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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Watchdog group alleges Trump illegally promised position to Carson - POLITICO

Watchdog group alleges Trump illegally promised position to Carson - POLITICO

"A political accountability group backed by Hillary Clinton supporters this week filed a complaint to the Justice Department alleging that Donald Trump illegally promised Ben Carson a position in his administration in exchange for his endorsement, according to a document provided to POLITICO on Thursday.

"It has recently come to light that Mr. Donald Trump may have willfully offered Dr. Ben Carson an appointment to his administration should he become president in return for supporting his candidacy in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 599," wrote Brad Woodhouse, the head of the David Brock-backed American Democracy Legal Fund. The letter is dated March 29 and addressed to Raymond Hulser, the head of the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/03/donald-trump-ben-carson-administration-complaint-221438#ixzz44WqckJLn 

Trump’s 24 hours of mayhem - Politico He left GOP leaders stupefied with a series of incendiary statements, even by his standards.

Trump’s 24 hours of mayhem - POLITICO

Chris Matthews Nailed Donald Trump on Abortion. The Public Reaction Put The Supreme Court On notice. Do Not Overturn Roe v Wade.

Chris Matthews did us all a favor yesterday pushing Donald Trump on abortion issue. This question, Trump's answer and the national reaction puts a lot of pressure on the Supreme Court. I believe that this reaction will make it harder for the Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

John H. Armwood

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Shayna Interviews Melissa Harris Perry - The Rose Reporter



Shayna Interviews Melissa Harris Perry

Shayna had a wonderful interview with Melissa Harris-Perry at Harvard University the other day. Ms. Harris Perry formerly with MSNBC was speaking at Schlesinger Library | Radcliffe Institute | Harvard University. In addition to being a TV personality Melissa is the Wake Forest University Maya Angelou professor. She has even interviewed president Barack Obama! She is a shining example of what being true to yourself is all about! She and Shayna discuss virtues, role models, Gardening, and New Orleans, Louisiana Gumbo!!!

Posted by The Rose Reporter on Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Shayna Interviews Melissa Harris Perry - The Rose Reporter

Trump advocates abortion ban, walks back 'punishment' for women remark | MSNBC

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — After saying on Wednesday that he believes there should be punishment for women who undergo abortions if the procedure was outlawed, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walked back the comment hours later.



In an exclusive interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the GOP front-runner described himself multiple times as “pro-life” but struggled to define what the legal ramifications of that position should be. When continually pressed for what the answer is regarding punishing women who would break any theoretical ban, Trump said the “answer is that there has to be some form of punishment, yeah.”



Later in the day, his campaign released a statement refocusing who would be punished should abortion become illegal. “If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman,” the statement said. “The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed — like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.”



When asked during the MSNBC town hall what kind of punishment he had in mind, Trump lacked specifics at the time and said he has “not determined what the punishment would be.” Trump noted that he does “take positions on everything else but this is a very complicated position.”



“If you say abortion is a crime or abortion is murder, you have to deal with it under the law,” Matthews stated, making the pivot from the moral position of being pro-life to the practical implications of implementing that position in the law.



Trump asked Matthews, “Are you going to say, well wait, are you going to say put them in jail? Is that the punishment you’re talking about?”



Trump advocates abortion ban, walks back 'punishment' for women remark | MSNBC

Make Trump Drumpf Again - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump (HBO)














Tuesday, March 29, 2016

GOP Senator: 'No Basis' For GOP To Block Obama's SCOTUS Nominee

GOP Senator: 'No Basis' For GOP To Block Obama's SCOTUS Nominee

"The leader’s not real happy with me,” Collins said, adding that she even reread the Constitution to make sure she was remembering it correctly. 

“I knew there was no limit on when during a president’s term he appoints nominees to the court, but I wanted to make sure I really understood the exact wording,” she said. 

While Collins says she understands why a majority of her colleagues are opposed to holding hearings to consider Garland, she disagrees with their logic.

“The president, whether Republicans like him or not, is our president until next January, until Inauguration Day, and it just seemed to me that there was no basis for saying that no matter who the president nominates, we were not going to consider that individual,” she said. “I don’t know how exactly this decision was made.”

Donald Trump Can't Even Keep Up With His Own Lies

Donald Trump Can't Even Keep Up With His Own Lies

"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump put up a bizarre defense after his campaign manager was charged with battery of a reporter on Tuesday: He suggested the reporter had tried to attack him, although he initially claimed the incident never took place.

Former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields said earlier this month that Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed her when she tried to ask the candidate a question. Trump and Lewandowski responded by saying the incident hadn’t happened and Lewandowski said he had never met Fields. "

Who's to blame for the rise of Trump? The media? GOP elites? Jeb Bush? President Obama? The Buffalo Bills???? Looking at who -- or what -- gave The Donald a boost.



All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

Donald Trump's problem with women gets personal and political Chris Hayes asks writer Rebecca Traister and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm whether Donald Trump can win a general after alienating women



All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

Surprise signal from Supreme Court on birth control | MSNBC

On Tuesday, less than a week after oral argument, the court surprised everyone with a two-page order asking the parties for more information on their positions.



“The parties are directed to address whether contraceptive coverage could be provided to petitioners’ employees, through petitioners’ insurance companies, without … notice from petitioners,” the order read in part. It asked for additional briefs due from the plaintiffs by April 12 and from the government in response by April 20.



Surprise signal from Supreme Court on birth control | MSNBC

Trump Campaign Manager Charged With Battery Of Reporter He Called ‘Delusional’ - Jupiter police release video showing Corey Lewandowski grab Michelle Fields

Hillary Clinton's message to Republicans: 'You reap what you sow' | US news | The Guardia

Hillary Clinton's message to Republicans: 'You reap what you sow' | US news | The Guardia

"Democratic frontrunner blames Republican obstructionism for Trump’s success, saying ‘Once you make the extreme normal, you open the door to even worse’

Monday, March 28, 2016

Voting Matters, The Affordable Care Act Today Saved My Life - (Life and death are more complex than all or nothing at all)

Once the new term started my employer, Westwood College announced it was closing on March 4th 2016. Two weeks ago I received a letter from the school stating that there would not be COBRA coverage for employees.

