Sunday, October 19, 2014

Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson

Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson

Police were forced to descend on Keene, New Hampshire Saturday night after students and outside agitators turned the city’s 24th annual Pumpkin Festival into “a destination for destructive and raucous behavior.”

Those words — spoken by Keene State College President Anne Huot to CNN — only begin to describe the scene, which led to dozens of arrests and hospitalizations.

One rioter, Steven French, told the Keene Sentinel that he traveled from Haverhill, Massachusetts to attend the festival because he knew it would be “f*cking wicked.”
  

Hot Texas Prisons Lead to Deaths - The Falfurrias News | The Falfurrias News

Hot Texas Prisons Lead to Deaths - The Falfurrias News | The Falfurrias News

Fourteen people have died of heat stroke in Texas prisons since 2007, needless deaths the state could prevent with a few air-conditioners, a grieving mother claims in court.

Ramona Hinojosa, mother of the late Albert Hinojosa, sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, its executive director Brad Livingston, the University of Texas Medical Branch, and five other TDCJ officials in Federal Court. UTMB provides healthcare to 80 percent of Texas prisoners under a partnership with the state.

Hinojosa died in the state’s Garza West Unit in Beeville, where the windows are sealed shut and the “prison housing areas are like an oven,” Ramona Hinojosa says in the lawsuit. But the warden and other officials keep their offices in the prison cooled to a comfortable 75 degrees, she says.
  -- When the Texas Tourism Board coined the phrase, "like a whole other country" they neglected to mention third world.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bill Maher Humiliates The Media By Calling Out The Republicans' Racial Code Words

Bill Maher Humiliates The Media By Calling Out The Republicans' Racial Code Words

During the Obama years, the mainstream media have turned a blind eye to obvious race-baiting tactics that Republicans are using. Bill Maher went where the media fears to go. He called Republicans out on this via comedy.

When Republicans start talking about “job creators,” “a culture of work,” and ending “dependency,” they mean the job creators are the white people, and the dependent people are minorities. The majority welfare recipients are white and 65% of those receiving food stamps are either children or disabled adults.
  

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pens Scathing Dissent On Texas Voter ID Law

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pens Scathing Dissent On Texas Voter ID Law

"In any event, there is little risk that the District Court's injunction will in fact disrupt Texas' electoral process," she wrote. "Texas need only reinstate the voter identification procedures it employed for ten years (from 2003 to 2013) and in five federal general elections."

Ginsburg argued that the Fifth Circuit was remiss to ignore the findings of a full trial in district court, which found that the law was "enacted with a racially discriminatory purpose and would yield a prohibited disriminatory result."
  They weren't so much remiss as they were deliberate, following the leads of a court whose ruling on the voter rights act was "Don't worry be happy".

As Republicans whip Ebola panic, Democrats demand funding hearings

As Republicans whip Ebola panic, Democrats demand funding hearings

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is joining the call for hearings on funding of public health agencies. On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce oversight committee held a hearing that essentially amounted to Republican political grandstanding over a proposed, and counter-productive travel ban, but so far no Republican in Congress is talking about how to pay for dealing with an outbreak. Pelosi calls them on that.
  

Republican Who Wants West Africa Flight Ban Unaware There Are No Direct Flights To U.S.

Republican Who Wants West Africa Flight Ban Unaware There Are No Direct Flights To U.S.

Since there are no direct flights between the hardest-hit nations and the United States, the Florida Republican was pressed to specifically identify which flights he wanted to impose restrictions on.

"I believe there are some flights," Ross responded.

"There are no flights. There are no direct flights that come to the United States from West Africa. That is incorrect," rebutted New York Times reporter Jeremy W. Peters.
  -- Really Florida, really?7nbsp; This is the best you can send to Congress?

Iowa’s Joni Ernst: Obamacare is bad because people should rely on churches for help

Iowa’s Joni Ernst: Obamacare is bad because people should rely on churches for help

Quoting the linked source, "“We have lost a reliance on not only our own families, but so much of what our churches and private organizations used to do,” she went on. “They used to have wonderful food pantries. They used to provide clothing for those that really needed it, but we have gotten away from that. Now we’re at a point where the government will just give away anything. We have to stop that.”
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Actually had they done even a minimally adequate job of doing such before Social Security, before WIC, before HUD, before food assistance she'd have half point. But they didn't, and they're neither prepared or motivated to help the poor in their communities, their states, or this nation. They are prepared only to blame persons in need for their own situation and accuse them of trying to put one over on the taxpayer. You, my fright wing friend, may wish to have your medical care financed by placing begging jars on the counters in convenience stores and pray for the best. I dare you to give it a try.



Friday, October 17, 2014

The Smoking Ebola Gun: Rand Paul's Senate Hold Is Why The Nation Has No Surgeon General

The Smoking Ebola Gun: Rand Paul's Senate Hold Is Why The Nation Has No Surgeon General

The Republican obstruction strategy of “stall and block” is coming back to haunt Republicans in many ways, not the least of which is the country’s realization that we have no Surgeon General as we face the Ebola crisis.

But of course, politicians don’t like to take responsibility for their tactics, so the Republicans’ new talking point to get around taking responsibility for their obstruction of President Obama, his entire administration and indeed, our entire federal government, is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) could call for a vote any time to confirm the nomination for the Surgeon General.

But that’s not true.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) put a hold on the November 2013 nomination after the NRA objected to the nominee.
  

Voting Intimidation Tea Party Style