Monday, August 3, 2015

The George W. Bush email scandal the media has conveniently forgotten - Salon.com

The George W. Bush email scandal the media has conveniently forgotten - Salon.com

Even for a Republican White House that was badly stumbling through George W. Bush’s sixth year in office, the revelation on April 12, 2007 was shocking. Responding to congressional demands for emails in connection with its investigation into the partisan firing of eight U.S. attorneys, the White House announced that as many as five million emails, covering a two-year span, had been lost.

The emails had been run through private accounts controlled by the Republican National Committee and were only supposed to be used for dealing with non-administration political campaign work to avoid violating ethics laws. Yet congressional investigators already had evidence private emails had been used for government business, including to discuss the firing of one of the U.S. attorneys. The RNC accounts were used by 22 White House staffers, including then-Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, who reportedly used his RNC email for 95 percent of his communications.

Darren Wilson sticks with ‘like-minded individuals’ and avoids ‘mixing pot’ restaurants after killing Michael Brown

Darren Wilson sticks with ‘like-minded individuals’ and avoids ‘mixing pot’ restaurants after killing Michael Brown

A New Yorker profile of the police officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown to death in Ferguson, Missouri revealed that he is living in virtual anonymity and is deeply incurious about the larger events around the killing and the unrest that it spawned.

Former officer Darren Wilson now lives in a quiet neighborhood filled with houses “clad in vinyl siding.” He has a baby daughter who was born in March, a little sister to his two stepsons with wife Barb, another ex-cop.

The New Yorker‘s Jake Halpern said that Wilson has been unable to find police work, that departments consider him too much of a potential liability. So, he is living on donated money, screening visitors with a series of cameras connected to his cell phone and answering the door in a hat and sunglasses.

Scholars are way more skeptical of war than the American public. Here’s why. - Vox

Scholars are way more skeptical of war than the American public. Here’s why. - Vox

Probably the most important foreign policy challenge that a country can face is deciding when to go to war. And, based on a new study, the American public is much more hawkish on this issue than are the country's international relations experts.

There's been some sense of this gap for a while, but a new study — from the researchers at William & Mary and the University of Wisconsin — confirmed it. The researchers asked an identical set of questions about war to a random sample of Americans and academics who study international relations. An analysis of the data by two scholars found that in almost all situations, the public is more likely to support wars than the experts are.

Our Founding Fathers included Islam - Salon.com

Our Founding Fathers included Islam - Salon.com

At a time when most Americans were uninformed, misinformed, or simply afraid of Islam, Thomas Jefferson imagined Muslims as future citizens of his new nation. His engagement with the faith began with the purchase of a Qur’an eleven years before he wrote the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson’s Qur’an survives still in the Library of Congress, serving as a symbol of his and early America’s complex relationship with Islam and its adherents. That relationship remains of signal importance to this day.

Bruce Linder On Bernie VS Hillary


I don't want to get into the fracas between the Hillary and Bernie camps (because frankly, I'll support whichever...

Posted by Bruce Lindner on Monday, August 3, 2015

Honore: America's in denial about gun culture

Honore: America's in denial about gun culture

"As a country we're in a state of denial because we've confused the right to bear arms with the right to carry arms all the time anywhere or anyplace you want," Honore told Gannett Louisiana on Monday. "We have to have a different kind of conversation in America and be prepared to speak about the politically unspeakable."

Honore said the string of recent mass gun murders — culminating with the tragic movie theater shooting in Lafayette Thursday in which two victims died — should provide a wake up call.

How Big Corporations Cheat Public Education | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

How Big Corporations Cheat Public Education | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Corporations have reaped trillion-dollar benefits from 60 years of public education in the U.S., but they're skipping out on the taxes meant to sustain the educational system. Children suffer from repeated school cutbacks. And parents subsidize the deadbeat corporations through increases in property taxes and sales taxes.

Big Companies Pay about a Third of their Required State Taxes

An earlier report noted that 25 of our nation's largest corporations paid combined 2013 state taxes at a rate of 2.4%, a little over a third of the average required tax. Many of these companies play one state against another, holding their home states hostage for tax breaks under the threat of bolting to other states.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

‘It was off the wall': FL police laundered millions in drug money overseas and enjoyed lavish lifestyle

‘It was off the wall': FL police laundered millions in drug money overseas and enjoyed lavish lifestyle

The officers used fake names to set up seven accounts, starting in 2009, with the help of SunTrust official Ivan Morales, laundering millions each month.

The so-called sting operation laundered a total of $71.5 million — but did not result in any arrests. The illegal cash was moved overseas despite U.S. policy that forbids it.

In the course of the operation, officers picked up $152,740 from a woman pushing a baby stroller in Queens. The money was sent to Panama. The next month they did it again, but picked up the money from outside the Blue Bay Diner in Flushing, New York.

Citizen Seeking Help In A Dallas County Jail Ends Up Dead


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton indicted by grand jury in Collin County | Dallas Morning News

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton indicted by grand jury in Collin County | Dallas Morning News

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted on three charges in Collin County, according to KXAS-TV NBC 5, The Dallas Morning News' media partner.

The grand jury's indictments were issued on Tuesday, then immediately sealed. Paxton was indicted on two counts of first-degree securities fraud and one-count of third-degree failure to register. Sources tell KXAS's Scott Gordon they will be unsealed Monday.

According to WFAA-TV, a Tarrant County judge has been appointed to the case.

Paxton paid a $1,000 fine and thought he was done with it, but a criminal grand jury took the case. His admission could result in felony charges, a forfeiture of his office and time in prison, but Paxton does not have to resign.

But don't you worry your little head my hourly wage employee friend with that unpaid parking ticket, there's equal justice for all.