Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fox News' Swedish adviser on violent immigrants was convicted of assault in the US


A Swedish "expert" who appeared on Fox News to discuss immigrant violence has a conviction for violent crime in the US. Nils Bildt was described as a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" when he appeared as a guest on the TV station to speak about the perceived problems of his native country which Donald Trump referred to at a rally in Florida. But it has emerged that Mr Bildt, himself an immigrant in the US, was arrested in June 2014 for assault and battery against a law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice and public inebriation after threatening an official. He was charged under the name Tolling, which he later changed to Bildt.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

It Wasn’t Abortion That Formed the Religious Right. It Was Support for Segregation.


The modern religious right formed, practically overnight, as a rapid response to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade. Or, at least, that's how the story goes. The reality, Randall Balmer, a Dartmouth professor writing for Politico Magazine, says, is actually a little less savory to 21st century Americans: The religious right, who liked to call themselves the "moral majority" at the time, actually organized around fighting to protect Christian schools from being desegregated. It wasn't Roe v. Wade that woke the sleeping dragon of the evangelical vote. It was Green v. Kennedy, a 1970 decision stripping tax-exempt status from "segregation academies"—private Christian schools that were set up in response to Brown v. Board of Education, where the practice of barring black students continued. As Balmer shows, feelings about Roe v. Wade were mixed in the conservative Christian community in the early 1970s, with quite a few evangelical leaders agreeing with the court that abortion is a private matter. Desegregation, however, was a different issue altogether. Anger about forced desegregation of private schools galvanized conservative Christians. Bob Jones University stalled and resisted admitting black students, forcing the IRS to strip its tax exempt status in 1976, an event that spurred evangelical leaders to action. Jerry Falwell and Paul Weyrich, two conservative activists who had been seeking a way to marshal evangelicals into a Republican voting bloc, pounced. Balmer writes:


   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Trump Chickened Out Of The WH Correspondents Dinner; Here's Why They Should Invite Alec Baldwin

Trump Chickened Out Of The WH Correspondents Dinner; Here's Why They Should Invite Alec Baldwin

The truth is more likely that Trump is afraid of having a close encounter with the “enemy.” He has never been particularly good at laughing at himself. That’s a personality flaw that’s common among narcissists. So rather than fraternize with the media he so fervently hates, and being the butt of their jokes, he canceled. What’s more, the presidential guest of honor is expected to perform his own comedy bit. Just imagine how hard he would fall on his orange, spray-tanned face if he was pressed into that situation.

With Trump’s cancellation, this will be the first dinner in thirty years where a president was not in attendance. The last president to miss the dinner was Ronald Reagan. But he a darn good excuse. He was recovering from having been shot. Yet he still phoned in a joke. “If I could give you just one little bit of advice,” he said, “When somebody tells you to get in a car quick, do it.”

  

White Resentment on the Night Shift at Walmart


From my reporter’s perspective, I could see similarities between the lives of the people I spent the night shift with and those of folks I’d met covering poverty in New York City: Unpredictable work schedules damaging health and home life; no dependable child care wreaking havoc on work; transportation and health care so tenuous that basic household functions like grocery shopping and doctor’s appointments fell by the wayside; wages that almost never matched expenses. For all the variations that race and geography produced, there was a sameness to the tone of life for everyone I met who was working class, which usually meant they worked but were still poor.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Majority of Americans Say Congress Should Probe Contact Between Trump, Russia: Poll


About half of Americans believe that Congress should investigate whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign had contact with the Russian government in 2016, while only a quarter say that lawmakers should not probe the issue, according to a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll. The new poll, conducted February 18-22, shows that 53 percent of the American public wants Congress to look into the alleged communications, while 25 percent disagree and 21 percent say they don't have an opinion.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Bloomberg Cancels White House Correspondents' Dinner Party


