Tuesday Reads: Evil is as Evil Does


Good Morning!!!

I really don’t want this to turn into a mini version of my mom’s rants on “people are no damn good”  that I grew up hearing as frequently as some kids hear bed and supper time prayers.  However, it seems that some of the things I’m reading these days just cry out for mom’s mantra on the nature of humanity.  The last few days have seen a constant stream of evil on parade.

On Sunday, David Koch tried to convince ABC viewers that he wasn’t real “evil” because he actually was socially liberal.  Yeah, lot of good that does us when every National Park is timber and animal free, fresh water has been fracked into nonexistence, and every school in America never turns out another scientist.  Doesn’t this guy have enough money yet that he can just quit destroying the planet like some cartoon villain?

“I’m basically a libertarian and I’m a conservative on economic matters, and I’m a social liberal,” Koch responded.

Walters then asked Koch why he uses his wealth to elect socially conservative candidates if he supports gay rights and a woman’s right to choose.

“Well, that’s their problem. I do have those views,” he said.

“What I want these candidates to do is to support a balanced budget,” he added. “I’m very worried that if the budget is not balanced that inflation could occur and the economy of our country could suffer terribly.”

Asked whether he thought it was fair that he’s able to influence elections because of his vast wealth, Koch said that he obeys federal limits on how much he can contribute to individual candidates.

But Koch and his brother, Charles, also donate large sums to support the arts and other philanthropic causes. Walters asked why, then, Koch has developed a reputation as an “evil billionaire.”

“Well, I don’t understand that,” he said.


Yeah, he sure has his priorities straight.  Fuck People. Fuck the Planet.  Fuck the Economy.  Just don’t fuck with my right to exploit every resource every where possible.

PolitiFact has named it’s Lie of the Year, 2014.  Yup, it’s the damned hyped-up exaggerations on Ebola just ready made to prime the outrage pump of dumb red state Americans.  Notice we heard nothing more about it once Fox News turned out its idiot viewership to let lose the plague of congressional republican locusts on the nation?

Yet fear of the disease stretched to every corner of America this fall, stoked by exaggerated claims from politicians and pundits. They said Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border, that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy.

The claims — all wrong — distorted the debate about a serious public health issue. Together, they earn our Lie of the Year for 2014.

PolitiFact editors choose the Lie of the Year, in part, based on how broadly a myth or falsehood infiltrates conventional thinking. In 2013, it was the promise made by President Barack Obama and other Democrats that “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” While no singular line about Ebola matched last year’s empty rhetoric about health care, the statements together produced a dangerous and incorrect narrative.

PolitiFact and PunditFact rated 16 separate claims about Ebola as Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire on our Truth-O-Meter in 2014. Ten of those claims came in October, as Duncan’s case came to the fore and as voters went to the polls to select a new Congress.

The Northern White Rhino will likely go extinct in a few years because a lot of Chinese Men are worried about Dick Performance.  There are only five left now and they are all elderly and in Zoos and Reserves.   This just makes me want to cry and hate people.

A northern white rhino has died at a San Diego zoo, leaving only five worldwide and bringing the species closer to extinction.

Angalifu, 44, died of old age Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park announced that Angalifu, one of six remaining northern white rhinos in the world, died Sunday.\nCredit: \tSan Diego Zoo/Helene Hoffman\n
San Diego Zoo Safari Park announced that Angalifu, one of six remaining northern white rhinos in the world, died Sunday. Credit: San Diego Zoo/Helene Hoffman

“With Angalifu’s passing, only five northern white rhinos are left on the planet, including Nola, our elderly female,” the zoo said in a statement.

He was one of a handful of northern white rhinos left worldwide, including a few at a wildlife conservancy in Kenya. There are no known northern white rhinos left in the wild.

Northern white rhinos and southern white rhinos are different subspecies genetically.

Last year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature declared the northern white rhino as “teetering on the brink of extinction.”