Last week I started coughing. Friday evening my stomach began to bulge out. I called my urologist's office who said I probably had a hernia. I confirmed it yesterday at Urgent Care. I need an operation, very soon. I will see a surgeon tomorrow morning. Good luck, a cancer patient in recovery, getting new insurance while being unemployed.

I called my outgoing insurance company, CIGNA, and spoke with a wonderful young agent. We were on the phone for over four hours after I had spent two hours with other CIGNA personnel. The agent offered an individual plan that I was not very happy with and cost to much. She said I should be eligible for a subsidy. Then she called the Affordable Healthcare Marketplace and conferenced them in. We spent over two and one hours with them. They ended up subsiding a much better plan, silver instead of bronze than the CIGNA had found. The plan had a $1000.00 deductible. It costs $807 per month but with the Affordable Care Act subsidy I will be paying $264.00 instead of $807. This is Obamacare. For all of you folks who think voting does not matter think again. It can mean your life. Without Obamacare I would have been uninsurable. All of the Republican candidates have committed to overturning Obamacare. People's lives, my lives are at stake. That is what my Dad taught me voting meant. John H Armwood

U.S. Capitol and White House on lockdown - CNNPolitics.com

U.S. Capitol and White House on lockdown - CNNPolitics.com

"Once again  the gun nuts are at it again and politicians from Trump and Cruz who encourage this folly and Bernie  Sanders,  who is afraid of the NRA and their rabid followers have no problem with America having more gun deaths and injuries than any developed country in the world."

Sunday, March 27, 2016

How I went from Hillary to Bernie and then back to Hillary

How I went from Hillary to Bernie and then back to Hillary

" Before I go on, however, let me get one thing straight. I dearly love Bernie Sanders. I feel no despair or even disappointment to know Clinton lost three states last night. Whether Sanders or Clinton win the Democratic nomination they both would be excellent presidents. If Sanders gets the Democratic nomination, I will not only vote for him, I will volunteer my guts out for his victory. I would be proud to have Sanders represent my party and my country. 

            That being said, I support Hillary. After supporting Bernie for a long time, I switched to Hillary. Sure, I hated the Iraq war vote. Sure the George W. Bush administration changed my young mind from third-party candidates (I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000. Never again!) to straight Democrats. The carnage that the GOP wreaked on America turned me away from Republican candidates and let’s-bleed-votes-from-the-Democrats candidates (fuck you Nader and Jill Stein) and directly towards voters who could stop the destruction on our country that the GOP was instigating. 

            When the hideous candidacy of Donald Trump unveiled itself as an unstoppable force in the GOP, it became more imperative than ever that the election go to the Democrats. At the end of 2015, Clinton was busy frustrating all her allies by constantly falling on her face. Instead of taking advantage of GOP turmoil to easily glide to victory, Clinton was busy unwisely shutting out the media and just generally screwing up.

            The only good guy running a halfway-decent campaign was Bernie Sanders. He was drawing a lot of massive crowds and drumming up passion in a way that Hillary Clinton could only dream of. Also, in head-to-head polls, Sanders was beating Trump by wider margins than Clinton."

Donald Trump’s Secret Weapon: Blue-State Voters - The New York Times

"Trump fares best among people who identify as Republicans but nonetheless remain registered Democrats or have a history of voting in Democratic primaries — a legacy of their previous political allegiances — according to data from Civis Analytics, a Democratic firm.



One result is that Mr. Trump’s strength mirrors that of the Democrats in the middle part of the last century. It may seem odd to see Massachusetts paired with Mississippi as the top two states for Mr. Trump, but it’s something the Democrats pulled off quite regularly from 1928 until the passage of the Civil Rights Act.



Take Massachusetts, where Catholics made up a majority of the Republican electorate and provided Mr. Trump with a big primary victory. He drew 53 percent of Catholics in the Massachusetts G.O.P. primary, while Mr. Kasich and Mr. Rubio combined for just 35 percent. The story was the opposite among mainline Protestants — the traditional Republicans — who supported Mr. Kasich and Mr. Rubio over Mr. Trump.



There’s more to Mr. Trump’s advantage in the blue states than the new Republicans. His main opponent, Ted Cruz, fares best among voters of the religious right who identify in polls as “very conservative,” which makes him a bad fit for the more moderate blue states.



But Mr. Trump’s weak opposition is in part a product of his own strength in the blue states. It helped block the emergence of a mainstream candidate, like Jeb Bush, leaving conservative states to elevate Mr. Cruz, a candidate with little appeal to the blue states, as Mr. Trump’s principal rival.



The less religious Republican voters in the Northeast might be a factor in Mr. Trump’s strength as well. Mr. Trump does worst in areas with high church attendance, like Western Michigan or Utah. When he draws voters who are both working class and less religious — as in Massachusetts — he can really run up the score.



Another important factor is race. So far, there has been a strong relationship between Mr. Trump’s share of the vote by state and measures of racial animosity or bias. While no one suggests that all of Mr. Trump’s supporters are racist, surveys show that they are particularly likely to express explicit racial prejudice. And the Northeastern states often sit alongside the South at the top of these indicators, despite the Northeast’s reputation as a bastion of liberalism."



Donald Trump’s Secret Weapon: Blue-State Voters - The New York Times

There Is No Truly Anti-Racist Presidential Candidate

There Is No Truly Anti-Racist Presidential Candidate

"Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old who was killed by two Cleveland police officers in 2014, wrote a brief statement published to Medium explaining “Why I Have Not Endorsed Any Candidate.” While a number of highly visible parents of those killed by police and vigilantes have made endorsements and hit the campaign trail, Rice has elected to skip the pageantry.

“No one has been held responsible for any part of this entire traumatic experience,” she wrote. “No one has at least apologized for killing my son. Not a single politician has offered me some substantial support.”

“Twelve year old children should never be murdered for playing in a park,” she continued. “But not a single politician: local, state or federal, has taken action to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

That Samaria Rice felt compelled to write these words is one piece of a larger tragedy, but also a sober reminder that no one election, and no one presidential candidate, will bring about the sort of change that would have saved Tamir."

