Saturday, October 04, 2014

Orlando cop investigated after body camera surfaces showing rough arrest

Orlando cop investigated after body camera surfaces showing rough arrest:

Is there still anybody out there who doesn't think that the cops beat the shit out of anyone who pisses them off? And that's when they don't shoot them.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Genocide, in Real Time

Infographic showing the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza, broken down into the categories of Civilians (further broken down into women and children), Members of armed groups, and "Unknown."

Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

This is a map of Gaza, already the most crowded place on the planet. Gazans have been ordered by Israel to move out of the pink-shaded "buffer zone" that includes almost half of Gaza. Note that this area will be without electricity, running water, and sewage treatment because the Israeli Defense Force bombed Gaza's only power plant.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Numbers to Ponder, Israel vs. Gaza Edtion

Well over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the most recent "skirmish" in Gaza. More than seventy percent of those killed were civilians. With that in mind, here are some statistics:

Number of Israelis killed in traffic accidents in 2013: 303 (Source: Jerusalem Post)

Total number of Israelis killed by Hamas rocket attacks since 2001: 35 (Source: Mondoweiss)

Number of Palestinian homes demolished by Israel, 1967 - 2012: 28000 (Source: Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

IRS Scandal! Republican MegaWealthy Donors Frightened! Oh Noes!

Paul Waldman, writing in his column in The American Prospect, talks about the current state of Republican fundraising. He touches on the IRS "scandal," said to have had a "demonizing" effect on Republican donors. About the IRS "scandal," he has this to say:

The worst thing that happened was that some Tea Party groups that had applied for 501(c)(4) status—claiming, utterly falsely, that they were charitable, non-political organizations, I might add—had to wait longer than they should have to get approval on their applications. (And, I have to repeat, when you’re waiting for your approval, you’re permitted under the law to act as though you’ve gotten your approval. You can raise and spend money, which they did.)
That's right. A few groups, who were skirting the law, had to suffer the indignity of a meaningless delay. And for this, we've had... what is it, fourteen million hearings?

Republicans. They are very very very good at crying foul or, in soccer terms, flopping.

  The Continuing Agonies of the Super-Rich:

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Remember the Gang of Six?

I do remember that the crafting of the Affordable Care Act involved both Republicans and Democrats (although, as it turns out, at least some of the Republicans were only there to sabotage the thing) but I rarely remember the particulars. This seems like a good place to start. This article in The Washington Monthly discusses Mike Enzi's admission that he took part in the bipartisan committee only because he had a good chance of making the bill worse. Here's the link: The Washington Monthly:

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Yet Another Republican Uses a Racial Slur

So there's this guy in Maine, a Republican, who's running for local office. And he decided to say something about President Obama on his Facebook page. Again. This time, he said "Shoot the nigger." Sorry for those who are offended by words, but I'm not going to insert the asterisks that decency demands, because this man is anything but decent, and what he has to say is anything but decent.

This is what it has come to. We have a bi-racial man in the White House, and the Usual Suspects have gone nuts. But now they have the backing of the Republican News Network and it's OK to be openly and blatantly racist. Because, you know... Obama!

Obama is a Nazi. Obama is a Socialist. Obama is a Muslim. Obama is coming for your guns, is going to kill your grandmother, is going to take all your money and give it to his black friends.

Listen, I get that a very large percentage of the American population consists of idiots. Those are, in fact, the very people the Republican party depends on. That's sad, but it's life. It's the way the curve works. For every person smarter than average, there's a person who's dumber than average. But the primary difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans live to exploit the less intelligent, while the Democrats try to protect them from those who would exploit them.

But I digress. Back to that moron in Maine, the guy who thinks that the term "nigger" isn't a racial slur. Why is he mad at President Obama? Because he's worried that under the Affordable Healthcare Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare," his wife is going to lose her benefits. Never mind that this is exactly the opposite of what will happen Never mind that this is precisely the kind of thing that ACA.. excuse me, Obama care... was designed to prevent. The moron in Maine gets all of his information from the likes of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck and WorldNetDaily, and he doesn't have the wherewithal to check things out for himself.

There was a time when the media of this country -- television media, primarily -- would enlighten the public about things like this. But those days are long gone, dead at the hands of the cable news networks and talk radio and the Internet, dead at the hands of endlessly recycled chain mail purporting to "prove" that the President is a secret Kenyan Socialist Muslim who intends to round people up and put them in FEMA camps.

