Archive for the 'Politics' Category

FUCK SHOULD NOT, HOW ABOUT WILL NOT

August 20th, 2014

Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs —President Barack Hussein Obama, 14 August. Only five days later… Late Monday evening, after many of the major media outlets covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., had left the streets to broadcast […]

IF THE COMEDIANS ARE SPEAKING TRUTH,
WHAT ARE THE POLITICIANS SPEAKING…?

August 20th, 2014

This video is stuck to the top of the blog, newer, less vital, posts appear below. [Update on 20 August at 0551: I learned this morning of a historic connection between Dred Scott and Ferguson, Missouri. You can't make this shit up.]

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE TWO SENTANCES…?

August 19th, 2014

During one confrontation, police fired tear gas and flash grenades. There were no immediate reports of serious violence. From the Associated Press Are we really that fucked up?

ROLDO RIGHTS ON BROOK PARK VOTERS
SENDING STRONG MESSAGE…?

August 18th, 2014

By Roldo Bartimole Is there a crucial message from Brook Park voters turning down two tax measures by significant margins? One was three to one and the other two to one defeat in an election a week ago. A harsh rebuke. My journalistic take is this: Workers squeezed by years of no or little income […]

MICHAEL BROWN SHOT SIX TIMES…

August 18th, 2014

Ferguson: Missouri national guard to be deployed.

WE MUST DEMILITARIZE THE POLICE…?

August 17th, 2014

There is a systemic problem with today’s law enforcement. Not surprisingly, big government has been at the heart of the problem. Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies—where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond […]

WHEN PROTESTERS BECOME BROADCASTERS…

August 16th, 2014

In Ferguson, Missouri this week, the public has turned the notion of “see something, say something” back on the state, via a digital tool of enormous power: online pictures and video. Their efforts – which began days before reporters descended when Twitter user @TheePharaoh posted pictures immediately after a police officer killed an unarmed black […]

YAY CLEVELAND…!

August 16th, 2014

Four years ago, Konstantin Yablotskiy was not looking to change his life. He had travelled to Cologne to attend the Gay Games, an LGBT-friendly athletics festival. He was a figure skater, not an activist. Most of his friends or family did not even know he was gay. But then he took to the ice in […]

THE INFORMATION WAR ROLLS ON…

August 16th, 2014

Protesters and riot police have clashed again in Ferguson, Missouri amid renewed tension over the shooting of an unarmed teenage boy by a police officer. Police fired a teargas canister at a crowd of around 200 people last night who gathered near a shop that Michael Brown, 18, was suspected of robbing. Some protesters threw […]

NOW, THIS IS GOOD NEWS THIS MORNING…

August 16th, 2014

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century. A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses […]

AN EXPRESSION OF ANGER GROUNDED IN LAW

August 15th, 2014

Relying in part on recent Intercept reporting on the vast breadth of the government’s watchlisting system, several Muslim Americans filed a complaint in a Michigan federal court today, arguing that they have been wrongly ensnared in an unaccountable system without any opportunity to defend themselves. Citing “recent media accounts,” including secret government documents published exclusively […]

CUE 2ND AMENDMENT SYCOPHANTS IN 3… 2…

August 15th, 2014

So where are all the patriot gun-toters? How come they’re not flocking to Fergusen like they did to Bundy’s Ranch or when they paraded around sleepy Medina, Ohio, on a Saturday morning, with ARs slung over their shoulders, terrifying shoppers and soccer moms? This is the REAL deal here, government thugs bringing the jackboot down […]

FROM THE ORIGINAL BLUE MAN GROUP…

August 15th, 2014

THE EVERWAR IS COMING TO YOUR STREET…

August 15th, 2014

What is happening in Ferguson, Missouri will not stay in Ferguson, Missouri Previously…

TO PROTECT AND SERVE DOMINATE..

August 15th, 2014

The harrowing events of the last week in Ferguson, Missouri – the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Mike Brown, and the blatantly excessive and thuggish response to ensuing community protests from a police force that resembles an occupying army – have shocked the U.S. media class and millions of Americans. But none […]

ST. LOUIS POLICE TOSSED FROM FERGUSON…

August 14th, 2014

The governor of Missouri stood down the police force that had been leading the policing of demonstrations against the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old, after Barack Obama added his voice to widespread criticism of a military-style crackdown. Jay Nixon handed responsibility for law and order to the Missouri state highway patrol, led by an African […]

180 DEGREES OF 1 PERCENT VS. 99 PERCENT…

August 14th, 2014

When David Whitt returned from the supermarket to his apartment in Ferguson, Missouri one recent evening, he quickly realised that he had made a mistake and would have to head back out on his bicycle. “I forgot the Pampers for my two-year-old son,” said Whitt, who lives yards from where Michael Brown was shot dead […]

THE POWER OF OUTROSPECTION…

August 13th, 2014

A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE…

August 13th, 2014

Wow! I haven’t been sent so much hate mail since I mangled a cracker. It seems that one of the great American holies is celebrity culture: don’t you dare say anything that comes across as callous about a beloved comedian. My favorite so far was an email that accused me of being a “Jew ghoul”, […]

MAKE TODAY A BETTER DAY…

August 13th, 2014

I’ve always disliked the whole have a nice day meme because of the passivity of the phrase. Several years ago I began to use my own version: make it a good one, which is my verbal short-hand for the real sentiment: make today a good day or, as I’ve begun to use recently, make today […]

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