The business, data and terminal outlet normally co-hosts the event with Vanity Fair, but the Conde Nast magazine backed out of the event earlier this month. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who owns the company, called Donald Trump a "dangerous demagogue" during an address at the Democratic National Convention in July. On Feb. 3, The New Yorker also canceled plans to host a party at the W hotel a block away from the Trump administration's White House. Both editors of the Conde Nast publications, Graydon Carter and David Remnick, have been sharply critical of the president in recent bylines in their magazines. Other outlets holding events on the day of the annual Washington, D.C., "Nerd Prom" include CNN, which has been targeted as "fake news" by Trump. The Atlantic magazine also annually hosts an event with its sister brand, National Journal, and CBS News.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Steve Bannon’s disturbing views on ‘genetic superiority’ are shared by Trump


Jones also previously described Bannon’s comments about voting to The Daily Beast. Restricting voting to only property holders would take the country back centuries to its founding — when only white, male property holders could vote in most states. Today, such a restriction would disenfranchise huge swaths of people, including students, people of color, young Americans, many city dwellers, and low-income populations.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

In December, Spicer said barring media access is what a ‘dictatorship’ does. Today, he barred media access.


White House press secretary Sean Spicer barred reporters from several large media outlets from participating in a scheduled press briefing Friday. Two months ago, in a panel discussion, he insisted that open access for the media is “what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.”

   Politics Analysis Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Big Newspapers Are Booming: 'Washington Post' To Add 60 Newsroom Jobs


The Washington Post expects to hire more than 60 journalists in the coming months — a sign of remarkable growth for a newspaper in the digital age. After a year of record traffic and digital advertising revenue, the Post newsroom will grow by more than 8 percent, to more than 750 people. The extent of the newsroom expansion was first reported by Politico. The Post will add a "rapid-response" investigative team, expand its video journalism and breaking news staff, and make additional investments in podcasts and photography. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos bought the Post in October 2013 and reportedly invested $50 million in the company last year. That investment is paying off, according to a memo from publisher Fred Ryan that said the Post is now "a profitable and growing company." ... snip ... Meanwhile, subscriptions at The New York Times have also surged. Times CEO Mark Thompson said on CNBC that the paper added 132,000 new subscribers in the 18 days after the election, a tenfold increase over the same period a year ago. The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal also reported record growth in subscriptions.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

White House Asked FBI To Publicly Refute Reports Trump Associates Had Russia Contacts


The White House is admitting that it discussed with the FBI media reports that Trump campaign officials were in contact with Russian intelligence agents and that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked the FBI to publicly knock down the story. FBI Director James Comey refused. The administration is pushing back on a CNN report that White House officials "sought the help." A senior administration official told reporters Friday morning that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe asked to speak to Priebus on Feb. 15 and told him the report in the New York Times about Russia contacts was inaccurate.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Pro-Trump megadonor is part owner of Breitbart News empire, CEO reveals


Breitbart News Network, the far-right media outlet that heralded President Trump’s rise and was once led by his top White House strategist, is owned in part by a wealthy conservative family that poured millions into propelling Trump into office, the company’s chief executive acknowledged Friday. The site’s financial backing from the Mercers further cements the family’s status as some of the most influential financiers of the Trump era. The news comes as Breitbart has enjoyed a higher profile within the White House press corps.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Hate Crime Is Feared as 2 Indian Engineers Are Shot in Kansas


OLATHE, Kan. — “The Jameson guys,” as some on the staff at Austins Bar and Grill knew the pair, were on the patio on Wednesday evening. It was hardly unusual: Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, two immigrants from India, often enjoyed an after-work whiskey at the bar they had adopted as a hangout. Adam W. Purinton was also there, tossing ethnic slurs at the two men and suggesting they did not belong in the United States, other customers said. Patrons complained, and Mr. Purinton was thrown out. But a short time later, he came back in a rage and fired on the two men, the authorities said. Mr. Kuchibhotla was killed, and Mr. Madasani was wounded, along with a 24-year-old man who had tried to apprehend the gunman, who fled. Mr. Purinton, 51, was extradited to Kansas from Missouri on Friday, and he is charged with premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Friday, February 24, 2017


Jake Tapper Shreds 'Petulant' White House Over 'Un-American' Media Ban (VIDEO)

Jake Tapper Shreds 'Petulant' White House Over 'Un-American' Media Ban (VIDEO)

Jake Tapper then focused in on Sean Spicer, and called the White House press secretary out for an awesome amount of hypocrisy. And to do so, he simply had to cite the man himself. Back in December – just a few, short months ago – Sean Spicer said that the White House would never ban the media…because to do so would change a democracy to a dictatorship.

