Thursday, August 21, 2014

Why Insanely Expensive, Ineffective American Bombing Campaigns Will Always Get Funded | Alternet

Why Insanely Expensive, Ineffective American Bombing Campaigns Will Always Get Funded | Alternet

Well, I confess to being shocked: that U.S. airpower assets, including strategic bombers like B-52s and B-1s, built during the Cold War to deter and, if necessary, attack that second planetary superpower, the Soviet Union, have routinely been used to attack countries that are essentially helpless to defend themselves from bombing.
  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Medical examiner tells Fox: Pot in system could have made Michael Brown act ‘crazy’

Medical examiner tells Fox: Pot in system could have made Michael Brown act ‘crazy’

The medical examiner who carried out a private autopsy on slain Missouri teenager Michael Brown suggested that reefer madness might have been to blame in the unarmed teen’s death.

Dr. Michael Baden conducted the second autopsy on Brown’s body and found that he had sustained six gunshot wounds, two to the head. The first autopsy — conducted by the St. Louis County coroner’s office — reportedly found that Brown had traces of marijuana in his system on the day he was killed.

Talking Points Memo reported that Baden was asked by Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Monday, “Does the fact that they found marijuana, does that exclude the fact that there might be other drugs in his system or even that the marijuana was laced with anything? Is that the final analysis or could there be more information to come in terms of the toxicology?”
  

Ku Klux Klan groups clash over Darren Wilson fundraiser ‘scam’

Ku Klux Klan groups clash over Darren Wilson fundraiser ‘scam’

The leader of a Missouri-based Ku Klux Klan group denounced a plan to raise funds for the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, The Wire reported.

“This is not even a Klan member, they don’t even have their own legitimate website,” Traditionalist American Knights leader Frank Ancona was quoted as saying. “It’s a scam, he is just trying to capitalize on the situation.”

Ancona, a Klan “Imperial Wizard,” was referring to Charles “Chuck” Murray, the South Carolina man who said last week that his own group, the New Empire Knights, was “setting up a reward” for the officer, who shot Brown six times after an encounter on Aug. 9.
  

– This White House Petition For a ‘Mike Brown Law’ Would Require Cops to Wear a Camera On Duty

– This White House Petition For a ‘Mike Brown Law’ Would Require Cops to Wear a Camera On Duty

“Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera. Due to the latest accounts of deadly encounters with police, We the People, petition for the Mike Brown Law. Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera.The law shall be made in an effort to not only detour police misconduct(i.e. brutality, profiling, abuse of power), but to ensure that all police are following procedure, and to remove all question, from normally questionable police encounters. As well, as help to hold all parties within a police investigation, accountable for their actions.”
  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Congratulations, Deport-The-Kids Patriots! Kids Returned To Honduras, Killed. | Wonkette

Congratulations, Deport-The-Kids Patriots! Kids Returned To Honduras, Killed. | Wonkette

You might remember the nice lady in the top photo, who stood at a protest in Murrieta, California, in her American-flag top, and chanted “Not our kids! Not our problem!” Rachel Maddow was astonished by her. Jon Stewart was astonished by her. We know nothing about her at all, except that she had her moment on the news and probably found it very, very exciting. We wonder if she reads the Los Angeles Times. Probably not — too much liberal bias. Besides, this is our country, and we don’t owe anything to a lot of dirty diseased children who are flooding over our borders like vermin, hoping to become registered Democrats, haw-haw-haw.

Best to put them on a plane and send them back. Sure, they may end up dead, but they can still vote Democrat, haw-haw-haw.



Read more at Wonkette.
  

Rarely Seen History: 22 Photos Showing Historical Racism In America

Rarely Seen History: 22 Photos Showing Historical Racism In America

When we share photos like this, sometimes we hear people say that we’re “stirring things up” or “not letting things go.” OK. We aren’t going to let it go. This could happen again and we need the reminder. History that isn’t shared repeats itself.
  

Missouri GOP leader calls Ferguson voter-registration drive 'disgusting' | MSNBC

Missouri GOP leader calls Ferguson voter-registration drive 'disgusting' | MSNBC

That said, I hope those who are “disgusted” by the voter-registration drive will take a moment to consider a different perspective.

It’s become clear over the last week or so that many in Ferguson feel powerless and alienated in their own community. It’s led to a disengagement in public affairs, as evidenced by 12% voter turnout, and a powder-keg of frustration.

But some in the community have decided that this crisis can also be a wake-up call – those who want to make a meaningful difference have to overcome cynicism and complacency when it comes to civic affairs. Indeed, for all the anger that’s evident in this St. Louis suburb, some have decided to tell their friends and neighbors that it’s time to direct their frustrations into positive, constructive action.

And that starts with getting registered to vote.
  

The Rude Pundit

The Rude Pundit

As for the Tea Party and the NRA, all those brave people who stand for "freedom" have pretty much scattered like fleas on an itchy dog and run when it comes time to oppose actual violence, not just playing cowboy. Freedom ain't free, but it sure is white. - See more at:
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House Repubs Want to End Tax Credits for Wind Energy but Not For Big Oil | Ring of Fire

House Repubs Want to End Tax Credits for Wind Energy but Not For Big Oil | Ring of Fire

Led by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), 54 House Republicans wrote and sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) last week, calling for the end of the “crony” tax subsidies for wind energy companies, reported The Hill.

“We offer our full support of the current process undertaken by the House committee on Ways and Means that will allow the most anti-competitive and economically tax provisions, specifically the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), to expire,” the letter stated. “Ensuring that our nation’s patchwork tax code undergoes significant reform is a noble goal and, as part of this process, we believe Congress should stop picking winners and losers and finally end the wind PTC.”
  

– Ferguson Police Busted – Attempt To Defame Shooting Victim Blows Up In Their Face (VIDEO)

– Ferguson Police Busted – Attempt To Defame Shooting Victim Blows Up In Their Face (VIDEO)

Whatever words were exchanged between the man in the video and the store owner, they were not considered very serious, as the store owner nor the employees did not report a theft at the store. According to the stores attorney, the owners were bewildered when the police approached them demanding the surveillance tapes.

The store owners are now afraid of themselves becoming a target, due to the Ferguson PD’s attempt to tie their store to the fateful shooting. A gross abuse of police authority, one which now puts someone else at risk.