Sunday, April 26, 2015

Friday Fox Follies – Facts, Fibs, And Folderol


However, what depresses me is Fox ratings versus a Truth-O-Meter. Once again the Tampa Bay Times Pundit Fact is Checking in on our TV network scorecards:
As of April 22, 2015, 59 percent of the claims we have checked have been rated Mostly False or worse.
cable news net, with MSNBC at 4% and CNN at 3%. Which is why it’s laughable viewers believe the Fox “News” channel. Just this week Friday Fox Follies flagged:
Karl Rove Misrepresents Abortion Language
In Human Trafficking Legislation To Blame
Democrats For Lynch’s Stalled Confirmation
Hannity Pushes Falsehood
About Clinton Gender Pay Gap
O’Reilly Parrots Anti-Tax Group’s False
Claim That Obama Raised Taxes 442 Times
“Fox Facts” On Gun Background
Checks Aren’t Facts At All
 Fox News Falsely Claims The WarOn Poverty Has Failed – And UsesThat As An Excuse To Attack Welfare
well it doesn't matter because they don't care they will when the faithful base money and viewership dries up.  this is just another thing for your list of "why was it i wasn't suppose to vote for republicans"  NOV. 4TH 2016.

Obama Takes Down Dick Cheney and The Koch Brothers At White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Obama 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner
President Obama came out swinging and pulled no punches while taking out Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, and devoted an entire segment to the Koch Brothers during his White House Correspondents’ Dinner remarks.
please excuse the repeat of Luther but the first part is gold too.

Obama And Luther His Anger Translator Shred Fox News At White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Obama Luther Anger Translator White House Correspondents Dinner

President Obama brought down the house at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner by bringing out Luther, his anger translator who took a big shot right off the bat at Fox News.

SNL could not beat this must see hilarious comedic act wrapped in reality but i have to say how in the hell was Pres. able to keep a straight face throughout???  truly one for the record books get out any abdominal support you have you will bust a gut trust me.

No, Being Told You Can’t Persecute People is Not Persecution


Christianity spent the better part of two thousand years persecuting and destroying all alternatives to itself. It never really willingly gave up its imagined right to do so.
In lamenting the failure of Indiana Republicans to pull off their legalized persecution of the LGBT community, Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, told OneNewsNow that,
This is where the analogy to the lunch counter and to segregation is completely and utterly disanalogous and disingenuous, because there is no community in America where a gay couple is not going to be able to find somebody who will be more than happy to provide that service for the fee. So why pick on a conservative Christian proprietor and under penalty of law weaponize the government and say, ‘You’ve got to do this, or we’re going to fine you, or we’re going to put you in jail, or we’re going to run you out of business’?
“And that, according to Dr. Land,” says OneNewsNow, “is the real discrimination that is taking place.”
“It’s ugly; it’s thuggish; it’s brutish. It’s the totalitarian left in all of its ugly face.”
Right. It’s the prevention of persecution that’s the real persecution.
When you hear things like this, you always wonder, did he say this out loud to himself before he said it to everybody else? Just to see if it makes sense?
Because it doesn’t.
This is an old story with Christianity, feeling persecuted just by having to co-exist with non-Christians. It was ridiculous two thousand years ago and it’s no less ridiculous today.
People saying, “No, I don’t feel like I’m going to accept your persecution of me today,” is not persecution. It never has been.
The United States Constitution says that all religions are equal before the law. Christians and others can feel they are special, but the law of the land is the Constitution, not the Bible (or the Qur’an or any other text) and the Constitution says “NO” to establishment of any religion.
Which means Dr. Land and his fascist cronies are not allowed to legalize religious-based persecution.
It’s really very simple. It should not be all that difficult for Land to grasp. He is an educated man, apparently. He should be able to understand that as well as I do. Even if, as Tom DeLay has insisted, God wrote the Constitution, he wrote a Constitution that guarantees religious freedom for ALL Americans – not just for any of his real or imagined Chosen People.
If you want ugly, thuggish, and brutish, you have only to look back through Christian history – at the genocide of Pagans in Europe and elsewhere, at the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Witch Burnings. Or Hobby Lobby refusing to sell Hanukah merchandise, or attacks on women’s reproductive rights all across the nation, or the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act’s failure to launch which Land is lamenting.
Persecution is not only telling other people they have fewer rights as you, aren’t as good as you, all because you say your religion says so, but then, in violation of the Constitution, legislating your beliefs into law.
That is persecution.
again i find that the article needs no input from me as it would be redundant.  i agree with every word  i saw it in my family growing up the nose up air when seeing or speaking of others none were ever more validated than Christians and this was not the evangelical beginning or was it???  when you wrap yourself in something and tell the world in a holier than thou tone they are your lessers shouldn't you at least try and follow the book that outlines what your behavior and attitudeshould be????

