Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fox News Lectures Late Sandra Bland After Praising Armed Standoff At Bundy Ranch | Right Wing Watch

Fox News Lectures Late Sandra Bland After Praising Armed Standoff At Bundy Ranch | Right Wing Watch

Last year, a Nevada rancher who boasts that he doesn’t “recognize the United States government as even existing” become a hero of Fox News pundits and other conservative commentators for refusing to pay grazing fees he owes the government.

The rancher, Cliven Bundy, worked with militia groups and other armed demonstrators to resist law enforcement officials who tried to prevent further grazing after several court rulings went against Bundy, resulting in an armed standoff.

Bundy’s stardom among Republican politicians and right-wing pundits, however, didn’t dissipate when his supporters pointed their weapons at law enforcement agents, but only after he made disparaging remarks about how “Negros” were “better off as slaves,” and even then he still had some defenders.

But when a black woman named Sandra Bland was forced out of her car and to the ground by a Texas police officer after she reportedly failed to signal during a lane switch and declined to put out a cigarette, Fox News thinks this is a time to lecture viewers on how to be respectful to law enforcement. Bland later died in police custody in what investigators ruled was a suicide.

- The rest of thestry is here.

Evangelical Lutheran Bishop comes out as gay | Episcopal Cafe

Evangelical Lutheran Bishop comes out as gay | Episcopal CafeBishop Kevin Kanouse of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, who has opposed the ordination of LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage rites, told a gathering of over 400 at the ELCA National Youth Gathering that he is gay, and has hidden and repressed his sexual orientation for decades.

In a letter, Kanouse has affirmed a commitment to his marriage of 40 years, while affirming the dignity and respect of people in LGBT marriages.

Irish govt says no to British royals for 1916 commemorations - IrishCentral.com

Irish govt says no to British royals for 1916 commemorations - IrishCentral.comOnly Irish-based ambassadors will be invited to the program of events, known as 'Ireland 2016.'

Initially, the Irish Government indicated that the British monarchy could play a role in the celebrations following the highly successful visit of Irish President Michael D Higgins to the United Kingdom last year and Queen Elizabeth's historic visit to Ireland in 2011.

However, it has not been decided that such a state visit would merely be a “distraction” from the commemorative events.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sandra Bland was Also Right

Sandra Bland was Also Right

I just read Matt Taibbi's article in Rolling Stone, "Sandra Bland was Murdered." It is, as usual for that author, a thoughtful, provocative, and spot-on piece. With this, my first Daily Kos diary, I'd like to to add a small footnote to the discussion, one that I haven't seen raised elsewhere. It references portions of the full, released dash cam video of Ms. Bland's arrest, at least those parts that have clearly not been doctored. The point I wish to make is this: When Ms. Bland objected, on the video, to being stopped for failure to signal a lane change, under Texas law she was absolutely right to so object. My explanation is below.

I'm a retired attorney. I practiced law for 35 years. I was a full time county prosecutor right after I got out of law school, then after that, for about 20 years, I was a part-time municipal prosecutor, handling mostly routine traffic violations, in court, on a weekly basis. During my career I also taught policing techniques, procedures, and laws. I have dealt with cops a lot. And I know how to read a traffic code.

On the video, after being told that she was being stopped for failure to signal a lane change, Ms. Bland tells the arresting officer, in essence, that she was getting out of his way; that she saw his squad car coming up behind her in a hurry, and she moved over to let him by. That's exactly what she should have done in the circumstances, and doing so did not violate Texas law. It also did not justify the stop.

The racist nightmare that is Fox Noise in a nutshell

The racist nightmare that is Fox Noise in a nutshell

White men defending a criminal, facing down gubbmint agencies with many, many guns, good.
African American Woman armed with a cigarette, bad. The policeman was being exposed to second hand smoke for crissakes!

Gubbmint backs down from gun wielding white men, bringing back America.

African American woman dies in police custody, well she should have signaled.

Armed white men threatening murderous violence, not being trod upon.