No, there's nothing I can do about this. I can write about it in a blog that no one will read. I can patiently correct friends and family when they parrot something they've heard on the Republican News Network, but that just doesn't do any good. I can, I suppose, console myself with the thought that this is nothing new. It was "yellow journalism" that created the Spanish-American war, banned Cannabis, and defeated Upton Sinclair in his run for Governor of California. These things have always been with us and probably always will be and, ultimately, will be our undoing. Humans have existed for a mere blink of an eye in the lifespan of this planet, far less time than any of the dinosaurs, and will probably fade from the planet in short order, leaving naught but our crumbling structures.

And who will be to blame when this ultimately happens?

Obama, of course!

 Sabattus man says ‘shoot’ posting wasn’t a threat against Obama, defends using racial slur — Lewiston-Auburn — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine:

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fox News, Explained

Your Daily Show Moment of Zen Truth

"I get that Fox opposes the Syria peace plan because its modus operandi is to foment dissent in the form of a relentless, irrational contrarianism to Barack Obama and all things Democratic to advance its ultimate objective of creating a deliberately misinformed body politic whose fear, anger, mistrust and discontent is the manna upon which it sustains its parasitic, succubus like existence, BUT... sorry, I blacked out for a second I was saying something?" 

 - Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, 9.10.13

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Another Republican Welfare Hog Hates Poor People

Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) wants to make it harder for people who have fallen upon hard times to receive the meager assistance (SNAP) known as food stamps. Stephen Fincher, who has no qualms about collecting $3.5 million -- yes, million -- in welfare from the very same Department of Agriculture that also administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Sadly, welfare given to agri-business giants like Mr. Fincher, doesn't carry a negative connotation. Mr. Fincher pocketed $70,000 last year in farm subsidies, quite possibly for doing nothing at all. Seventy. Thousand. Dollars. And he wants to cut $20 billion from the food stamp program because... well, we don't really know, other than the normal Republican belief that government funds should only be directed to the pockets of those who are wealthy enough to lobby for them.

The average monthly SNAP benefit in Tennessee is $132. It would take 530 months -- 44 years -- for a food stamp recipient in Tennessee to collect $70,000 in benefits.

And again, Congressman Fincher got $70,000 in taxpayer money, a direct payment, for not growing cotton.

The wrong Republican to talk about food stamps - The Maddow Blog:

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Are Tea Baggers Racist?

Seriously. Does a bear shit in the woods? (Usually.) Is the Pope Catholic? (I think that's actually a requirement.) Yeah, maybe the Tea Party is just a wee bit racist. As in "Maybe the Ku Klux Klan has a problem with black people." And it's not just the Tea Party; it's wide swaths of America because, after all, we need somebody to blame our problems on. (But be of good cheer, black people! We're working on hating the Mexicans right now!)

So, anyway, here's some graphic proof: Cowgirl Up: Photo:

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How Much Do We Spend on the Nonworking Poor? | Mother Jones

Your Crazy Uncle who Watches Fox comes at you with misinformation all the time, right? And your problem is that even though you know he's wrong, you never have the proper citation at your fingertips. Well, I'm here to help you solve that problem with handy links to actual facts and figures, compiled by highly competent and professional journalists. Just look for the tag "rebuttal." Here's the first in the series, from Kevin Drum, writing in Mother Jones magazine. Which, by the way, you subscribe to if you don't already.

How Much Do We Spend on the Nonworking Poor? | Mother Jones:

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Why Rash Lumbaugh is an Idiot. Part LXVII

You know how Republicans go out of their way to refer to the "Democrat" party? Right. And you know they do it just to be annoying, right? Kind of like school children taunting one another with crude variations on their names. Anyway, forget all that stuff about nouns and adjectives; that's not why they're wrong. They're merely juvenile. You call it the "Democratic Party" because that's its name. Calling it anything else, especially on purpose, is ignorant and childish and entirely worth of today's Republican party. Go read this piece: Names: What's wrong with the "Democrat Party" | The Economist:

Monday, July 15, 2013

New Florida Commercial

Visit Florida!
You'll come for the sunshine!
You'll stay because we buried you there after some cop wannabe stalker blew your brains out because you looked suspicious!