...“Law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier,” journalist Radley Balko writes in his 2013 book Rise of the Warrior Cop. “The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop — armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties...”
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The United States of SWAT? | National Review Online:
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Al Qaeda's chief bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri believed to have been killed in ambush | Mail Online:
Al Qaeda's chief bombmaker is believed to have been killed in an ambush by U.S- backed special forces in Yemen.
A 4x4 vehicle, believed to be carrying Ibrahim al-Asiri, 32, mastermind of the 'underwear bomb plot', was engaged in a gun battle with special forces, dropped in by helicopter.
Witnesses have described seeing soldiers take up position in the road, waiting for the vehicle to pass before opening fire...
Monday, April 21, 2014
Tillis seeks to rewrite history | CharlotteObserver.com:
The initial response from Tillis’ side rang true with many voters: Liberal Washington Democrats were meddling in North Carolina’s Republican primary because they saw him as the biggest threat to Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in the general election. Then Tillis, the House speaker, took things a step too far.
He launched an ad in response that says: “Seen those ads attacking Thom Tillis? They’re false. Tillis fired the staffers.”
Uh-oh. The employees and Tillis himself said at the time they were resigning. News coverage repeatedly referred to the staffers’ resignations, not firings...
Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels | ThinkProgress:
Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result of a new bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R)...
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Walsh vs Daines: An easy choice - Daily Inter Lake: Members:
...Now, because of the radicalization of the national Republican Party and party leadership in the House, a Democratic sponsored jobs bill to repair those 60-year-old roads and bridges cannot make it through the House. Thanks to Daines and other radical Republicans. This bill, if passed, would create millions of jobs nationwide; raise much needed revenue without raising taxes. And, most of all would help our struggling middle class, which, many of us are here in the valley.
However, there is a catch. If Daines and other Republicans voted across party lines and passed this much needed legislation, it would make our Democratic president and his party look good. This is just one example of how badly the Republican Party and Congress are broken. It is all about party over country. What a disgrace...
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Denounce the Republican Rape Audit Bill | LeftAction:
House Republicans have gone too far: A panel of 12 men on the House Judiciary Committee actually held hearings on a bill that could allow the IRS to audit survivors of rape or incest for using their contraceptive health care coverage...
Reaganomics killed America’s middle class - Salon.com:
...You can see this trend today in America. When we had heavily regulated and taxed capitalism in the post-war era, the largest employer in America was General Motors, and they paid working people what would be, in today’s dollars, about $50 an hour with benefits. Reagan began deregulating and cutting taxes on capitalism in 1981, and today, with more classical “raw capitalism,” what we call “Reaganomics,” or “supply side economics,” our nation’s largest employer is WalMart and they pay around $10 an hour...The hatred and envy of anti-South Democrats undermined Carter's presidency from day one, and once he lost to Reagan, Tip O'Neil et. al. went along with Raygun's proposals, thinking the country will get so mad at him they will never vote Republican. How'd that work out, bigots?
And you thought that was a Law & Order bike gang.
Wisconsin Republicans To Vote On Secession:
Wisconsin Republicans To Vote On Secession:
Wisconsin Republicans will vote next month on whether they support allowing the state to secede from the United States of America.
Last month, one of the Republican caucuses in the state passed a resolution asserting the state's right to secede...
Friday, April 18, 2014
Fox News Carnival Barkers Gin Up A Range War | Blog | Media Matters for America:
Media Matters examined Fox News' weekday programming from 4 p.m. through 11 p.m. ET since it first started covering the story.
Fox News began agitating for a range war on April 9, sympathetically portraying Cliven Bundy as a folk hero based on the Nevada rancher's refusal for two decades to pay the required fees for grazing his cattle on public land. While Nevada reporters have made clear that Bundy is "clearly wrong" and "breaking the law," Fox has waged a PR campaign romanticizing Bundy and the armed militia groups that fled to his ranch and forced a standoff with federal agents who were executing a court order that allowed them to impound his cattle...
The Master Of Bad Timing - Esquire:
...It's now becoming pat to say this, but Democratic politicians in this year's elections should run on their support for the law -- if, for no other reason, than the fact that the Republicans are going to hang the ACA around their necks anyway. They should hammer hard on the indecency of the Republican governors who, out of rancid ideological meanness, refuse FREE MONEY (!) to provide their poor people with health care, especially now that people are starting to die for the lack of it. There should be ad after ad of people who demonstrate the sheer relief of not having to worry about choose between sick children or hungry children...
Cliven Bundy syndrome: Why Christian conservatives think they’re above the law - Salon.com:
...When Justices Kagan and Sotomayor pressed Clemente to explain how being able to opt out of the contraception mandate wouldn’t lead to being able to opt out of offering insurance that covers vaccines or blood transfusions, Clemente waved their concerns off, saying that contraception was “so religiously sensitive, so fraught with religious controversy” in a way those other things aren’t. But, of course, there are religious groups that do think vaccines or blood transfusions are just as “fraught” as contraception, if not more so. The only difference is those groups don’t have the backing of the Christian right. Even without stating so explicitly, therefore, Clemente’s arguments rested on the assumption that the opt-out opportunities he’s pushing for would be for Christian conservatives and only them. The rest of you can go hang...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Boom! Harry Reid Calls Renegade Nevada Rancher Bundy and Supporters 'Domestic Terrorists' (Video) | Progressive Populist:
Finally, a politician has the stones to call law-breaking Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his fervent supporters exactly what they are – domestic terrorists.
Nevada Democratic Senator Harry Reid did just that on Thursday afternoon as he addressed an audience at a Las Vegas Review-Journal “Hashtags & Headlines” event at the Paris Hotel and Casino.
“They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Reid said. “I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism.”
“Clive Bundy does not recognize the United States,” Reid continued. “The United States, he says, is a foreign government. He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t pay his fees. And he doesn’t follow the law. He continues to thumb his nose at authority...”
Who are the Koch Brothers and What do They Want?�|�Sen. Bernie Sanders:
... And let's be very clear. Their goal is not only to defund Obamacare, cut Social Security, oppose an increase in the minimum wage or cut federal funding for education. Their world view and eventual goal is much greater than all of that. They want to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick and the most vulnerable in this country. Every piece of legislation!But but Benghazi! Guns! Gays! Abortion! Jesus! Football! NASCAR! Freeeeeeeeeeeedom!
The truth is that the agenda of the Koch brothers is to move this country from a democratic society with a strong middle class to an oligarchic form of society in which the economic and political life of the nation are controlled by a handful of billionaire families.
Our great nation must not be hijacked by right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers.
For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, we must fight back.
Clinton way ahead among 2016 Democrats; Republican field scrambled | Washington | Modesto Bee:
Hillary Clinton's way ahead in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and the Republican field is scrambled with no clear front-runner, according to a new Fox News poll.
The April 13-15 survey found that among Democrats, the former Secretary of State was far ahead with 69 percent. Vice President Joe Biden trailed with 15 percent and Sen. Elizaveth Warren of Massachusetts was next at 6 percent...