Audio Released of Cop Shooting and Killing College Student for Speaking Disrespectfully

 "Corporal Christopher Carter works for the University of the Incarnate Word campus police. In spite of shooting Robert Cameron Redus, a 23-year-old student at the university, the officer was not arrested, indicted, nor even fired. The San Antonio officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting of an unarmed and student. Since the late-2013 shooting, Corporal Carter has kept his job. A court has once again just cleared him, even while they released the audio of the incident, which proves Redus was essentially shot for being sarcastic."



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The First Church of Cannabis was approved after Indiana’s religious freedom law was passed

The First Church of Cannabis Inc. has been approved by  Indiana’s secretary of state after the state’s religious freedom legislation became law last week. The church’s founder Bill Levin said he filed paperwork in direct response to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last Thursday. Secretary of State Connie Lawson approved the church as a religious corporation with the stated intent “to start a church based on love and understanding with compassion for all.”"



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After Vicious Smear Campaign by Ted Cruz Adviser, Two Missouri GOP Officials Commit Suicide

"Yesterday, Spence Jackson, a spokesman for Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich—who committed suicide last month—was found dead of “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” The deaths of Jackson and Schweich have sparked outrage in Missouri. In the final days of his life, Schweich was subject to both an overt and covert campaign attacking him personally, including rumors that he was Jewish (he did have Jewish lineage on his grandfather's side but was a practicing Episcopalian) ."



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Ted Cruz’s religious horror: Why he’s really running for High Priest of America

"In many ways, America deserves Ted Cruz. After all, it’s been nearly eight years since voters (and the Supreme Court) elected a cocksure, right-wing adopted Texan, long on discredited ideology but short on wits, who plunged the United States into a sinkhole of economic and foreign policy chaos from which it has yet to fully emerge. The American political attention span is notoriously short. Thus, when the bumptious junior senator from Texas announced his 2016 presidential bid at Liberty University — the late Rev. Jerry Falwell’s brick-and-mortar attempt to reverse the entire Western Enlightenment — pundits across the political spectrum weren’t exactly surprised. In typical Republican fashion, his announcement was larded with plenty of patriotic fanfare, an inordinate amount of unearned chutzpah, and carefully staged, color-coded, gender-designated patriarchal family posing. Moreover, students expressed palpable support, especially since they were forced to attend the event. Taking a page out of the Barack Obama playbook (but without the critical thinking), the Texas senator with only a few capital years under his belt cultivated his star-power within his party via pointless filibusters that weren’t really filibusters and carefully calibrated pandering to the Tea Party base to emerge as the GOP’s most starry-eyed White House hopeful."



4 Right Wing Lunacies this Week: Phil Robertson's Insane Bloody Atheist Fantasy

 ". Phil Robertson is a deeply disturbed man with a fantasy about beheading atheists. Apparently, the version of Christianity that ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch Phil Robertson believes in is a very bloody, vengeful, sexually sadistic and psychopathic one. Either that, or the dude is just insane. The right-wing darling got off this week on spinning out a fantasy involving raping, decapitating and castrating an atheist family during a speech he gave at a Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast. Amen."



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John Kasich's Passion for the Poor Is Rankling Conservative Christians

 "Ohio’s governor John Kasich certainly won't be president, nor even receive the Republican party’s nomination in 2016. But if Kasich does throw his hat into the increasingly packed Republican primary ring (as some sources suggest he intends to do), the long-term outcome for American politics could be even better than a hypothetical win. This is because, unlike his Republican competitors, Kasich takes Christian politics very seriously. Within the lore of conservative Christian politics, there is a line of questionable thinking regarding state-funded welfare that is far more recent than its proliferators make it seem. The story goes like this. While Jesus Christ undoubtedly promoted (if not commanded) charity and generosity toward the less-fortunate, He never said that the state should be the vehicle of these virtues. Further, the tale continues, because taxes are involuntary and welfare is funded with tax revenue, welfare doesn’t count as morally meaningful charity, which is what Jesus intended to inspire with His preaching on the poor. Thus, we are led to conclude, support for poor and vulnerable people should be transmitted voluntarily through the community, thanks to the good graces of generous individuals. Echoes of this reasoning resound in the anti-welfare rhetoric of Republican frontrunners from Rand Paul to Rick Perry."