Jesus went and ministered and helped among lepers, today the Christian model can't stand to be civil to those who literally have no impact on their life at all and proceed to create laws that bind them outside of "THEIR CHRISTIAN WORLD",  if Jesus were to show in one of their cults they would more than likely stone him to death.

ABC's Stephanopoulos Confronts Clinton Cash Author About Missing Facts And Overstatements

Stephanopoulos: "There Is No Evidence At All That Hillary Clinton Got Directly Involved" In Russian Uranium Deal.
the guy is of Breitbart liars family this is as first proclaimed a right wing smear job against Hillary with no smoking gun people need to notice and consider when someone starts with i have no proof but continues on a long tirade of accusation assumptions that do just that in a very accusatory way look out it's meant for effect getting red meat to right wing base all they will remember is the assumptions not the fact that they never respond to questions about how can you say that with no proof it's easy they are republican right wing water carriers it's their nature to use hyperbole and false accusation with no proof at all and said so by the one doing the deed.  the personal perception of  a pattern is just that that persons opinion and when you are notorious for doing this kind of thing you are theone that has the track record of a pattern of misleading with unproven misinformation that you pass off as true

Rubio responds to Reid's insult; says he would attend gay wedding

In an interview that aired on CNBC Wednesday, outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was asked to assess the field of current and potential candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
“I think they’re all losers,” the 75-year-old Nevada Democrat said.
On Thursday, one of those “losers” — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — responded by taking the high road … sort of.
“The worst thing we can do is talk about it,” Rubio said on “Fox & Friends.” “That’s what he wants.”
“There used to be a line of civility in American politics,” Rubio said. “It’s particularly problematic on the left. They never argue with you about ideas. Their instant reaction is to attack you personally. I’m not saying people on the right don’t do it. It happens. But it’s so much more common on the left.”
On Wednesday, Rubio made headlines for his comments on gay marriage, saying he would attend the wedding of a same-sex couple despite his personal belief that a marriage should be between a man and a woman.
ever notice how they never quite admit their dirt without adding "it happens on both sides" and them claiming the lesser of the two evils except can any of you recall any Dem using that same bigoted rhetoric we constantly hear from them?  he is right there use to be a line of civility until they broke it in 2008 with plan to make Obama fail, the disrespect of joe deadbeat wilson "you lie", the caricatures depicting African dress constant opposition to a point of doing nothing but that.  as usaual right accusation wrong party.

another point, you've noticed how many post i make about different republicans or sometimes the same one but with a different dilemma and how they only have one Progressive for months with the same lies, tells you a little about who's zoomin who doesn't it?

Tucker Carlson To Baltimore Cops: 'Fire A Shotgun In The Air'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday warned that protests in Baltimore over police involvement in the death of Freddie Gray were a "threat to civilization itself."
What had been largely been peaceful protests briefly turned violent on Saturday night as several protesters were seen smashing the windshields of police cars in Baltimore.
Former Washington D.C. homicide detective Rod Wheeler told Carlson that police decided to take a different approach than law enforcement had during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
"There was no indication of any military-type uniforms or equipment, no armored cars, anything like that," Wheeler explained. "The police really stayed back."
"You can't have that," Carlson insisted. "That's like chaos, that's Third World stuff. You can't have people smashing police cars. Why wouldn't someone fire a shotgun in the air and say knock it off?"
"That wouldn't have been the appropriate thing to do," Wheeler replied. "I think what we have learned over the past few years, Tucker, with these types of demonstrations is that when the police become more aggressive then we see the crowd tends to become more aggressive. So, what we tend to do is kind of just keep them within a certain area, confined within a certain area, and let them do the things that they want to do. But when they really start to become destructive, then we start moving in."
Even though two police cars were damaged on Saturday, Wheeler said that "for the most part, it wasn't that bad."
But Wheeler's assurances did little to comfort Carlson, who later argued that the entire country was being held hostage by the protesters "as we watch the bonds of civilization fray."
"Because that's what this is, the end of civil order," he asserted. "This is not a civil rights act, it's a threat to civilization itself."
what he should have asked tucker was what was his vision of civil order, police murdering citizens lying about it while on a paid vacation.  beating till bloody then arresting them. knees in back on head, multiple officer take downs why so they can not assign blame to just one?  courts freeing those who kill or allowing them to vacation during investigation in the Bahamas, what happened to "don't leave town"???  he implies that the police are right and protesters have no right to assemble especially if it's about a dead Black person by those they support until they turn on them.