Rhinos are killed by poachers almost exclusively for their horns, which sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

Experts say that rhino horn is becoming more lucrative than drugs. The demand is driven primarily by buyers in East Asia, who believe it cures a series of ailments.

Meanwhile, pregnant women are being victimized by state laws and health officials that can’t seem to keep their religious views to themselves. A woman was placed in jail because of Wisconsin’s personhood law.  The woman’s not a person, but war-on-womenthe 14 week old fetus evidently is now and can be protected on the word of any religious hysteric that happens to be a nurse.  Here’s a story where the state put lives at risk out of the concern of religious zealots that believe that women can’t be trusted to be pregnant.  Here’s a story that violates every citizen’s right to privacy and every health care giver’s oath to do no harm.

Tamara Loerstcher was suffering from an untreated thyroid condition and depression and had begun to self medicate with drugs when, in late July 2014, she suspected she might also be pregnant. Loerstcher, uninsured at the time, went to an Eau Claire, Wisconsin, hospital for medical treatment and to confirm her pregnancy.

After submitting to a urinalysis, Loerstcher disclosed her past drug use to hospital workers. But instead of caring for Loerstcher, who as it turns out was 14 weeks pregnant, hospital workers had her jailed.

Those are the allegations in a soon-to-be-filed federal civil rights lawsuit by attorneys from National Advocates for Pregnant Women, the Carr Center for Reproductive Justice at New York University School of Law, and the Perkins Coie law firm.

Loerstcher and her attorneys, in a call with reporters, detailed her experience, including her alleged mistreatment by Wisconsin officials and the ongoing deprivation of Loerstcher’s constitutional rights under a Wisconsin law that grants authorities the power to involuntarily detain and confine a pregnant woman for substance use if she “habitually lacks self-control” and her substance use poses a “substantial risk” to the health of an egg, embryo, or fetus.

The Wisconsin policy is similar in nature to radical “personhood” laws pushed in state legislatures controlled by anti-choice lawmakers. “Personhood” amendments, which would outlaw abortion at any stage of pregnancy, were roundly rejected by voters in several states on Election Day.

According to Loertscher and her attorneys, unbeknownst to her, as hospital workers were preparing a prescription to treat Loertscher’s thyroid condition, they were also initiating unborn child protection proceedings on behalf of Loertscher’s then 14-week-old fetus.

Loertscher and her attorneys claim that within days of Loertscher seeking care, hospital workers had already turned over Loerstcher’s hospital records to the state without Loerstcher’s knowledge or consent. They also claim that with those records in hand, state officials filed a petition accusing Loerstcher of abuse of an unborn child and held a hearing in which the state had appointed an attorney, known as a guardian ad litem, for the 14-week-old fetus, but granted Loerstcher no meaningful representation.

At the hearing, Loertscher and her attorneys allege she was ordered by the court into in-patient treatment even though she had not used drugs recently and voluntarily sought medical care. When Loerstcher refused to go to in-patient treatment, she was held in contempt of court and sent to jail, where she was held for 17 days without prenatal care and subject to abuse and harassment.

“This was my first pregnancy, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Loerstcher told reporters. “I was having lots of cramping and a lot of stress from everything and they [jail officials] wouldn’t allow me to see the doctor. They told me I would have to see a jail-appointed doctor who told me she wanted me to take a pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy even though that’s why I was in jail, because I was pregnant. They knew that’s why I was there.”

Loerstcher claims she refused the pregnancy test, and in response, correction officials put her in solitary confinement and threatened to use a taser on her. “The jail doctor told me if I chose to miscarry, there wasn’t anything they could do about it anyways,” Loertscher said through tears.

About a week after Loerstcher’s release, she says she got a notice in the mail from the state stating they had found she had engaged in child abuse.

