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In Overheard Interview, Jeb Bush Mocks Hillary Clinton and Opposes Gay Marriage

The Fox interview will be broadcast on Tuesday night, but it could be overheard by reporters standing nearby.

Pressed on the same-sex marriage case before the Supreme Court, Mr. Bush said: “I believe in traditional marriage. I hope the Supreme Court rules that way.”

He added that the country should not discriminate against any American based on sexual orientation.

Mr. Bush, a two-term governor of Florida, was in New Hampshire for a town hall-style meeting a day after officially announcing his presidential candidacy in Miami. He repeatedly rebuked Mrs. Clinton, his biggest Democratic rival, in Tuesday’s interview. He called her record in Libya, where terrorists killed the American ambassador, “a complete failure.”


America’s Electoral Farce - By Chris Hedges

America’s Electoral Farce

Posted on Jun 16, 2015

By Chris Hedges
I intend to devote no more time to the upcoming presidential elections than walking to my local polling station on Election Day, voting for a third-party candidate, most likely the Green Party candidate, and going home. Any further energy invested in these elections, including championing Bernie Sanders’ ill-advised decision to validate the Democratic Party by becoming one of its presidential candidates, is a waste of time.

Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience, as Kayactivists are doing in Seattle and fishing communities such as Kodiak, Cordova and Homer, as well as a dozen indigenous tribes, are doing in Alaska, to physically halt fracking, drilling for oil and natural gas or U.S. Navy training exercises in the pristine waters of the Arctic. It means striking for a $15 minimum wage. It means blocking city streets to demand an end to the indiscriminate use of lethal force by militarized police, especially against poor people of color. It means, in large and small ways, acts of open rebellion. It means always having as the primary objective the disrupting and overthrowing of corporate power. It means not playing the game.

The corporate state seeks to get us to participate in the political charade of choreographed elections. It seeks to make us play by its rules. Our corporate media, flush with the dollars from political advertising, fills the airwaves with the ridiculous and the trivial. Candidates, pollsters, political strategists, pundits and celebrity journalists provide endless loops of banal and absurd “political” chatter, all of it a grotesque form of anti-politics. We will be bombarded with this propaganda, largely centered on the manufactured personalities of candidates, for many months. Tune it out. It means nothing


the sad rest:

Senate Votes To Outlaw Torture

Source: Huffington Post


WASHINGTON -- In a landmark showing, lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to outlaw the practice of torture and solidify a noncoercive method of intelligence interrogation, indicating a firm departure from the years of the Bush-era torture program -- a period that many have characterized as one of the darkest chapters in the nation’s history.

The road to that symbolic vote, though, was not an easy one, despite still-simmering outrage after the December release of a gruesome Senate summary report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. Even in the days leading up to the vote, anti-torture advocates both on and off the Hill remained concerned that the CIA’s defenders would rally to tank the measure.

In an effort led by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), senators voted in a landslide 78-21 to tack an amendment onto the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would forbid the use of torture by any agent of the U.S. government and standardize certain noncoercive interrogation methods across the government’s military and intelligence arms.

The vote marked a profound, full-circle moment for Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has spent the better part of the past six years championing a 6,000-plus page committee report that exposed the dysfunction and abuse that plagued the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/16/senate-cia-torture_n_7595230.html

CHARLES PIERCE: Things I Choose Not to Care About: Rachel Dolezal Edition

In which we discover that liberals waste a lot of time.

Sherlock Holmes once pointed out that he only had so much room in the attic of his intellect and, therefore, he had to be careful about storing there only what he really needed. So it is in that spirit that I would like to say that I don't care very much what happens to Rachel Dolezal up there in Spokane. (A while back, I spent a week in Spokane, looking into the attempted bombing of the Martin Luther King Day parade there. I talked to dozens of people. I somehow missed Ms. Dolezal.) I don't care to involve myself in thought-experiments about her. I don't care to examine the role of "white privilege" in this situation. I don't want to help turn this thing into another exhausting exercise in sociological pilates. I do not choose to be involved in making what is little more than a very weird local news story into yet another totem representing Where We Are As A People. Let this woman fade away and spend your energy where it can do the most good. In the staggering welter of problems we have in this country regarding race, Rachel Dolezal's masquerade ought to be way down the list. I don't find it fascinating. I find it freaky in a carnival midway sort of way. The topic completely hijacked Thom Hartmann's radio show today. This stuff is catnip to liberals. I may never figure out why.

This, I might add, goes double for Caitlyn Jenner.

Go with god, Caitlin but, for the love of heaven, don't vote for Lindsey Graham.


BERNIE tells corporate America: 'You want us to buy your products - Stop outsourcing."