i suggest put all the bigots and haters on an island with the homicidal police and then return in 2 or 3 years to see if we can send another batch after clearing the first ones decaying carcasses out of the streets.  right wing equal opportunity police brutality will rise give em another year and cop against cop will be the end game.  wonder was he also suggesting a police car for a Black life tit hor tat???

Republicans seen scrapping Ryan Medicare plan in U.S. budget push

Ryan arrives to hold a committee hearing on the topic of U.S. economic growth at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program.
Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of Congress' first full budget in six years and allow Republicans a rare opportunity to use a powerful procedural tool to ease passage of other legislation.
Dropping the fiscal conservative's signature plan, which had little chance of enactment, is one sign of how the Republican-controlled House and Senate are trying to show they can govern effectively as they seek to win the White House in 2016.
dropping an unpopular republican gutting program of real social nets is hardly showing governing ability it shows that you know it's crap but seek brownie points for giving it up knowing it wasn't going anywhere anyway classic republican psych out attempt and also after 54 attempts and failures they want to show you how good they are by killing an abomination and train wreck of a voucher plan and going for the 55th try at an appeal of ObamaCares.  SSDD nothing new under the republican roof.  no budget for 6 years why, because they were totally consumed with destroying Pres. and this country they made it a pledge on nat'l TV.

As contributions fall, House GOP rebels blame party leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he began his first re-election run in early 2013, tea party Rep. Thomas Massie had no trouble raising money from business interests.
Then came 2015.
The Kentucky Republican voted against returning John Boehner, R-Ohio, to the speaker's job and opposed an effort by GOP leaders to avoid a standoff with President Barack Obama over immigration that threatened to shut down the Department of Homeland Security.
In the first three months of 2013, Massie reported $46,000 rolling in from tobacco, trucking, health care and other industries. During the first quarter of 2015, Massie has collected just $1,000 from political action committees, which funnel contributions to candidates from business, labor or ideological interests. That money came from the conservative Eagle Forum.
Massie and some other conservatives say the reason their business contributions have fallen is simple: GOP leaders are retaliating for their defiance.
"Those who don't go along to get along aren't going to get as many PAC checks," Massie said last week, using the acronym for political action committees.
None offers concrete proof that top Republicans are behind the contribution falloff. But they say the evidence is clear.
Conservatives point out that leadership has targeted them before, and they cite Boehner's removal of some rebels from coveted committee assignments. In March, an outside group allied with GOP leaders ran radio and Internet ads accusing some House Republicans who opposed efforts to end the Homeland Security impasse of being "willing to put our security at risk."
GOP leaders deny they have orchestrated an effort to deny business support to recalcitrant conservatives, arguing that they want to protect Republican-held seats. But they acknowledge that votes can have consequences with business groups whose political spending plays major roles in congressional campaigns.
"If they agree with what the speaker is trying to accomplish and you don't support the speaker, why should they support you?" asked Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., a Boehner ally.
this my friends will really be short and sweet, hopefully+o).  there is a civil war within the republican arena all 4 faction against each other, moderates, libertarians, tea people, conservatives who appear to be at odds as to how far,deep and seriously they want to wreck the American society.  if they can't come together at home what do you think they will do to the neighborhood???

Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself.
"It's amazing how time flies," Obama told those attending the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association on Saturday night. "Soon, the first presidential contest will take place, and I for one cannot wait to see who the Koch brothers pick. It's exciting."
Obama added: "Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker ... who will finally get that red rose?"
On the Democratic side, Obama observed that Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked things off by going unrecognized to Chipotle. Meanwhile, he said, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley went completely unrecognized at an O'Malley campaign event.
Taking a playful poke at himself and at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is considering a bid, Obama said: "Apparently, some folks want to see a pot-smoking socialist in the White House. We could get a third Obama term after all."
"Just this week Michele Bachmann actually predicted that I would bring about the biblical end of days. Now, that's a legacy," he said. "That's big. I mean, Lincoln, Washington, they didn't do that."
"Today, thanks to Obamacare, you no longer have to worry about losing your insurance, if you lose your job," he said. "You're welcome, Senate Democrats."
The featured entertainer of the night, Cecily Strong from "Saturday Night Live," got some big laughs with some tough subjects. For example, she observed that the Secret Service is the one law enforcement agency that could get in trouble if a black man gets shot.
"Your hair is so white now," she told the president, "it can talk back to police."
there were awards listed in the article but for me and i would like to think many others i DVR'D just so i can see the Commander n Chief of dinner comedy theater take it to the republicans at my leisure the rest of this month.  he really shows us him in spite of the graying and burden of being the first Black Pres. sorry Billy boy, and all he's had to endure from he racist sect of American and still came out victoriously and still with the ability to laugh and make us join in.   if there is any doubt about it check out the link below.

it is a welcome event to see both sides come together and laugh instead of lies and finger pointing it does the country good too bad we can't have one every week.  btw i love that last joke especially since what has been happening is not funny.   knowing when to laugh and be serious it can go a long way to peace of mind everyone has to vent but when, where, and how can make all the difference this is and was such a place.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

On Fox, Franklin Graham Warns: "We Have To Be Careful Of The Muslims In This Country"

Graham: "I Hope Our Politicians Will Close The Door To These People"
i am at a lost this is got to be their best contribution to their record of lying and creating news that has no foundation. and their premier huckster Franklin Graham king number 2 of the evangelical propaganda machine, second to Pat Robertson.  they make references again of Pres. and his up bringing being in Islam and under the tutelage of his absentee father.  just listen and know who is trying to own the country and you in the name of a God that is not the one you have lived with your whole life, he/she doesn't think like they do.

Tennessee Republican: Rape is often 'not verifiable,' so no exemption on anti-abortion bill

Anti-abortion protesters outside Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo, N.D.

Republican state legislators across the country continue looking for ways to make it more difficult for women to exercise their right to choose abortion, and Tennessee is in the process of passing one of the classics: a waiting period. And a Tennessee Republican managed to make waiting periods even more insulting than they by definition are. Tennessee Democrats tried to amend the waiting period bill to exempt victims of rape and incest, but state Rep. Sheila Butt was not having it, because how do you know that a woman is telling the truth about her pregnancy being the result of rape or incest?
"This amendment appears political because we understand that in most instances this is not verifiable," Butt said. "Let’s make sure that these women have the information and understanding to act. Madam Speaker, I move this amendment to the table."
In short, let's just assume that women are lying about rape and move on.
Butt's claim that this was about "mak[ing] sure that these women have the information and understanding to act" also doubled down on the insult of the waiting period. Waiting periods mean that it's not enough to scrape together money that may be hard to come by and travel what may be hours to the nearest clinic that's managed to stay open despite harassment of doctors and laws targeting it. 
No, you need to do that, then wait 48 hours or more, then go back for a legal medical procedure. It's a burden of time and money and it's based on the claim that women don't know what they're doing when they decide not to continue a pregnancy, schedule a medical appointment, and do whatever money-saving and traveling it requires. Just the kind of thing you do on a whim, according to Republicans. Who doesn't love a medical procedure every so often, particularly one likely to bring you face to face with screaming protesters?
i reiterate republicans support rape every rule the impose is not in favor of the victim it's to prolong the agony of their attack TEXAS gives their rapist not jail time but visitation rights if a baby is produced from their assault how screwed up is that????  and they vehemently deny they are engaged in a war against women not caring for them prenatal or post natal but the idea of a fetus being without rights well that's a whole other pile of elephant dung.  imagine your president and their party caring more about your violent life altering rapist than you,  then imagine you didn't vote for them and they are jailed and never get to see you or the baby because you voted for a president that could never conceive of thinking that way.