In 1927, Donald Trump’s father was arrested after a Klan riot in Queens - The Washington Post

In 1927, Donald Trump’s father was arrested after a Klan riot in Queens - The Washington Post

In Interview, Donald Trump Denies Report of Father's Arrest in 1927 at KKK Rally - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times

In Interview, Donald Trump Denies Report of Father's Arrest in 1927 - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times

"For a story about Donald J. Trump’s childhood home of Jamaica Estates, Queens, I talked to the presidential candidate about the role his father, Fred C. Trump, played in developing the neighborhood. I also asked him about a 1927 report in The New York Times, unearthed by the website Boing Boing, that listed Fred Trump as being among a group of people arrested, and then discharged, by the police in response to a Ku Klux Klan rally that had turned violent in Queens. The question, essentially, was, “Did you ever hear of this?”

Mr. Trump’s barrage of answers – his sudden denial of a fact he had moments before confirmed; his repeatedly noting that no charges were filed against his father in connection with the incident he had just repeatedly denied; and his denigration of the news organization that brought the incident to light as a “little website” – shows his pasta-against-the-wall approach to beating down inconvenient story lines."

The truth about terrorist attacks: we don't know whether they are on the rise

The truth about terrorist attacks: we don't know whether they are on the rise

"Below are the 10 countries with the highest number of terrorist incidents reported by the media between 2011 and 2014. Countries in western Europe do not appear here. The United Kingdom is the only country in Europe to appear remotely close to the top in fact: with 338 reported incidents, it sits in 19th place. Of those, 288 occurred in Northern Ireland."

Friday, March 25, 2016

What A Two-Front War To Deny Trump The Nomination Could Look Like | FiveThirtyEight

The Republican Party may be on the verge of an irrational break. Donald Trump continues to rack up delegates at a dizzying pace, but he looks less electableagainst Hillary Clinton by the day. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the way through the delegate chase, the #NeverTrump movement is a flailing strategic fiasco. John Kasich refuses to exit the race, and a frustrated Ted Cruz has declared that a vote for Kasich is a vote for Trump.
Cruz and Kasich would be odd bedfellows within today’s GOP. But the truth is, if they want to thwart Trump, their only hope may be to coordinate a last-ditch, two-front assault on the front-runner. If they don’t start divvying up turf, Trump is much more likely to prevail on the first ballot in Cleveland.


What A Two-Front War To Deny Trump The Nomination Could Look Like | FiveThirtyEight

Monday, March 21, 2016

Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump is a 'loser' | MSNBC



Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump is a 'loser' | MSNBC

Transcript: The Democrats’ debate in Flint, annotated - The Washington Post

"Mark and Jackie Barden lost their seven year old son, Daniel, in the massacre at Sandy Hook. They write in the Washington Post today to take issue with the position of Senator Sanders regarding the lawsuit they and ten other parents have brought against Remington. Senator Sanders expounded on his view at the last Democratic debate in Michigan and these bereaved parents are not happy with his characterisation of their suit, viaThe Washington Post:"



Transcript: The Democrats’ debate in Flint, annotated - The Washington Post

Sunday, March 20, 2016

US-Cuba relations: timeline of a tangled history

US-Cuba relations: timeline of a tangled history

"Cuba revolt: February 1898 to February 1899

Cuban nationalists revolt against Spain, following other colonies who broke away from the failing empire in the 19th century. The United States, driven by a mix of expansionism and the desire to help another colony win independence, inches closer to intervention, until a US warship explodes in Havana harbor. 

The US declares war against Spain and American forces, led in part by future president Teddy Roosevelt, invade Cuba. Spain is forced to release the island and cede Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The US military continues to intervene in Cuban affairs until 1934, and continues to dominate trade with the island until 1953."

Saturday, March 19, 2016

What’s Next for Bernie Sanders? | | Observer

What’s Next for Bernie Sanders? | | Observer

"People listen to Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders speak at a campaign rally on February 15 in Dearborn, Michigan.(Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton’s big wins in Ohio, Illinois, Florida and North Carolina on Tuesday all but sewed up the Democratic nomination for the longtime frontrunner. Ms. Clinton will now shift for a general election campaign that promises to be intense, entertaining, nasty and passionate on both sides, particularly if Donald Trump wins his party’s nomination. While it is clear where Ms. Clinton needs to focus, the question of what Bernie Sanders should do now is more vexing.

The one set of demands that Mr. Sanders can usefully make is to ask Ms. Clinton to bring his people into positions of influence within the campaign.

There are many, including the Clinton campaign, who argue that with the primary essentially over, Mr. Sanders should simply drop out of the race. Although, Mr. Sanders has almost no chance of winning, that does not necessarily mean that he should leave the race; and it is certainly not wise for the Clinton campaign to try to push him out. That will only anger Sanders’s supporters and strengthen the Vermont Senator’s desire to stay in the race as well as the belief among his supporters that the process has been rigged against him. Moreover, Mr. Sanders has reasons to stay in the race even if he cannot win. His candidacy gives him a platform to discuss the issues he cares about; he has ample resources; and he may have made commitments to supporters in states that still have not voted that he feels he needs to honor.

Supporters of Sanders may continue to claim that their candidate still has a chance, but those arguments are increasingly hard to believe. Despite the race being only roughly half way over, with about 52 percent of the regular delegates still to be pledged, it would be extremely difficult for the delegate math to add up for Mr. Sanders. Thus far, Ms. Clinton has won 58 percent of the pledged delegates, and Mr. Sanders only 42 percent. Significantly, this does not include superdelegates. For Ms. Clinton to get the needed 2,382 delegates without needing a single superdelegate, she would need to win 60 percent of the 2,119 delegates that have still not been pledged. That would require her to improve only very slightly on her performance to date. However, to get a majority of the pledged delegates, and thus make it easy for the super delegates to support her without being accused of rigging the system, she needs to win 43 percent of the remaining unpledged regular delegates. That should be very easy for Ms. Clinton. However, for Mr. Sanders, the task of winning a majority of pledged delegates, which would allow him to make an argument against superdelegates giving the nomination to Ms. Clinton, requires winning 57 percent of the remaining delegates and far outperforming what he has done so far."

