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What Jimmy Carter ALSO said: 'USA Reputation Diminished In 2000 When SCOTUS Decided Election'

President Carter is giving every Dem a tutorial on what Democrats stand for. It's not just a value, its also common sense. You can't conduct the nation's business and represent its citizens when you're spying on them and violating their rights. That is not democracy.

Carter: Unchecked Contributions 'Legal Bribery'
By RAY HENRY Associated Press
ATLANTA July 17, 2013 (AP)

Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that unchecked political contributions are "legal bribery of candidates" and denounced a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made possible unlimited spending by outside groups, including corporations and labor unions.

"It's accepted fact," Carter said during a speech in Atlanta. "It's legal bribery of candidates. And that repayment may be in the form of an ambassadorship to someone who has raised three or four hundred thousand dollars to help a candidate get elected."

He said the U.S. Supreme Court made a "very stupid" decision by removing limits on independent campaign spending by businesses and labor unions, which the court found was a constitutionally protected form of political speech. The Democrat said that he and his Republican opponents used public financing to run their general election campaigns in 1976 and 1980.


Carter said that while elections in the United States once set an example for the world, the country's reputation diminished in 2000 when the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in a Florida vote recount, effectively deciding the election in favor of Republican George W. Bush. He also criticized GOP-led state legislatures for changing polling hours in ways that Carter said were meant to frustrate likely Democratic voters.



TIME: After Trayvon

When Aurora happened, when tucson happened and certainly when Newtown happened, we as a country launched a heartfelt conversation about gun violence, gun safety and the use of weapons. We lurch from tragedy to tragedy to tragedy, trying to figure out what to do along the way.

Our priorities are askew. Our leaders talk a lot about international terrorism. I often talk about domestic terrorists, by which I mean not foreign nationals plotting violence on these shores but the day-to-day crime that is even more devastating to our cities than the episodic threats from overseas. My focus comes from my experiences and the buildup of living all my life in West Philadelphia and Wynnefield, and as a city-council member and then later as mayor, attending numerous funerals and talking to moms and dads who have lost their children and other loved ones to senseless acts of violence.


If we get this right, everyone would be involved. We need a partnership among cities, states and federal agencies; the corporate community; the philanthropic community; the religious community; the social-advocacy community--all working toward helping African-American men and boys. We can no longer operate in silos. We have to work in a concerted, holistic and comprehensive effort to deal with these issues.

We are way past the time of just talking. What we really need is action. I know that President Obama cares about these issues, but as powerful as the President of the United States is, he will need a lot of folks to rally with him to work toward solutions. It will require folks to have open minds and open hearts and, more than anything, to be dedicated to change.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2147723,00.html#ixzz2ZPTk77Mw

The NRA "A Press Conference We'd Pay To See"

Colorado Town May Let Folks Shoot Down Drones, What Could Go Wrong?

Town of Deer Trail considering hunting licenses for unmanned aerial vehicles, bounties for drones
'They fly in town, they get shot down,' man says

DEER TRAIL, Colo. - The small town of Deer Trail, Colorado is considering a bold move. The town board will be voting on an ordinance that would create drone hunting licenses and offer bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Deer Trail resident, Phillip Steel, drafted the ordinance.

"We do not want drones in town," said Steel. "They fly in town, they get shot down."

Even though it's against the law to destroy federal property, Steel's proposed ordinance outlines weapons, ammunition, rules of engagement, techniques, and bounties for drone hunting.



• Krugman: Greenspan is an idiot

What really distinguishes Greenspan here are two things. First, his reaction to the fact that even in 2010 it was obvious that markets weren’t performing according to his predictions:

This is regrettable, because it is fostering a sense of complacency that can have dire consequences…

My analysis can’t be wrong, the markets are just misbehaving!

And, above all, the fact that for many years this guy was regarded as the Maestro, a man of almost supernatural wisdom and judgment.


