Why Donald Trump Can Say Anything and Get Away With It

 "It’s hard to believe that only a couple of weeks ago everyone assumed that Donald Trump was finished for saying that John McCain wasn’t a war hero. The glee with which the Republican poobahs declared him dead was palpable, and the blithe assumption that one of the beltway media’s favorites, John McCain, was unassailable on his war record was universal. They were, of course, all wrong. Donald Trump can say anything and get away with it, at least as far as 25 percent of the GOP base is concerned. And remember this: That 25 percent adds up to millions of Americans. Many of us pointed out the contrast between the uproar over Trump’s McCain insults and the more muted response to his degrading comments about Mexicans, but in the end it didn’t add up to much. Trump’s numbers continued to rise. We don’t know if they will rise again on the revelations that his former wife once accused him of rape during their contentious divorce nearly 30 years ago; but the media, at least, has decided that nobody will care about that since his wife issued a statement at the time saying that she didn’t mean it."


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Busted: Video shows Georgia cop slammed elderly black man’s head on concrete and lied about it

 "A ormer Georgia police officer was indicted this week after cell phone video showed that he lied to justify force against a 69-year-old black man who was moving into his new home. While responding to a suspected burglary call on May 2 with at least three other officers, then-Clayton County police officer Ryan Hall said that he attempted to arrest 69-year-old Dhoruba Bin-Wahad because he “lied” about a second burglar being in the home. Although the “fellow burglar” turned out to be another police officer, Hall claimed Bin-Wahad was “uncooperative and verbally argumentative.” But cell phone video recorded by witnesses showed that Hall did not have justification when he slammed Bin-Wahad’s head into the concrete. “I felt like I was humiliated in front of all my neighbors or whoever was watching,” Bin-Wahad recalled. “They might have thought I was a criminal or someone the police followed to this residence, so I didn’t want to move in.”"




Killer of Cecil the Lion Finds Out That He Is a Target Now, of Internet Vigilantism

 Two signs posted on the door of a nondescript dental office here asked passers-by to mourn the death of Cecil, a lion who was lured off his sanctuary and killed during a game hunt this month in Zimbabwe. “WE ARE CECIL,” one read; “#CatLivesMatter,” read another. Nearby was a sign with a darker message for the dentist who said he killed the cat: “ROT IN HELL.” In the hours since Dr. Walter J. Palmer apologized for killing the lion, he has gone from a dentist and longtime hunting enthusiast to a villain at the center of a firestorm over the ethics of big-game trophy hunting."




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Sandra Bland, My Father, and Me

"When I heard of Sandra Bland’s death in a Texas jail, after a traffic stop on a dusty road in Waller County, Texas, I thought of the time my father gave me The Talk that generations of African-American parents have had with their children. My father’s father had it with him, and I’ve already had it with my oldest son. It bears repeating, because it still means the difference between life and death for our children. Since the first “20 and odd” Africans arrived as slaves in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, African-American parents have lived with the knowledge that when our children go out into the world, structural and institutional racism can threaten their very lives. We know that the rules we teach and repeat over and over again may not save them."



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Smoke That Pot Now, Chris Christie Tells Users in States That Allow It -

"Residents in U.S. states that have legalized marijuana should toke up while they still can, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said. “If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie, a Republican campaigning for the 2016 presidential nomination, said Tuesday during a town-hall meeting at the Salt Hill Pub in Newport, New Hampshire. “As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.” At a time when a majority of Americans say recreational pot use should be legal, and four states have already made it so, Christie remains opposed. The former federal prosecutor said Democratic President Barack Obama has selectively chosen which laws to enforce."


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Manning: Sarah Lee Circle Bear Died While in Police Custody; Family Seeks Justice

"The death of Sandra Bland, an African American woman who died in a jail cell on July 13 , has the nation abuzz about the ongoing saga of police brutality against people of color, and this time, it is becoming even more apparent just how poorly women of color are treated. But a lesser known story regarding a beautiful young Lakota woman is just as worthy of our attention. On July 6, 24-year-old Sarah Lee Circle Bear of Clairmont, South Dakota, was found unconscious in a holding cell in Brown County Jail in Aberdeen. Circle Bear was jailed on a bond violation. Witnesses stated that before being transferred to a holding cell, Circle Bear pleaded to jailers that she was in excruciating pain. Jail staff responded by dismissing her cries for help, telling her to “knock it off,” and “quit faking.” Inmates cried out for the jail staff to help Circle Bear, to which they eventually responded by picking her up off of the floor, dragging her out of the cell, and transferring her to a holding cell. Circle Bear was later found unresponsive in the holding cell."