“It was really devastating to get that letter,” said Loerstcher. Unless it’s overturned on appeal, Loerstcher’s name will appear on the state’s child abuse registry for life. That would mean Loerstcher, who is a certified nurse’s aid, would be unable to work in her field, noted her attorney, and that she would be barred from ever volunteering at her son’s school after he is born in January. “This has very serious ramifications for her life and economic stability long term,” said Sara Ainsworth, director of legal advocacy at the National Advocates for Pregnant Women and counsel for Loerstcher.

In order to be released from jail, Loertscher had to sign a consent decree agreeing to additional drug tests, so she remains under state custody to some extent, her lawyer said.

GOP and WomenMore evidence that Republicans can’t be trusted to govern as written by Steve Benen.   No idiot media seeking continual bipartisanship, there  simply is no Bipartisanship Santa.  A vote for a Republican is a vote for a destroyed economy, a destroyed ecosystem, a destroyed school system, and a lot of disenfranchised Americans who will have their rights stripped away quickly.

Just one month later, there’s already ample evidence that those assumptions about Republican maturity were completely wrong.
Republican Tom Price, the incoming House Budget Committee chairman, said his party could demand steep spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling next year, the most provocative comments by a senior GOP member to date on how negotiations could play out.
The Georgia congressman, during an hour-long briefing with reporters Friday, said the expected mid-2015 debate over whether to raise or suspend the debt ceiling offered Republicans an opportunity to make a sizable imprint on government policy.
The far-right Georgian added that he wants to see Republicans bring back the so-called “Boehner rule” – an arbitrary policy that demands a dollar in cuts for every dollar increase in the debt limit – that even Republicans recognized as ridiculous a couple of years ago.
“I prefer to think about it as opportunities and pinch points,” Price said, apparently using “pinch points” as a euphemism for “causing deliberate national harm.”
It’s worth emphasizing that Price isn’t some random, fringe figure, shouting from the sidelines – the Georgia Republican next month will fill Paul Ryan’s shoes as chairman of the House Budget Committee.
In other words, it matters that Price envisions a strategy in which Republicans threaten to hurt Americans on purpose unless Democrats meet the GOP’s demands.
That said, Price would be wise to start lowering expectations – his intention to create a deliberate crisis will almost certainly fail.
The gist of the plan is effectively identical to the scheme hated by House Republicans in 2011. Next year, the Treasury Department will alert Congress to the fact that it’s time to borrow the funds necessary to pay for the things Congress has already bought. As Price sees it, the GOP-led Congress will tell the Obama administration, “We’ll cooperate, but only if you slash public investments. If not, we’ll default on our debts, crash the economy, and destroy the full faith and credit of the United States.”
Why Price or anyone else would want to slash public investments right now – hurting the economy, just as the recovery gains steam – is a bit of a mystery.

No conversation on evil can forget Dick Cheney. I’m not sure how close you’ve been following the Dick Cheney Torture-rama Press tour, but it’s pretty disgusting.  I’m usually not up for Conor Friedersdorf, but even he thinks Cheney’s an Evil Dickhead.  Cheney’s interview with Chuck Todd on Sunday was like watching one of those mad scientist movies.


That exchange leaves no room for mistaking former vice-president Cheney’s position: better to chain a man to the wall of a cell, douse him in cold water, and leave him there to freeze to death, even if he later turns out to be innocent, than to release that same man and risk not that he detonates a nuclear bomb in Manhattan, but that he ends up “on the battlefield,” where there’s a chance he could harm Americans. What if fully one-in-four prisoners tortured by the CIA were innocent?

Cheney is still unmoved:


Is that too high? You’re okay with that margin for error?


I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective.

The ends justify the means.

There is no clearer illustration of the morally corrosive nature of torture than the once unthinkable position that Dick Cheney is unashamedly espousing on television. The position is even less defensible than the conceit that the Office of Legal Counsel defines what torture is. It is so indefensible that Cheney himself can scarcely maintain it.

You have to wonder where you measure on the vast barometer of human sewage if Conor Friedersorf won’t defend your evil ass as a former Republican ‘Conservative” Vice President.

