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Prosecutor's apology to innocent man he sent to prison for 30 yrs: ‘I wasn’t interested in justice"

According to Stroud he was “arrogant” and only interested in winning the case, writing, “In 1984, I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning. To borrow a phrase from Al Pacino in the movie “And Justice for All,” ‘Winning became everything’.”

Stroud admitted he was too “passive” when it came to listening to Ford’s side of the story, stating, “I did not consider the rumors about the involvement of parties other than Mr. Ford to be credible, especially since the three others who were indicted for the crime were ultimately released for lack of sufficient evidence to proceed to the trial.”

“My mindset was wrong and blinded me to my purpose of seeking justice, rather than obtaining a conviction of a person who I believed to be guilty. I did not hide evidence, I simply did not seriously consider that sufficient information may have been out there that could have led to a different conclusion. And that omission is on me.”

After apologizing to Ford and all involved in the trial, Stroud called for an end to the death penalty saying it was “an abomination that continues to scar the fibers of this society.”

“I end with the hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” he concluded. “But, I am also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it.”

Watch video of Stroud below from the Shreveport Times:
plus more transcript:

Obama pretends to watch the #NCAATournament while actually eavesdropping on guy flirting with Malia


such a DAD!
Turns out its her cousin:

peace to everyone,

GOP’s new moral monstrosity: Trickle-down lies enrich the 1 percent, as wing-nuts assert control

President Obama:
"The truth is, the budget they're putting forward and the theories they're putting forward are a path to prosperity for those who have already prospered."


GOP’s new moral monstrosity: Trickle-down lies enrich the 1 percent, as wing-nuts assert control
Republican extremists have outlined two demented budgets loaded with phony numbers. Why won't Democrats fight back?


"The Republican budget is a fiscal, economic and moral monstrosity. If Democrats can’t unmask it they don’t deserve the support of the millions who still rely on them to act as their tribunes" .


Defense aside, the only difference between the two Republican budgets is that the House spells out actions the Senate also necessitates. In addition to the above list of horribles, both would slash food stamps by $125 billion or more and make deep cuts to Pell Grants, aid to cities, early childhood intervention programs; anything they can find that helps anyone in real need. On the revenue side, both eliminate tax credits for the working poor while holding the rich harmless.

The human carnage contemplated by both budgets is beyond accounting. Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a liberal-leaning analyst lauded for his impeccable methodology and mastery of fiscal policy. Greenstein estimates that two-thirds of the cuts come from the quarter of the budget that serves the poor and working poor. A man known to measure his words, Greenstein says it would leave the government a “shell” of its former self and make America a “coarser and less humane nation with higher levels of poverty and inequality.”

Even after slashing non-defense discretionary spending to its lowest level since World War II, Republicans can’t achieve a balanced budget– the holy grail of their rhetoric, not their policy—without resorting to something called “dynamic scoring.” In essence, dynamic scoring means that in projecting future revenue and spending you take into account the effect of your budget on your economy. All large budgets make measured bets on the economy but what Republicans do here is much more dangerous, and also dishonest.

On purely ideological grounds they say that overnight their unholy combination of miserly spending cuts for the poor and profligate tax cuts for the rich will juice economic growth by nearly 50 percent, unleashing a cascade of revenue. It’s faith-based accounting based on supply-side economics and it’s never worked. But in the spirit of Florida Gov. Rick Scott forbidding state officials from uttering the words “global warming” and “climate change,” the Republicans have ordered their formerly non-partisan budget analysts to apply the theory. It’s how their whole budget works; like a sleight of hand street hustle, a shell game with no pea.