“We have respect for the press when it comes to the government — that it is something you can’t ban an entity from. Conservative, liberal or otherwise. That makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship. I think there is a vastly different model when it comes to government and what should be expected, and that’s on both sides,” Spicer said, a mere two months before banning the media from the White House.Jake Tapper then focused in on Sean Spicer, and called the White House press secretary out for an awesome amount of hypocrisy. And to do so, he simply had to cite the man himself. Back in December – just a few, short months ago – Sean Spicer said that the White House would never ban the media…because to do so would change a democracy to a dictatorship.

“We have respect for the press when it comes to the government — that it is something you can’t ban an entity from. Conservative, liberal or otherwise. That makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship. I think there is a vastly different model when it comes to government and what should be expected, and that’s on both sides,” Spicer said, a mere two months before banning the media from the White House.

In conclusion, Jake Tapper stated this:

“So, don’t misunderstand what’s going on with that rhetoric and with today’s action banning various media outlets including CNN, the New York Times. This White House does not seem to respect the idea of accountability. This White House does not seem to value an independent press. There is a word for that line of thinking — it’s called un-American.”

  

Hey Milo, You Can Shove Your Hollow Apology | The Huffington Post

Hey Milo, You Can Shove Your Hollow Apology | The Huffington Post

So with this, the so called free speech martyr apologized, then complained, making himself the victim of poor editing and free speech suppressors- yeah because Breitbart never edits anything to fuel a false narrative, right? Oh wait, remember the Shirley Sherrod case in 2010, when a falsified Breitbart story cost Sherrod her job at the USDA? But anyway, this 15 minute charade could simply be transcribed as “I am being censored by no one offering me lucrative book and speaking deals, and it needs to stop.”

  

The Domestic Conspiracy That Gave Trump The Election Is In Plain Sight | The Huffington Post

The Domestic Conspiracy That Gave Trump The Election Is In Plain Sight | The Huffington Post

Information presently public and available confirms that Erik Prince, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump conspired to intimidate FBI Director James Comey into interfering in, and thus directly affecting, the 2016 presidential election. This conspiracy was made possible with the assistance of officers in the New York Police Department and agents within the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. All of the major actors in the conspiracy have already confessed to its particulars either in word or in deed; moreover, all of the major actors have publicly exhibited consciousness of guilt after the fact. This assessment has already been the subject of articles in news outlets on both sides of the political spectrum, but has not yet received substantial investigation by major media.


Seth Abramson is an assistant professor at University of New Hampshire, a former public defender, and the author of six books, most recently Golden Age (BlazeVOX, 2017).


  

New Bill Criminalizes 1st Amendment Right: State Can Seize Your Property For Peacefully Protesting

New Bill Criminalizes 1st Amendment Right: State Can Seize Your Property For Peacefully Protesting

Hey Arizona, This Is NOT What Democracy Looks Like

The Arizona State Senate passed a bill Wednesday that could redefine an American’s right to peaceably assemble as guaranteed in the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution. SB1142 targets otherwise peaceful demonstrators if they are organized in a protest that turns violent. The simple act of targeting peaceful protesters isn’t even the most threatening act, however. The proposed punishment doesn’t fit the so-called crime. If passed, the bill would allow police to seize the assets of anyone attending a demonstration where violence occurs, whether they partook in violent crimes or not.



