in sick, she said, her boss told her that if she wanted to remain employed, she better get to work. So she did, viruses and all.
Since she was the only cashier on duty, everyone in the store who bought anything, including the vulnerable senior citizens, had to visit her register and presumably get exposed to whatever illness she has. I felt so sorry for her, since she still had several hours left in her shift.
So apparently, "happy and healthy" is supposed to apply to customers (sometimes), not to Walgreen's employees who get sick and risk losing their jobs if they stay home. I was so furious that when I got home, I wrote to the Divisional Office of Walgreen's, with the cashier's permission, and told them this story.

it is a disgrace to America the way these big corporations who now thanx to scotus right wing are people too, they just don't have the characteristics of real people like empathy concern for those who patronize them, paying and granting sick leave rather than infect the entire consumer count that day. why didn't the Mgr or assistant come in and take the sick woman's place, someone needs to advise the customers if sick they can sue or class action suit for reckless abandonment leaving them exposed to who knows what.

that's just as bad or worse then Walmart asking employee's and customers to kick in for the employee's they refuse to pay a fair wage.  preview of what it will be like if we hand over the keys remember the republicans are on the side of big business not you and vise versa.  level playing field thing of the past when they have so much of gov't, business on their side makes the earth tilt, we can level it again by turning out Nov. 4th we out weigh the suppressing opposers. recognize

George Will thinks Ebola could be 'airborne' because he is misinformed

George Will on the set of ABC News This Week

Appearing yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Will explained to his incredulous co-panelists that Ebola is actually far easier to transmit than the authorities are letting on:
"The problem is, the original assumption was that with great certitude, if not certainty, was that you need to have direct contact, meaning with bodily fluids with someone, because it's not airborne. There are now doctors who are saying, we're not so sure that it can't be in some instances transmitted by airborne …
In fact, there are doctors who are saying that in a sneeze or some cough, some of the airborne particles can be infectious?"
Neera Tanden, appearing on the panel, asked, “I'm sorry, who are the doctors saying this? I mean, we have — I mean, this is what I think is really important, that facts about this disease do not lead to panic. So far, every expert that I've seen has said—” At which point, Will, goaded by the appeal to scientific authority, interjected, “Every expert that you've seen. Here we go again.”

this is tantamount to the proverbial laying down with dogs and getting fles, he pals around the right wing and republicans who only speak their own language devoid of truth so when he wakes on Sunday and heads to the Fox lair he carry's with him all the hyperbole and misleading information from that week.
Several things here: First, you do not get invite George Will on television and then be "incredulous," or in any other way surprised, when he starts going on like Grandpa Simpson about all the various things that collect inside his head. That's what he's there for.
Second, never rile George Will by pointing out that for every supposed "expert" he digs up via his apparent wanderings through think tank hallways and conspiracy theory websites (but I repeat myself), you can name twenty or fifty that have more credibly concluded the opposite. George Will is of the opinion that so long as he can find one lunatic saying a thing, that thing is just as valid as your irritating experts. (This is why he makes such a terrible baseball commentator.  
He is forever insisting that sure, perhaps one team scored twelve runs and the other team zero, but the losing team's bunt in the third inning was almost so well-executed that it would be outlandish to say they lost merely because the scoreboard says so. Teach the controversy, umpires. Unskew the third-base line.)
 Third, it turns out that he was indeed misrepresenting the single expert opinion he clung to. No, those experts did not say that Ebola was not "airborne." They were just pointing out that you probably didn't want an Ebola patient to sneeze in your mouth, because duh.

this to is easily defined it's republican 101 page 2 of the playbook when you get that deer in the headlights feeling divert the discussion find a point not relevant that could be agreeable with your misinformation there will always be at least one lunatic with credentials that will speak their language.

btw he's losing carriers of his column for the same kind of rhetoric he is using now publications don't want to be associated with right wing garbage.  now you see why he's become a regular on Sunday with Chris Wallace.