Neighborhood Wash

President Carter: "America has no functioning democracy"--"The invasion of privacy has gone too far"

NSA affair: Ex-President Carter Condemns U.S. Snooping
By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Atlanta

Ex-President Carter: "The invasion of privacy has gone too far"

The Obama administration has tried to placate Europe's anger over their spying programs. Not so ex-President Jimmy Carter: The Democrat Carter sharply criticized U.S. intelligence policy. The disclosure by the whistleblower Snowden was "useful."

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was in the wake of the NSA spying scandal criticized the American political system. "America has no functioning democracy," Carter said Tuesday at a meeting of the "Atlantic Bridge" in Atlanta.

Previously, the Democrat had been very critical of the practices of U.S. intelligence. "I think the invasion of privacy has gone too far," Carter told CNN. "And I think that is why the secrecy was excessive."

With regard to the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Carter said his revelations were "likely to be useful because they have informed the public."


McConnell lies to his caucus, Corker calls bullshit


Sen. Bob Corker literally called bullshit on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

A meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday grew tense as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told his members he could have gotten a better deal on nominations than the one negotiated by rank-and-file Republicans

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., got so frustrated with McConnell’s presentation of events, that he called “bullshit” loud enough for the room to hear, nearly a half-dozen sources said.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
That is all.


Had it not been for Snowden they would not have the essential evidence they need to prove their case

Had it not been for Edward Snowden they would not have the essential evidence they need to prove their case.

The lawsuit is specifically in response to the renewal order NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden disclosed to The Guardian, which showed a United States secret surveillance court, the FISA court, had authorized the NSA to collect the “telephony metadata” of all phone calls of Verizon customers over a three-month period.

The suit targets Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the agency, with broad warrants from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, to obtain a vast array of records, including those held by banks, doctors and phone companies. These broad warrants, the suit says, and the activity of the FISC and the NSA under it also violates the Fourth, and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The lead plaintiff is the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles.

"The First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles has a proud history of working for justice and protecting people in jeopardy for expressing their political views," said Rev. Rick Hoyt. "In the 1950s, we resisted the McCarthy hysteria and supported blacklisted Hollywood writers and actors, and we fought California's 'loyalty oaths' all the way to the Supreme Court. And in the 1980s, we gave sanctuary to refugees from civil wars in Central America. The principles of our faith often require our church to take bold stands on controversial issues. We joined this lawsuit to stop the illegal surveillance of our members and the people we serve. Our church members and our neighbors who come to us for help should not fear that their participation in the church might have consequences for themselves or their families. This spying makes people afraid to belong to our church community."

The revelations from Edward Snowden's leaks, and the NSA's acknowledgement of the surveillance program resulting from those leaks, could give this case a better chance than the previous challenges EFF and other groups have tried to bring against the program.


Warren: Profits from student loans are ‘obscene’

Source: Washington Post

Warren: Profits from student loans are ‘obscene’
By Ruth Tam, Published: July 17 at 11:23 am

“The federal government will make $51 billion in profits off student loans,” she said at Generation Progress’s Make Progress National Summit . “That’s more than wrong. It’s obscene.”

Warren used her address at the conference of young activists to make the case for her Bank On Students Loan Fairness Act, which she has said would provide a one-year fix to the Stafford loan interest hike that went into effect on July 1. The bill, she said, would allow students to borrow at the same rate that big banks do, a rate around 0.75 percent. The interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford loans has increased from 3.4 to 6.8 percent, while Congress continues to try to come to agreement on the issue.

The rate increase will only affect loans that were issued after July 1, 2012, but overall, educational debt is an issue for approximately 37 million student loan borrowers, with the majority of borrowers in 2012 with outstanding balances less than $10,000.

“Instead of helping our students, the government is making a profit on student loans,” she said. “We can hear some booing at this point.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/17/warren-profits-from-student-loans-are-obscene/?tid=rssfeed
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