Teacher files federal lawsuit after being terrified by school shooting drill

Pine Eagle District Oregon

Elementary school teacher Lina McLean has filed a lawsuit against the school administration, school board members, and security company all responsible for the outrageous school shooting "drill" that surprised her on April 26, 2013.
A man dressed in a black hoodie and goggles suddenly burst through her classroom door. He leveled a pistol at McLean's face and pulled the trigger. The terrified teacher heard gunfire, smelled smoke, felt her heart racing, she says.
"You're dead," the gunman said, and stalked out of her room.
The levels of stupidity and criminal misbehavior of such a drill are bewildering. But this is why the Pine Eagle School District is getting sued now. If you need a refresher on how horrendous this was you can take a quick peek at Jen Hayden's diary from 2013. The "drill" took place a few months after the terrible events in Sandy Hook, CT. McLean says she suffers from PTSD now. She thought she was dead.
"Panic ensued," according to McLean's lawsuit. One teacher wet her pants. Another teacher tried to keep Minarich from entering his room and scuffled with the school board member, leaving the teacher's arm injured. Some teachers fell down trying to hide. [...]
"McLean could not figure out what was going on," the complaint alleges. "She felt very confused. Her heart was racing. She walked out of the classroom and saw a pistol lying on the ground. ... She wondered if she was really shot and was going to die."
For an instant, McLean alleges, she thought perhaps it was OK to die. Then she thought about her daughter, who was pregnant, and grew angry that she wouldn't be around to help with the new baby.
everyone above that teacher should be fired that is the most egregious thing to do to a teacher and a grade school teacher at that with all the peeing and fear and heart palpitations of teachers and staff there is not a word mentioned about the children why?????  i thought the idea was to get guns out of schools this is an obvious attempt to show their thinking is that more need to be in the school if the teachers were scared crapless by the intrusion what would be different if they were strapped too???

this obviously given timing was a action by NRA and their right wing gun nuts supporting guns in class.

Ted Cruz courts gay donors—yes, you read that right

Texas Senator Ted Cruz speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Maryland  February 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4RBW7

This just blows the mind—Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is suddenly courting rich gays in Manhattan. Specifically, he and his wife attended a dinner hosted by two prominent gay business partners and hoteliers—Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner. And here's a taste of what Cruz, who has railed against same-sex marriage, had to say, from reporter Maggie Haberman:
During the gathering, according to two attendees, Mr. Cruz said he would have no problem if one of his daughters was gay. He did not mention his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying only that marriage is an issue that should be left to the states.
Oh, so he's totally cool. I guess the fact that he sent a letter to "tens of thousands of pastors" last month urging them to take a stand against same-sex marriage was just a little slip of the finger.
"Will we be on the right side of history, the side occupied by the Author of history?" he wrote. "Will we discard an institution, ordained by God, which has brought so much stability and happiness to the human family? Or will we stand in its support?"
isn't the divorce rate around 40 or 50 %, how many marriages were by justice of the peace or city hall those people did not speak of religious tenets at that time, and what is he implying with that "human family" crack is he suggesting those that don't agree with him are not human???.  as for gay donors who the article says are hoteliers these guys are big business corporations they want to hold on and be free, free of regulation that protects us from them.  the Gay part is just a ploy to make him appear tolerant but the fact is he's republican and president or not he will do what they want not what he says,  remember Norquist?

that has not changed as it's always been puppet men no matter how history portrays them the were subject to the party and agreement with Dems.  no republican is an island unto himself.

