Tuesday Reads: No Justice, No Surprise

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Season’s Greetings?

Well, I usually start these things with a “Good Morning” but with the disappointing news from last’s nights ridiculous display by Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

Ferguson Prosecutor Robert McCulloch Gives Bizarre Press Conference

B3Qfhn0IYAA3VfkSt. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced on Monday night that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a press conference that many found baffling, unwieldy and inflammatory.

McCulloch said the grand jury “gave up their lives” while deliberating.

The prosecutor also repeatedly lashed out at the media, blaming the internet and “the 24-hour news cycle” for the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where Brown was shot and killed in August. He continued talking for several minutes before revealing the much-anticipated grand jury decision.

B3QpGz1IEAAu2jv“The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything to talk about, following closely behind with the non-stop rumors on social media,” he said.

Media figures and social media users lashed out at the notion that cable news and Twitter were to blame for the tension in the months following Brown’s death, rather than the death itself.

“Social media isn’t the problem,” author Maureen Johnson said. “Shooting children is the problem.”

 

Go to the link to see the full statement via video. You can also see how some folks reacted to it from last night’s live blog.

Another look at the funky ass statement here: Bombshell evidence laid out in death of Michael Brown – NY Daily News

I don’t know about “bombshell” there was nothing new in the information…just confirmation of what was “leaked” earlier to the press.

Next up, I will first give you two links…they are both to the same thing, the huge document dump as promised by McCulloch at his press conference.

The testimony the grand jury heard in the Michael Brown case : stltoday.com

That link has the items in large files, you will need to download them and then extract the documents.

The Guardian has the documents individually:

Darren Wilson not indicted: read the full grand jury report | US news | The Guardian

Both have search features.

Photo below of Michael Brown’s mother when she heard the decision:

Reuters photo that was all over Twitter last night.

Reuters photo that was all over Twitter last night.

When you get a chance, take a look at these links:

 

Ferguson, goddamn: No indictment for Darren Wilson is no surprise. This is why we protest | Syreeta McFadden | Comment is free | The Guardian

I’ve been dreaming of death. Seeing pictures of death. Seeing pictures of bloody sheets hanging on clotheslines.

Just days before Michael Brown and his brown body encountered a white police officer and a gun in Ferguson, Missouri, the 18-year-old child said that to his stepmother. She told the world of this foreshadowing during Brown’s funeral two months ago, as anger turned to tears, and this small community ignited a wave of protests and activism that would continue for more than 100 days – and will begin anew, starting right now.

In the months since, all of the leaks and all of the tweets warning that there would be no indictment for Darren Wilson – that instead there would be black“violence” and a perpetual “state of emergency” – have served as constructed preparations to manage our disappointment, for the big reveal that our criminal justice system was still as broken as it ever was. And now that the grand jury’s decision has arrived in the form of a smirking white prosecutor, all of the agony of that wait has culminated in nothing more than the sum of our grim expectations, to ignite cynicism and an old rage.

Today, Mike Brown is still dead, and Darren Wilson has not been indicted for his murder. And who among us can say anything but: “I am not surprised”?

As BB pointed out yesterday: It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did | FiveThirtyEight

A St. Louis County grand jury on Monday decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson in the August killing of teenager Michael Brown. The decision wasn’t a surprise — leaks from the grand jury had led most observers to conclude an indictment was unlikely — but it was unusual. Grand juries nearly always decide to indict.

Or at least, they nearly always do so in cases that don’t involve police officers.

Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” The data suggests he was barely exaggerating: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.

Brown Family Attorney: Prosecutor ‘Changed the Rules’ | Mediaite

Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump has been critical of the Grand Jury process in Fergusonsince before the decision was announced Monday evening, and he remained so Tuesday morning in an interview with Savannah Guthrie on Today.

“[Bob McColluch] didn’t recommend any charges or anything,” Crump said. “He put all the evidence out there and said let’s just be fair to everybody. And this is different than what I’ve ever seen in my twenty years of practicing law.”