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Methods That Police Use on the Mentally Ill Are Madness

"When This American Life dedicated two episodes to law enforcement in the United States, they titled them, "Cops See It Differently." Citing examples like the NYPD killing of Eric Garner, which gave rise to the "I can't breath" protests, the show illustrated how police and non-uniformed citizens assessing the same incidents would draw wildly different conclusions even after watching video footage. Last year, I observed the same phenomenon when St. Louis, Missouri, police officers shot and killed Kajieme Powell in another videotaped encounter. Many cops saw a guy with a knife who didn't drop it and a justified use of lethal force. Critics pointed out that there was never an attempt to deescalate the situation. A similar disconnect followed the Cleveland police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. And this week, newly released video footage is giving Americans yet another glimpse at how police are trained, their mindset, and how the results can be lethal. The killing happened last year in Dallas, Texas. The mother of Jason Harrison, a black man with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, called police to say that he was off his meds. She wanted help getting him to the hospital—something she'd received before without incident—and requested cops trained to handle the mentally ill. What happened next is graphic and upsetting to watch."



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Scott Walker suggests being an Eagle Scout has prepared him to be commander in chief : Ct

 "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a teen, has taken that motto seriously. His Eagle Scout status has him so prepared, he indicated this week, he's ready to serve as commander in chief of the U.S. military."


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Two Cops Arrested for Beating 3-Month-Old Into Vegetative State; Baby Not Expected to Recover

"Charlotte, NC– A bond hearing was held on Wednesday for Robert Jeffrey Taylor Jr., 45, who worked for the York Police Department as a corporal. Taylor was arrested for abusing his 3-month-old baby so badly that he is not expected to survive. The infant’s mother, Audrey Schurig, 36, is also a police officer. She was arrested as well and charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person for leaving the baby in his father’s care despite allegedly knowing about the abuse and failing to protect her child"



How Corporate Agribusiness Is Quietly Gutting Local Environmental Protections

"Corporate agribusinesses have managed to convince voters across the Midwest to approve vaguely-worded measures that could have wide ranging impacts, from preventing environmental legislation against factory farms to allowing animal mistreatment in slaughterhouses. These right-to-farm laws are gaining traction in big ag states across the country, but opponents say they are nothing more than a continued “power grab” by corporate agribusinesses"




Cop Arrested After Video Shows Her Shoot Unarmed Man in Back Lying Face Down in the Snow

 "Harrisburg, PA– Hummelstown police Officer, Lisa J. Mearkle was charged with criminal homicide on Tuesday in the shooting death of 59-year-old David Kassick on February 2. Mearkle shot Kassick as he laid face down on the ground in the snow, unarmed, during a routine traffic stop gone awry. Mearkle had attempted to pull Kassick over for an expired inspection sticker, but the situation escalated when Kassick attempted to flee from the officer. Eventually Mearkle caught up to the motorist close to his sister’s home where he was staying, but Kassick got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.  As he was attempting to run away, he was incapacitated by the officer’s taser which she held in her left hand. With her right hand, she unnecessarily pulled out her service gun and shot the unarmed man twice in the back as he lay face-down on the ground."




'Duck Dynasty' Star Imagines Vivid Rape And Murder Scenario For Atheist Family

""Duck Dynasty" star and conservative icon Phil Robertson told a gruesome, vivid story on Friday about the hypothetical rape and murder of a family to illustrate the perils of atheism, according to audio surfaced by Right Wing Watch. The website reported that Robertson made the remarks during a speech at a Florida prayer breakfast that was later broadcast by the conservative radio program TruNews."




