Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

HTwoOH In MoTown

My bold.
Walk On The Water, Cont'd - Esquire:

...I walked with some of those folks on Saturday. I walked with nurses who have been trying to do their jobs in homes without water. I walked with retired autoworkers who wonder why the golf courses get to be hundreds of thousands of dollars in arrears while they lose their water for owing $150...

Death Of A Liberal

James Garner: An Appreciation Of A Liberal | Liberaland:

Garner once said, “I’m a ‘bleeding-heart liberal,’ one of those card-carrying Democrats that Rush Limbaugh thinks is a communist. And I’m proud of it.”

Sunday, July 20, 2014

When The Dems Failed

Right-wing obstruction could have been fought: An ineffective and gutless presidency’s legacy is failure - Salon.com:

...In point of fact, there were plenty of things Obama’s Democrats could have done that might have put the right out of business once and for all—for example, by responding more aggressively to the Great Recession or by pounding relentlessly on the theme of middle-class economic distress. Acknowledging this possibility, however, has always been difficult for consensus-minded Democrats, and I suspect that in the official recounting of the Obama era, this troublesome possibility will disappear entirely. Instead, the terrifying Right-Wing Other will be cast in bronze at twice life-size, and made the excuse for the Administration’s every last failure of nerve, imagination and foresight. Demonizing the right will also allow the Obama legacy team to present his two electoral victories as ends in themselves, since they kept the White House out of the monster’s grasp—heroic triumphs that were truly worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. (Which will be dusted off and prominently displayed.)...

The Mexican Border War

Ranchers in Brooks County, Texas, Round Up Illegals:

...He sleeps near a Beretta, precisely close enough so that he can reach for the gun in the dark. He keeps a loaded AR-15 assault rifle and a Ruger 380 in the truck, a comfort that does not stop him from persistently rubbing his fingers together...
Wonder how many ranchers have been killed by illegals who crept up on them in the dark.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Comment Of The Day: Copping For Profit Edition

Cops. Cash. Cocaine. How Sunrise police make millions selling drugs. - Sun Sentinel

Stephen's Leap Page Downing · Top Commenter · Cal State University Los Angeles 

 The below letter has been emailed to the Sunrise Commissioners:
Dear Mr. Mayor and Members of the Commission;

Your police department and its management have brought shame upon your city as well as the profession that I have been a part for more than forty years. Policing for Profit is a corruption that has metastasized across our Nation and unfortunately the scope of abuse exploited by your police department has now become the most infamous due to the viral dissemination of "How Sunrise Police Make Millions Selling Drugs, " the outstanding investigative reporting supported by the Sun Sentinel.

Public safety is clearly not a factor in what you are allowing to continue. What is "legal" today is merely a governmental substitute for the bags of cash delivered to those who ran the police departments during the Capone era. Police resources are diverted from public safety in favor of a corrupted drug war that has now clearly corrupted your police department. The sooner the Sunrise Commission admits that this ill-conceived program, one that your chief of police grounds in nobel cause corruption, is in fact injurious, perverse and offensive to a democratic society the sooner you will be able to end the practice of policing for profit and restore the image of the City of Sunrise back to a level of professionalism that lends truth to what is now a lie in your Chief's web page message:
"We have assembled one of the finest teams in law enforcement, whose loyalty and professionalism is demonstrated by its commitment to surpassing the level of excellence we have achieved in prior years. We
will never be satisfied with the status quo."

Unfortunately your police officers and their chief are clearly married to, and corrupted by, the status quo and should you choose to end this perverted evil in your city, be prepared for the Sunrise Police Union to protest, label you as being soft on crime and undertake a program to instill fear in the electorate, not because they believe that crime and violence will increase, but because a good part of their venal income will end and scare tactics are the only instrument they have in their tool box to stop you. I have attached a white paper and the link to an article that may benefit your education related to this subject. I wish you luck in restoring the image of Sunrise.

Best Regards,

Stephen Downing
Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department (ret.)

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Victory For Americanism

Liberals and Libertarians Find Common Ground in House - NYTimes.com:

From abortion to electronic privacy to background checks for gun purchases, a strange thing has been happening on the floor of the House as it debates its spending bills for the coming fiscal year: the stirrings of liberalism.

The House on Thursday voted 221 to 200 to approve an amendment by one of its most vocal liberal members, Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut, to ban federal contracts for companies that set up sham headquarters in offshore tax havens like Bermuda. Thirty-four Republicans bucked their party to push it to passage...

A GOPer Enlightenment

I was poor, but a GOP die-hard: How I finally left the politics of shame - Salon.com:

...I finally “got it.” In 2012, I shunned my self-destructive voting habits and supported Obama. I only wished there were a major party more liberal than the Democrats for whom I could vote. Even as I saw the folly of my own lifelong voting record, many of my friends and family moved further into the Tea Party embrace, even as conservative policies made their lives worse.

I have a close friend on permanent disability. He votes reliably for the most extreme conservative in every election. Although he’s a Nevadan, he lives just across the border in California, because that progressive state provides better social safety nets for its disabled. He always votes for the person most likely to slash the program he depends on daily for his own survival. It’s like clinging to the end of a thin rope and voting for the rope-cutting razor party...

Blame It On O

Republicans Respond to the Ukraine Crash by...Blaming President Obama - NYTimes.com:

The Gaza Strip is in flames, Israeli troops and tanks rolling in for what is certain to be a bloody military operation in which the region’s battered civilians will once again absorb most of the pain. Meanwhile governments around the world are scrambling to find out who shot down a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine (probably Kremlin-backed secessionists) and why (probably by accident). There are thousands of questions to answer about this nightmare, which is a direct result of the fact that there are gangs of armed men fighting with powerful and dangerous weapons in one of the most volatile places in the world, where Russia bumps up against Western Europe.

So how do Senator John McCain, the self-styled expert on all things military, and Representative Peter King, the equally self-styled expert on national security, respond? By attacking President Obama...

Disturbing Article

Like the author, I have no idea how to process the data, but I do find it unsettling. It offers no hope in identifying haters. The Data of Hate - NYTimes.com