RELATED: Brown Family Attorney: We’ll ‘Explore Every Legal Avenue’ if No Indictment

“So the question becomes, if for 28 years he has been prosecutor before the grand juries and he didn’t do it this way, was he being unfair to them? Why change the rules now when it’s our children lying on the ground? We want the same justice, we want equal justice, that you do for everybody else. Don’t change the rules on our children.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an open thread….feel free to post links to anything you like.


Blah blah blah #NoIndictment #Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: Live Blog

 

 

Good Evening.

The above picture is from St. Louis….see Mediaite link below.

There is activity inside the “Justice Room” in Clayton, MO where the announcement will be made shortly…so I thought I would put up a live blog. Chris Hayes just reported that the Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, will give a twenty minute statement…and then take questions.

On Maddow they are reporting that documents will be released online within an hour after the statement. WTF?

Ferguson Q&A: Details of the grand jury hearing -Some answers to common questions about the grand jury

Flashpoint Ferguson | Al Jazeera America

Gov. Nixon calls for calm ahead of Ferguson grand jury announcement | Al Jazeera America

Watch Life: Coming Up: Decision From Ferguson Grand Jury on Officer Darren Wilson – NBC News.com

A prosecutor is set to unveil a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.

The announcement is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.

The grand jury, which considered evidence for three months, had the option of returning a charge as severe as first-degree murder against Wilson, 28. They also had the option of a lesser charge, or no charge at all.

Ferguson and neighboring communities were on edge ahead of the announcement. Businesses boarded up windows, and schools closed early for the following day. Police beefed up patrols, and Gov. Jay Nixon readied the National Guard.

— Erin McClam

The Michael Brown grand jury materials will be made public … if no charges are filed – The Washington Post

St. Louis Gates Vandalized with Quote from The Hunger Games | Mediaite

From HuffPo:

DECISION: NOW

INDICTMENT OR NO?… Missouri Gov. Appeals For Calm… St. Louis County Prosecutor Will Release Records If No Indictment… NYT: Wilson Not Yet Told To Turn Himself In… What You Need To Know About The Grand Jury… TIMELINE: The Death Of Michael Brown… LIVE UPDATES…

Consider this an open thread….


Sunday: Move it dammit! Morning Reads…

Good Afternoon

I started to write this post at 7:00 am this morning. But…and this is a big but, I must have fallen back to sleep while waiting for my WordPress account to login because next thing I know Boston Boomer is asking me if I was going to be able to do the post today. Ha, thanks for waking me up BB!!!! (My phone was next to my laptop on my bed, and consequently under my head when I dozed off this morning. So you see, the thing was vibrating and making noise when BB sent her emails.)

The thread today is going to be mostly cartoons. I can’t muster enough coherent language skills for anything else.

Enjoy…

AAEC – Political Cartoon by John Cole, Scranton Times/Tribune – 11/19/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Phil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal – 11/22/2014

Cartoon by Phil Hands -

 

Manson Family Values – Political Cartoon by Monte Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons, Inc. – 11/22/2014

Cartoon by Monte Wolverton - Manson Family Values

 

Executive Order – Political Cartoon by Mike Keefe, InToon.com – 11/21/2014

Cartoon by Mike Keefe - Executive Order

 

Immigration Reform, GOP Nightmare – Political Cartoon by J.D. Crowe, Alabama Media Group – 11/21/2014

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Immigration Reform, GOP Nightmare

 

Keystone XL pipeline jobs – Political Cartoon by Andrew David Cox, Self-syndicated – 11/20/2014

Cartoon by Andrew David Cox - Keystone XL pipeline jobs

 

Now this next one is from Gary Varel who was recently in the news:

 

Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Obama’s immigration – Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel, Indianapolis Star – 11/20/2014

The caption for this was missing on the AECC website, but was written in the notes on the cartoon’s page:

  • Cartoon Title: Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Obama’s immigration
  • Keywords: Gary Varvel,The Indianapolis Star,Creators Syndicate,U.S.,Mexico,border,Immigration,politics,illegal
  • Caption: The impact of President Obama’s immigration order may encourage more illegal, I mean, undocumented immigrants to enter the U.S.

Cartoon by Gary Varvel - Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Obama's immigration

Now this is the cartoon and story that I mentioned up top…

Wingnut Cartoonist At Indy Star Gets His Cartoon Yanked | Crooks and Liars

Wingnut Cartoonist At Indy Star Gets His Cartoon Yanked

Gary Varvel of the Indianapolis Star is known for “expressing his strong views” on the Obama administration, but his turn to overt racism had the paper pulling one of his cartoons today after receiving numerous complaints.

