Thursday, August 21, 2014

Crazy In NC: Voucher Edition

NC school vouchers ruled unconstitutional; state must retrieve distributed funds | NC Policy Watch:

In a stunning rebuke to state lawmakers’ efforts to bring school vouchers to North Carolina, Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood today found the recently-enacted “Opportunity Scholarship Program” unconstitutional and permanently enjoined disbursement of state funds for that purpose...

Votin's A Librul Thang

Right-Wing Media Continue To Decry Ferguson Residents Registering To Vote | Research | Media Matters for America:

...Fox News: Voter Registration Booths In Ferguson Show That "Protestors Aren't Out There For Free Speech." On the August 21 edition of Fox & Friends, host Anna Kooiman complained that Ferguson residents protesting the fatal shooting "aren't out there for freedom of speech. They're out there to push their side." Co-host Clayton Morris responded, "Setting up a voter registration booth? Yeah, you think?"

Defending Clinton

The following links to a very thorough post about Hillary Clinton Derangement Syndrome.

Is Maureen Dowd Necessary? Defanging a Hillary Basher | The New Agenda:

...Entitlement may have been the media’s mantra, but it was not Clinton’s. A woman who thinks she is owed does not bother with exhaustive preparation on every issue, nor would she have the will to campaign twenty hours a day without rest. Entitlement is allergic to hard work...

Threatening To Kill Reporter

...a Ferguson police officer has been suspended.

Driving In Ferguson

Ferguson: Economic, Political Conditions Fuel Protest Fury - Businessweek:

...Who’s to blame in the confrontation that led to Brown’s death has yet to be sorted out. But the ArchCity Defenders report is the clearest evidence to date that Ferguson’s justice system was discriminatory in practice, if not intent, long before the police force’s heavy-handed response to the riots that followed the fatal shooting. Harvey and his co-authors found that middle-class drivers stopped by police routinely hire lawyers who knock speeding tickets down to non-moving violations; poorer drivers, mostly black, who can’t afford lawyers, often find themselves caught in a downward spiral. They get points on their licenses, they can’t afford their fines, they’re jailed, they lose their jobs, they drive with suspended licenses and get into deeper trouble...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tea Dummies Of LA

Tea Party Of Louisiana Falls For Hoax Article: 'Common Core Turns Students Gay' | Right Wing Watch:

The Tea Party of Louisiana has declared Sen. David Vitter a “turncoat of liberty” because of his support for Common Core, warning yesterday that the education standards will turn kids gay. Vitter came out in favor of Common Core while Gov. Bobby Jindal, who once supported Common Core, is now trying — so far unsuccessfully— to repeal the standards. Angry with Vitter’s remarks, the Tea Party group responed by linking to an article titled “Common Core Turns First Wave Of Students Gay,” apparently unaware that it was from the parody website Broken World News...

The Media In Ferguson

On Reporting - Esquire:

...So much of the criticism of the people covering Ferguson in Ferguson is dead reminiscent of the complaints lodged against people like Michael Herr and Neil Sheehan in Vietnam, and against the reporters who went South to cover the Civil Rights Movement -- that they were "taking sides," or "getting in the way," or, even, "becoming the story." Let us be completely clear. The reporters whose professionalism so concerns Dylan Byers are "part of the story" because the police made them "part of the story." Forever now, as regards the events in Ferguson, Missouri, there will be those who were there, and those who were not, and the first group deserves better than being heckled by peanut galleries in ivory towers.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nixon The Traitor

George Will Confirms Nixon's Vietnam Treason | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community:

Richard Nixon was a traitor.

The new release of extended versions of Nixon's papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a "conspiracy theory" by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will.

Nixon's newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.

Nixon's interference with these negotiations violated President John Adams's 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation...
Now if someone will just cement Reagan's deal with the Iran Hostage-takers.

Dean Flogs Con Media

Former Nixon Counsel John Dean: Right-Wing Media Impeachment Calls, Watergate Comparisons "Absolutely Silliness" | Blog | Media Matters for America:

..."They don't understand it, they don't have a clue what happened during Watergate, do not have a clue," he added. "They want to distort that history, rewriting it, ignore it and then use it. That's the conservative media."

