Grimm to plead guilty to felony count of tax evasion

 "Rep. Michael Grimm will plead guilty on Tuesday to a felony charge of cheating on his taxes at a Manhattan restuarant he co-owned before entering Congress, the Daily News has learned. The Staten Island Republican will enter the plea in Brooklyn federal court. A 1 p.m. hearing in the case has been scheduled, a court official said. Grimm was charged in a 20-count federal indictment in April with hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages at the restaurant, and with hiring undocumented immigrants."




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Why Have Americans Stopped Resisting Economic Privilege?

"Marx once described high finance as “the Vatican of capitalism,” its diktat to be obeyed without question. Several decades have come and gone during which we’ve learned not to mention Marx in polite company. Our vocabulary went through a kind of linguistic cleansing, exiling suspect and nasty phrases like “class warfare” or “the reserve army of labor” or even something as apparently innocuous as “working class.” In times past, however, such language and the ideas they conjured up struck our forebears as useful, even sometimes as accurate depictions of reality. They used them regularly along with words and phrases like “plutocracy,” “robber baron,” and “ruling class” to identify the sources of economic exploitation and inequality that oppressed them, as well as to describe the political disenfranchisement they suffered and the subversion of democracy they experienced. Never before, however, has the Vatican of capitalism captured quite so perfectly the specific nature of the oligarchy that recently ran the country for a long generation and ended up running it into the ground. Even political consultant and pundit James Carville (no Marxist he), confessed as much during the Clinton years, when he said the bond market “intimidates everybody"



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From the E.R. to the Courtroom: How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages

 "On the eastern edge of St. Joseph, Missouri, lies the small city's only hospital, a landmark of brick and glass. Music from a player piano greets visitors at the main entrance, and inside, the bright hallways seem endless. Long known as Heartland Regional Medical Center, the nonprofit hospital and its system of clinics recently rebranded. Now they're called Mosaic Life Care, because, their promotional materials say: "We offer much more than health care. We offer life care." Two miles away, at the rear of a low-slung building is a key piece of Mosaic—Heartland's very own for-profit debt collection agency. When patients receive care at Heartland and don't or can't pay, their bills often end up here at Northwest Financial Services. And if those patients don't meet Northwest's demands, their debts can make another, final stop: the Buchanan County Courthouse."




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America’s Cuba

"President Barack Obama announced on December 17th that the United States would begin normalizing relations with Cuba. Both governments agreed to a prisoner swap: Cuba released imprisoned USAID contractor Alan Gross and a US intelligence operative, while the United States released three Cuban intelligence agents arrested in the 1990s while spying on militant Cuban exile groups. The countries will begin talks with the goal of opening embassies, Obama will ease travel and financial restrictions for American citizens, and Cuba will release a group of detainees that the US has designated political prisoners. The US trade embargo remains in place, and requires Congressional action to repeal. “U.S. to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility,” the New York Times proclaimed. The notion that the US embargo is a Cold War relic that has outlived its usefulness has long been a common assertion among American critics of Cuba policy. Democratic Senators, the editor of The Nation, progressive NGOs, and even Forbes columnists and the Cato Institute have framed the conflict in these terms. US-Cuban relations have undoubtedly been shaped by the Cold War, but the narrative of Cold War conflict between the two countries is a historically dubious rendering, obfuscating a long record of US intervention in Cuba and the rest of Latin America."




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NYPD Union President Evokes Fear in Black New Yorkers in Aftermath Police Shootings

 "Black New York is feeling more threatened than ever in the aftermath of the double homicide of two police officers this weekend in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.  It was just hours after officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed by a lone gunman, when police union president Patrick Lynch further inflamed tensions between the police and the minority community during a shockingly divisive and incendiary speech to the media.  "There's blood on many hands tonight," Lynch said. "Those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protests that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did everyday. We tried to warn, 'It must not go on. It cannot be tolerated.' That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor [Bill de Blasio]. When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable."  Given that the shooter, Ismaiiyl Brinsley, is dead, many New Yorkers are wondering who exactly Lynch is suggesting be "called on the carpet."  Brinsley took his own life while being pursued by cops after the shooting, according to the New York Daily News, and there is no indication that he acted anything but alone, so who is Lynch threatening? And why?"




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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Police Aren’t Under Attack. Institutionalized Racism Is.