Paul LePage's New Idea: Indentured Servants

One drawback in Maine to having a Governor whose entire background is in business and who repeatedly promises to bring business sense to government is that outlook is not always in the best interests of all people. Government does not exist to make a profit or outsource for profit but it is supposed to undertake the non-profitable work to help prevent or mitigate that which may costs lives and decent livelihoods. It has a responsibility to serve the "general welfare."
Paul LePage's first instinct is always about costs and profits in a business sense only. Recently he has been talking about selling student loans to workers' employers in part because "I think we can make it sort of a very profitable operation."

please re-read and see if you see anything that has the interest of the students in mind or is it all about privatizing and creating another graduating class beholden to the school that can't promise them a job afterwards. still sending our future out in a world that they owe more then they are able to make will the right wing "EMPLOYERS" smile all the way tote bank with no thought as to what fate will befall those they have put in trick bag of obligation to them, sounds mighty republican to me.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Scott Walker Whines as 16,000 John Doe Emails Released (and Karl Rove Dives in, too)

 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at CPAC 2013.

Wisconsin's Republican Governor keeps meeting his dismal record of failure, corruption, cronyism, favoritism, divide and conquer tactics and doesn't like it one bit. His attempts at blaming others, diversion and distraction are failing.

Clearly, the highly partisan Milwaukee County ​​Executive​, who has given $63,000 to ​my opponent​,​ released four​-​year​-​old emails two weeks before the election to distract voters from​ my opponent's failed record," Walker said in a statement.
"This case was closed nearly two years ago," Walker said. "Voters see through the political motives of my opponents ​to stop our successful reforms​ ​which are moving Wisconsin forward."

why do they always misdirect and claim their opponents failed records when the subject is their failed records his opponent didn't have over a million citizens calling for his recall. he took the union advantage from the people per Koch bro. instructions he's without adout one of their whores who has bought and bribed his way around the people of WI.

The ad was scheduled for release today without knowledge that the Doe document dump was going to be made. A spokesperson for the Milwaukee County's Corporation Council has said that the documents are released as soon as they become available due to the judicial decision on the release of documents. No elected official is involved in that process.
Walker knows that, of course, but his "job" is to point fingers, distract from his sleazy history of having aides do campaign work, anonymous pro-Walker blogging on news sites, and fundraising while in a government office when they should have been doing official work for the people of Milwaukee County. The emails being released were deliberately hidden from the public by the use of an illegal secret router and private email accounts to skirt the law requiring the use of government servers and data archiving. The chickens are coming home to roost.
Karl Rove has now jumped in to try to save Scotty's bacon (tip of the hat to Jud Lounsbury) by sending a fundraising appeal.
Dear friend, America's eyes are on Wisconsin again.
Democrats are desperate to beat Governor Scott Walker because his commonsense reforms worked and put Wisconsin back on track. So liberal special interests are using every dirty trick in the book to defeat him.
That’s why I’m asking for your help.
That’s why I’m asking for your help.
Democrats and unions are pouring millions into the state to defeat Scott Walker. They know his victory will send a loud, clear message that voters want leaders willing to make tough choices and advocate bold reforms.
National union bosses call Walker their #1 target.  They won’t stop until November 4th. We can’t either. This good man moved Wisconsin forward and inspired conservatives across America. Will you give $50, $100 or more today? The Republican Party of Wisconsin is leading the way for Walker, especially on getting out the vote, and your gift will go directly into vital work to get our people to the polls.
With Scott Walker’s leadership, Wisconsin is an example for America
. Give the unions and national Democrats indigestion by helping this good man win.
Thanks for your help,
Karl Rove

of course Rove said it I thought the right wing hit men would be after him for that 2012 fiasco, but everything he said was something he has been doing with republicans every since the turd blossom bloomed in the Texas desert.  good men don't cheat and ignore those sworn to represent or have millions wanting to recall them do they?

Republican presidential hopeful accidentally tells truth about Obamacare, flip-flops with the crazy

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Ohio Governor John Kasich today signed an agreement that describes in broad terms how their two states will cooperatively build a new bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington. December 12, 2012.

