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Top Five Reasons to Vote Democrat

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If you believe in an America where all citizens count, you will want to use your vote to ensure the continued existence of that America. Continue reading

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WI Republican Thinks The Otherwise Vote Suppressing SCOTUS Has It In For Walker

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Wisconsin Republicans are really mad at the Supreme Court who some claim are conspiring to prevent Scott Walker from becoming President in 2016. Continue reading

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Crazy Alert! Louis Golmert Thinks Ebola Is A War On Women

 

 

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Louis Gohmert always had a rather bizarre way of looking at things, but he really outdid himself with the claim that Ebola is a war on women. Continue reading

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SCOTUS Allows Texas To Put Minority and Women’s Votes On The Chopping Block

 

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Ever so early this morning, the men of the Supreme Court allowed Texas to enforce the most restrictive voting law in the United States. Continue reading

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To Commemorate 9/11 The Koch Owned GOPT Blocked Citizens United

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I admit to despising everything about Citizens United.  I still my initial reaction to the news of that ruling. Continue reading

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Former GOP Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell Guilty of Corruption

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On Thursday, a Virginia jury found Bob McDonnell guilty on 11 of 13 corruption charges.  Continue reading

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Ferguson More Peaceful As Militarized Police Replaced With Highway Patrol

In the days following Mike Brown’s killing at the hand of a Ferguson police officer,  people were teagassed in their back yards.  The Mayor unilaterally placed a time limit on the first amendment.  Peaceful protestors were arrested subjected to teargas and rubber bullets.  Journalists were arrested.  A State Senator was teargassed.  Antonio French was dragged from his car, arrested and eventually released.  No charges, no police reports.  In at least some cases, people were not read their rights.

The police continue to withhold basic information about Mike Brown’s death.

Police attacked media crews and confiscated cell phones from people who exercised their first amendment right to video what the police were doing.

Twitter was ablaze with questions.  One of those question was where are the Libertarians?  The so called freedom fighters who defended Cliven Bundy from the “tyranny” of paying the money he owed were no where to be found as police in Ferguson showed America what tyranny looks like.  Where were those Tea Party “patriots” who appointed themselves guardians of the U.S. Constitution?

While officials in Ferguson were arresting journalists for doing their jobs, dragging a politician from his car for trying to escape the toxic affects of teargas, Ted Cruz was defending the police from the safety of his facebook page.

 

Police officers risk their lives every day to keep us safe, and any time a young man loses his life in a confrontation with law enforcement, it is tragic.

This is Cruz trying to shift attention from the militarized police using excessive force, the arrests without reports or informing people of their rights.  He was trying to divert our attention from the rubber bullets shot at people who were there to bring calm according to Antonio French who was actually there.

Cruz was hoping to distract from the fact that people were being tear gassed on their own property simply because they were exercising their right to protest peacefully when it was dark outside.   He was hoping we wouldn’t notice that reporters were arrested for doing their job, that Al Jazeera was tear gassed for the same reason.  He was hoping we wouldn’t care about the many people whose names we don’t know, but whose rights were just as violated.

Steve King denied the role of  racial profiling in the longer term tensions in Ferguson by suggesting there ain’t no racial profiling because the majority of the community are of the same continental origin.

“This idea of no racial profiling,” King said, “I’ve seen the video. It looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single, you know, of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.”

He missed the part about the militarized and for all practical purposes, exclusively white, police force teargassing and shooting rubber bullets at black protesters.   Ooops, maybe that’s a bit too much detail for Mr. King.  Or maybe looking at the facts in Ferguson is just a tad inconvenient if you’re pandering to people who believe that the constitution is the personal property of white, right wing faux Christians.

Of course, what do you expect from someone who describes immigrants as “drug runners” with calves the size of cantaloupes or is surprised because Dreamers are “very good at English.”