Take a look at the C&L link for the changes made before the newspaper pulled the cartoon.

 

In response to this, a look at how Luckovich reacted to the Obama speech…11/18 Luckovich cartoon: Illegal aliens | Mike Luckovich

 

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11/23 Luckovich cartoon: Executive edict | Mike Luckovich

 

 

Signe Wilkinson: Immigration – Signe Wilkinson – Truthdig

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Nick Anderson, Houston Chronicle – 11/20/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 11/20/2014

 

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 11/19/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Tim Eagan, The Press Democrat – 11/20/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch – 11/20/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch – 11/21/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette – 11/20/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette – 11/19/2014

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Keystone Jobs – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/20/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Keystone Jobs

 

Father’s Nightmare – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/21/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Father's Nightmare

Emperor’s Clothes – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/23/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Emperor's Clothes

 

One Manson One Woman – Political Cartoon by Tim Campbell, Current Publishing – 11/20/2014

Cartoon by Tim Campbell - One Manson One Woman

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by John R. Rose, Byrd Newspapers of Virginia – 11/21/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Charlie Daniel, Knoxville News Sentinel – 11/21/2014

 

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 11/21/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by MStreeter, Savannah Morning News – 11/21/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Gustavo Rodriguez, El Nuevo Herald – 11/21/2014

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Meanwhile…

 

 

 

Ferguson by Political Cartoonist Marian Kamensky

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Ferguson MO shooting by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

152279 600 Ferguson MO shooting cartoons

 

Hands Up Turkey Cartoons

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Did you all see this?

Missouri teens wear blackface during powder-puff game | theGrio

Sullivan High School seniors in blackface for powder puff game (Facebook)

Now just a few more links:

There is a real village called Fucking Hell?

‘Named after Austrian village’: F**king Hell beer ad sparks controversy — RT News

When I read this next headline….I thought the last word was turd.

Review: ‘Extraterrestrial’ lands with a thud – LA Times

And no, this headline and story is not a fucking joke…Kentucky Fire Chief Refuses to Help Family of Stranded Motorists Because They Are Black | Alternet

Photo Credit: via WDRB News

A Kentucky fire chief is being criticized for racist comments after he refused to help a family of stranded motorists because they were black, and then suggested that an Asian-American television reporter did not understand English.

In a Bullitt County Sheriff’s deputy’s body camera recording  obtained by WDRB, Southeast Bullitt County Fire Chief Julius Hatfield can be heard discussing a car accident on I-65 in September.

Hatfield first goes out of his way to provide assistance to Loren Dicken, who is white.

“You got a jack, ain’t you?” Hatfield asks the driver. “If you show me where them things is at, I’ll get my guys to start changing the tire for you.”

At first, Dicken turns down the offer, but Hatfield insists, saying, “It will save you a bill.”

Firefighters working for Hatfield even picked Dicken up from the hospital and took him back to the firehouse, where his car was ready and waiting.

But Hatfield treats the family of four black motorists completely differently.

“Well, I’ve got a family of four from Cincinnati, I got to do something with,” the Bullitt County deputy tells Hatfield over the radio.

“We ain’t taking no n*ggers here,” Hatfield replies, laughing.

Instead of offering to help driver Chege Mwangi, the deputy recommends that he call the AAA motor club.

Ha…that is so funny. /snark full of bullshit.

Mwangi told WDRB that he noticed that the firefighters had provided assistance to other motorists, but his family wasn’t injured so he didn’t think much of it. However, he said that the sheriff’s department was helpful.

And when WDRB’s Valerie Chinn attempted to ask Hatfield about the financial management of Southeast Bullitt Fire Department at a town meeting, he suggested that she didn’t understand English, and threatened to have her arrested.

“Do you understand English darling?” he says in video recorded at the public meeting by WDRB cameras. “Do you understand English?”

“Turn that camera off,” Hatfield barks. “I’ve asked you that in a nice way. Buddy, call the cops and get them here.”