"The recent brutal murder of two Brooklyn police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, is a national tragedy that should inspire nationwide mourning. Both my grandfather and father were police officers, so I appreciate what a difficult and dangerous profession law enforcement is. We need to value and celebrate the many officers dedicated to protecting the public and nourishing our justice system. It’s a job most of us don’t have the courage to do. At the same time, however, we need to understand that their deaths are in no way related to the massive protests against systemic abuses of the justice system as symbolized by the recent deaths—also national tragedies—of Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, and Michael Brown. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the suicidal killer, wasn’t an impassioned activist expressing political frustration, he was a troubled man who had shot his girlfriend earlier that same day. He even Instagrammed warnings of his violent intentions. None of this is the behavior of a sane man or rational activist. The protests are no more to blame for his actions than The Catcher in the Rye was for the murder of John Lennon or the movie Taxi Driver for the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Crazy has its own twisted logic and it is in no way related to the rational cause-and-effect world the rest of us attempt to create."



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Torture Killed Their Savior, That’s Why These Poll Results Stun

Ferguson Action & #BlackLivesMatter Release Responses to Murder of NYPD Officers

"New York, NY — Ferguson Action, the wide coalition first conceived in Ferguson, MO and recently responsible for the series of highly organized responses to police killings and abuses nation-wide has issued the following statement in response to the murder of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn earlier today: "We are shocked and saddened by the news of two NYPD officers killed today in Brooklyn. We mourned with the families of Eric Garner and Mike Brown who experienced unspeakable loss, and similarly our hearts go out to the families of these officers who are now experiencing that same grief. They deserve all of our prayers."




Viva Cuba! Viva Democracy! Finally

 "In updating our long-standing policy of aggression with our next door neighbor Cuba, President Obama is doing something historic and significant. Cuba will now finally be open for US citizens to visit for any number of reasons, including religious, familial, and business purposes. However, I think we should question our assumptions in the fifty year Cuban embargo and in easing it. In the second paragraph of the statement we find, “It is clear that decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba.” We should ask where else has the United States promoted the “emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable” nation?"


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The Torture of Our Hypocrisy

"Hypocrisy is woven into the founding fabric of our nation. While engaged in the systematic theft of land and structural oppression of native populations, our so-called founding fathers also proclaimed “certain unalienable Rights” as “self-evident truths,” and at the same time actively participated in the brutalities of a multinational slave trade. The moral vision articulated in the Declaration of Independence was indeed commendable, but our federal fixation with destruction and acquisition was by no means preventable. As the English abolitionist Thomas Day wrote in 1776, “If there be an object truly ridiculous in nature, it is an American patriot, signing resolutions of independency with the one hand, and with the other brandishing a whip over his affrighted slaves.”"



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They Booed Gabby Giffords

"Yesterday there was a "I will not comply" rally in Olympia, Washington, to protest the passage, by voters, of Initiative 594, which expands background checks on the sales of guns between private owners. This riled up the state's gun-rights-supersede-everything-else crowd, and approximately 1,000 people showed up, mostly men, mostly white, and all of them toting weapons. They gathered at the Capitol to demonstrate that they thought this 594 initiative, approved by citizens in a popular vote, was just a gal-durned bridge too far. I personally stayed far away from this rally, because it makes me nervous being around hundreds of angry gun slingers. But that's just me. I only read about this in our local papers, The Seattle Times, and The Olympian."




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4 Things that Should Happen Now That We Know the Truth about Witness #40, a White Supremacist

"No eyewitness testimony  was more consistent with Darren Wilson's personal story of events the day he shot and killed Michael Brown than that of Witness #40—who  we now know as white supremacist Sandy McElroy."


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Michele Bachmann Says She 'Defeated' Progressives By Outsmarting Them

"Rep. Michele Bachmann told the far-right outlet WorldNetDaily in an interview published today that while she is leaving Congress, she is most proud of her work opposing Obamacare, the Dodd-Frank financial industry reform, the 2009 stimulus, auto industry bailouts and TARP. Although all of those measures passed, Bachmann offered her wisdom to conservatives on how she is able to defeat liberal policies time and time again"



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From Occupy to Ferguson: The two movements are more connected than you think

 "Early in the Occupy movement, Frances Fox Piven predicted, “We may be on the cusp, at the beginning of another period of social protest.” Months later, in September 2012, long after the last tent had folded, Piven questioned the “ready conclusion that the protests have fizzled.” As she and Richard Cloward noted 35 years earlier in their pivotal study, Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the labor movement of the 1920s and 1930s took years to win substantial victories. As the nation erupts in protests, her words ring prophetic. The killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, has put a match to years of simmering fury over police brutality. Ferguson may seem a far cry from Occupy. These protests aren’t about inequality; they’re about policing. Yet many of the 1960s civil rights riots were set off by police brutality. For people in poor communities, overpolicing is the most palpable manifestation of economic and political oppression. "




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Cuba And The U.S.: Some Historical Context

: "Feb. 15, 1898, was a muggy Tuesday night in Havana Harbor. Some 350 crew and officers settled in on board the USS Maine. “At 9:40 p.m., the ship's forward end abruptly lifted itself from the water,” writes author Tom Miller. “Along the pier, passersby could hear a rumbling explosion. Within seconds, another eruption -- this one deafening and massive -- splintered the bow, sending anything that wasn't battened down, and most that was, flying more than 200 feet into the air.” By the time the sleeping giant was jarred into alertness by the Maine explosion, Cuban and Filipino rebels were already fighting Spain for independence in their respective lands. The Maine was in Havana Harbor in 1898 on a purportedly friendly mission. “Yet,” writes Miller, “the visit was neither spontaneous nor altruistic; the United States had been eyeing Cuba for almost a century.”"