Bobby Jindal Vows To Remain A Bigoted, Hateful Jackass, Louisiana Be Damned

Jindal photo: Bobby Jindal BobbyJindal.jpg

Bobby Jindal, Republican Governor of Louisiana and delusional Presidential wannabee, doubles down on his hatred in an Op-Ed in today's New York Times, declaring war on anyone who opposes discrimination, and making it clear he doesn't give a damn what the consequences are for the people of his state, whether they're being discriminated against, or whether they're the ones doing the discriminating:
In Indiana and Arkansas, large corporations recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty. It was disappointing to see conservative leaders so hastily retreat on legislation that would simply allow for an individual or business to claim a right to free exercise of religion in a court of law.
This is the sound of bigotry dying. It makes a loud squeal of victimhood and wraps itself in the Constitution:
Our country was founded on the principle of religious liberty, enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Why shouldn’t an individual or business have the right to cite, in a court proceeding, religious liberty as a reason for not participating in a same-sex marriage ceremony that violates a sincerely held religious belief?
That is what Indiana and Arkansas sought to do. That political leaders in both states quickly cowered amid the shrieks of big business and the radical left should alarm us all.
 Jindal has some real zingers here, some of which appear to have been rather hastily conceived:  
A pluralistic and diverse society like ours can exist only if we all tolerate people who disagree with us.
Isn't that what non-discrimination means?

The same people who think that profit making is vulgar believe that religiosity is folly.
Yes. That's why Jesus overturned all those moneychangers' tables in the Temple.

So, by opposing laws which discriminate and thereby would keep people from consuming products and services, liberals are trying to destroy business?
Jindal's rant is actually quite unhinged, even for a Republican, and although much of it is red-meat pandering most likely intended to shore up his Quixotic quest to be a real "player" in the Republican Party, it ends with a very dark appeal to fascism:
Liberals have decided that if they can’t win at the ballot box, they will win in the boardroom. It’s a deliberate strategy. And it’s time for corporate America to make a decision...
[T]he business community must stand shoulder to shoulder with those fighting for religious liberty...
Those who believe in freedom must stick together: If it’s not freedom for all, it’s not freedom at all. This strategy requires populist social conservatives to ally with the business community on economic matters and corporate titans to side with social conservatives on cultural matters. This is the grand bargain that makes freedom’s defense possible.  Jindal's rant should be read by all who want to understand the true face of the Republican Party and the extremism that drives it.
this guy is desperate to be somebody in a party of nobody's you want to be around the vitriolic juices can be felt through your monitor this is the guy that refuses to give his people ACA or expanded Medicaid these are the governors republicans say would make the better presidents.  this guy is now after a very observant speak calling on his party to stop being the party of stupid has evolved he comes off a the party's stupidest,  sounding like he really need help of the mental kind.

the freedom they speak of is freedom to usurp other American's freedom who they don't agree with more than half the population and they further alienate them daily but feel sure we will all drink the kool aid and see the darkness and vote for them.  he is a lunatic and to say over have of America doesn't believe in freedom only says he doesn't know the meaning of the word.

Popeye's makes job offer to pregnant worker who was robbed and then fired

Marissa Holcomb in an interview with

Popeye's CEO Cheryl Bachelder wasted no time addressing the controversy that erupted yesterday when news went viral that an employee at one of their franchises was fired after she refused to pay back cash stolen in a robbery at gunpoint.
From Cheryl Bachelder's statement yesterday:
"We recently became aware of a story in Houston involving a Popeyes restaurant and employee. The restaurant is operated by an independent franchisee of the Popeyes brand. We have spoken to the local franchise owner of the restaurant, and he has taken immediate action to reach out to the employee to apologize and rectify the situation. While the facts are gathered, we will closely monitor this until it is appropriately resolved. We deeply regret the distress this situation has caused."
Following through on that statement, Popeye's acted swiftly to rectify this wrong:
Marissa Holcomb, who is a mother of three with a fourth child on the way, had a meeting with Z & H Foods owner Amin Dhanani on Wednesday, a day after our original story aired of her firing.
"He just apologized and pretty much offered me if I wanted to go back to his business and work there again," she said.
Holcomb is weighing the offer:
Holcomb is not only being offered her old position, but $2,000 in back pay. For the pregnant mother of three, the decision is tough.
"I do need a way to support my kids," she says. "I don't want to go back to a business where I'm treated the same and I just get pushed back out if something else happened.
i wrote about this recently and my thoughts to those patrons boycotting that store i didn't think at that time that i plays back on the brand although it is a franchise, this move by CEO was the right move no applause when you do whats right. don't know what kind of grip they have on their franchise owners maybe refuse them the company services and foods which would surely kill them advertising as Popeye's if the buy their food from the grocery store.  it's always good to see a wrong righted and the arrogance that spawned it made to look like the second worst people in the world.