When Dick Cheney Says You Are The Worst President Of His Lifetime,


A Blunt And Frightening Assessment Of Post-Election Israel From the NY Review Of Books

Israel: The Stark Truth

Benjamin Netanyahu has won again. He will have no difficulty putting together a solid right-wing coalition. But the naked numbers may be deceptive. What really counts is the fact that the Israeli electorate is still dominated by hypernationalist, in some cases proto-fascist, figures. It is in no way inclined to make peace. It has given a clear mandate for policies that preclude any possibility of moving toward a settlement with the Palestinians and that will further deepen Israel’s colonial venture in the Palestinian territories, probably irreversibly.


................. “Netanyahu has succeeded in overturning the principle that the state exists for the sake of its citizens and putting in its place the Fascist belief that the citizens exist for the state.”

In accordance with that belief, there will be more hypernationalist, antidemocratic legislation, more deliberate and consistent attempts to undermine the authority of the courts, more rampant racism, more thugs in high office, more acts of cruelty inflicted on innocents, more attacks on moderates perceived as enemies of the state, more paranoid indoctrination in the schools, more hate propaganda and self-righteous whining by official spokesmen, more discrimination against the Israeli-Arab population, more wanton destruction of the villages of Israeli Bedouins, more war-mongering, and quite possibly more needless war.

The danger from within—to who we are and how we live in the world—is infinitely greater than any external threat. The corruption (I am not talking about money) is already far advanced. Israel has, in effect, knowingly moved further toward a full-fledged apartheid system. Those who don’t like the word can suggest another one for what I see each week in the territories and more and more inside the Green Line.



Change in deficit by president



State of War

‘The Spine of a Worm, The Ethics of Whores’: Glenn Beck Unloads on Karl Rove

An open letter to ‪#‎KarlRove‬.

You want to rumble Rove? Come on to my show and let's have it out.
Bring it on.

I would love to take you on WITH YOUR RECORD AND THE RECORD OF THE GOP.

I could do it with my eyes closed and in a coma.

You hung yourself on O’Reilly. By using my words to mock me, the audience heard my words. I would bet a good portion agreed with me. I was right at CPAC in 2011 and never invited back. What a shock!!!

If you don't think that the Republicans are progressive light then you don't know the history of the movement started by Teddy Roosevelt and the GOP.

There are good men and women in the party that believe in the constitution. Are you one of them?

Do you seriously believe that Jeb Bush is not progressive light? Help me out with Common Core and Jeb Bush!

How about Orrin Hatch's role in targeting Mike Lee? Can you name a better, more honorable man than Mike?

How about Mitch McConnell and his targeting of Ted Cruz and Mike Lee?

How are things working out for all of the campaign promises? How about the deficit? The war? Defunding ObamaCare? Oh, didn't the GOP vote to confirm Cass Sunstein? How is illegal immigration working out for you?
(Actually, I know the answer: really well as your big corporate buddies love it. Especially down in the colonias). It is modern day slavery. Has Grover started any new Muslim Brotherhood front groups you and the Bushes can pass off as the good guys? How about some more FCC regulation on the Internet?

Can you tell me one thing you have done? I mean beside the PATRIOT Act, the NSA and not stopping the IRS from massive abuse of power.

Oh, I forgot! You did get to the bottom of Benghazi. Oops. Nope. It must be because you are swamped in actually fixing the VA system for all the men YOU put in harms way. Gosh, sorry. No, you aren't even doing that.
Wow. How do you find your way out of bed in the morning? Well maybe you don't go to bed, because I know I couldn’t sleep if I were you or any of your cronies.

So let me rephrase. You guys couldn’t find your way outside standing in an open door frame.
How is the health of the three equal branches of government?

I will say this; you are better than the president. You are only half as bad. You are only doing the fundraising dinners, while he is doing that AND playing golf. It is almost like you are progressive light.

I know, you understand 'strategy' and I don't. I know, you can't push for these things right now! You will lose the presidency in 2016.

No, now you have to compromise on things like immigration etc. so you can win the White House. THEN you will have the White House, the Senate and the House. That is when you really go for it ... Right?

Next time. Not now. That when things really change! Just like they did when you had both branches under Bush!!

Crap. Another bad example.