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Terri Schiavo's Husband Speaks Out On Jeb Bush's Presidential Bid

"In his announcement Tuesday that he would explore a 2016 presidential bid, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) promised to focus on “ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.” But he made no mention of his most controversial act during his two terms in office: his attempts to take custody of Terri Schiavo and overrule her husband Michael’s decision to remove her feeding tube, fifteen years after cardiac arrest had left her in a vegetative state. ThinkProgress spoke with Michael Schiavo and the attorney who represented him in the matter, George Felos, about Bush’s presidential candidacy. Both expressed concern that Bush’s record was one of government interference and opposing individual liberty. “If you want a government that’s gonna intrude on your life, enforce their personal views on you, then I guess Jeb Bush is your man,” Schiavo explained, adding, “We really don’t need another Bush in office.”"





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Attention Protesters: That Over-Zealous Agitator Might Be A Cop

"Since gathering in groups to use our right to free speech is perfectly legal, why do police infiltrate protest movements with undercover cops? Why not simply police these events in uniform? Maybe it’s because police officers — or at least their police chiefs — are inclined to destroy all protest movements, no matter how peaceful or just they are.  Seen through that lens, undercover cops are just another tool — along with police departments’ assault weapons, body armor, and SWAT vehicles — to force our compliance. Alas, for some folks, all demands for justice pose a threat, whether you’re from No KXL or from Al Qaeda. No wonder police approach the Occupy and #BlackLivesMattermovements the same way they approach crime rings and terrorist cells: With bullets, tear gas, and infiltration by undercover cops"



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The Michael Brown Saga Just Took Its Most Disturbing Turn Yet

 "Less than a month after a grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, a new report suggests that the key witness testimony may have been deeply flawed. Not only that, but the Smoking Gun reveals that the witness herself, 45-year-old Missouri resident Sandra McElroy, is an unmedicated bipolar woman with a criminal past who admits to having racist views. On Aug. 9, the day that Wilson shot Brown, McElroy wrote this journal entry: "Well I'm gonna take me random drive to Florissant. Need to understand the Black race better so I stop calling Blacks Niggers and Start calling them People." The documentation of such a blatant display of racist views should have raised a red flag for prosecutors. It didn't, and state prosecutors went ahead with putting her in front of the grand jury. But this journal entry is just one in a long line of deep flaws in this witness's testimony:"





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U.S.: Senate Joins House In Ending Federal-State Conflict Over Medical Marijuana

 "With Saturday night's U.S. Senate vote, both houses of Congress have now approved an omnibus spending bill, which includes a measure prohibiting the Department of Justice (DOJ) from interfering in the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. Patient advocates argue, with concurrence from law enforcement, that this historic measure, if signed into law by President Obama as expected, will dramatically impact DOJ enforcement, including ending federal medical marijuana raids, arrests, criminal prosecutions, and civil asset forfeiture lawsuits, as well as providing prisoners with a way to petition for their release. "This is truly a long-fought victory for medical marijuana patients who have lived in fear of being caught in the crossfire of conflicting state and federal laws for nearly two decades," said Steph Sherer, executive diirector of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana group that has pursued passage of the measure for years. "But this is also a victory for taxpayers because of the hundreds of millions of dollars saved on unnecessary and harmful enforcement."



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Immigration Advocates Reenact Nativity Scene Along The 'Path Of Death'

"In their 21st annual event, immigration activists plan to gather at the U.S.-Mexico border wall to reenact the Biblical figures Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter before Jesus’ birth, a journey that parallels the trek to America made by many migrant border crossers. The traditional Mexican reenactment of the journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, called a posada, will take place at a binational meeting area in San Diego, California, and will focus on the treatment of the 68,000 unaccompanied children apprehended at the southern border this year by law enforcement officials as well as border deaths. “We thought it would be important to highlight children and give them dignity for their journey,” Pedro Rios, director of the Quaker social justice organization American Friends Services Committee (AFSC), told ThinkProgress. “This is a call for humans to be treated with respect and dignity.”"



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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.