Jon Stewart for the win, however.  “Puppet Master Cheney’s mind” is “the scariest fucking place in the universe.” 

“George W. Bush, thank you for not dying while you were in office,” Stewart said to the former president.

When pressed by Todd to explain his definition of torture following the release of a Senate report criticizing the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” procedures, Cheney continually defined torture as the events of the 9/11 attacks.

“I see — that’s just what meets the definition of torture in his mind,” Stewart said. “His mind, I assume, being the scariest f*cking place in the universe.”

Stewart then tried to get a peek inside the “presidential puppet master’s” mind, only to find a scene out of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

“Never took him for a brony,” Stewart observed.

What set Cheney apart, Stewart explained, was his ability to set the “moral bar” for the U.S. at anything just shy of the worst thing that had been done to the country, as well as his confidence.

“He’s impervious to doubt,” Stewart said. “It never enters his mind that the confident, plain-spoken pronouncements of truth are often times complete bullsh*t.”

shutterstock_101263915-800x430There, name that republican presidential candidate for 2016 over in that line up.  Whichever one gets on the ballot, there will be a Koch entering his backside. My guess is that he’ll have Dick Cheney on the campaign trail for him too.

 And, yes, David Koch is Evil.  Amanda Marcotte gets it right.

Here’s the thing about men like David Koch: Making money is basically just a video game to them. For the rest of us, making money is about being able to pay for things we need and want, such as rent and food and actual video games. But David Koch has made so much money that he literally cannot spend it all. There is nothing he would want to buy he cannot already afford. The only purpose at this point in making more money is for the pleasure of beating your high score. In other words, it really is just a very consuming video game. But unlike when you kill people in Call of Duty or crush candies in Candy Crush, the game David Koch is playing is very real. Millions of people will suffer and die because he wants to “win” his video game by manipulating the public to avoid taking action on global warming. That is evil and hateful and selfish on a level that puts the word “selfish” to shame.

And no, being pro-choice and pro-gay doesn’t make up for it. That’s like having a hobby of strangling kittens and then saying it’s all good because you donate clothes to Goodwill once in awhile. Worse, actually, because David Koch isn’t actually pro-choice in any meaningful sense, because he gives money to anti-choice activists, as documented by Adele Stan at RH Reality CheckThe Koch brothers give money to right wing umbrella groups, who then give it to anti-choicers. Why is fairly obvious. This is about manipulating misogynist, anti-sex hysteria in order to elect politicians who are on board with the anti-environmentalist agenda. A manipulation that is, in itself, evil on a couple of levels, both because you’re manipulating people and because you’re engaging bad people who have bad motivations to hurt and control others. It’s terrible, hateful behavior all the way down.

With that, I’ll leave you to grade papers.  I’m pretty sick of humanity at the moment and I do not understand how any one with a will to survive could vote Republican anymore.

Anyway, I dare y’all to find good news today.  Please!!!

Friday Nite Lite: #CalhounYellowJackets Win Georgia High School Football State Championship; Let’s Not Forget The #RapeCulture That Is Associated With This Team

Just a reminder not to forget the victim in that rape from spring of this year.

3 Star Athletes Allegedly Orchestrated Horrifying Post-Prom Gang Rape

And your cartoons for tonight…

sexual violence in war by Political Cartoonist Arend van Dam

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Dark clouds by Political Cartoonist Luojie

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Spending Bill by Political Cartoonist Jimmy Margulies

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No Indictments by Political Cartoonist Kevin Siers

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After the torture report by Political Cartoonist Patrick Chappatte

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REMEMBERING NEWTOWN by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

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Putin Titanic by Political Cartoonist Sergei Elkin

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This is an open thread.


“Why the fuck not me?” Indeed….

 Hell yeah!

Wow, can’t start a post any better.

Sorry for the non-censored title, but it is a quote, and a damn good one!