Sick irony clearly lost on Baltimore Police Union as it calls peaceful protestors a 'lynch mob'

Demonstrators protest outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a rally for Freddie Gray, in Baltimore, April 21, 2015. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Baltimore on Tuesday to protest the death of the 27-year-old black man who died after being arrested by local police. The U.S. Justice Department is looking into the case of Gray, who was arrested on April 12 and died a week later in a hospital after slipping into a coma, a spokeswoman said. A preliminary autopsy showed Gray died from a spinal injury. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana  - RTX19QDO

Your police severed a young man's spine and you have the nerve to call peaceful protestors a lynch mob?
As protesters decrying Freddie Gray's death plan more rallies in Baltimore Thursday, anger is mounting over a police union's comparison of the protest to a "lynch mob."
"While we appreciate the right of our citizens to protest and applaud the fact that, to date, the protests have been peaceful, we are very concerned about the rhetoric of the protests," the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 said in a statement.
"In fact, the images seen on television look and sound much like a lynch mob."
i never heard of a Black lynch mob i'm sure there is some biased entries trying to promote the idea they would have to imply they were lynching other Blacks because if they had the power or inclination to lynch Whites there would be less Black Americans today and all kinds of credible history about it.
Nah. They don't look like a lynch mob at all.
You—who kill us by the thousands and rarely pay a price—look like the lynch mob.
You—who shoot our young people, our sisters, our brothers, our fathers, our mothers, and heartlessly leave us there to die while we fight to live—look like the lynch mob.
In fact, you are the lynch mob and we are your victims.
Black people are not a menace to society, society is a menace to Black people. 

Arrested for sagging pants, Ervin Edwards tasered to death in custody; police lie in report

Ervin Edwards dead in his jail cell after being Tasered to death by police

Ervin Edwards, arrested for sagging pants, dead in his cell after being Tasered to death
On November 26, 2013, 38-year-old Ervin Edwards, partially deaf and mentally ill, was arrested by police for sagging his pants and taken to the West Baton Rouge Parish jail in Louisiana. He only lived for a few more minutes inside of the cell.
For 18 months, police have lied over and over again about what happened the night Ervin Edwards died in their custody. Now that a video of their despicable actions has been released, it's clear they murdered this man and left him to die all alone in his jail cell. The Advocate has provided an annotated video. See the video and my breakdown of their lies below the fold.
Lie #1: Officer Dustin McMullan claimed in his report to only use the Taser for five seconds.
“I then pulled the trigger on the Taser using the full five second circle on Edwards,” he wrote, meaning he shocked him for five seconds, which is the longest a shock can be applied without stopping for a brief time and pulling the trigger again. “However, the Taser did not appear to have any effect on Edwards.
Truth: Officer McMullan kept the Taser firmly pushed into Ervin Edwards for over 90 seconds—which is 18 times longer than the officer claimed.
In contrast to McMullan’s report, the video shows him keeping the stun gun pressed firmly against Edwards for nearly a minute and a half. While it’s unclear how much of that time was spent shocking the inmate, a bright blue light can be seen between the stun gun and Edwards on several occasions during a roughly 45-second period.
Lie #2: Officer McMullan claimed to re-holster the Taser after using it once for five seconds.
“Due to the obvious lack of effect of the Taser, I then re-holstered it,” McMullan wrote. “I then again assisted in restraining Edwards using empty hand control techniques” before the officers were able to remove the restraints from Edwards’ ankles and hands and all exit the cell.
Truth: Officer McMullan only re-holstered the Taser after 90 seconds and Ervin Edwards was dead.
the final lie in the article makes you wonder what is it plain stupidity or as i've said before these abusive homicidal cops get in a zone when they are on the kill.  didn't this guy know there was video or did he think the other good ol boyz would delete it for him. saying they have been lying for 18 months did some body pull his coat and try to cover it up, because leaving it out there for 18 months seems really dumb if you are denying your lyin eyes.

that's like the 73 yr. old toy cop who shot and killed a man then goes on video saying where he kept both weapons that he said prior to that he mistakenly pulled the gun and thought it was the taser????  he now is in the Bahamas kicking back that's same as real cops killing and getting paid vacation.