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What happened to Christina Tahhahwah? Just another Native American jail death

"On July 14, 53-year-old Choctaw activist Rexdale W. Henry was “found” dead in the Neshoba County Jail in Philadelphia, Mississippi. That’s the same day 18-year-old Kindra Chapman was “found” dead in her jail cell in Homewood, Alabama, and a day after Sandra Bland was “found” dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas. Like Sandra Bland, Rexdale Henry was arrested for a traffic violation, in this case non-payment of a fine. Mississippi was already investigating the death of Jonathan Sanders, a Black man who died at the hands of police in Clark County, Mississippi Jail a day before Henry was arrested. Four days after Rexdale Henry was “found”, Troy Goode was “found” dead in police custody. Goode was White. In dying in jail, Rexdale W. Henry joins more than this list of “mysterious” jailhouse morbidity and mortality. He joins a national list of Native Americans dying in jail and at the hands of police. He joins Christina Tahhahwah."




Sandy Bland's Last Voicemail Before Hanged In Cell

Donald Trump’s Attorney To Reporter: Publish The Story And What I’ll Do To You Will Be ‘F*cking Disgusting’

"Who’s doing the raping?” Donald Trump asked in reference to Mexican immigrants. He may regret those words. The Daily Beast reports: …. as it turns out, his ex-wife Ivana Trump once used “rape” to describe an incident between them in 1989. She later said she felt “violated” by the experience. Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization, defended his boss, saying, “You’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.” “It is true,” Cohen added. “You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law"




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The Rude Pundit: America Has Become a Second Amendment Death Cult

"You can remember learning in school or at a museum or maybe on the Discovery Channel about human sacrifice in ancient or distant cultures, whether it was the temples of the Aztecs and Incans down south or the bogs of the British Isles, where the Celts performed their rituals. You can remember how you felt: the gruesome fascination followed by disbelief at the stupidity of the reasons. Killing the slaves of a dead master? Ludicrous. And the tribes and nations that sacrificed children, virgins, whoever to appease angry gods just seem insane in retrospect. The circular logic was mind-boggling: We must cut out the hearts of these kids so the gods will make the crops grow and keep away the storms or volcanoes. But if there is a storm or volcano and the crops all die, we'll just sacrifice more kids because obviously we didn't please our mad deities last time. You know that there were many people in Incan villages in Peru who thought the whole thing was bullshit, that slitting the throat of the woman who lived down the road was entirely unnecessary, that maybe they could spend more time learning about weather and crop rotation. But they didn't dare say anything because they didn't want to piss off the priests and their most devoted followers who might decide that they needed to be sacrificed next. People die all the time because cowards don't speak up. "





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RWNJs Swarm The Special Olympics Page To Attack Michelle Obama And Disrespect Athletes

 "There are numerous plaques, ribbons and certificates in my home that my 17-year-old son won as an athlete at local Special Olympics games. Of all the times I’ve watched with pride as he held up a ribbon with a smile or congratulated a friend just for competing never once did the world of politics even remotely enter my mind. The Special Olympics is about extraordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. There is no place for politics in such a thing. Unfortunately for today’s conservative, not even something as benign as the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles can keep them from spreading their unreasonable and unfounded hatred for the First Lady. When the US Special Olympics announced that Mrs. Obama would give a speech to open the games, they came out of the woodwork, seething with the kind of hate you would never expect from someone with as much Jesus on their profile as they have. When they posted a picture of her opening the games on Saturday, their hatred turned to fury, and their true colors came through."