Mindy Kaling said these words in a tweet June of this year….

“Why the fuck not me?” should be your motto

It is something that pretty much could be the motto for a lot of people as we come to the end of 2014.

This post will focus on one particular article from Mic.com, The 39 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2014.

What I will do, is take this piece and spread it out over the length of the thread.

In 1998, TIMEMagazine declared feminism dead. Nearly 15 years later, it wondered if instead, perhaps feminism should be banned. Constantly on attack from all sides, feminism has spent the past few decades proving its importance and relevance over and over and over again. If there’s one thing history has taught us, it’s that the backlash against feminism will always be a measure of our success. That’s the thing with progress — it is perceived as a threat by those too weak to embrace equality.

Indeed, it’s clear 2014 was a historic one for feminism. Women stood up for their rights, challenged stereotypes, fought for recognition and took control of the dialogue. The following is a non-exhaustive list of some of the most iconic feminist moments this year.

Of course number one on that list is…Malala.

Malala Yousafzai accepted the Nobel Peace Prize — and went straight back to chemistry class.

Number 2…..

Mo’ne Davis made everyone want to “throw like a girl.”


And the third on the list:

Emma Watson stunned the U.N.


Now back to the top quote. “Why the fuck not me?” My guess is that Jackie is asking this repeatedly…as in, why the fuck not believe me?

Once again another rape victim is getting rack through the coals…and it is getting more disgusting as the story unfolds.

As BB pointed out earlier today, asshole Charles Johnson threatened and “outed” the victim in this case:

Conservative Blogger Posts Alleged Name of Rape Victim from Rolling Stone Story | Mediaite

Johnson, the flamethrowing conservative blogger who’s spent the past six months crash landing into national news stories, published what he believes is the name of “Jackie,” the victim from the Rolling Stone UVA rape story. (Mediaite is not linking to his post.)

Jackie’s accounting of a gang rape by a UVA fraternity has come under increasing scrutiny, leading the magazine to retract it. On Sunday Johnson threatened to reveal more details about “Jackie” unless she admitted she fabricated the story:


Conservative blogger reveals unconfirmed identity of alleged U.Va. rape victim

Rolling Stone’s UVA rape story is a disaster for all  By  at The Boston Globe

Well, this is awful.

The Web blew up Friday afternoon with the news that Rolling Stone magazine no longer stands behind last month’s horrific, explosive story of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. A report in The Washington Post cast central elements of her story into serious doubt. Her friends and supporters now say they’re dubious, too.

It’s disastrous for everybody involved. At this writing, the victim, Jackie, insists she was telling the truth about being raped by seven students. Whatever the truth, she must be in a world of pain right now, particularly if she tried to extricate herself from the magazine story before it was published, as she now maintains.

The destructive fallout goes beyond one woman’s suffering. The Rolling Stone story, which had helped make it all but impossible to ignore the scourge of campus sexual assault, is now going to do the opposite. Because now, emboldened by this one possibly fabricated story of rape, the chorus of people who believe women routinely make these things up will grow louder.

It already has. You could see them doing their happy dances in the comments below the Post story, which, a couple of hours after it went up, looked a lot like 1950. If it turns out to be entirely false, Jackie’s story will join other fake narratives — the Tawana Brawley debacle, the accusations against the Duke lacrosse players — as weapons for those moral cave-dwellers who would have you believe that women “cry rape” all the time for attention, or revenge.


And she continues….

“No matter what the reality is, there is going to be the perception out there now that women lie about rape,” says Djuna Perkins, a former Suffolk assistant district attorney who investigates student sexual misconduct cases. “Every time somebody makes up a terrible crime, it does harm to the rest who tell the truth and don’t get believed.”

That sucking sound? That’s us being dragged back into the last century.