Police, protesters clash outside Trump event | MSNBC



Police, protesters clash outside Trump event | MSNBC

Could Trump give Democrats a wave election? | MSNBC



Could Trump give Democrats a wave election? | MSNBC

Friday, March 18, 2016

Abraham Lincoln Warned Us About Donald Trump - The New Yorker

He did not fear a foreign attack: “Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.”



No, Lincoln said, the only danger that America really needed to fear would come from within: “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”



Abraham Lincoln Warned Us About Donald Trump - The New Yorker

How We Got Trumped by the Media | The Nation

How We Got Trumped by the Media | The Nation

"They’re so obsessed with the Donald that they can barely be bothered to cover the other candidates, much less the important issues."

Republican Elite’s Reign of Disdain - The New York Times

"Stripped down to its essence, the G.O.P. elite view is that working-class America faces a crisis, not of opportunity, but of values. That is, for some mysterious reason many of our citizens have, as Mr. Ryan puts it, lost “their will and their incentive to make the most of their lives.” And this crisis of values, they suggest, has been aided and abetted by social programs that make life too easy on slackers.



The problems with this diagnosis should be obvious. Tens of millions of people don’t suffer a collapse in values for no reason. Remember, several decades ago the sociologist William Julius Wilson argued that the social ills of America’s black community didn’t come out of thin air, but were the result of disappearing economic opportunity. If he was right, you would have expected declining opportunity to have the same effect on whites, and sure enough, that’s exactly what we’re seeing.



Meanwhile, the argument that the social safety net causes social decay by coddling slackers runs up against the hard truth that every other advanced country has a more generous social safety net than we do, yet the rise in mortality among middle-aged whites in America is unique: Everywhere else, it is continuing its historic decline.



But the Republican elite can’t handle the truth. It’s too committed to an Ayn Rand story line about heroic job creators versus moochers to admit either that trickle-down economics can fail to deliver good jobs, or that sometimes government aid is a crucial lifeline. So it ends up lashing out at its own voters when they refuse to buy into that story line.



Just to be clear, I’m not suggesting that Donald Trump has any better idea about what the country needs; he’s just peddling another fantasy, this one involving the supposed power of belligerence. But at least he’s acknowledging the real problems ordinary Americans face, not lecturing them on their moral failings. And that’s an important reason he’s winning."



Republican Elite’s Reign of Disdain - The New York Times

As Hillary Clinton Sweeps States, One Group Resists: White Men - The New York Times

“She’s talking to minorities now, not really to white people, and that’s a mistake,” said Dennis Bertko, 66, a construction project manager in Youngstown, Ohio, as he sipped a draft beer at the Golden Dawn Restaurant in a downtrodden part of town. “She could have a broader message. We would have listened.”



“Instead, she’s talking a lot about continuing Obama’s policies,” he said. “I just don’t necessarily agree with all of the liberal ideas of Obama.”



Mr. Bertko said that he rarely crossed party lines but that he voted for Donald J. Trump, who is making a strong pitch to disaffected white men by assailing free-trade agreements that Mrs. Clinton once supported. “I know a lot of guys who are open to Trump,” he said.



The fading of white men as a Democratic bloc is hardly new: The last nominee to carry them was Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and many blue-collar “Reagan Democrats” now steadily vote Republican. But Democrats have won about 35 to 40 percent of white men in nearly every presidential election since 1988. And some Democratic leaders say the party needs white male voters to win the presidency, raise large sums of money and, like it or not, maintain credibility as a broad-based national coalition."





As Hillary Clinton Sweeps States, One Group Resists: White Men - The New York Times

Where Merrick Garland Stands: A Close Look at His Judicial Record - The New York Times

"Judge Garland’s voice is most vivid in his infrequent dissents. In 2009, for instance, in Saleh v. Titan Corp., he said the majority had gone badly astray in barring a suit against American military contractors by victims of abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq."



“The plaintiffs in these cases allege that they were beaten, electrocuted, raped, subjected to attacks by dogs and otherwise abused by private contractors working as interpreters and interrogators,” he wrote, adding that both the Bush and Obama administrations, along with Congress, “have repeatedly and vociferously condemned the conduct at Abu Ghraib as contrary to the values and interests of the United States.”



The majority, Judge Garland wrote, had to ignore all of that to fashion “the protective cloak it has cast over the activities of private contractors.”



Where Merrick Garland Stands: A Close Look at His Judicial Record - The New York Times

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Republican Myth of the Untapped White Voter - The Daily Beast

"That there is so much conviction that it might be easy for Republicans to win a national election is an odd one givenhistory. Over the last six presidential elections, Democrats have won 16 states every time for a total of 242 electoral votes out of the 270 needed to win. In those same six elections, Republican presidential candidates carried 13 states for 103 electoral votes. Here’s another way to look at it: The last time a Republican presidential candidate won with enough votes to be declared the winner on Election Night was 1988. 
In 1980, Ronald Reagan won 56 percent of white voters and won a landslide victory of 44 states. In 2012, Mitt Romney won 59 percent of whites and lost with 24 states. But it’s a frequent talking point that white voter enthusiasm was higher for Reagan and turnout down for Romney. Not so. In 1980, 59 percent of whites voted and in 2012, 64 percent of whites voted."


The Republican Myth of the Untapped White Voter - The Daily Beast

Prominent civil rights, criminal justice groups join SPLC in support of federal ban on debtors’ prisons | Southern Poverty Law Center

Prominent civil rights, criminal justice groups join SPLC in support of federal ban on debtors’ prisons | Southern Poverty Law Center

"The organizations, which include the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, have signed a letter that was delivered today calling on members of Congress to back the legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) in January.

If passed, the “End of Debtors’ Prison Act of 2016” would cut federal funds from municipalities that hire for-profit private probation companies to collect court debt. In many cases, these companies threaten low-income offenders with jail when they cannot make monthly payments for traffic fines and other minor offenses. This practice persists even though the United States abolished debtors’ prisons almost 200 years ago."

