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Makes one wonder what's over by the cucumbers...

No wonder Junior's been hitting the bottle too much...

The Donuts of Champions





Funny how that works out...

We have a media which is fearfully delusional about imaginary left-wing bias...

Yet, is largely blind to right wing bias.

The constant coverage of non-existent Obama scandals and the over use of Republican talking heads is indicative of this. Not to mention the utter inability of the media to hold the right accountable for their lack of either sanity or ability to operate in the real world.

Why is it that the media has absolutely no recollection of Republican failures and otherwise lack luster performance when they're in charge of the government's functions? Why are expectations for Democrats always set higher than Republicans, and are many times unrealistically high?

In spite of this unequal treatment and dependence on double standards, they carry on with this insistence that "both sides are equally to blame" for our problems. Any cursory examination shows that this is not the case. One side always works to benefit and few, the lie that these benefits apply to everyone (i.e., "tax cuts.") The other side works to benefit everyone, even if the richest few tend to do better under such circumstances, because our society is inherently set up to amplify any overall benefit for the richest few.

We also have a media which is addicted to presenting inherent unfairness and inequality as natural, fair and inevitable. Personal hardships are rarely depicted as systemic and systemic problems are personalized to the extent to include how they affect more than one person. Citizens are frequently shown to be isolated and powerless, as the media depicts itself as a tireless crusader to the rescue.

Information is parsed and emotionally driven, facts are conditional, relevance is nominal.

People don't vote, because they fell ultimately disconnected to the world around them and apart from their own government. Of course, the media is greatly responsible for exacerbating those feelings of isolation from the government and from each other.

The real world doesn't resemble the depictions of the media and the media tears itself from the real world as much as it can. People are "othered" at every turn and no one is ever held accountable.

I don't watch the local news anymore and I see less and less cable news. Someone, I don't feel uninformed by doing any of this. Also with local news, the most honest and accurate reporting seems to be the weather and sports segments. It's kind of hard to distort temperature and humidity levels and sports scores.

Everything else seems to be dishonest and subjective and people just keep eating it up.

I wonder why...

Officer seen on assault video charged with assault, perjury



By Justin Fenton,
The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore police officer who was caught on video beating a suspect but remained on the job for three months until the video was publicly revealed was criminally charged with assault and perjury, city prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Officer Vincent E. Cosom Jr., a seven-year veteran of the force, is shown on city surveillance camera footage launching what appears to be an unprovoked attack on Kollin Truss at a bus stop on East North Avenue.

A surveillance camera operator flagged the footage on the night in June that it occurred, and prosecutors and internal affairs detectives were aware of it, but Cosom was not suspended until Truss' attorneys made the video public last month. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said he had not been aware of the incident until then, and suspended Cosom on Sept. 16.

In addition to second-degree assault, Cosom was charged with perjury after writing in a statement of probable cause that Truss had assaulted him. All charges against Truss were dropped after prosecutors saw the video evidence.


http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-ci-officer-beating-video-charges-20141029-story.html


The police should be under video surveillance at all times while on duty.

I believe in democracy...

Even with voter suppression, big money donations, gerrymandering, lying ads and just about every single thing in this country that runs counter to government by representative democracy.

America is an oligarchy in practice, no question about it.

But I still believe in democracy.

Vote on Tuesday, while you still can.

Vote.

When I was a young club goer, this was my favorite night of the year

An extra hour to party!

Fall back, baby!

Halloween is HERE! Boo!

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