Republican Gov. John Kasich got a lot of attention on Monday for acknowledging reality when he said that Obamacare repeal is "not gonna happen." Then he went even deeper, saying that the "political or ideological" opposition to Obamacare—and, in particular, Medicaid expansion—doesn't "hold water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives." Two thoughts spring to mind reading that. Either John Kasich has given up any presidential aspirations or Kasich is seeing a shift in his party away from Obamacare insanity.
Republican Gov. John Kasich got a lot of attention on Monday for acknowledging reality when he said that Obamacare repeal is "not gonna happen." Then he went even deeper, saying that the "political or ideological" opposition to Obamacare—and, in particular, Medicaid expansion—doesn't "hold water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives." Two thoughts spring to mind reading that. Either John Kasich has given up any presidential aspirations or Kasich is seeing a shift in his party away from Obamacare insanity.
As it turns out, it's neither of those things, because Kasich immediately "clarified" his position.
"I don't back Obamacare. I never have. I want it to be repealed," he told The Washington Post in a telephone interview. "If the House and the Senate [are Republican-controlled] and we have a Republican president, Obamacare will be repealed flat out. Flat out. And it will be replaced."
 "I have favored expanding Medicaid, but I don't really see expanding Medicaid as really connected to Obamacare,” he said. If Republicans take the Senate, Kasich said, "you better believe they’re gonna repeal Obamacare and I agree with that.” But, he added, “there’s got to be an accommodation” for Medicaid expansion.

that's like a car coming toward you and refusing to believe you're gonna get hit another form of insanity.

his constituents should now be asking "if you believe that why have you supported and ridden on the repeal bandwagon all these years"?  think he's flip flopping now ask that he'll be like that poor fish Palin clubbed to death, got baby seals?  he sounds like McConnell saying he'd like to keek KYNECT AND REPEAL OBAMACARES, DUHHHHH.  did I mention he's a voter oppressor?

Michael Brown Autopsy Report Leaked. Here It Is.

The deceased body sustained multiple gunshot wounds, three (3) to the head...
It was reported that the deceased's mother was on the scene...
Detective HOKAMP... provided the following preliminary investigative details...
During the struggle the Officer's weapon was un-holstered. The weapon discharged during the struggle.
The deceased then ran down the roadway.  Officer Wilson then began to chase the deceased. The deceased turned around and ran towards Officer Wilson.  Officer Wilson had his service weapon drawn, as the deceased began to run toward him he discharged his service weapon several times...

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all his time we were led to believe there was one head shot that is not something you can mistake in statement or written word it is however something you would omit if you were deceitfully hiding something which speaks either to the stupidity of Ferguson officials or at the time they never thought it would get out only their versions would override eye witnesses who they said had a motive to mislead to get back at cops, the cops mislead was to protect their killer cop squads from prosecution, not hard to realize who's motive to lie was greater.

the killer's advocates are pushing Mike went for the gun at first no mention of shot in car, IMO he may have reached for the gun, seeing Warren after grabbing him around the neck and pulling him in was pulling it out to intimidate or kill life threatening moment, either way Mike was the one shot. leaving the car to pursue and kill wreaks on Zimmerman's murder evidence.

Just how nuts is Republican Sen. Rand Paul?

Rand Paul speaking at LPAC 2011 in Reno, Nevada.