Unarmed people of color, should obey the rules. If they die, it's their own fault.

This is what insanity and inherent racism does to you.

You can see Fox Noise at every mass murder holding its breath waiting for the skin tone of the killer to be released. If white, he will be deemed to be just another crazy kid and more guns will be needed. If a person of color, than any explanation that terrifies their audience will be good to go, Muslim extremist black panthers! Moar Gubbmint!

Mika Brzezinski's on-air reaction to Huckabee's ugly "oven" comment .

Mika Brzezinski's on-air reaction to Huckabee's ugly "oven" comment .

Later in the morning, Morning Joe paused their regular programming to allow Brzezinski to address the remarks.

“Here’s the response that I have to Huckabee’s comments. If you’ve been to Auschwitz, if you’ve been to Birkenau, if you’ve been to any of these places where people were killed and you see the piles of glasses, the piles of hair, the piles of shoes and the piles of clothes,” she said as she began to choke up. “And every bit of their humanity that had to be stripped away, handed over as they went and burned to their deaths among other things, it’s really not a good comment to say.”

“It’s a deal breaker!” Brzezinski gasped. “It should be over for him. You don’t say that. And by the way, if you said it by mistake, that’s a sign of who you really are.”

Police Let Judge Off With No Arrest After He Admitted to Leaving 2-yo Son in Car Until He Died | The Free Thought Project

Police Let Judge Off With No Arrest After He Admitted to Leaving 2-yo Son in Car Until He Died | The Free Thought Project

Hot Springs, AR — On Friday, the Hot Springs Fire Department responded to an emergency call about a 2-year-old boy who was left in a car. Tragically, when they arrived on the scene, there was nothing they could do to save him.

The 2-year-old boy’s name was Thomas Naramore, the son of Garland County circuit judge Wade Naramore. Thomas was pronounced dead on the scene.


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Addicting Info – Seattle Jerk Leaves ‘No Tip’ Card, Makes A Statement At The Expense Of The Working Class

Addicting Info – Seattle Jerk Leaves ‘No Tip’ Card, Makes A Statement At The Expense Of The Working Class

Seattle bartender Anthony Fetto is upset after he was left a “No Tip” card with a lesson in “Economics 101″ by a jerk of a customer who was clearly too cowardly to discuss the issue. Fetto, taking the high road in an interview with news station WTKR, said, “It didn’t get me mad or anything, I was like wow, this is kinda silly like, y’know, tipping is a choice.”

He added that he wild have loved for the customer to come and talk to him about it, especially since he makes nowhere near the new $15 an hour minimum wage. According to the city’s phase-in plan, it will be 2021 before bartenders in establishments employing under 500 people will be at that wage.

Addicting Info – This Week In Republican Stupidity: The Right-Wing’s 5 Most Offensive Quotes

Addicting Info – This Week In Republican Stupidity: The Right-Wing’s 5 Most Offensive Quotes

Welcome back to our weekly column highlighting the Republican Party’s stupidity! This week we have loads of stupid for you; we have so much stupid that we recommend you get your brain bleach ready, because you’re going to need it.

Let’s dive in!

2000 Election Rigged by Jeb Bush Administration

2000 Election Rigged by Jeb Bush Administration

As shown in the video above, ChoicePoint / DBT was given a $4 million no-bid contract under the Jeb Bush administration which purged thousands of African Americans from the Florida voter rolls.

Jame Lee, Vice President of Choicepoint / DBT testified to a panel called by US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney that the State of Florida Division of Elections stated they only wanted 80% accuracy on the list. In other words, to be identified as a convicted felon, one only need to have a similar name to that as someone listed on a Texas convicted felon’s list.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice “Florida registrants were purged from the rolls if 80 percent of the letters of their last names were the same as those of persons with criminal convictions. Those wrongly purged included Reverend Willie D. Whiting Jr., who, under the matching criteria, was considered the same person as Willie J. Whiting. Without specific guidelines for or limitations on the authority of election officials conducting purges, eligible voters are regularly made unnecessarily vulnerable”.