The question we can’t answer
Dec02

The question we can’t answer

WASHINGTON — Michael Brown’s death was part of a tragic and unacceptable pattern: Police officers in the United States shoot and kill civilians in shockingly high numbers. How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure, because police departments don’t want us to know. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, in 2013 there were 461 “justifiable homicides” by police —...

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JOURNAL: THE SAD BAD NEWS FOR THE IMMIGRANT BASHERS FROM THE GOP
Dec01

JOURNAL: THE SAD BAD NEWS FOR THE IMMIGRANT BASHERS FROM THE GOP

I think back about the sunset to the west, the red sun dropping down into the forest across the road. I’m a child on the cement stoop in the boon docks of N’orthn Indianer. I am en-wondered by seeing this beauty of light going down into the dark fingers of the trees… a forest that cannot hold the sun forever. It will rise. Again and again. Even with raging alcohol eating up the men and women in the families,...

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Did GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Criticize These Females for Their ‘Dress’ & Demeanor
Dec01

Did GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Criticize These Females for Their ‘Dress’ & Demeanor

…or is it just the young teen daughters of First Lady and current President of the United States, Sasha and Malia? Who I think are lovely and composed and dressed like many a young woman today. FIRST VOLLEY Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), had written this attacking the two girls who actually are just standing there listening to their father speak. [Thanks Janet Shan, one of our TMV...

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Triumph in the Baja 1000 for the HeartGift Racing Team
Nov30

Triumph in the Baja 1000 for the HeartGift Racing Team

This is the classic story of how not finishing first — or second, or third — or not even technically completing a racing event can still represent a triumph and be a touching story of true grit, determination and, above all, of selfless devotion to a cause. That is exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago in the “badlands” of Baja California. In the afternoon of November 13, Houston couple Kay and Greg...

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Romney, again? Absolutely, say lots of GOP voters
Nov30

Romney, again? Absolutely, say lots of GOP voters

WASHINGTON — Republican voters sure like nostalgia in their presidential candidates. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found Republicans “want 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney back in the game.” They put him atop the leader board among possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, as nearly 1 in 5 mentioned him as their top choice. Next was another… American Spirit /...

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GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Vicious Attack on Sasha & Malia Obama
Nov29

GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Vicious Attack on Sasha & Malia Obama

Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), apologized for viciously attacking Sasha and Malia Obama in a Facebook rant for not “showing a little class” and not dressing “like you deserve respect and not a spot at the bar.” This all stems from their appearance at the White House turkey pardoning ceremony. Yeah, they were acting just like teenagers — unimpressed with their...

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Contempt for a community
Nov28

Contempt for a community

Joep Bertrams, The Netherlands[/caption WASHINGTON -- The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization. No one should have been surprised that police officer Darren Wilson was not charged in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I've written before, and likely will have to write again, about the tragically low value our society places on the lives of young black men. Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch led the grand...

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DA last minute pivot re legal use of force in Wilson case
Nov28

DA last minute pivot re legal use of force in Wilson case

Update 1: DA Robert McCulloch has a history with grand juries and cops that kill citizens   Update 2: SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, in 1992, that the subject of a grand jury investigation, the suspect, has never “been thought to have a right to testify, or to have exculpatory evidence presented” and presenting exculpatory evidence “would be incompatible” with the grand jury system. Yet DA McCulloch...

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Happy Thanksgiving
Nov27

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from you and yours graphic via...

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Obama must reveal truth about CIA interrogations, UN experts say
Nov26

Obama must reveal truth about CIA interrogations, UN experts say

Opponents of cloaking the Senate report on CIA interrogation practices in secrecy have won support from a top panel of United Nations human rights experts. They said significant secrecy would embolden torturers in other countries and should be rejected. In an open letter to President Barack Obama, seven rapporteurs to the UN Human Rights Council said, “Lasting security can only be achieved on the basis of truth and not secrecy.” “As a...

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The Ferguson grand jury proceedings, dissected
Nov26

The Ferguson grand jury proceedings, dissected

Prior coverage: We anticipated the decision, but nothing prepared us for this much bumbling If there is any justice in this world, the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury proceedings could trigger a deep discussion of not only the racial divide in America but also much-needed reform of our “criminal justice system” and how we make our neighborhoods safe. I downloaded the almost 5K page testimony PDF Monday night and...

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We anticipated the decision, but nothing prepared us for this much bumbling
Nov26

We anticipated the decision, but nothing prepared us for this much bumbling

Followup: The Ferguson grand jury proceedings, dissected About 3 pm Pacific on Monday, I said to a friend, “Did you see that the grand jury reached a decision?” He said yes, and we began a short discussion about race in America. I didn’t have to say any magic words like “Ferguson” or “Mike Brown” or “Darren Wilson.” This is the first time we had talked about the August shooting or...

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Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The Chaos
Nov25

Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The Chaos

Ferguson is exploding. Over three months after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed, the city is experiencing one of its most violent nights of demonstrations. Hundreds of protesters took to Ferguson’s already fragile streets late Monday, following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. A car burns on the street after a… Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The...

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No Indictment In Furguson
Nov24

No Indictment In Furguson

Just breaking that the grand jury has voted not to indict I would hope we could all wait for the evidence to be released before reacting knee jerk but then I hope for a lot of things. Discuss...

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‘Sergeant’ Chuck Hagel Steps Down
Nov24

‘Sergeant’ Chuck Hagel Steps Down

When announcing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s departure from the Pentagon, President Obama referred to Chuck Hagel’s enlisted service. “He’s been in the dirt. He’s been in the mud. And that has established a special bond. He sees himself in them. They see themselves in him,” President Obama said about the first enlisted combat veteran to hold the high position of Secretary of Defense. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes...

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Obama heightens the contradictions
Nov24

Obama heightens the contradictions

WASHINGTON — Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually. Obama’s decision to back away from our government’s policy of ripping apart the families of undocumented immigrants has...

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Politics and Wealth
Nov24

Politics and Wealth

Thanksgiving week is a time citizens are supposed to remember how fortunate they are to live in freedom in America. Of course, some citizens are more fortunate than others, particularly in regards to wealth and material things (which as everyone knows can’t buy happiness). Particularly fortunate are federal officeholders who are generally wealthier than other Americans and enjoy a number of special perks. According to the Washington...

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Breaking: Defense Secretary Hagel to Resign
Nov24

Breaking: Defense Secretary Hagel to Resign

The Washington Post quotes AP sources saying that Chuck Hagel is resigning as Secretary of Defense “following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular foreign policy team.”: A senior defense official said that Hagel submitted his resignation letter to Obama on Monday morning and the president accepted it. Hagel agreed to remain in office until his successor is confirmed by the Senate, the official...

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Tamir Rice Shooting Sparks Toy Gun Bill
Nov24

Tamir Rice Shooting Sparks Toy Gun Bill

An Ohio legislator planned to introduce a bill Monday requiring all toy firearms to have brightly colored strips indicating they’re fake after Cleveland police fatally shot a 12-year-old boy with a BB gun this weekend. Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati, wanted airsoft guns, air rifles and gun replicas to have fluorescent strips to “prevent future deadly...

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Bill Cosby’s Scandal-Filled Week: One Allegation After Another
Nov23

Bill Cosby’s Scandal-Filled Week: One Allegation After Another

More women have come forward this week accusing legendary comedian Bill Cosby of sexual abuse and several companies have cut ties with the actor. His attorney has dismissed the claims as “unsubstantiated or fabricated stories” and Cosby, 77, remained silent until recently. “I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy...

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