The legal method in which the state senate is applying these punishments is equally dubious. The bill would extend measures intended to fight organized crime to fighting public demonstrations. The Arizona Capitol Times reports:

  It's the politics of brutality, objectification, intimidation and power. It's what Republican conservatives call government.

Basketball teams react to segregation comments with solidarity


“We want to beat each other, but we also want to compete against each other,” said Jeremy MacDonald, head coach of the Box Elder boys and the organizer of the ceremony. “We want to bring out the best in each other and use our kids as ambassadors.” Radio host who called for segregated tournaments suspended In a post online by Billings radio personality Paul Mushaben of Cat Country KCTR 102.9, did not provide specifics but described a situation where an “Indian team involved in a tournament left people re-thinking if it’s worth it or not to host a tourney. “The crowd is so unruly and disrespectful of the facility that it may be time for the MHSA to proceed with an all Indian tourney.” The post was deleted late Tuesday after first appearing that morning. Many view it as racist. “It shows resentment and hard feelings from history,” MacDonald said. “Comments like this fan the flames. I think it’s time to move past it. It’s important to understand the history and learn from it, but at some point people need to move on from it and make a better future for these kids and the generations coming after them. We can’t be fighting these same battles and arguing about racism. We’ve got to be able to work together.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Chapter 1: "Inmates Run This Bitch"


CCA certainly seemed eager to give me a chance to join its team. Within two weeks of filling out its online application, using my real name and personal information, several CCA prisons contacted me, some multiple times. They weren't interested in the details of my résumé. They didn't ask about my job history, my current employment with the Foundation for National Progress, the publisher of Mother Jones, or why someone who writes about criminal justice in California would want to move across the country to work in a prison. They didn't even ask about the time I was arrested for shoplifting when I was 19. When I call Winn Correctional Center in Winnfield, Louisiana, the HR lady who answers is chipper and has a smoky Southern voice. "I should tell you upfront that the job only pays $9 an hour, but the prison is in the middle of a national forest. Do you like to hunt and fish?" "I like fishing." "Well, there is plenty of fishing, and people around here like to hunt squirrels. You ever squirrel hunt?" "No."

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Trump, Priebus, the FBI and Russia: Everything you need to know

Trump, Priebus, the FBI and Russia: Everything you need to know

For all the White House assertions that media reports about contacts between Russia and the president's team are false, Reince Priebus sure is upset these stories keep coming. The president's chief of staff contacted the deputy director of the FBI to request the agency dispute last week's stories that the Trump campaign had contact with Russian officials, according to a Thursday CNN report.
The communication between the FBI and Priebus was highly unusual; the meddling puts the president's chief of staff in the middle of an ongoing investigation that involves his boss. FBI Director James Comey refused Priebus' request because alleged contacts between Trump's campaign and Russia are still under review.

  

Trump's Family Trips Cost Taxpayers Nearly As Much In A Month As Obama's Cost In A Whole Year


Donald Trump's regular jaunts to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida appear to be costing taxpayers a small fortune. The president's three trips have probably cost the federal Treasury about $10 million, the Washington Post estimates, based on an October 2016 Government Accountability Office analysis of White House travel. By comparison, Barack Obama's travel expenses averaged just $12.1 million during each year of his presidency. In total, Obama's eight year travel bill came to $97 million and unbelievably, Donald Trump is on pace to outspend him in less than one year. The Washington Post says "the elaborate lifestyle of America’s first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials, stirring financial and logistical concerns in several local communities, and costing far beyond what has been typical for previous presidents."

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

CPAC scrambles to control damage after attendees wave Russian flags during Trump speech

CPAC scrambles to control damage after attendees wave Russian flags during Trump speech

affers at CPAC quickly scrambled to confiscate Russian flags with the word “TRUMP” written on the front that were being waved by attendees during President Donald Trump’s speech on Friday.

The trouble began when some attendees took out pro-Trump flags to wave during the president’s speech that also happened to have the same white-blue-and-red striped pattern as Russia’s official flag.