Convoy Of Trucks With Confederate Flags Crash Black Child’s Birthday Party, Hurl Racial Slurs

"Two cellphone videos picked up the event with at least one of them showing police officers holding back a group of black men and women while at least seven pickup trucks drive off. “This is a child’s birthday party,” one woman in the crowd can be heard saying. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: A second video shows the trucks gathered on a grassy area, and the N-word can be heard. A woman who shared the video said the trucks were on her property and their passengers were armed and threatened to “kill y’all [N-words].” “I don’t mind them riding with their flags but I don’t want them going around threaten[ing] people in their yard like they did mine or harassing folks either,” the woman, Melissa Alford, wrote in a Facebook post. The Douglasville Police Department said they were initially notified about the convoy of trucks when it entered the area from a nearby county. According to AJC, police officers followed the trucks “for a distance” but backed off after not seeing “any criminal or traffic infractions"





Native American Activist Found Dead In Jail Cell After Traffic Fine Arrest

 "A Native American activist was recently arrested and found dead in jail under conditions very similar to those of Sandra Bland in Texas. Rexdale W. Henry, 53, was recently found dead inside the Neshoba County Jail in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on July 14th. He had been arrested over failure to pay a minor traffic citation. Local WTOK, reported that corrections officers reported Henry dead around 10 a.m.. But reports and logs reveal that he was seen alive and perfectly fine only half an hour before that. Reports say that the state crime lab in Jackson are currently conducting an autopsy. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation also says that they are “looking into” Henry’s death. But that hasn’t satisfied Henry’s fellow activists, friends and family. Just after funeral services were held on July 19th, in Bogue Chitto, Henry’s body was flown to Florida for an independently-funded autopsy paid for by anonymous donors. They hope that this autopsy will get to the bottom of what really happened."




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Rejecting White Dominion | Sojourners

"I didn’t see the film Malcolm X in theaters. I waited to see it on video. Big mistake. I watched it in my home, just off campus from University of Southern California, late at night when everyone else was sleeping. Another big mistake. At the time I was living in a house with one other black person and a bunch of white and Asian friends. I was attending a mostly white school and a mostly white church and had attended a mostly white institute for urban transformation that was borne out of my church. Ironically, it was there that I was required to read The Autobiography of Malcolm X. But I never read the whole thing, only sections. So, I sat in the dark living room, lit only by the television screen, and watched Denzel Washington bring Malcolm X to life … by myself. And there, in the dark, Malcolm’s words about Jesus hit me to the core"



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Franklin Graham, Muslims, and Immigration

 "One should expect that parents would lose their minds long before their children. But in the case of the famed evangelist Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, it may be the other way around. In a post on his Facebook page this past Friday, the younger Graham proclaimed that all Muslims should be barred from immigrating to America and treated like the Japanese and Germans during World War II. Muslims who come to America have the “potential to be radicalized” and participate in “killing to honor their religion and Muhammad,” he said in response to the murders of four Marines in Chattanooga on Thursday. This is only the latest disturbing comment from Franklin Graham, a man whose rhetoric seems to be growing more extreme and whose behavior seems to be growing more erratic. The son of America’s most prominent evangelist was once known as a leading humanitarian, but he has now traded that legacy for a pot of partisan porridge."




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On the Death of Sandra Bland and Our Vulnerable Bodies

"I AM tired of writing about slain black people, particularly when those responsible are police officers, the very people obligated to serve and protect them. I am exhausted. I experience this specific exhaustion with alarming frequency. I am all too aware that I have the luxury of such exhaustion. One of the greatest lies perpetrated on our culture today is the notion that dash cameras on police cruisers and body cameras on police officers are tools of justice. Video evidence, no matter the source, can document injustice, but rarely does this incontrovertible evidence keep black people safe or prevent future injustices."






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La. Gunman Was a Tea Partier Who Hated Obama, Admired Hitler and Wanted Women to Shut Up In Church

"The gunman who killed two moviegoers and wounded nine others had a prolific online commenting history that revealed a fascination with censorship, Iran, and right-wing politics. John Russell Houser, of Phenix City, Alabama, posted frequently across a variety of online forums — from political discussions to message boards for Oldsmobile enthusiasts — where he complained about “moral decay” and media brainwashing. “America is so sick that I now believe it to be the enemy of the world,” he wrote under the name Rusty Houser in a December 2013 comment on Fellowship of the Minds. “I know next to nothing about Iran, but the little I do know tells me they are far higher morally than this financially failing filth farm.”"