“I asked you once tonight if you understand English,” the fire chief adds after Chinn presses the issue. “I’m speaking English.”

Video at the link.

This is an open thread, have at it!


Wednesday Reads: Bang the drum, slowly.

d615f40c2c872220010ba12ab5f1cc89Good Late Morning

I have this “thing” set up so that I get an email every time Congress votes…for instance…

Yesterday’s Keystone Vote came through like so:

113 Congress – Session 2

On Passage of the Bill

S.2280
A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Vote Date: November 18, 2014 at 12:55PM
Roll Call Number: 280
Required For Majority: 3/5

Vote Result: Bill Defeated

Vote Counts
59 YES
41 NO
0 Abstentions

2d63249a437314c55c144c987624866eDemocratic Party: 14 YES, 39 NO, 0 Abstentions
Republican Party: 45 YES, 0 NO, 0 Abstentions

via NYT Politics http://ift.tt/Hx3Z2z

Now…it is just a little annoying sometimes…what with the same shit over and over.

Take a look at a few bills from the past couple days:

113 Congress – Session 2

On the Cloture Motion

S.2685
A bill to reform the authorities of the Federal Government to require the production of certain business records, conduct electronic surveillance, use pen registers and trap and trace devices, and use other forms of information gathering for foreign intelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal purposes, and for other purposes.

Vote Date: November 18, 2014 at 02:26PM
Roll Call Number: 282
Required For Majority: 3/5

DM2000072109:SAED:APR1956 - Drum Cover  ( Baileys Archives)Vote Result: Cloture Motion Rejected

Vote Counts
58 YES
42 NO
0 Abstentions

Democratic Party: 52 YES, 1 NO, 0 Abstentions
Republican Party: 4 YES, 41 NO, 0 Abstentions

via NYT Politics http://ift.tt/Hx3Z2z

 

Let me know if you see a trend.

113 Congress – Session 2

On Agreeing to the Amendment

H R 1422
Stewart of Utah Part A Amendment No. 1

DM2000080701:SAED:JAN1952 - Drum CoverVote Date: November 18, 2014 at 12:33PM
Roll Call Number: 523
Required For Majority: YEA-AND-NAY

Vote Result: Agreed to

Vote Counts
232 YES
184 NO
18 Abstentions

Democratic Party: 9 YES, 184 NO, 8 Abstentions
Republican Party: 223 YES, 0 NO, 11 Abstentions

via NYT Politics http://ift.tt/Hx3Z2z

2d654bf4406773286596c8342cf10a9bA couple more…why not?

113 Congress – Session 2

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

H R 1422
EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act

Vote Date: November 18, 2014 at 12:52PM
Roll Call Number: 524
Required For Majority: RECORDED VOTE

Vote Result: Failed

Vote Counts
195 YES
225 NO
14 Abstentions

Democratic Party: 194 YES, 1 NO, 6 Abstentions
Republican Party: 1 YES, 224 NO, 9 Abstentions

via NYT Politics http://ift.tt/Hx3Z2z

113 Congress – Session 2

On Agreeing to the Resolution

b80902d0fb68076e6590bba5eb63f1afH RES 756
Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1422) EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4012) Secret Science Reform Act; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4795) Promoting New Manufacturing Act

Vote Date: November 18, 2014 at 08:30AM
Roll Call Number: 522
Required For Majority: RECORDED VOTE

Vote Result: Passed

Vote Counts
227 YES
192 NO
15 Abstentions

Democratic Party: 0 YES, 192 NO, 9 Abstentions
Republican Party: 227 YES, 0 NO, 7 Abstentions

 

266ae38a2c7c71a48f17d62d9ccba459 The beat goes on…

113 Congress – Session 2

On the Nomination

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Leslie Joyce Abrams, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia

Vote Date: November 18, 2014 at 01:28PM
Roll Call Number: 281
Required For Majority: 1/2

Vote Result: Nomination Confirmed

Vote Counts
100 YES
0 NO
0 Abstentions

Democratic Party: 53 YES, 0 NO, 0 Abstentions
Republican Party: 45 YES, 0 NO, 0 Abstentions

via NYT Politics http://ift.tt/Hx3Z2z

0981187fbe709bdf799529ed4e2e5979Holy shit, how did she get through there?

