Thursday, November 27, 2014

Grand Jury Tampering

Justice Scalia Explains What Was Wrong With The Ferguson Grand Jury | ThinkProgress:

...In contrast, McCulloch allowed Wilson to testify for hours before the grand jury and presented them with every scrap of exculpatory evidence available. In his press conference, McCulloch said that the grand jury did not indict because eyewitness testimony that established Wilson was acting in self-defense was contradicted by other exculpatory evidence. What McCulloch didn’t say is that he was under no obligation to present such evidence to the grand jury. The only reason one would present such evidence is to reduce the chances that the grand jury would indict Darren Wilson...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Daily Flashback: '08 Primary Edition

Ditto, Mr. Edsall | The Confluence:

...Well, it’s about time that the pundit class openly admits what those of us on this blog have suspected since the day after Super Tuesday 2008. The party was highjacked during the 2008 primary campaign. That’s why the nature of discourse on Daily Kos changed almost overnight. Almost immediately it felt like the guys from Enron took the place over. And the super delegates started falling like dominos with the rush of money into party coffers. We know retrospectively from Michael Lewis’s book, The Big Short, that there were plenty of people who knew the collapse was coming and wanted to set themselves up before the fall. You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that the bubble was going to burst with very grave consequences for the economy. The traders and bankers put their money on the enabler...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Warren Vs. The Steno Pool

New York Times columnist demands that Elizabeth Warren stop hurting Wall Street’s feelings -

...Moreover, Sorkin writes, “Ms. Warren’s denunciation of Mr. Weiss is a reason many talented people in the private sector are unwilling to take on government roles.” Right — because if anything, our financial regulators include far too many academic experts, community leaders and small bankers, and not nearly enough Wall Street sympathizers. Thankfully, our persecuted plutocrats have Sorkin to defend them against Sen. Warren and her populist pitchforks.

Luv The Guv Senator Sez

Schumer on 2016: 'Democrats must embrace government' -

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that in order for his party to win in 2016, his party will have to run on big government, "not run away from it."

During a long, scripted speech at the National Press Club in Washington, the boisterous New Yorker heralded government -- and its programs to aid the middle class -- as what "unites" the party.

"Together, Democrats must embrace government," Schumer said. "In order to win in 2016, Democrats must embrace government, not run away from it..."

Comment Of The Day: Ferguson Verdict


East Coast 2 hours ago

I hope the family files a wrongful death suit so that the facts can be made public.

And while I don't condone the violence, I always find it interesting that public officials never pay much attention to these pockets of poverty and despair until violence erupts. There never seems to be enough money or manpower to help the poor souls who live in places like Ferguson. Yet, as soon as violence might be in the air, the public resources (police, riot vehicles and gear, tear gas, etc.) pouring into the community seem almost unlimited. Local police officials are happy to grab a microphone to decry the looting and burning, but in calmer times, you rarely hear them decry the lack of jobs, better housing, community centers, etc., etc. -- the things that might make life better for all concerned.

You can't blame the people of Ferguson for their anger. The shooting of an unarmed black man goes unpunished, while white bankers and hedge fund criminals -- who have created much more destruction than Michael Brown ever could -- also go free. And once the violence dies down, the media satellite trucks will disappear and the residents will still be left with their hopelessness.

Before you condemn the people of Ferguson for their actions, walk a mile in their shoes.

Will Good Sense Prevail This Time?

Police killing of boy revives calls for replica gun rules thwarted by NRA | Al Jazeera America:

The fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy reportedly while he reached for an airsoft gun in a Cleveland playground has led to renewed calls for replica and air rifles to be clearly identifiable as such — a move doggedly resisted by the National Rifle Association (NRA), who have helped scuttled such moves in the past.

An Ohio state representative announced on Sunday she would propose legislation that would require all BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns to be brightly colored or have prominent fluorescent strips...

Remember this one?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Trend Scoping The South

Usually, political articles about the South are little more than hit pieces that boost the writer's obvious superiority over anything Southern. This one is not one of those.

8 disturbing trends that reveal the South’s battered psyche -

Across red-state America, especially in the Deep South, recent statistics—such as these Huffington Post graphics—show that the cycle of poverty, in its many manifestations, is unchanged and holding firm. Why is this?...

More Benghazi Reports

Media Lessons From The Benghazi Charade | Blog | Media Matters for America:

The calling cards of anger and denial have been on display since Friday afternoon when the House Intelligence Committee, led by Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, released the findings of its two-year investigation into the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi. Becoming the sixth government inquiry to come to a similar conclusion, the report found nothing to support the allegations behind Fox News' ongoing Benghazi witch-hunt. And that's where the anger and denial came in...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Racism In NV

Nevada Speaker-Elect Ira Hansen Steps Down After Racist And Sexist Writings Emerge:

...Hansen has had a column in The Sparks Tribune, a local Nevada newspaper, for 13 years. The Reno News and Review recently examined all of his columns -- many of which were not online -- and published a number of excerpts from his writings last week.

"The lack of gratitude and the deliberate ignoring of white history in relation to eliminating slavery is a disgrace that Negro leaders should own up to," Hansen wrote in one column...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Nasty In The Sorta South

Kentucky fire chief refuses to help black family after traffic accident: “We ain’t taking no n–gers here” -

A Kentucky law enforcement official is under fire this week after footage of his deeply racist comments was made public on Tuesday. In September, Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield was recorded on a Bullitt County Sheriff deputy’s body camera during a response to a traffic accident, when Hatfield allegedly refused to help a black family while referring to them in derogatory, racist terms...

Friday, November 21, 2014

GOP Will Help Dems Turn Out The Vote

Republicans Hand Obama an Immigration Triumph -- NYMag:

...Substantively, Obama’s executive order gives him less than he hoped to gain with a bipartisan law. But politically, he has ceded no advantage. Indeed, he has gained one. Not only does immigration remain a live issue, it is livelier than ever. The GOP primary will remorselessly drive its candidates rightward and force them to promise to overturn Obama’s reform, and thus to immediately threaten with deportation some 5 million people — none of whom can vote, but nearly all of whom have friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors who can...

Not In The South, NY That Is

Four white NY teens suspended for racist taunting of black class president:

Four white students were suspended this week for racially motivated online harassment of the newly elected senior class president at their school...