Trump predicts riots if denied GOP nomination | MSNBC



Trump predicts riots if denied GOP nomination | MSNBC

Why Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Is Pushing Ahead- To protect her from Trump attacks. | TIME

Then—without being asked whether the Vermont Senator should drop out—Weaver suggested Sanders is Clinton’s shield against Donald Trump.



“Were this contest to end, you know, by Secretary Clinton, or us getting out—certainly if the Secretary were still in the race, she could expect months and months and months of immediate, and vicious, and very personal attacks from the Trump people,” Weaver said. “So I don’t know if that’s necessarily healthy for her.”



Why Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Is Pushing Ahead | TIME

Tim Wise: On White Privilege (Clip)

Antiracist essayist, author and activist Tim Wise delivers a keynote speech at the California Federation of Teachers 74th annual statewide convention on March 11, 2016 in San Francisco on the topic of "Using racism to divide and conquer, from the 1600s to Donald Trump. - Tim Wise 3 11 16

Using racism to divide and conquer! Tim Wise.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Donald Trump and the Central Park Five - The New Yorker

And, in early May, 1989, Donald Trump took out a full-page ad in theDaily News to say what he thought he knew about the case. Trump was on the front page of the papers often enough that season; thePosts “SPLIT!” headline marking the end of his marriage would help fill the tabloid space between the teen-agers’ arrest and their conviction, as did “MARLA BOASTS TO HER PALS ABOUT DONALD: ‘BEST SEX I’VE EVER HAD,’ ” which quoted his then-mistress and second wife; soon, there was also coverage of his baroque business failures. Perhaps he thought it gave him gravitas, that spring, to weigh in on the character of the teen-agers in the park: “How can our great society tolerate the continued brutalization of its citizens by crazed misfits? Criminals must be told that their CIVIL LIBERTIES END WHEN AN ATTACK ON OUR SAFETY BEGINS!” And his headline suggested what ought to be done with them:
BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY.
BRING BACK OUR POLICE!"
They were later exonerated!  Trump refused to apologize. 
Donald Trump and the Central Park Five - The New Yorker

The politician who called Donald Trump a racist Chris Hayes talks to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio about why he decided to label Donald Trump a racist and a proto-fascist. - All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC



All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

Why Apple went to war with the FBI | ZDNet





It took just a few hours for the Justice Dept. to gauge how its legal action against Apple would be perceived by the public.



Not long after a California court released an order compelling Apple to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, there was an outpouring of support in Apple's favor, and little compassion for the government's case.



 FBI could demand Apple source code and keys if iPhone backdoor too 'burdensome'

FBI could demand Apple source code and keys if iPhone backdoor too 'burdensome'



The FBI could create "ghost" iPhone updates that imitate legitimate Apple software.



Within hours of reading headlines with words like "backdoor," Apple responded to the growing public empathy with a letter on its website stating that the company will "oppose this order." Apple had made iOS 8, which debuted in September 2014, impossible for anyone other than the phone's owner to unlock -- including law enforcement and Apple itself.



But in the days running up to the judge signing the court order, the Justice Dept. had "stacked the deck" against the iPhone maker, according to a person with direct knowledge of the case.



It was a move to thrust the long-standing debate over encryption between tech companies and law enforcement into the public eye -- one that the government reportedly ended up regretting.



Why Apple went to war with the FBI | ZDNet

Revealed: The Trump campaign NDA that volunteers must sign | Ars Technica









Today, The Daily Dot published the key parts of that Trump NDA. It's a broad gag order that says volunteers "promise and agree not to demean or disparage publicly" Trump, his family members, or his companies. The contract is apparently life-long, lasting for the "term of service and at all times thereafter."



It's hard to think of a contract more blatantly unconstitutional than a never-ending agreement to not disparage a political candidate, and impossible to imagine a judge enforcing a contract like this. In case anyone missed that point, Daily Dot reporter Patrick O'Neill spoke to employment lawyer Davida Perry about the contract. She described it as "really shocking," adding, "I guess [Trump] doesn't know about the First Amendment."



Contracts that bar disparagement, disclosure, or competition are common in business deals but generally can't be applied to uncompensated volunteers. (Some states, notably California, don't allow most non-compete deals even in employment contracts.)



If that weren't far-reaching enough, the contract actually goes on to tell volunteers what they can and can't do in coming election cycles. If Trump becomes president, the contract purports to bar volunteers from working for competitors when he runs for re-election in 2020—or even 2024, when he would be termed out. And if Trump loses but wants to run again? His volunteers still won't be allowed to work for another candidate, the contract states.



Revealed: The Trump campaign NDA that volunteers must sign | Ars Technica

@MichelleObama | The Verge - An exclusive look at how the First Lady mastered social media

 Portrait of Michelle Obama with phones around her

@MichelleObama | The Verge

Hillary Clinton Versus Donald Trump: The Battle Ahead - The New Yorker

After Tuesday’s sweep of five states, the former Secretary of State has a lead of more than three hundred delegates, and that isn’t counting the Party-appointed superdelegates, the vast majority of whom are on her side. The Sanders campaign has the resources and the enthusiasm to carry the fight all the way to the convention, but it no longer has an obvious route to victory. To overtake Clinton, the Vermont senator would need to rack up huge victories in states like New York and California. That’s not impossible, but it helps to explain why Predictwise, a Web site that combines information from the betting markets and the polls, now puts the probability of Clinton clinching the nomination at ninety-four per cent.



Hillary Clinton Versus Donald Trump: The Battle Ahead - The New Yorker

KING: Merrick Garland may push Supreme Court too far right - NY Daily News

KING: Merrick Garland may push Supreme Court too far right - NY Daily News

I understand the Merrick Garland pick, but I hate it. I really do.

I don't hate him — he seems to be a genuinely decent, moderate man with a brilliant legal mind, but he’s a worst-case scenario for those of us who are passionate about criminal justice reform.

On this issue, he is a true conservative and runs the risk of actually pushing the court to the right.