I had forgotten that Sen. Rand Paul was an Alex Jones acolyte.
In 2010, before winning his Senate seat, Paul sat for an interview with Luke Rudkowski, a libertarian YouTube personality who specializes in quizzing political leaders about the plot to establish a "one-world socialist government." Rudkowski asked what Paul knew of the Bilderberg Group, a collection of government and business leaders whose annual conference is a favorite target of conspiracy-mongers. Paul replied, "Only what I've learned from Alex Jones." [...] Paul described the group to Rudkowski in unequivocally Jonesian terms, as "very wealthy people, who I think manipulate and use government to their own personal advantage. They want to make it out like world government will be good for humanity. But guess what? World government is good for their pocketbook."
So apparently the Rand Paul apple doesn't far fall from the Ron Paul tree—oh, and Rand is also a fan of the theory that our government is conspiring to combine the North American nations into one nation and currency, of course.
That pretty much sums up the problem with the modern Republican Party. Their most influential voices are nearly all conspiracy theorists who demand policies that will subvert imaginary threats. You've got the people convinced Muslims have infiltrated the government, you've got the people certain that the government is hoarding everything from ammunition to "disposable coffins" in preparation for something, and you've got the huge arc of people certain that the United Nations is this close to overthrowing America, which is akin to saying your local Walmart is this close to being overthrown by a plastic fern in the manager's office.
[I]t turns out the AAPS is a conspiracy theory group founded in 1943 "to fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine."
They've been around ever since opposing Social Security, Medicare and various other government programs. And they cropped up again as a player in the Tea Party-infused opposition to Obamacare in 2009-10. But they were on to Obama much earlier. Like in 2008 when they suggested that President Obama was not simply a gifted orator but actually "deliberately using the techniques of neurolinguistic programming (NLP), a covert form of hypnosis developed by Milton Erickson, M.D.?"
The group's journal has also claimed that humans have not contributed to climate change, that HIV does not cause AIDS, that abortion causes breast cancer, that undocumented immigrants are flooding the US with leprosy and various other claims that are either discredited within the actual medical community, based on conspiracy theories or simply insane.
the article stands on it's own Paul is a crazy self anointed one, he is not board certified he formed his own board and in spite of the real board certified himself, no wonder he's a great republican candidate he fits the criteria.

btw has he ever apologized to the women his campaign security guys kicked in the head giving new meaning to "kicked to the curb"?  and he is a republican contender got give it to Bachmann this is a gangster gov't on the republican side anyway.

The Surprisingly Persistent Bias in Senate Polling

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At the start let me say what this isn't.  This is not an unskew the polls diary.  In fact, this is the opposite: this is a data driven diary that is based on one simple table.  These are the averages for all polls in October and November where the results found a margin of less than two points.  Honestly I didn't think I would find anything.  But the evidence is clear.  There is a consistent bias against Democrats.  
Why am I the only one seeing this?  Honestly, most don't have data that goes back as far as I do (I think 538 goes back to '04).  
So why would this happen? In June of 2012 I wrote a diary entitled "Are cell phones resulting in biased polls against Democrats?".  In it I noted that minorities and the young were far more likely not to have a landline than the rest of the population.  This became apparent in the aftermath of 2012.
Something else no one seems to have noticed.  Every telephone poll of the national 2012 Presidential Election Understated Obama's margin.  The last time this happened was 1980!  This is not new, though.  The Generic Ballot polling was pretty bad in 2010 as well.
there is no surprise really for me I've always questioned right wing leaning polls who show the republicans as the favored ones that I refused to believe because of all I've written over the years in contrast to what they are saying about themselves.  like 2012 Dems won house popular vote by a million plus due to gerrymandering the republican robbers stayed in place but they are bragging that"we the people" put them back in office.

remember the Rove meltdown live on Fox when he realized that 300 million plus he spent did not get Romney in the WH. but all the long the touted his taking the Pres. down, now they are doing the same thing for midterms and will continue for 2016.  understand they are banking only on their perception that we will not turn out and vote midterm that my friends is the same mistake they made for 2012 general, they are banking on their stereotyping of us, time to close their account.

James O'Keefe is back, and still isn't finding voter fraud

James O'Keefe tweet showing a picture of him disguised with a thin mustache. Tweet text: 'Only time for 2-3 more election investigations. I went in Disguised as 45 yo, this time people may lose their jobs.

Conservative videotape-editor James O'Keefe is still around, apparently, and is still hard at work trying to get people to commit crimes so he can film them. But it's still not working, because there's just not many people in the world as crooked as he is.

Last Tuesday, a man who appeared to be in his 20s showed up at a Democratic field office in Boulder wanting to volunteer to help elect Udall and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), according to a Democratic staffer who met with him and asked not to be identified. [The man] mentioned polls showing the race between Udall and Gardner was tight, and he asked the staffer if he should fill out and mail in ballots for other college students who had moved away but still received mail on campus. The Democratic staffer says he told Davis that doing this would be voter fraud and that he should not do it.