Republicans Deserve The Sh1t They Stirred Up [rant]

"When nasty spiteful hate-mongers like Huckabee and Santorum start to appear to be normal. When blood-soaked warmongers such as Graham and McCain appear to be reasonable. When ignorant jerks like Walker, Perry and Jindal represent your intellectual elite. When you embrace the crazy like Carson. When racism and white privilege drove both your base and yourselves when an uppity n****r dared not only run but even won, you couldn't even bring yourselves to admit he was an American. When your shifty good for nothing leader of Senate declared that his sole aim in government was to destroy the President, from day one. When your Speaker of the House cries over an America that never existed. When your justices on the supreme court are so out of touch, that they declare racism over and that corporations have religious rights. You deserve Donald Trump."



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Jeb Bush slurs war hero John Kerry: Will the GOP call him out like Donald Trump?

 "Jeb Bush was quick to denounce Donald Trump after the reality show host-turned-presidential candidate made his ugly claim that Sen. John McCain was “not a war hero” last weekend. “Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans – particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration,” he tweeted Saturday. But journalists quickly saw a problem for Bush: he had signed on to a similar attack on a decorated war hero: 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry, when he was running against Jeb’s brother George. Unbelievably, Bush reiterated his support for those ugly attacks on Kerry Tuesday afternoon in South Carolina."


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How John Kerry exposed the Contra-cocaine scandal

"In December 1985, when Brian Barger and I wrote a groundbreaking story for the Associated Press about Nicaraguan Contra rebels smuggling cocaine into the United States, one U.S. senator put his political career on the line to follow up on our disturbing findings. His name was John Kerry. Yet, over the past year, even as Kerry’s heroism as a young Navy officer in Vietnam has become a point of controversy, this act of political courage by a freshman senator has gone virtually unmentioned, even though — or perhaps because — it marked Kerry’s first challenge to the Bush family. In early 1986, the 42-year-old Massachusetts Democrat stood almost alone in the U.S. Senate demanding answers about the emerging evidence that CIA-backed Contras were filling their coffers by collaborating with drug traffickers then flooding U.S. borders with cocaine from South America."




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No room at the inn for innocence

T he children gather at dusk on the pitted motel parking lot, hard against the sound wall of the freeway. They kick a scuffed soccer ball and play with the stray dogs they have rescued. One holds a cockroach he pretends is a pet turtle.  Eddie Martinez, 14, rides his bike among them, happy they are back from school. Since he quit going to class several months before, he spends his days sitting on the breezeway at the top of the stairs waiting for them. In the dim light and freeway exhaust of San Bernardino’s Country Inn, he has friends and a piece of a normal childhood. The problem of children growing up without a secure place to call home is growing worse nationwide. In 2013, an estimated 2.5 million children lived in run-down motels, cars and shelters, on friends’ and relatives’ couches and on the streets, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness, a nonprofit research institute. That was up 8% from 2012 and 67% from 2006."




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Family That Made a Fortune off National Oxycontin Epidemic Has Just Landed on Forbes' Richest List | Alternet

"Say hello to the Sacklers, the newest members of Forbes' 2015 List of Richest US Families, who collected a fortune from a national opioid addiction epidemic. Worth $14 billion, they're the 16th richest family in the country. Although they're richer than the Mellons, the Busches, or the Rockefellers, you've probably never heard of them. But you've almost certainly heard about the product that put them in the 1% of the 1%. The Sacklers own 100% of Purdue Pharma, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company that makes Oxycontin, the opiate analgesic that helped spark a new generation of pain pill and heroin addicts"




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Sandra Bland Video Loops, Not Real

 "Exposition: This is the video tape released by Texas DPS on their YouTube channel. At about 32:00 in the video, the office is the middle of his justification for his actions and his version of the events in a one way conversation. While the audio is never broken, the cars on Texas Highway 290, one of my favorite in Texas, magically appear and disappear in a tragic loop. That is what this is about. Ghost cars on Highway 290 or the DPS better have a better story"





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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.