Can we please not go there? Jackie’s story might not be real, but a bigger one is. One in five women say they have been raped. One in 20 say they have experienced other forms of sexual violence. About 19 percent of undergrads say they experienced rape or attempted rape. In a fall survey of MIT students, one in six of the women who responded said they’d been sexually assaulted, but only 5 percent had reported it. It is everywhere, including at august New England universities.

More at that link.

But as these links illustrate, the show is only going to get worse:

Former UVA Fraternity Member Hires Lawyer Who Specializes In Sex Assault Cases – BuzzFeed News

Updated apology digs bigger hole for Rolling Stone – The Washington Post

Rolling Stone Walks Back Apology Letter Blaming Alleged Rape Victim

Rolling Stone crisis over rape article: What now? – Dec. 7, 2014

Rolling Stone UVA rape story continues to unravel. Jackie’s friend “Andy” speaks out.

Rolling Stone Tries to Regroup After Campus Rape Article Is Disputed – NYTimes.com


And while all this was going on, what was being said over the wires around UVa?

Here’s What UVA Students Are Saying About Rolling Stone on YikYak

Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Rolling Stone piece about an alleged gang rape at the University ofVirginia was immediately incendiary, and the magazine’s partial retraction feels much the same way. From a source in Charlottesville, here’s a sample of what students at UVA are currently saying on YikYak, the anonymous gossip app that collects posts within a 1.5 mile radius.

Reading these and the comments in the threads on the various links above it can make you wonder, especially the ones over at Mediaite. Damn nasty too.

Alright, I can’t do anymore on that. Next up, on the list numbers 4 through 6:

4. A survivor brought her mattress — and sparked a national movement. Frustrated by what she saw as an unacceptable response from school officials to her alleged sexual assault, Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz took matters into her own hands. As part of her senior performance art project, Sulkowicz announced she would carry her mattress everywhere she went until her alleged rapist was expelled.

5. Jennifer Lawrence beat the Internet’s worst trolls at their own game.


6. Women stormed the halls of Congress. The 2014 midterm election may have been a “shellacking” for Democrats, but it also saw victories by a new wave of women, on both sides of the political aisle, ultimately increasing the ratio of female representatives greatly. A record 100 women will serve in the 114th Congress, and that’s something we should all celebrate.

Celebrate? Maybe? I don’t think so….those women that were elected don’t celebrate women in any shape or form.

Back to the question at hand. Why the fuck not me?

And another group of people who can and should be asking the same exact thing…

Yet Another Unarmed Black Man Shot Dead by Police | Alternet

Prairie Weather: US under scrutiny by UN for human rights abuses

St. Louis Police Pursue Assault Charge Against Youngest Member Of Ferguson Commission

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department this week convinced the local prosecutor’s office to charge a prominent young Ferguson protester with misdemeanor assault because he allegedly made fleeting physical contact with a law enforcement official blocking access to St. Louis City Hall during a demonstration last month.

Rasheen Aldridge, a 20-year-old community activist, has been protesting in and around the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on a regular basis ever since then-police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Last month, Gov. Jay Nixon (D) named him to the Ferguson Commission, a task force intended to address problems in the St. Louis region that were highlighted in the wake of Brown’s death. On Dec. 1, Aldridge was at the White House to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss the relationship between law enforcement and local communities. (He later said he left the meeting “disappointed” with Obama, whom he used to consider his “idol.”)

It’s no surprise, then, that the misdemeanor assault charge brought by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce against Aldridge grabbed local and even internationalheadlines and gained traction in conservative circles. After all, a story about a prominent Ferguson protester being charged with assault fits in perfectly with the broad generalizations that many have made about those demonstrators: namely, that they’re violent “thugs” with no respect for the law.


Aldridge — who is just 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, according to court documents — seems to be trying to open a City Hall door as a much larger city marshal stands guard. The marshal then appears to shove Aldridge, and the protester’s hand touches and perhaps pushes the official.

Soon after the incident, police in riot gear wielding pepper spray would break up the demonstration around City Hall, claiming that the entire daytime assembly was unlawful because a few demonstrators “made contact” with law enforcement.