Dean's book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It (Viking 2014), is based on hours of tapes from Nixon's years at the White House, many of which were never catalogued, he said. It attempts to set the record straight on the scandal and Nixon's involvement, arguing the president's actions had broader implications than previously understood...

Comment Of The Day: War Police $ Edition

Jake Tapper Denounces Militarized Police Response In Ferguson

Pj Parker · Top Commenter 

Soldiers can have the "us vs them" attitude in a foreign land, because they go home, back to America, where' they're safe.

Police are home. This is where they live. That "us vs them" attitude
makes them above the law. It allows them to believe they are overlords
of the people, creating fear, distrust, and resentment.

has to stop. We don't need police 90% of the time. We need peace
keepers. We need diplomacy. We need community leaders. We need a united
community working toward the greater good.

But, war profiteers
really, really want a civil war in the USA. District Attorneys really
need to fill those for profit prisons, and lawyers and bail bondsmen
need to make a living. Look at the money to be made with little effort.
Look at the money they make now, arming an entire country's police
force as if it were a war zone. 

Chillin' The First In Ferguson

If police in Ferguson treat journalists like this, imagine how they treat residents - Vox:

...This has a much deeper and more damaging effect than just suppressing media coverage. Arresting and intimidating journalists are inherently political acts, guaranteed by design to generate attention. Much as when it's done in far-away conflict zones and authoritarian states, it's about making a statement. It's about demonstrating, to ordinary citizens even more than to journalists, that police believe they can exercise absolute control over the streets and anyone in them.

That police in Ferguson are targeting journalists so openly and aggressively is an appalling affront to basic media freedoms, but it is far scarier for what it suggests about how the police treat everyone else — and should tell us much about why Ferguson's residents are so fed up. When police in Ferguson are willing to rough up and arbitrarily arrest a Washington Post reporter just for being in a McDonald's, you have to wonder how those police treat the local citizens, who don't have the shield of a press pass...

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's The Poor, Stupid

I've repeated this theme numerous times in various comments threads, usually I'm called a racist.

The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race | TIME:

...This fist-shaking of everyone’s racial agenda distracts America from the larger issue that the targets of police overreaction are based less on skin color and more on an even worse Ebola-level affliction: being poor. Of course, to many in America, being a person of color is synonymous with being poor, and being poor is synonymous with being a criminal. Ironically, this misperception is true even among the poor.

And that’s how the status quo wants it...

Comment Of The Day: Gov. GoodHair Edition

The Joke That Is Rick Perry Is Not Funny - Esquire

Brea Plum · Top Commenter

This may seem flimsy, but as staffers are turning on him and as he was stupid enough to threaten, publicly, to do this before he actually did it, Perry is kind of fucked. Some of us here in Austin and elsewhere in the state are wondering if the prosecution is going to use this indictment as a foot in the door to start a real investigation of theTexas Emerging Technology Fund, which has functioned mainly as a mechanism to financially reward Perry's campaign donors. As Jim Hightower says, Perry puts the goober in gubernatorial.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Well, What Could Go Wrong Here

Residents Outraged At Open Carry Stunt In Black Neighborhood: ‘You Are Not Welcome Here’ (Video) | Americans Against the Tea Party:

What do you get when you take a bunch of insanely stupid white people, hand them loaded weapons, and turn them loose in a predominantly African-American neighborhood? Well, it seems we’ll find out on August 16 at the Cracker Crawl or whatever Open Carry Texas is choosing to call this latest foray into dumbf*ckery...