But it isn’t all total opposite when it comes to party breakdown in the voting results.

113 Congress – Session 2

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

H R 5162
An Act to allow a certain parcel of land in Rockingham County, Virginia, to be used for a child care center

Vote Date: November 17, 2014 at 01:54PM
Roll Call Number: 520
Required For Majority: 2/3 YEA-AND-NAY

Vote Result: Passed

Vote Counts
378 YES
1 NO
55 Abstentions

Democratic Party: 171 YES, 0 NO, 30 Abstentions
Republican Party: 207 YES, 1 NO, 26 Abstentions

via NYT Politics http://ift.tt/Hx3Z2z

1309b4e6df0c0b3b2bc0e452cc126e4aYou know, I don’t really care anymore. When it comes to the next two years…all these emails just tick off a familiar beat. Like a tribal drum banging away, spreading word of the doom ahead.

Mitch McConnell: I’m Not a Scientist—Except on Keystone XL Pipeline | New Republic

Mitch McConnell Is Not A Scientist, Except When He Is | Wonkette

McConnell’s looming apocalypse: GOP conservatives plan budget showdown – Salon.com

But the real article that got me going on all this shit was the headline on this one:

DM2001071603:SAED:COVER:JUN1951- Childen. (© BAHA)Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out | Boston Herald

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.

“I look forward to the new Republican majority taking up and passing the Keystone jobs bill early in the new year,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday, shortly after the bill fell one vote short of the 60 votes needed to advance. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who said the fight wasn’t over.

46ab8a3cc89a6bd989f09e06a3cadb17Keystone “jobs” bill?

Give me a fucking break…

Republicans are likely to have enough votes to assure the bill’s passage in January, when they will have at least 53 seats — 54 if Cassidy wins the Louisiana runoff.

“If you look at new Congress, you can count four more (GOP seats) right away, and there may be others,” Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, the lead sponsor of the bill, said after the 59-41 vote Tuesday. “You can see we’re well over 60.”

Hoeven acknowledged that Republicans would need 67 votes to override a veto, but said one possibility is to include Keystone in a larger energy package that may not prompt a veto threat.

85ac030586abe19ad48cf7f5f8e6cae5The vote was one of the last acts of this Senate controlled by the Democrats. It is expected to complete its work by mid-December.

Cassidy, Landrieu’s Republican opponent, said Louisiana families “need better jobs, better wages and better benefits,” and the pipeline would provide them.

Democratic divisions were on vivid display in a bill that pitted environmentalists against energy advocates.

While Obama opposes the measure, likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has repeatedly refused to take a position. Most recently, her spokesman did not respond to two requests over the weekend to do so.

Ho hum…

At the White House, press secretary Josh Earnest said the measure is something “the president doesn’t support because the president believes that this is something that should be determined through the State Department and the regular process that is in place to evaluate projects like this.”

Ugh…You know, if he was still in the senate, I bet Obama would be the only abstention.

e7b7afacd23f608835ca7561648e8fdfThe rest of today’s links in dump format…since this post is so damn late. (And my internet is so damn slow.)

The Grinch Who Taxed the Internet | Commentary : Roll Call Opinion

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., seems poised to take one last shot at changing how online purchases are taxed. Reid has signaled he’ll bring the unpopular Marketplace Fairness Act up for a vote by tacking it onto the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which is headed for certain renewal.

Passed in 1998 with bipartisan support, the ITFA bars states from taxing access to the Internet and imposing discriminatory Internet-only taxes. The legislation will expire on December 11 and pressure from the tech sector is on for its renewal. While the ITFA has proven enormously popular and indisputably successful, it has little to do with online sales taxes.

326fb5c8e368594019f91a51982eb5a5The 7 Numbers You Need to Make Sense of the 2014 Midterms – NationalJournal.com

Men and women’s politics were further apart in 2014 than they’ve been in any U.S. election in two decades.

That’s one of many hard truths laid bare by the midterms, which generated a huge collection of data—from election returns to exit polls to financial disclosures—to help us make sense of two things: what exactly happened in the November elections and what it means going forward.