Susan Ryan, a spokeswoman for the Office of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney, emphasized that the third-degree assault charge against Aldridge is the “lowest-level misdemeanor available under the law.” Aldridge has not been arrested, according to Ryan. Instead, she said, “He’ll get a note in the mail, just like a parking ticket.”

Ryan said that the prosecutor’s office had a duty to evaluate the case after it was referred to the office by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

And other links on the matter:

Eric Garner ‘chokehold’ death: A grand jury blind to the evidence before it – Comment – Voices – The Independent

Sean Hannity Finds A Way To Make Eric Garner’s Death About Benghazi | Video | Media Matters for America

Does an Innocent Man Have the Right to Be Exonerated? – The Atlantic

And when someone on the “inside” shows solidarity: Officially Sanctioned Hippie Punching – Lawyers, Guns & Money

Just because you are a police officer doesn’t automatically mean you support the racist killing of black people by your co-workers. There are some Bunny Colvin types out there. Including in St. Louis. But the official disapproval of standing with people fighting against racist law enforcement officials is really strong. In the protests over Eric Garner’s murder going unpunished, a single fire fighter in Providence appeared before the protests in a window and raised his fist in solidarity. This was filmed. He was punished while the firefighters openly mocking the protestors were not. Providence journalist Steve Ahlquist is responsible for the coverage. He’s sad and angry that it led to the punishment of the firefighter.

Sickening. More at the link.

There is this other kind of racism:

Car used to kill Muslim teen in Missouri had ‘Islam is worse than Ebola’ bumper sticker: police

Or you know the Christian kind of love.

Cannonfire-The needy

Thirty-three cities want to prohibit giving food to homeless people.

Addicting Info – Terrifying Law Turns Michigan Into A Theocracy — The Christian Right Is Coming For Your State Next

Mary Landrieu Loses in Louisiana – NationalJournal.com

Now they’re trying to steal 2016: The demented GOP schemes to rewire the Electoral College and elect a Tea Party president – Salon.com

I didn’t realize that it was this late. Guess it is better since the title is so…earthy. Be sure to read the rest of the 39 moments…

Sunday Dec. 7th Reads: Pearl Harbor Day

Good Morning

Today is Pearl Harbor Day.


Mobile Uploads – The Greatest Generations Foundation | Facebook

Pearl Harbor Survivor Larry Perry makes his first return to the USS Arizona for the first time in 73 years. In a moment of reflection with rose petals in hand and the recent loss of his wife weighing heavy in his heart, Larry was overcome with vivid memories of December 7 as though it was yesterday. With a salute and a prayer, the petals were swept away by the wind, leaving all in witness sobbing as a united unit. A powerful tribute we will never forget. #chive #chiveon #chivenation #chivenation #pearlharbor #tggf #wwii

Remember Those Who Served
The Greatest Generations Foundation

Some image, innit?

Okay, I will just post a quick thread with some cartoons. More to come later today…



WWII Pacific tribute by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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Pearl Harbor tribute by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund


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Pearl Harbor wreath by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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Strange but these are the only Dec. 7th cartoon tributes I could find….

I thought you would like to see a few from around the actual days before and after Dec. 7, 1941.

World War II Clifford Berryman Political Cartoons

A December 3, 1941 cartoon titled, “War Exit-Peace Exit.” This prophetic cartoon published 4 days before the Pearl Harbor attack, shows Secretary of State Cordell Hull speaking to Japanese ambassador to the United States Kichisaburo Nomura and Japanese diplomat Saburo Kurusu, as they are walking through revolving doors with exits marked “war” and “peace”. Hull tells them they “Have to Decide Where [they] Want To Get Out”.

War exit; peace exit


Shows Nomura and Kurusu in a revolving door “War Exit-Peace Exit”. Hull tells them they “Have To Decide Where [they] Want To Get Out”.