Mickey D's is going to close a ton of restaurants

McDonald's chicken nugget meal.

McDonald's will be closing no less than 900 restaurants this year.
The news comes after the Golden Arches reported a $400 million profit loss for the first three months of the year.
McDonald's has struggled for some time with falling sales and dwindling customers.
But the company is fighting back, announcing a pay hike for restaurant workers and experimenting with an all-day breakfast menu.
The shift in tone also comes as McDonald's sales falter at its U.S. stores. Same-store sales slipped 1.5 percent during the most recent fiscal quarter, and the company is having a tough time appealing to millennials. Since 2011, the number of 19- to 21-year-olds who visited a McDonald's each month has dropped by 12.9 percentage points, as the demographic flocks to fast-casual chains like Chipotle and Five Guys, according to data the restaurant consulting group Technomic gathered for The Wall Street Journal. [...]
"Most people simply don't think of McDonald's as a healthy place to eat, despite its efforts to offer more menu choices," Civil Eats co-founder Naomi Starkman writes. In a world where farm-to-table increasingly dominates eating ethos, McDonald's is still essentially serving up "factory farm-to-table," she says.
quality and fairness to workers is the new consumer hammer and we are seeing more consumers using it breaking down stubborn "it's our profit" attitudes from big corps like Walmart are now changing ways and raising wages but the greedy SOB's like republicans cripple something else to replace what loss might occur so technically they haven't done anything.  it's good for workers in those sweat shops but then consumers suffer loss of quality or service which will lead to this closings.

these corps have made enough money to let both work fair wage and quality and more stores change your attitude and be fair to your customers as well as employees the public will see you in a different view and come home.  they need to understand moves like this make us feel as though they are punishing us because they have to act like humane persons and not like Koch bros.  when you have enough to try and buy the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA you can afford to take less profit and help the country and people that made you yeah you did not build this by yourself. recognize.

Jimmy Carter: 'Losing My Religion For Equality'

For most of his life, Jimmy Carter has been an advocate for human rights. In 1982, one year after leaving the Oval Office, the former US President and his wife Rosalynn Carter, founded the Carter Center, dedicated to advancing peace and health worldwide. Still an activist at 90, Carter has authored 28 books, including a new book in 2014 called, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.
Over the years, Jimmy Carter, a devout Christian, has become a very strong proponent of women's rights, to a point where he has spoken out against the falsehoods and extremism we see within the 'religion' of Christianity today. In 2009, he penned an open letter, severing ties with the mega SBC/Southern Baptist Convention, after being a member of the Convention for 60 years. Carter said the decision was difficult and painful, yet 'unavoidable,' after the Convention leaders chose to take bible verses out of context and claim 'Eve' was responsible to for 'original sin,' and thus all women must be subservient to men. In Carter's aforementioned open letter, he expands on his reasons and concerns:
This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries.
At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.
The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us.
Carter states how the subjugation of women was not always a part of Christianity.  
The carefully selected verses found in the Holy Scriptures to justify the superiority of men owe more to time and place - and the determination of male leaders to hold onto their influence - than eternal truths I am also familiar with vivid descriptions in the same Scriptures in which women are revered as pre-eminent leaders. During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn't until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.
In his letter, Carter discusses the independent group of global leaders to which he belongs, called The Elders. Founded by the late Nelson Mandela, the members have come together on this issue and collectively published this statement to all religious leaders around the world:"The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable." This discrimination can and must end says Carter. He believes it's within our power:
The truth is that male religious leaders have had - and still have - an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions - all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views.
FYI to right wing religious zealots (evangelicals)  take notes this is what a Christian is not the Elmer Gantry types that permeate your cults teaching kids to hate and discriminate, disrespect women and how to be selfish in summer indoctrination camps now they are changing the curriculum for grade schooler's continuing the same lessons only this time accompanied with their doctrine of selfishness and intolerance but no resistance they must obey, we use to call it brain washing not re-indoctrination.  they make fun of Carter both party's but he IMO is a real Christian and the template those who play at it should use if they were serious about your soul and not just your pocket and vote.