The top lines are obvious: Republicans took the Senate, padded their lead in the House, and grabbed contested wins in gubernatorial races. But here are seven numbers that illustrate what was going on beneath the surface.

0fa6447567f97d0c8c0f35fef9f10805Beyond the Stereotyped South – NYTimes.com

Sometimes the hardest place to photograph is in your own backyard: When everything is familiar, it’s a challenge to make things look interesting. Yet, Tamara Reynolds has done just that in “Southern Route,” looking hard at the American South, which she calls home, and offering a searing, honest portrayal of the country’s most stereotyped region.

She knows that for some, the South evokes images of poverty and obesity, memories of racism and slavery, or words like “hillbilly” and “redneck.” The area that divided the country 150 years ago is stuck between pride and progress. Ms. Reynolds looks beyond these generalities to capture the genuine spirit of Southerners.

Although there is evidence of stereotypes, she said in her artist statement, “I have also learned that there is a restrained dignity and a generous affection that Southerners possess intrinsically.”

513a055353ac85270ff8bc12d970c6c2Take a look at those pictures at the link.

Can they do something about all these women coming forward about Bill Cosby raping them? Bill Cosby: Netflix postpones comedy special following Janice Dickinson’s claims star ‘raped me too’ – News – TV & Radio – The Independent

Another woman comes forward to accuse Cosby of rape | theGrio

The Grio story is terribly graphic.

Meanwhile, in news around the world:

03e64b3b9dafe343db093b50c324c339allAfrica.com: Gambia Must Stop Wave of Homophobic Arrests and Torture

The arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month as part of a crackdown on “homosexuality” by the Gambian authorities reveals the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia, Amnesty International said.

“These arrests took place amid an intensifying climate of fear for those perceived to have a different sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa.

“This unacceptable crackdown reveals the scale of state-sponsored homophobia in Gambia. Intimidation, harassment, and any arrest based solely on sexual orientation or gender identity is in clear violation of international and regional human rights law. The Gambian authorities must immediately stop this homophobic assault”.

Amnesty International considers people who are arrested and detained solely on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity to be prisoners of conscience. They should be released immediately and unconditionally.

74234567ed311d0961ecd9849952de73More at the link.

Japan’s 311 mph super maglev train takes passengers for run

Japan’s magnetically levitating maglev train, faster than Japan’s bullet train, is doing test runs with passengers, members of the public, in central Japan. The world’s fastest maglev train, the 311 mph (500 km/h) Series L0 (pronounced “L zero”) prototype, made its first public run.

The trains will enter service between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, barring any setbacks, said Gizmodo. One hundred passengers traveled a 27-mile route between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki on the Shinkansen train earlier this month, reaching speeds of up to 311 miles per hour. The train’s use of maglev technology reduces friction. The Central Japan Railway Company is running eight days of testing for the experimental maglev. The Daily Mail said selection of those lucky enough to experience the trial runs will be by lottery. A total of 2,400 people will take the high-speed ride over eight days. Almost 300,000 people had applied for the passes, said the Daily Mail. As the video of a recent trial run indicated, guests saw the stats on monitoring screens and snapped away with their cameras.

When completed in 2027,said Katie Amey in the Daily Mail, “their exceptional speed capacity will cut the travel time by half, linking Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station with Nagoya in about 40 minutes, a journey which currently takes approximately 80 minutes.” The are expected to eventually consist of 16 carriages and carry up to 1,000 passengers at a time, she said.

2ce38884f4d88b3076350cdec7c2a133Geez…no thank you.

Italian police record a mafia oath ceremony for the first time – Europe – World – The Independent

Italian police have released video of recruits for the ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate taking a loyalty oath – the first time such a ritual has been recorded, authorities claimed.

The footage was filmed secretly near a farmhouse in northern Italy, although the Carabinieri paramilitary police in Milan did not reveal how they were able to capture the ceremony without being discovered by the syndicate.

Police said the video shows a meeting of suspected mobsters in Castello di Brianza in northern Italy and that one of the recruits was just 17 years old.

The video also shows members taking a loyalty oath where they have to swear “under the splendor of the moon” and are reminded that traitors are expected to kill themselves and thus must keep an extra bullet on them at all times.