You guys have the spine of a worm, the ethics of whores, and the integrity of pirates. (My apologies to worms, whores and pirates)

You are right about one thing,

I have said this before. You are also right that you don't need to worry about me.

You need to worry about the American public. Because they have had it up to their teeth with you, the GOP and the DNC lies.

You need to worry about yourself. After blowing almost a billion dollars on 'I love government healthcare Romney,' I would guess you don't have too.

Many more chances to save what is left of your career.

It is sad that you can no longer hear the American People because they could save you. Instead you listen to your political consultants and the amazing thing is you still believe all of it.

Can you not smell what you are shoveling anymore?

The world has changed. The whole world is being redesigned. Not by government but by dreamers and doers.
You are the taxi medallions in an Uber world.

You don't have to be young to see that. You just have to be open and honest.

Instead, you just continue to shine up the progressive agenda of people like Jeb, pressure, corrupt or threaten freshmen and smear the good people of this country who believe in the actual principles enshrined in the constitution.

It is sad what the GOP has become. You would campaign against Reagan. (Cruz has the principles of Reagan- but all you see of Reagan was HOW Ronald Reagan won, not WHY he won). JFK would be too small government for the GOP as you see it.

"Government isn't the solution, Government is the problem". You believe only government run by the Democrats is a problem.

By the way: clever whiteboard trick. Only problem, the quote was right. Ted Cruz knew what you guys were doing and called you on it. He won't play your game. Which is why millions of Americans support him and you and your progressive corporate fat cats will try to destroy him and anyone else that tries to tell the truth.
Good luck with that.

The future belongs to free people. The genie is out of the bottle. You will not be able to corral the spirit of America. Because it isn't a person or a place. It is an idea.

Do you know why America is failing? Because we don't even know who we are anymore. Why? Because people like you only care about 'interests' instead of 'principles'.

Your interests, the party’s interests or national interests.

Those all change depending on the day and situation. Principles never change.

When you and the GOP find your unchanging and eternal principles - other than keeping your power and controlling people's lives - let me know.

The people don't trust Washington anymore. You haven't given us a reason to, we are not as dumb as you thought and we will never sit down and shut up again.

‪#‎defundtheGOP‬. Find the person you believe in, not the party. George Washington was right.

You have gone from being a man I thought was a good guy to a sad and quickly forgotten figure of the past.
It is never to late to change. You just have to be willing to admit your mistakes and live by principles. I have done so. When will you?


From the man who put Sarah Palin next in line to POTUS:


"It's just a different language."

"I was just trying to share my culture, my language. I wasn't forcing it on others."

Dana is a sophomore. She speaks in serious tones that belie her age. One day, she hopes to pursue a degree in computer science.

Dana didn't expect to be the first student to mark National Foreign Language Week by reciting the Pledge; others had been scheduled to recite it in Japanese and Spanish on Monday and Tuesday. She can't help but think that had they done so, things might have turned out differently.

"I also thought I'd recite the Pledge in English, as well," she says.

But it was not to be. She read the Pledge in Arabic, "and after that, people just blew up," she said Friday.

Friends told her of ugly comments posted by other students on Twitter; that students refused to stand for the Pledge while she read it.

She could hardly believe what her friends were telling her.

"I just felt people didn't respect my culture or language."

Did she translate the word "God" in the Pledge as "Allah"?

"Yes, it was on Google Translate that way."

Her voice strains with pained incredulity.


Ingraham, who serves as a contributor at Fox News and hosts "The Laura Ingraham Show," wasn't having any of it.

"What if the skinheads want to do the Pledge of Allegiance, we're gonna do that too?" she said on her radio show, using a term often synonymous with neo-Nazism. "To some people that would be offensive. We're gonna let them do that?"

Where have you been, Ms. Ingraham? Skinheads already recite the Pledge of Allegiance in English, as do your wingnut friends, most of whom are indistinguishable from skinheads.

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