Breathtaking Photos of the Human Species

"“Cosmic time is the same for everyone, but human time differs with each person. Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.” ― Yasunari Kawabata"


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Ted Cruz Announces Candidacy: Wants Whiter, More Christian GOP

"If it were possible for Republicans to escape the confines of conservative movement politics, GOP presidential primaries would generate more ideas and fewer personalities. Instead, several like-minded contestants battle each other by cloaking similar nostrums in different political language, seeking different kinds of appeal. This election cycle is no different, as nearly every likely candidate has a theory of how to expand the party’s reach outside the right. Jeb Bush distinguishes himself not by being definably less conservative than the other contestants but by refusing to sign interest group pledges. Senator Rand Paul speaks to young and minority voters even as his libertarian streak fades. Senator Marco Rubio gives speeches that showcase his facility with foreign policy idioms. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tries to imitate and worship President Ronald Reagan (who did pretty well in politics) better than his competitors."



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Mike Malloy - Debunking Ted Cruz

The Truth Behind Ted Cruz’s Lies

 "The junior senator from Texas is running for president. Here’s why his lies matter. Oh happy day—freshman Texas Senator Ted Cruz is set to announce that he’s running for president. And he’s not going to announce at the Alamo or any other defiant Texas-type monument. He’s making a pilgrimage straight to the birthplace of the Moral Majority, the Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University. The setting makes sense for a man who believes that God has called him to politics. After all, the only way to top shutting down the government is to try to run the government into the ground himself. This month, Cruz released a short video that’s the best evidence yet for what a Cruz presidential campaign might be like. It’s called “A Time for Truth,” and the title has to be intentional irony."



5 Bob Dylan Songs That Actually Changed the Course of History

 "Fifty-three years ago this week, Robert Zimmerman released his first album under a name that would soon become an American legend: Bob Dylan.  That eponymous album was mostly made up of covers of folk standards, with only two original compositions. It was those standards, however, that taught Dylan everything he needed to know to become one of the most influential songwriters of all time. "Sang nothing but these folk songs, and they gave me the code for everything that's fair game, that everything belongs to everyone," Dylan said at a recent MusiCares event honoring him as 2015's Person of the Year. He ran down a list of old folk standards he used to sing and quoted his own lyrics that sounded similar. "All these songs are connected," he said. "Don't be fooled. I just opened up a different door in a different kind of way." That "different kind of way," though, made all the difference. Bob Dylan twisted timeless songs and hooked them to the most pressing modern issues. His songs inspired new political and artistic movements. And had he never gotten his shot all the way back in 1962, the world might be a very different place today. These are five Dylan songs that actually changed the world:"





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The Batshit Theory That Obama Tried To Nuke Charleston

: "Last Saturday, Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum addressed the South Carolina National Security Action Summit, an event thrown by the conservative Secure Freedom, Breitbart News, and High Frontier. While speaking, kinda-sorta-maybe 2016 candidate Santorum took a question that sounded like it sprang from the logical depths of a demented C-SPAN caller"



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Selma and Our Next Bridge to Cross

"The Edmund Pettus Bridge was named after a Confederate general who became a Grand Dragon in the Ku Klux Klan. His name, still emblazoned over the top of that now famous bridge, was a powerful and threatening symbol of white power and supremacy in Selma, Ala. The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) had at one time removed Selma from their list of places to organize because “the white folks were too mean, and black folks were too afraid.""




An Open Letter to Franklin Graham

"We don’t know what prompted Rev. Franklin Graham to log onto Facebook and pound out the words that lit a firestorm last week. But within one day, tens of thousands of his faithful followers liked and shared his short, patronizing post that called “Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and everybody else” to “Listen up” and tune in to his take on why so many black people have died at the hands of police officers recently. According to Graham, the problem is “simple.” It can be reduced to their lack of obedience and bad parenting."


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Antibiotic Use In Meat Is Soaring

"BLT sandwiches may need to add an A to the acronym -- for antibiotics. Soaring demand for meat across the world has caused a major uptick in the amount of antimicrobial drugs in pork, beef and poultry, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But as bacon sales sizzle and China -- where pork is the favored meat -- becomes wealthier, pig farmers around the world are meeting demand by using about four times as much antibiotics per pound of meat as cattle ranchers. Poultry is a close second."