As four men huddle, one man repeats the loyalty oath: ”Right in this holy evening, in the silence of the night, under the light of the stars and under the splendour of the moon, I create the holy chain…the holy society.”

But did they get to record the secret handshake? /snark.

And finally…the photos for this post come from the African magazine, Drum.

Apartheid Exposed in Drum Magazine – Slide Show – NYTimes.com

Miriam Makeba posing for Drum Magazine

Miriam Makeba posing for Drum Magazine

Apartheid was an inescapable fact of daily life in 1950s South Africa. But when the staff of Drum magazine got to the Johannesburg offices, the feeling was of having ‘‘walked into a different world, a world outside South Africa,’’ says Jürgen Schadeberg, the art director there in the 1950s. Inspired by the American magazines Life and Look, Drum’s documentary portrayals of black urban life, arts, politics and culture were revolutionary. Some of those images will be part of a major exhibition that opens at the International Center of Photography this month called ‘‘Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life.’’ ‘‘It was dangerous and difficult work,’’ Schadeberg says, recalling how the secret police kept the magazine under surveillance. ‘‘What we tried to show was how unjust apartheid was.’’

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  • YEAR DRUM WAS FIRST PUBLISHED: 1951
  • PEAK CIRCULATION IN SOUTH AFRICA: 100,000
  • COUNTRIES IT HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED IN OUTSIDE SOUTH AFRICA: NIGERIA, GHANA, TANZANIA, KENYA, UGANDA AND RHODESIA (NOW ZIMBABWE AND ZAMBIA

 

Well, that’s all folks!

 


The Woman In Red: Battle of the Sexes…Fight Until the Vacuum Cleaner is Broken

Good Morning!

And now for Part 2 of…

The Woman in Red: Battle of the Sexes…Fight Until the Vacuum Cleaner is Broken.

You can find Part 1 of this comic-ill story here: The Woman In Red: Against The Monsters On The Hill… A comic-ill perspective observation | Sky Dancing

Which is the second in the series, you can find the first installment here: The Woman in Red: Protector of the Uteri, Defender of Vajayjay Rights and Fighter Against the #WarOnWomen | Sky Dancing

I hope you enjoy the rest of this tale, and that you will be able to follow it. Remember, it comes from a twisted little heathen mind…

And don’t forget, you can click the images to make them bigger. Some of the words on these comics are very small and you may find it easier to read them when the image is larger.

Here then is:

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This is an open thread…


Friday Nite Lite: Political Cartoons

Good Evening

I know I was going to put up the second part of the Women in Red: Against the Monsters on the Hill, but it is just not ready. So here’s a sample of the second part of the installment that I will post on Sunday:

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So…tonight we have a quick cartoon post….

Net Neutrality – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/14/2014

 

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Net Neutrality

 

Known Soldier – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/13/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Known Soldier

Victory Lap – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/11/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Victory Lap

 

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by John Cole, Scranton Times/Tribune – 11/14/2014

 

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Trust China? – Political Cartoon by Bruce Plante, Tulsa World – 11/14/2014

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - Trust China?

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by John Branch, BranchToon.com/San Antonio Express-News/North America Syndicate – 11/14/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 11/12/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 11/07/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 11/05/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 11/13/2014

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This is an open thread….


The Woman In Red: Against The Monsters On The Hill… A comic-ill perspective observation

39b56a58b5881185c6e7b2ddb2429a9bGood Morning!!!!!!

Well, it is JJ again for y’all this Thursday Morning, and I have the first part of the second installment of my Woman in Red series….

The Woman in Red: Protector of the Uteri, Defender of Vajayjay Rights and Fighter Against the #WarOnWomen | Sky Dancing

Do you remember this little project I started back in January of this year?

This second issue is in two parts, so be sure to check back on Friday night for the conclusion.

If you can’t read the writing because of the small images, click the picture to see the comic in its full size. (You can then click again on the image in the full screen to make it even bigger!)

And now…presenting,

Golden Age Heroes- The WOMAN IN RED- Restless at Resthaven! 2014-01-20 12-23-59

And those

Dastardly Bastards on the Hill.

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This is an open thread…

What do you think is going to happen to our Super Sheroes?