The reality is this is one of those moments when we see the sharp contrasts between “conservative” and “liberal” politiicans.  While Cruz and King were diverting attention from violations of people’s civil and constitutional rights of an entire community, right wing media was playing up the actions of a few to distort the reality of the many engaged in peaceful protest.  It’s straight out of the conservative rule book on law and order.  The police can do no wrong period.

Compare that President Barack Obama’s recognition of all the facts.  He rightfully condemned the infrequent, but none the less occurring, acts of looting and violence. But, he also condemned the excessive force and violations of rights under the constitution – something that didn’t matter to the right wing politicians and media.

Finally, today, Missouri’s governor announced that the state’s highway patrol would take over security matters and from what I’ve seen in the accounts by people on the scene, this step in itself is having a positive impact.

This proves that the way police conduct themselves matters.

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David Gregory out, Chuck Todd Brought In To Deal the Final Blow To MTP

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On Thursday, David Gregory announced on twitter, what everyone already knew.  He is leaving Meet The Press and MSNBC. Continue reading

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Four Days Later Ferguson Police Short on Answers But Big on Militarization

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Of all the lows that Republicans stoop to, their claims that there is a war on white people and the right wing’s faux Christianity are without question the most disgusting. Continue reading

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Koch Candidate Shows Business Savvy with Company Owing $100k in Back Taxes

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Jeff Merkley continues to wipe the floor with Monica Wehby in Oregon’s race for the U.S. Senate.  The latest poll shows Merkley is holding his lead with a clear majority of the vote at 52.7% to Wehby’s 38.1%

The Koch Brothers targeted Merkley, perhaps because he is an effective Senator who actually gives a damn about the 99% of Americans for who the Kochs have nothing but contempt.  But, for all the money the Koch brothers poured into Monica Wehby’s campaign, the polls suggest that voters in Oregon are sticking with Jeff Merkley.

As a Koch Brother candidate, Monica Wehby emphasizes her expertise in the private sector and what the Tea Party calls a “job creator” as qualifications to represent Oregon in the U.S. Senate.  Too bad her “expertise” failed her when she invested in a company that owes 100k in back property taxes.  Before going further there is nothing about this story that suggests Wehby did anything illegal.  Since Wehby suggests that “expertise” in the private sector qualifies her to be a Senator, her ability to make good investment decisions is fair game.

The Huffington Post reports Wehby’s financial disclosure form lists her as a “Member of American Beef Processing LLC since December 2010.”  It’s a company that hasn’t been doing very well.

But the startup hasn’t done well. The Clackamas County Clerk’s office lists two properties owned by American Beef Processing that owed a total of $103,414.62in delinquent taxes. One property owed $81,232.66 in taxes, accrued from 2009 to 2012, and another owed $22,181.96, accrued in 2012. Both properties are listed at 15501 SE Piazza Ave. in Clackamas County, and the clerk’s office confirmed to HuffPost that they are owned by American Beef Processing. The documents can be viewed here and here.

Wehby tries to walk the fact that this company is not doing well and the fact that it owes over $100k in back taxes by saying she is just a small investor and besides it isn’t like she has much say in the day-to-day operations of the company.

The thing is she lists this companies as one of her “positions held outside of government”  along with her other positions as a doctor at Legacy Health Systems, trustee of the AMA and “member” of  Ecola Point Development LLC.   To be fair, Wehby did make money as a doctor and during her AMA gig. Her investment at Ecola Point is valued between $1,000,001 and $5,000,000.  Of course, if as she claims she isn’t responsible for American Beef Processing, the same logic applies to Ecola Point.

It’s interesting that Wehby is one of a handful of women, the Koch brothers deemed worthy of letting out of the kitchen to carry water for the Koch agenda of economic freedom for the 1% with poverty, political oppression and regulation over every aspect of life  for everyone else.

The greater lesson lies in the fact, that no matter how much money the Koch brothers “invest” in their water boys and occasional water girl, voting still matters.  Jeff Merkley has had a huge lead throughout this race because he believes in government of the people, by the people and for the people.

 

 

 

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