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Religion, Racism & the Consequences of Republican Policy: Poverty, Obesity & Incarceration

"According to the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and their American Values Atlas report released last month, there is a significant rise in America of those who say they are unaffiliated with any religion. According to the organization's research director, this shift is "fundamentally reshaping American politics and culture".   There are more religiously unaffiliated people in the U.S. today than ever before. Starting in the 1980s, a variety of polls using different methodologies have come to the same conclusion: people who do not identify with religious labels are on the rise, perhaps even doubling in that time frame. rawstory.com Sociologists and religious organizations have been tracking this trend for decades. But a cursory glance at these numbers does not come close to explaining the political and sociological ramifications this epic shift will have on the future of our country and on the planet. Knowing this is happening should be worrisome to the Republicans who for years have hidden behind their apron of piety to leverage white evangelicals, racists and the rich into a coalition that has been waging an asymmetrical war for political control of this country since the Reagan administration. The extent to which they are concerned about declining religiosity is evidenced by the sheer volume, in both numbers and decibels, of complaints by the right that godless liberals are waging a war on religion (i.e. Christianity)"



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Netanyahu sank into the moral gutter - and there will be consequences

The result was not the worst of it. Indeed, buried in the detailed numbers of this week’s Israeli election were odd crumbs of consolation. No, what made Binyamin Netanyahu’s emphatic win so dispiriting were the depths he plumbed to secure victory. He made two moves in his desperate, and ultimately successful, effort to woo back those Israeli rightists who had drifted from Likud into the hands of more minor nationalist parties. Netanyahu reassured them that they could forget the lip service of the past few years, the diplomatic niceties he had served up since returning as prime minister in 2009: there would be no Palestinian state on his watch. On election day itself, he sank lower still. In a Facebook video, he posed in front of a map of the Middle East, as if in a war room, and used the idiom of military conflict to warn that “Arab voters are advancing in large numbers towards voting places” and that this was “a call-up order” for Likud supporters to head to the polling stations."




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Robert Reich: In Our Horrifying Future, Very Few People Will Have Work or Make Money

"It’s now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if any, workers to produce or distribute it.  At its prime in 1988, Kodak, the iconic American photography company, had 145,000 employees. In 2012, Kodak filed for bankruptcy. The same year Kodak went under, Instagram, the world’s newest photo company, had 13 employees serving 30 million customers"



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John McCain yukking it up with ISIS

John McCain yukking it up with ISIS

The Pitch

It has occurred to me that some of you think I'm running this hideous website because I have nothing else to do. Well some of you are just too dam smart. You've probably been hurt in a previous relationship. That's so sad,but it's really not my concern. Like mama used to say, "You'll know better next time."

So here's the skinny. You'll notice there's no stupid "Donate to this Site" button, and there's good reason, it goes back to that you're just too dam smart thing.

So what I did was plaster this site with all sorts of cheesy banners promoting every thing from pocket knives, Dickie denim jeans, healthy soy snacks, hemp seeds,creative writing software, St. Croix fishing rods and chartreus soft plastic lizards, to places where you can lose everything, betting on horse races, or where you can get a job driving a truck cross country, hauling Chinese made crap and picking up chicks. Someone said the site looked like I-75 in South Georgia.

When you click on a banner and buy something, I get a ham sandwich. That's all, just looking to eat once in a while.

Now here's a suggestion, before you lose everything betting on some dumbass horse race, or leave the wife and youngans and head on down the road in a Peterbuilt, buy yourself a pair of Matrix sunglasses and one of those R Crumb, "Keep on Truckin," T-shirts to wear to your daughter's soccer game. Your daughter will be humiliated as hell, until one of her friends walks over and says, " Your dad is the coolest dad ever."

Priceless!


Here's a catchy tune that may shed some light on what I'm trying to say.