MERRICK GARLAND NAMED OBAMA'S NOMINEE FOR SUPREME COURT

On this point, Tom Goldstein, who has argued 38 cases before the Supreme Court, wrote that Garland’s record on criminal defense appeals is less than sterling.

“Judge Garland rarely votes in favor of criminal defendants' appeals of their convictions,” said Goldstein. “Most striking, in 10 criminal cases, Judge Garland has disagreed with his more liberal colleagues; in each, he adopted the position that was more favorable to the government or declined to reach a question on which the majority of the court had adopted a position favorable to a defendant. Because disagreement among panel members on the D.C. Circuit is relatively rare, this substantial body of cases is noteworthy.”

Donald Trump’s racial discrimination problem - Salon.com

"In an episode early in Donald Trump’s career, his New York real estate company was sued by the federal government for discriminating against potential black renters. After a lengthy legal battle, it ultimately agreed to wide-ranging steps to offer rentals to nonwhites.
The little-remembered case provides crucial context for the current discussion centering on Trump and race. The celebrity businessman made news last month when he declared, “I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”


Donald Trump’s racial discrimination problem - Salon.com

Monday, March 14, 2016

Trump’s Week of Errors, Exaggerations and Flat-out Falsehoods - POLITICO Magazine

"The result: more than five dozen statements deemed mischaracterizations, exaggerations, or simply false – the kind of stuff that would have been stripped from one of our stories, or made the whole thing worthy of the spike. It equates to roughly one misstatement every five minutes on average."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/03/trump-fact-check-errors-exaggerations-falsehoods-213730#ixzz42vuhW14E 
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Why Donald Trump Is Wrong About Manufacturing Jobs and China - The New Yorker

Why Donald Trump Is Wrong About Manufacturing Jobs and China - The New Yorker

"None of the candidates are telling the truth. "But despite what the rhetoric would have us believe, global manufacturing is trending in a positive direction for the U.S. Factory jobs are on the rise here, and many of these new jobs are coming back to North America from China, which is struggling to maintain its manufacturing capacity. Since March, 2010, when manufacturing employment in the U.S. hit a trough of 11.45 million jobs, nearly a million new factory positions have been created, most of them in the Southern states, particularly North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Better still, the jobs are typically good ones: across that same five-year period, average hourly manufacturing wages have increased over ten per cent, to more than twenty dollars. On the whole, U.S. manufacturing, as measured by the Purchasing Managers’ Index, has steadily expanded."

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Someone Will Die - Today we appear to be going further and further into uncharted territory. After the cancellation of Trump's event yesterday in Chicago, we had the incident at the rally in Dayton, Ohio in which a protestor, Thomas Dimassimo, jumped the security perimeter surrounding Trump and tried to rush the speaking platform

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Protesters interrupt virtually every Trump speech. But what made Chicago different were its scale and the organization behind the effort. Hundreds of young, largely black and brown people poured in from across the city, taking over whole sections of the arena and bracing for trouble.
And as the repeated chants of “Ber-nie” demonstrated, it was largely organized by supporters of Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential candidate who has struggled to win over black voters, but whose revolutionary streak has excited radicals of all colors.

“Remember the #TrumpRally wasn’t just luck. It took organizers from dozens of organizations and thousands of people to pull off. Great work,” tweeted People for Bernie, a large unofficial pro-Sanders organization founded by veterans of the Occupy movement and other lefty activists.


Someone Will Die

NYTimes: Donald Trump Says He May Pay Legal Fees of Accused Attacker From Rally

NYTimes: Donald Trump Says He May Pay Legal Fees of Accused Attacker From Rally

Trump is a thug,  a pig,  of the lowest sort.  He incites mob violence and then says he will pay the legal fees for a man who engaged in an unprovoked attack on a Black man be escorted by police who did nothing to protect the man on arrest the man who through the elbow.  This is why the "Black Lives Matter" movement is so important.  Far to many people in America believe  that Black people have no rights which white people are bound to respect.  This is why we must protest every time Trump speaks.

NYTimes: Donald Trump Says He May Pay Legal Fees of Accused Attacker From Rally

NYTimes: Donald Trump Says He May Pay Legal Fees of Accused Attacker From Rally

Trump is a thug,  a pig,  of the lowest sort.  He incites mob violence and then says he will pay the legal fees for a man who engaged in an unprovoked attack on a Black man be escorted by police who did nothing to protect the man on arrest the man who through the elbow.  This is why the "Black Lives Matter" movement is so important.  Far to many people in America believe  that Black people have no rights which white people are bound to respect.  This is why we must protest every time Trump speaks.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Bill Maher: "Donald Trump Lies Like No One Is Fact Checking"

Sanders calls for unity after Trump violence | MSNBC



Sanders calls for unity after Trump violence | MSNBC

Trump finds political utility in violence | MSNBC



Trump finds political utility in violence | MSNBC

Escalating aggression marks Trump's rally rhetoric | MSNBC



Escalating aggression marks Trump's rally rhetoric | MSNBC

Donald Trump’s Presidential Run Began in an Effort to Gain Stature - The New York Times

This is the story of Donald Trump and his father's life.



"Donald J. Trump arrived at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in April 2011, reveling in the moment as he mingled with the political luminaries who gathered at the Washington Hilton. He made his way to his seat beside his host, Lally Weymouth, the journalist and socialite daughter of Katharine Graham, longtime publisher of The Washington Post.



A short while later, the humiliation started.



The annual dinner features a lighthearted speech from the president; that year, President Obama chose Mr. Trump, then flirting with his own presidential bid, as a punch line.



He lampooned Mr. Trump’s gaudy taste in d├ęcor. He ridiculed his fixation on false rumors that the president had been born in Kenya. He belittled his reality show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”



Mr. Trump at first offered a drawn smile, then a game wave of the hand. But as the president’s mocking of him continued and people at other tables craned their necks to gauge his reaction, Mr. Trump hunched forward with a frozen grimace.



After the dinner ended, Mr. Trump quickly left, appearing bruised. He was “incredibly gracious and engaged on the way in,” recalled Marcus Brauchli, then the executive editor of The Washington Post, but departed “with maximum efficiency.”