Thus foiled, the man returned with a "disguised" James O'Keefe (the "I am a professor now" disguise appears to be a costume shop mustache—nobody ever accused O'Keefe of putting much work into these things) presumably to get more footage of the office refusing to commit crimes. Then they moved on to a Colorado nonprofit.
Fenberg says, O'Keefe and his friends contacted New Era's Fort Collins office to set up an in-person meeting and identified themselves as activists affiliated with Rocky Mountain Vote Pride. The three men arrived carrying Udall campaign literature, Fenberg notes, but a New Era organizer met them outside the office's front door and refused to let them enter with the Udall materials.  
Outside groups such as New Era cannot coordinate with political campaigns, and Fenberg says he believes O'Keefe and his collaborators "were trying to establish evidence we were working together."  
When New Era's staffers began taking pictures of O'Keefe (including the photo embedded at left), Fenberg says, O'Keefe and a colleague went to their car and returned with a large video camera and a microphone. "If you want to take photos of us, we'll take photos of you," O'Keefe said, according to Fenberg, and the New Era staffers closed the door while O'Keefe and his friend tried to push it open and stick their microphone inside. Fenberg says New Era filed a police report about the incident.
 I see O'Keefe still makes no pretensions at actual journalism, having found a lovely niche as yet another dedicated crafter of fakery and propaganda. I see also that O'Keefe seems to consider voter outreach groups to be the bane of all conservative America. Here's a fellow who could infiltrate a Columbian drug cartel with his top-notch mustache disguises, and let us earnestly hope he gives it a go, but instead he has spent years of his life trying to find voter fraud, and failing, and concluding from this not that voter fraud is indeed vanishingly rare but that what's needed here is to edit footage together to pretend the fraud exists anyway.

this guy is a adolescent minded wannabe trickster who's playing dress up and works for the right wing directly or indirectly with his failure rate you would think he'd be right at home with republicans.  he like other right winger's attempt to indict and only make themselves look like whistle blower wannabe's.

 there is no limit to the skullduggery he would employ just to get a story and I do mean story he's a one man Fox NON NEWS who makes it up as he goes along or better put if there isn't any scandal you've got to create one. what bothers me the most is the millions of voters who find this behavior just fine and vote the ticket that supports it the only redeeming factor is they will be in the same barrel as the rest of us if we don't stop the republican encroachment on our lives.
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One of the Best Statements of White Privilege and Entitlement That I Have Ever Read...

Sometimes you have to laugh and smile and shake your head all at the same time.
In a previous post, I pointed out the hypocrisy surrounding how racism and white privilege influence the ways that the media frames news events as highlighted by the "Pumpkin fest" riot in Keene, New Hampshire.
As we all know, it is only black people who "riot"...white folks are just overly enthusiastic partiers who are easily seduced by the call to obnoxious revelry.
In CNN's story about the Keene Pumpkin fest riots, a white student was interviewed about their experience in the pumpkin white privilege mayhem.
Steven French, 18, who was visiting from Haverhill, Massachusetts, described the chaotic scene to the local paper, The Keene Sentinel, as "wicked." "It's just like a rush. You're revolting from the cops," he told the paper Saturday night. "It's a blast to do things that you're not supposed to do."
Privilege consists of taken for granted assumptions about one's life opportunities and chances. Fish likely do not think much about water while they are in it; white folks do not likely think much about white privilege unless their unearned advantages are perceived as being threatened or challenged.

that my friends is the best descriptive paragraph on the subject i've ever read.   I feel that simplicity is the fastest way to a solution but often the road less traveled, why do we make things so hard when the simple truth would have advanced us by hundreds of years, time to look around the pond things need to be filtered out. 

if we can't look and determine honestly we are just shifting our eyes in that direction much like we pan the sky for clouds but we do nothing about it we see them and decide we can't do anything and walk away with that same thought throughout life, if you don't try to do something just because it looks impossible, take a stroll through your house and throw out those things that were once perceived as impossible.