Ed: What is the key question, and I'll let you frame it, what is the key question at this hour seeing that the House may go back and redo the rules to massage this to try to get a hundred more representatives to get the president Fast Track Authority. How do you see it?

Bernie: If Fast Track passes, TPP will pass. There's no question about that.

Ed, there is a reason why virtually every corporation in America, the pharmaceutical industry, and Wall Street want this to be passed, and there is a reason, as you've just mentioned, why every union, many environmental groups and religious groups are against it. Because anyone who looks at history understands that our trade polices--from NAFTA, CAFTA, to China--have been a disaster for the American workers. Since 2001, we have lost over 60,000 factories, not all attributable to trade, but a lot of it is. Millions of decent-paying jobs.

Our demand now must be to corporate America, and say to them: 'You want us to buy your products, the time is long overdue for you to stop outsourcing. Let's create and manufacture those products here in the United States.' That's what this is about.


The reporter probably didn’t notice Graham’s tail wagging or Mitt saying “good boy” under his breath

What Mitt Romney’s bizarre weekend retreat reveals about the GOP primary
Romney invited all of the "mainstream" Republican candidates to gladhand wealthy donors this weekend



Graham ran into Romney in person shortly after arriving on Friday night at the exclusive lodge where the conference is being held. They shook hands at the top of a staircase overlooking a cocktail party that was already in full swing.

“There’s money down there Lindsey, go get it!” Romney said with a big smile. Graham smiled back, then started down the staircase.

The reporter probably didn’t notice Graham’s tail wagging or Mitt saying “good boy” under his breath.

John Kasich told the Republican donors, “you think you’re going to beat Hillary Clinton by just destroying the Clintons? You’ve got to be kidding me,” which is akin to saying that it’s not enough to simply kill Moby Dick. Carly Fiorina offered the unusual insight that “everything” about her “is different.” Scott Walker spent most of his time sequestered with potential doors but he did tell the whole group that he’d won in a blue state and that he’d only been recalled once in his one and a half terms. (Ok, he didn’t mention the recall.) Chris Christie offered that he was probably “the most psychoanalyzed national political figure in the world,” which is likely to come as quite a surprise to virtually every national political figure in the world.


Bennett draws: "The Republican Base"

Bernie Sanders: “I’m not a great fan” of Benjamin Netanyahu

TUESDAY, JUN 16, 2015 01:00 AM PDT
Bernie Sanders: “I’m not a great fan” of Benjamin Netanyahu
The Vermont senator is the lone presidential candidate to voice his displeasure with the Israeli

Earlier this week, NPR host Diane Rehm bizarrely asked Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is competing for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, whether he is an Israeli-American dual citizen (he isn’t). What was less noticed was the dialogue between Rehm and Sanders afterward, where they discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sanders went on to explain his views on Netanyahu:

REHM: Tell me your feeling about whether there should be a two-state solution should Palestine be given statehood?

SANDERS: Absolutely. What you have in that part of the world is an unspeakable tragedy. And it seems like it’s never-ending and it seems like it every year gets worse and worse and more killing and more bombings and everything else. And again, Diane, if I had the magical solution to that problem I would be in the president’s office today giving it. I don’t have it. But clearly the goals are two-fold: number one the Palestinian people, in my view, deserve a state of their own, they deserve an economy of their own, they deserve economic support from the people of this country. And Israel needs to be able to live in security without terrorist attacks. Those are the goals of I think any sensible foreign policy in that region.

REHM: How do you believe President Obama’s relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu has affected our relationship with Israel?

SANDERS: Well, I gotta tell you, I am not a great fan of President Netanyahu I did not attend the speech that he gave before the joint session of Congress. I think it was opportunistic. I think he was using it as part of his campaign for re-election. I think he was being used or did use the Republicans to go behind the President’s back. And I think in that region sadly on both sides I don’t think we have the kind of leadership that we need. And so you know I think the President is trying to do the best that he can in enormously difficult circumstances.


Lost Elderly Woman In Scooter Chair Gets Police Escort Home -- At 6 MPH

What it looked like at the time was this older lady on a Rascal cruising down the road. The cop car with the lights flashing going behind her is what caught my attention," Andrea Ruth, who filmed the June 9 incident, told KOMO, the Seattle ABC station. "You can't make that stuff up."

It turns out, however, that it wasn't a chase so much as an escort.

Police had received phone calls about an elderly woman in a motorized scooter traveling down busy State Route 546, the station reported. Trooper Dave Hintz with the Washington State Patrol went to make sure she was OK.

"I wasn't trying to stop her. I wasn't trying to detain her. I was just trying to get her back to her home," Hintz told KOMO. "I just treated her the way I would've wanted somebody to treat my mom."


These sequels practically write themselves!

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