That evening of public abasement, rather than sending Mr. Trump away, accelerated his ferocious efforts to gain stature within the political world. And it captured the degree to which Mr. Trump’s campaign is driven by a deep yearning sometimes obscured by his bluster and bragging: a desire to be taken seriously.







Donald Trump’s Presidential Run Began in an Effort to Gain Stature - The New York Times

How Trump’s $50m golf club became $1.4m when it came time to pay tax | US news | The Guardian

The Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

An attempt by Donald Trump to slash the property tax bill on a golf club outside New York City may be undermined by records indicating that he previously said the property was worth 35 times more than the value he is now trying to convince a judge to approve.



The Republican presidential frontrunner is suing the town of Ossining in Westchester County to reduce the taxes on Trump National Golf Club, a 147-acre property with a lavish clubhouse and 18-hole course whose managers are separately accused of causing floods that led to $240,000 worth of damage to local public facilities.



How Trump’s $50m golf club became $1.4m when it came time to pay tax | US news | The Guardian

Ga. Senate passes Campus Carry bill - Dumb, dumb and dumber, This bill is unbelievable. College students are to be allowed to carry guns on campus. Backwards and regressive are to mild terms for this legislation. The governor must use common sense and veto it.

Ga. Senate passes Campus Carry bill

This time Trump's people made the mistake of roughing up a white woman. (The Atlantic) : Will Trump's Campaign Manager Face Criminal Charges?

The Atlantic: Will Trump's Campaign Manager Face Criminal Charges?

"Since his campaign manager was accused of assaulting a Breitbart reporter, Donald Trump has taken his case to the court of public opinion. Now, Corey Lewandowski, the accused staffer, may have to take his case to criminal court as well. Michelle Fields has filed a police report about the incident in Jupiter, Florida, the town’s police department confirmed in a statement. The news was first reported by the Independent Journal Review.

Fields says she was grabbed and yanked out of Trump’s way Tuesday night as she tried to ask him a question at a post-election press conference. Washington Post reporter Ben Terris witnessed the incident. But the Trump campaign suggested Fields was lying and had fabricated in the incident. The Brietbart reporter, upset by the denials, then tweeted a picture of her bruises."

Dumb, dumb and dumber, Hillary Clinton Lauds Reagans on AIDS. A Backlash Erupts. It is hard to believe this was not a crass, political miscalculation by Clinton. She is to intelligent for this to have been a mistake. We are not that naive.

Hillary Clinton Lauds Reagans on AIDS. A Backlash Erupts

"But on Friday, Hillary Clinton praised Mrs. Reagan as a force in confronting another disease: H.I.V./AIDS, which was killing alarming numbers of gay men and others during Ronald Reagan’s two terms.

“It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about H.I.V./AIDS back in the 1980s,” Mrs. Clinton, who was attending Mrs. Reagan’s funeral in Simi Valley, Calif., told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “And because of both President and Mrs. Reagan – in particular, Mrs. Reagan – we started a national conversation, when before nobody would talk about it. Nobody wanted anything to do with it.”

The problem with Mrs. Clinton’s compliment: It was the Reagans who wanted nothing to do with the disease at the time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first identified the disease in 1981, but Mr. Reagan, despite desperate calls for action and thousands of deaths, did not mention H.I.V. or AIDS publicly until 1985 and did not give a speech about the disease until 1987, when an estimated 40,000 people had already died of the disease and roughly 36,000 more had given a diagnosis.

Indeed, the activist-author Larry Kramer, who chronicled the early years of the epidemic in his play “The Normal Heart,” called Mr. Reagan “Adolf Reagan” and wrote that he “murdered more gay people than anyone in the entire history of the world.”

And in 1985, after the C.D.C. said the AIDS virus could not be spread through casual person-to-person contact, Mr. Reagan expressed skepticism about whether children with AIDS should be allowed to attend school.

Yet Mrs. Clinton said Friday that she had appreciated Mrs. Reagan’s “low-key advocacy” on H.I.V./AIDS, saying “it penetrated the public conscience, and people began to say, ‘Hey, we have to do something about this.’”

She faced a swift and fierce backlash, and issued a contrite apology within hours.

“It’s almost tempting to interpret this as withering, devastating sarcasm,” Gawker wrote. “The Reagans ‘started a national conversation about AIDS’ in the same sense that George W. Bush ‘started a national conversation’ about Iraq.’”

“Marie Antoinette did some incredible LOW KEY ADVOCACY for the French Underclass,” Dan Fishback, a writer and performer, wrote on Twitter."

Friday, March 11, 2016

Trump Rally in Chicago Is Canceled After Violent Scuffles



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Donald Trump’s Secret? Channeling Andrew Jackson - The New York Times





Mr. Trump’s rhetoric resonates with a particular American political tradition. Voters may not know the details of that tradition, but they feel it viscerally when a politician taps into it. Mr. Trump has done just that by emulating a classic model of American democratic leadership.



A clue as to just which leadership model can be found on a map. While Trump fans are spread across the country, they are heavily concentrated in and near the Appalachian states — from Mississippi and Alabama all the way to western Pennsylvania and New York. The northwest corner of South Carolina is one of the most pro-Trump parts of the country.



Greater Appalachia has remained culturally distinct for centuries. Migrants from the northern British Isles — Scots, Scots-Irish and others — pushed into these mountains in large numbers from the 1700s onward and did much to create the nation as we know it. Their descendants weathered generations of hardship and calamity: washed-out hillside farms, coal-mining disasters and extreme poverty.



Though today’s Appalachia also features excellent roads, shining auto factories and fresh waves of migration, its electorate represents an older version of America, more rural, white and conservative than elsewhere. To live or work in Appalachia is to feel the tug of its past.



What could the voters of such a region possibly see in a loud and self-interested New York real estate tycoon? In some respects, he is a type of leader Appalachia has seen before. Students of history will recognize that Mr. Trump is a Jackson man.



Consciously or not, Mr. Trump’s campaign echoes the style of Andrew Jackson, and the states where Mr. Trump is strongest are the ones that most consistently favored Jackson during his three runs for the White House.