Sarah Palin Is One Smart Cookie

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin holds up a 7-Eleven Super Big Gulp soda on stage at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 16, 2013. Earlier in the week a New York judge struck down a ban proposed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to end the sale of sugared sodas larger than 16 oz. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The first pic on Sarah Palin's website reads the oh-so original tag of: "We must reverse Obama's destructive policies. Help send real conservatives to fix them". Underneath the declaration is a button for conservative saps to give money to SarahPac.
According to Open Secrets the fighting Palins have been bilking the pac:
Out of $1.4 million the PAC had available in the third quarter — $978,000 sitting in the bank at the beginning of the July 1-Sept. 30 period, plus another more than $433,000 raised during that time — SarahPAC managed to donate just $45,000 to fellow Republicans running in the midterms. That’s a little more than 3 percent. For the two-year 2014 cycle, the former Alaska governor’s PAC, a vehicle that helps her stay in the game amid talk that she may run in the 2016 presidential contest, has raised $2.5 million on top of more than $1.1 million that was in the bank at the start of the cycle. It has spent $2.7 million, with about $150,000 — or 5.5 percent — going to candidates.

one smart cookie or one stupid criminal, especially if she's hoarding most of it for a run 2016 if that's it then it sends a message that the republican voter is much more under informed than first thought.  if just filling her personal coffers that is campaign fraud, once again fraud and no Issa. are they ruining the education system for times like these when the politicians need them to roll out mindlessly and vote for their own subjection, because once they pull that lever or punch that cha with the R beside it they can cancel Christmas.

The first pic on Sarah Palin's website reads the oh-so original tag of: "We must reverse Obama's destructive policies. Help send real conservatives to fix them". Underneath the declaration is a button for conservative saps to give money to SarahPac.
According to Open Secrets the fighting Palins have been bilking the pac 
 ohhh okay I guess I would say smart by accident or is the quiet one really the brains ex first dude never says anything and holds a baby and looks benign, isn't that like the greatest trick the devil ever pulled convincing people he doesn't exist, not calling him a devil just using it as a rhetorical.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Really? Really?? They Just Sandblasted a Michael Brown Mural.

Two weeks ago artists created a Michael Brown mural in Trenton, New Jersey on the gate to a vacant storefront - with the permission of the proper authorities. Then the police decided to get involved.
A mural was painted over Monday afternoon after Trenton police expressed concern that the painting, depicting Michael Brown, a Ferguson, Mo., teen who was fatally shot by police in August, sent the wrong message about community and police relations.

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Christian Martin, TDA executive director, said after there was a double shooting in the area, police approached the TDA and asked that the image be removed. Martin said police said the painting did not promote peace in the community, especially when they are working to build a good relationship between residents and the police department.
And that's the way it is, Monday, October 20th, 2014 1914.
wonder what the residence of that neighborhood have to say about police reaching out are they reaching out for more necks, are the people not afraid for their lives when they ride through are they more willing to report crime do the police know their names other than those deemed suspects.  how many Black police are on the force and what are their records are they guns for hire like in Ferguson?

IMO they don't like the idea of his face reminding everyone of what happened and what could happen, if they were really trying to reach out they would not have destroyed the Mural and tried to destroy the memory also I think they could see it as their being in agreement with the fact he was murdered by a White homicidal cop.

Oops: Pro-McConnell lobbying group sends out endorsement mailer saying Mitch is 'For Sale'

An instant classic campaign fail from the National Association of Realtors in their endorsement mailer backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

National Association of Realtors mailer endorses Mitch McConnell with a

Although surely not the message they intended to send, the mailer might have accidentally been one of the most honest mailers of the entire campaign given stories like this one:One morning last month, Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, the minority leader, was dining with Richard H. Anderson, the chief executive of Delta Air Lines. 
The breakfast was a rewarding one for McConnell, because:

Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell's political operation.
So yes, Mitch McConnell is indeed for sale. But in his defense, he's not cheap—he only sells out to the highest bidder.
I really can't add anything to this if I could don't think I could get through it for LMAO
gaffe or the conscious of one of his supporters shinning through?