Look at this one, published by Theodor Seuss Geisel, December 9, 1941

Dr. Seuss – Theodor Geisel World War II Political Cartoons

(Yes, Dr. Seuss.)

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Another Dr.Seuss:

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And a few more via the blog, Aunt Ethel’s War :”The most complete collection of WWII Political Cartoons on the web.”

December 7, 1941- Pearl Harbor – WW2 Cartoons






Dec., 1941 – U.S. declares war – WW2 Cartoons





Now this is an open thread. I have a long post that has a lot of links, it just would not have been ready in time this morning. Look for it later today.

BTW, today TCM will be showing From Here To Eternity. Here is a blog post about the film’s Director, Fred Zinnemann and the idea of watching movies when we know already know what happens next: moviemorlocks.com – I Saw That Coming

Friday Nite Lite: Can’t Breathe; Can’t See

Good Evening

Tonight we have so many cartoons, most of them follow a theme, as you will see…we will start with an ultra right wing asshole cartoonist. This guy is so bad, that some of his comics are hurtful. He is worst the the dude named Varvel who’s racist cartoons has made headlines the last few weeks.

I am talking about Chip Bok, take a look at the cartoons he did from the ebola crisis:

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Chip Bok, bokbluster.com – 10/30/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Chip Bok, bokbluster.com – 11/02/2014

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Here is his take on the NY Grand Jury matter: AAEC – Political Cartoon by Chip Bok, bokbluster.com – 12/04/2014

Cartoon by Chip Bok -


Now look at what Gary Varvel has to say:

Cartoonist Gary Varvel: The Eric Garner case – Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel, Indianapolis Star – 12/05/2014

Cartoon by Gary Varvel - Cartoonist Gary Varvel: The Eric Garner case

I guess even they have limits…

But you can see that only yesterday Varvel was his usual self: Cartoonist Gary Varvel: $18 Trillion federal debt – Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel, Indianapolis Star – 12/04/2014

Anyway, I just wanted to get that bit out of the way, the rest of tonight’s cartoons are below…in no particular order.

No Peace On Earth by Political Cartoonist Rick McKee

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Choke Hold Death by Political Cartoonist Rick McKee

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 12/05/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 12/04/2014

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Prevailing Winds – Political Cartoon by Steve Artley, Artleytoons – 12/05/2014

Cartoon by Steve Artley - Prevailing Winds


But the President is a Black Guy – Political Cartoon by Ted Rall, Universal Press Syndicate – 12/05/2014

Cartoon by Ted Rall - But the President is a Black Guy


1205_jb_Boyertoon – Political Cartoon by Jeffrey Boyer, Times-Union – 12/05/2014

Cartoon by Jeffrey Boyer - 1205_jb_Boyertoon


AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader – 12/05/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette – 12/05/2014

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the law – Political Cartoon by Tom Curry, Big Bend Gazette – 12/05/2014

Cartoon by Tom Curry - the law

AAEC – Political Cartoon by MStreeter, Savannah Morning News – 12/05/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Paul Berge, Q Syndicate – 12/05/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – 12/05/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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Eric Garner RIP by Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee

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CHURCH FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Political Cartoonist Randy Bish

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Eric Garner Grand Jury by Political Cartoonist Mike Keefe

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Obama Executive Action by Political Cartoonist Jeff Darcy

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Clay Bennett: Glasses – Clay Bennett – Truthdig


Mike Luckovich: American Democracy – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig


Nick Anderson: To Serve and Protect – Nick Anderson – Truthdig

I Cant Breathe by Political Cartoonist Jeff Koterba

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Hands Up by Political Cartoonist Herbjorn Skogstad

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Mr. Fish: Choke – Mr. Fish – Truthdig


This is an open thread, thank you and good nite!


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:


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.


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

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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




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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Ferguson by Political Cartoonist Marian Kamensky

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Ferguson MO shooting by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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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!