What Mr. Trump borrows from Jackson is not an issue, but a way of thinking about the world. Mr. Trump promises to fix his supporters’ problems, no matter who else is hurt. He’s a wealthy celebrity always ready for a fight, a superpatriot who says he will make America great again. He vows to attack government corruption and defend the common man. All this could be said of Jackson.





Donald Trump’s Secret? Channeling Andrew Jackson - The New York Times

What Andrew Jackson has in common with Donald Trump | PBS NewsHour



What Andrew Jackson has in common with Donald Trump | PBS NewsHour

Hillary Clinton apologizes for praising Nancy Reagan’s response to HIV/AIDS - The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton apologizes for praising Nancy Reagan’s response to HIV/AIDS - The Washington Post

The Brown Shirts are here. Trump rally called off due to security concerns.

Trump rally called off due to security concerns

"A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tries to pump up the crowd before a rally on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago, Friday."

Violence Erupts at Donald Trump Rally in St. Louis | KTLA



Violence Erupts at Donald Trump Rally in St. Louis | KTLA

Man describes how he got punched at Trump rally in NC | MSNBC



Man describes how he got punched at Trump rally in NC | MSNBC

Let Me Finish: Interactive aspects of a Trump rally | MSNBC -

"There is a view of life which conceives that where the crowd is, there is also the truth, and that in truth itself there is need of having the crowd on its side. There is another view of life which conceives that wherever there is a crowd there is untruth, so that (to consider for a moment the extreme case), even if every individual, each for himself in private, were to be in possession of the truth, yet in case they were all to get together in a crowd—a crowd to which any decisive significance is attributed, a voting, noisy, audible crowd—untruth would at once be in evidence. - Soren Kierkegaard



Let Me Finish: Interactive aspects of a Trump rally | MSNBC

What makes a person a genius? | MSNBC



What makes a person a genius? | MSNBC

What makes a person a genius? | MSNBC



What makes a person a genius? | MSNBC

Race and 2016: Isabel Wilkerson weighs in | MSNBC



Race and 2016: Isabel Wilkerson weighs in | MSNBC

Politicians' loose ISIS talk risks US lives abroad | MSNBC



Politicians' loose ISIS talk risks US lives abroad | MSNBC

7 Days Of Genius: Political Math | MSNBC



7 Days Of Genius: Political Math | MSNBC

Warren: Senate GOP 'paying the price for their own extremism' | MSNBC



Warren: Senate GOP 'paying the price for their own extremism' | MSNBC

NYTimes: North Carolina Exemplifies National Battles Over Voting Laws

NYTimes: North Carolina Exemplifies National Battles Over Voting Laws

"A high-profile lawsuit is taking on a voter identification law and other voting changes. There are four other suits challenging North Carolina’s congressional or state legislative districts on racial grounds. Three more allege unconstitutional gerrymandering of local races. And on March 4, a new law changing how judges are elected was struck down by a three-judge state panel."

The first lady who looked away: Nancy and the Reagans' troubling Aids legacy | US news | The Guardian

"Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004, was president for nearly five years before he said the word “Aids” in public, nearly seven years before he gave a speech on a health crisis that would go on to kill more than 650,000 Americans and stigmatize even more.

In recent months, published reports have revealed an administration that laughed at the scourge and its victims and a first lady who turned her back on Rock Hudson, a close friend, when he reached out to the White House for help as he was dying from an Aids-related illness.
“If there is a hell both Ronny and Nancy are Roasting,” wrote one Sister."



The first lady who looked away: Nancy and the Reagans' troubling Aids legacy | US news | The Guardian

Apple: government 'intended to smear' us in digital privacy fight with FBI | Technology | The Guardian

Apple said federal prosecutors are “offensive”, “desperate” and “intended to smear” them in a remarkable escalation of the digital privacy fight between America’s most valuable company and the FBI.



The remarks from Apple’s top lawyer, general counsel Bruce Sewell, were made in a conference call with reporters just hours after the Justice Department submitted a legal brief that accused the technology company of trying to usurp power from the government.



In sometimes caustic language, the government had claimed Apple had declared itself “the primary guardian of Americans’ privacy”.



Sewell responded: “In 30 years of practice, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a legal brief that was more intended to smear the other side. I can only conclude that the Department of Justice is so desperate at this point that they’ve thrown decorum to the winds.”



Apple: government 'intended to smear' us in digital privacy fight with FBI | Technology | The Guardian

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Trump Supporter Who Punched Protester: 'Next Time, We Might Have To Kill Him' - Inside Edition



Trump Supporter Who Punched Protester: 'Next Time, We Might Have To Kill Him' - Inside Edition

Obama's approval climbs as his would-be successors line up | MSNBC

Just this afternoon, Gallup daily tracking found Obama’s approval rating up to 52%, a three-year high. Last week, Gallup’s weekly averages also showed the president’s support at its highest level since 2013.



A Washington Post/ABC News poll released earlier this week showed Obama’s approval rating up to 51%, which is also a three-year high.



Obama's approval climbs as his would-be successors line up | MSNBC

Gun supporter who calls guns 'toys' is promptly shot by toddler son from backseat of car





Jacksonville, Florida’s Jamie Gilt is a model. She is also a mother of a lovely young four-year-old. She really doesn’t like Donald Trump (yay!) but she’s a Ted Cruz supporter (boo!). She’s also a Jade Helm-style conspiracist and is a big gun owner/supporter. Here’s a Tweet from her.
Gun supporter who calls guns 'toys' is promptly shot by toddler son from backseat of car

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Dumb, dumb and dumber. NYPD counter-terrorism chief: Apple is helping 'kidnappers, robbers and murderers'

NYPD counter-terrorism chief: Apple is helping 'kidnappers, robbers and murderers'

"Dumb,  dumb and dumber.   More evidence that police forces are still attracting people that are not very intelligent and who are supposed to understand basic Constitutional principles but don't.   The average IQ is 104 as found by  Federal Court.   We have to recruit smarter cops.  In NYC the NYPD is an employer of last resort for kids who did not do well in high school.  This has to change. We can do better.