Reporter Peter Hamby notes that CPAC staffers quickly realized that its attendees were waving Russian flags, and moved to confiscate them.

  

Wonkblog Analysis Trump just said he can’t ‘find a country where we actually do well.’ We just did.


At a meeting Thursday with the country’s top manufacturing executives, President Trump made a puzzling statement about trade. "We don't have any good deals. In fact, I am trying to find a country where we actually have a surplus — surplus of trade. Everything is a deficit," he said. "I actually said to my people: Find a country where we actually do well. So far, we haven't found that country." Data from his own federal agencies tell a much different story. This chart shows the top 15 countries with which we run a trade surplus in goods. At the head of the list are Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium and Australia.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Dismal Voucher Results Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins


But even as school choice is poised to go national, a wave of new research has emerged suggesting that private school vouchers may harm students who receive them. The results are startling — the worst in the history of the field, researchers say. While many policy ideas have murky origins, vouchers emerged fully formed from a single, brilliant essay published in 1955 by Milton Friedman, the free-market godfather later to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics. Because “a stable and democratic society is impossible without widespread acceptance of some common set of values and without a minimum degree of literacy and knowledge on the part of most citizens,” Mr. Friedman wrote, the government should pay for all children to go to school.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Death and Tax Cuts - The New York Times

Death and Tax Cuts - The New York Times

Actually, many prominent Republicans haven’t even gotten to the point of trying to respond to criticism; they’re just whining about how mean their constituents are being, and invoking conspiracy theories. Talk about snowflakes who can dish it out but can’t take it!

  

Republicans Think It’s About Time Poor Children Start Paying For Their Own School Meals


NEWS Republicans Think It’s About Time Poor Children Start Paying For Their Own School Meals By Left Liberal Reporter | February 23, 2017 Those damn kids! Always wanting handouts! House republicans think it would be a great idea and a huge savings of taxpayer money to cut back funding used to feed children at school. The legislation hopes to save money by limiting the number of schools allowed to offer free and reduced price meals to their students. An amendment to the bill would allow more flexibility to schools that find the new nutrition standards set in place by Former First Lady, Michelle Obama too rigid. What republicans aren’t thinking about is the sad truth that hunger is a major problem facing U.S. citizens. 1 in 6 Americans face hunger because they are unable to afford sufficient food. 49 million Americans struggle to put enough food on the table. According to Feeding America, the U.S. hunger relief organization, this shortage in nutrition is due to a prevalence of poverty, rather than a lack of food availability. 21.7 million low-income children received free or reduced-price meals daily through the National School Lunch Program during the federal fiscal year in 2014. Republicans said it would better target taxpayer money by scaling back free meals for the some of the students that attend those high-poverty schools, but don’t qualify for free or reduced meals. They noted that the bill also provides an increase in federal reimbursements for school breakfasts. Really republicans? You are cutting the funds for these programs because there may be a small percentage of students who can afford meals at home but are eating at school?? The lack of common sense in this administration is dumbfounding. For many children, a school meal may be the only meal they have that day. Students will not only go hungry. They will also get stuck in the health-hole of poor nutrition, which will result poor concentration in class and may even cause disruptive behavior. Republicans: ‘But we will save so much money.’ Those with education in math and humanity know better. It’s kind of hard to focus on learning when your tummy is growling and empty.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.

Bannon Admits Trump's Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies.


The wholesale elimination of Federal agencies that ensure we receive such things as clean air, clean water, fair labor laws, fair housing standards, anti-discrimination laws, financial regulations, food and drug safety, national education standards and the like, has been a goal of far-right “thinkers" for decades. The rationale, propagated by corporate and industry-funded think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, has always been that that the existence of these “unelected" agencies represents a mortal threat to American “sovereignty and self-government." This is exactly the line Bannon was peddling at CPAC today. It is delusional, right-wing garbage.

   Don't facebook?  

Here's the link to the sourced article

A subscription may be required to read the complete article.