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Holder Calls For Halt To Death Penalty

Attorney General Eric Holder called Tuesday for a moratorium on the death penalty pending a Supreme Court decision on the use of lethal injection drugs in Oklahoma.

Speaking at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Holder, noting that he was speaking in a personal capacity and not as a member of the administration, said the "inevitable" possibility of executing an innocent individual is what makes him oppose capital punishment.

"Our system of justice is the best in the world. It is comprised of men and women who do the best they can, get it right more often than not, substantially more right than wrong," Holder said. "There's always the possibility that mistakes will be made ... It's for that reason that I am opposed to the death penalty."

He continued: "I think fundamental questions about the death penalty need to be asked. And among them, the Supreme Court's determination as to whether or not lethal injection is consistent with our Constitution is one that ought to occur. From my perspective, I think a moratorium until the Supreme Court made that determination would be appropriate."


Jeb’s the guy W was pretending to be.

Papantonio: Why Is Netanyahu Coming to Congress? A Jeb Bush–Circle Neocon Set It Up

Jeb Bush happens to be the only Bush who was a card-carrying member of the PNAC. He was a neocon long before neocons were cool. In fact, one must suspect that his early defiance of his father and brother in this regard signals the act of a True Believer. He didn’t need to do it. He was Governor of Florida, not head of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He must have really thought the cause was righteous. ...

Right now he’s being given a smooth ride because the press and the political establishment is afraid that the lunatic fringe might get a crack at the white house and they see Jeb as the only sane alternative. The problem is that Jeb’s one of the crazies too, always has been.


In that context, consider this, Thom Hartmann and Mike Papantonio talking about the kerfuffle over Israeli hard-right premier Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the U.S. and its Republican Congress (via Thom Hartmann's TV show, The Big Picture):

This is a former U.S. Florida politician, from a Florida political family, now serving as Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. — a non-political position, there as here — who is one of the key behind-the-scenes players in setting up Netanyahu's speech before Congress, over administration objections. As Hartmann asks in the video, "How does that happen?"

Papantonio's answer, "Real easy. Jeb Bush." Because Dermer comes from the same neocon Florida crowd that Jeb Bush comes from. Listen to the video for the full Florida explanation, and also what Obama has to do to stop this.

Ready for endless Middle East war? As digby said:

Jeb’s the guy W was pretending to be.

MORE, plus links, video:

"Knowledge is power, France is Bacon".


Was religion a factor in the Chapel Hill Shootings?

but they could not share the water fountain...


Ruth Bader Ginsburg on abortion, race and the broken Congress

WASHINGTON – The Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion isn’t in danger of being overturned anytime soon, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told msnbc in a wide-ranging, exclusive interview. But Ginsburg warned that the abortion restrictions being enacted by states around the country are having an outsize impact on low-income women.

“We will never see a day when women of means are not able to get a safe abortion in this country,” Ginsburg told msnbc on Friday.


“We’ve come a long way from the days where there was state enforced segregation,” Ginsburg said. “But we still have a way to go.”


“The current Congress is not equipped really to do anything,” she said. “The kind of result that we got in the Ledbetter case is not easily achieved today. Someday, we will go back to having the kind of legislature that we should, where members, whatever party they belong to, want to make the thing work and cooperate with each other to see that that will happen.”


1970 Dennis The Menace


John Oliver takes on Big Tobacco---Brutal look at an awful industry

Published on Feb 15, 2015
Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas.

1 year smoke free,

alternate universe alert


Republican Warmonger Busted Showing Fake Photos Of Ukraine War During Senate Speech

Republican Warmonger Busted Showing Fake Photos Of Ukraine War During Senate Speech

During a speech given on the floor of the U.S. Senate, GOP Senator Jim Inhofe presented a series of fake photos, which he claimed show Russian troops advancing in the Ukraine. Inhofe used the fake photos as justification for his senate bill, which would authorize the U.S. to provide “lethal military aid” to the Ukraine.

Inhofe said:

“We have the Russians in there with the Separatists doing horrible things, things that are just as bad as the things that are taking place in ISIS, Syria and other places.”

To demonstrate his point, Inhofe claimed he “brought back” a group of photos from a trip to the Ukraine. He goes on to claim that the photos are evidence of Russian tanks in the Ukraine.

The photos Inhofe used are not what he claims. Two were taken in 2008, during Russia’s war with Georgia. The other, which was taken in October, shows Russian-backed separatists in the Luhansk town of Krasniy Luch.

Inhofe is the author of Senate Bill 452, which would authorize the U.S. to provide “lethal military aid” to the Ukraine. He introduced the bill on February 11, 2015, using the fake photos to illustrate why the United States must provide “lethal” weapons to the Ukraine.

In a February 11 press release, published to his official website, Inhofe states:

These photographs were given to me by Lt. Col. Semen Semenchenko, the commander of Donbas Volunteer Assault Battalion and newly elected member of the parliament of Ukraine, during our meeting on 13 Nov last year.

The first set of pictures show Russian troops in T-72 tanks, BTR armored personnel carriers, and BMP infantry fighting vehicles entering eastern Ukraine, waiving Russian flags. This is not simply supporting separatists – it is an invasion of the Ukraine by Russia.

The second set of pictures were taken by Ukrainian soldiers on the front line in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian officials deny providing Inhofe with the photos. According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL):

Yuriy Bereza, a parliamentarian who also leads the pro-Kyiv Dnipro battalion in eastern Ukraine, says that when he and a Ukrainian delegation met with Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe’s staff last November, he provided them only with photos taken by his men between August 24 and September 5.

“Those photos were taken during for Ilovaisk, then after Ilovaisk events in Piskiy and Mariupol — three places” he told RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service. “I never gave photos from 2008.”

Wondering just how similar the images were?

In his best attempt to impersonate war crazed Senator John McCain, Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma released photographic proof of Russian solders in Ukraine in order to push forward his bill to provide U.S. arms to Ukraine. Or so he thought…

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