Fox Justifies Brown Killing

Fox & Friends Host: Robbery Video Shows Ferguson 'Officer Was Justified' | Crooks and Liars:

Fox News host Juliet Huddy on Sunday asserted that the Ferguson Police Department was right to release video of a robbery because it could convince protesters that the "officer was justified" when he killed unarmed teen Michael Brown...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

DOJ On Brown Vide

Ferguson Police Released Robbery Video Despite DOJ Concerns:

Attorney General Eric Holder announces at the Justice Department in Washington Monday, July 14, 2014, that Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle an investigation into risky subprime mortgages, the type that helped fuel the financial crisis. The agreement comes weeks after talks between the sides broke down, prompting the government to warn that it would sue the New York investment bank. The bank had offered to pay less then $4 billion, a sum substantially less that what the Justice Department

The Ferguson Police Department on Friday released a video that allegedly shows Michael Brown robbing a convenience store. Critics lashed out at police, saying that the footage's release was an attempt to disparage Brown's character.

CNN revealed on Saturday that the Department of Justice found out about the video earlier this week and asked police not to make it public. According to CNN, the DOJ was worried that the footage would spark more violence in Ferguson...

No More Gear Says Senators

It's AP so no quotes. Federal officials reconsider giving military equipment to police | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

Police Watch Looting

Looting, confrontation mar Ferguson's streets once more -

...Some protesters tried to stop the looting, at times standing in front of one convenience store and preventing others from doing more damage. Police, criticized days earlier for being too aggressive with protesters, now drew the ire of merchants who told CNN they weren't doing enough.

"You still have a job to do now, and now you're not doing your job," Tanya Littleton said of police after thieves broke into her beauty supply shop in the St. Louis suburb and made off with bags of hair extensions worth hundreds of dollars...

Friday, August 15, 2014

GOPers Wonders About Truth

Here's One Republican Senator Who Isn't Exactly A Fan Of Fox News:

...BuzzFeed reported that he was asked how he would "fix" the media if he were in charge of it. Coburn also said that "the truth is somewhere in between" Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, and lamented the current state of journalism as a whole...

Comment On Ferguson Cop Injuries

Police Release Shooter's Name, ID Michael Brown As Robbery Suspect | Crooks and Liars

CafeenMan2 hours 

Looks like they might pull another Zimmerman where he either injures
himself or gets someone else to do it so they have "evidence".

He was injured; when his car door closed because he was backing up too close to Mike Brown. It hit him on the nose, which really pissed him off. He then grabbed Michael through the window, and when Michel tried to pull away, Officer Wilson pulled his gun and shot him – through the open window. Officer Wilson then got out of his car, and Michael ran (still shot). Officer Wilson fired again, hitting him in the back, and Michael turned around with his hands up. Wilson fired six more times, hitting Michael in the head and chest.

Likewise, I Praise Paul

Rand Paul’s race moment - Burgess Everett -

...And some liberals found themselves praising Paul for his political bravery — however much it pained them.

“Of course I am a Democrat and the farthest thing imaginable from a right-wing libertarian. But Sen. Paul is showing some ideological spine,” said Paul Begala, a former aide to Bill Clinton. “I gotta call ‘em as I see ‘em: a guy from the party of Nixon and Reagan — whose careers were built in part on “law and order” — to be so critical of police tactics and weaponry is bracing...”

Zell Hearts Nunn

It's AP so no quotes. Former Ga. governor Zell Miller endorses Nunn's Senate bid

Ferguson Backstory

The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie - The Daily Beast:

The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms. How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down...

Teacher Senator Candidate

Meet Montana’s Nose-Ringed Candidate for the U.S. Senate - The Daily Beast:

...In the scramble to replace Walsh (who dropped out last Thursday), Amanda Curtis has quickly emerged as the cream of a not particularly distinguished crop. Curtis, a first-term state representative from Butte who posted YouTube videos for every day that the Montana legislature was in session last year, has already received the backing of the biggest union in Montana and is attracting enthusiasm from liberal activists. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Curtis said she was “honored and humbled” to even be considered. The state representative, who isn’t running for reelection this year, said she “started getting texts, Facebook messages, emails, and phone calls” from “big Amanda fans” all over the state after Walsh dropped out. She made the decision to jump in after feeling it would be hypocritical not to run after her TEDx talk on “showing up and saying yes...”

Apparently her choices in body decoration are of interest to reporters. Must we always have mention of women's fashion? In fairness. the reporter did talk about bolo ties.