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“I decided to spend my annual Michael Brown bonus on a nice relaxing bicycle ride trip to Defiance.”

A St. Louis county police officer is under fire for boasting about spending money he earned while working during recent demonstrations in Ferguson — protests that marked the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.

According to the Guardian, St. Louis County patrolman Todd J. Bakula recently posted images to his personal Facebook page from his vacation to Defiance, Missouri. The pictures included a caption gloating about using money he accrued while responding to large protests earlier this month commemorating the death of African American teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer in August 2014.

“I decided to spend my annual Michael Brown bonus on a nice relaxing bicycle ride trip to Defiance,”
Bakula reportedly wrote using the pseudonym TJ Thekoola. “Eating dinner now and staying at a bed and breakfast tonight.”

The post appears to be a reference to the often sizable overtime pay usually given to police officers who assist in crowd control or other duties during the protests. Of the $4 million the county spent responding to last year’s demonstrations in Ferguson, roughly $2.5 million was used to compensate police for overtime work.



first time posting here:

atheist toast:

peace to all earthlings,

D.C. Diner Serves Up ‘The Trump Sandwich’ And It’s Filled With Exactly What You’d Expect


Border Fence

Americans and Mexicans playing volleyball over the border in Arizona


When Will Liberals Respect Conservatives?

To the Editor:

I take exception to “Jon Stewart, Patron Saint of Liberal Smugness” (Sunday Review, Aug. 9), in which Gerard Alexander bemoans what he sees as Mr. Stewart’s contribution to “our polarized public discourse” and, more generally, liberals’ failure to respect conservatives.

When conservatives abandon their plan to prevent women from having an abortion; when they relinquish their refusal to expand Medicaid because of their contempt for the poor; when they desist in their efforts to deport millions of illegal immigrants because of their bigotry toward Latinos; when they grow the mere semblance of a social conscience and reverse their slashing of funds for food stamps and nutrition programs for poor single mothers and their children, and instead substitute a tax on billionaires and the closing of a single tax loophole; and when they suspend their actions to decrease minority voting, depriving millions of a right that is most elemental in a democracy — then I will respect them.

Indignation should not be conflated with smugness.


The question isn't "Can Bernie deliver?" The question is: Can we?

So the real question is not "Can Bernie deliver?"

The real question is: Can we deliver?
Can we, millions of us from different backgrounds and with different perspectives - march together in pursuit of common goals? Can we make our Government enact humane, progressive policies - like so many other countries have? Can we do the heavy lifting to elect politicians who will pursue these policies, and boot out those who won't? Can we the people - ordinary people - have more influence over our Government than Wall Street and billionaires do?

Consider again what Bill Shaheen said: "We all want the same things. But the question, in the final analysis, is who's going to be the person who is going to deliver it for you."

What many of us actually want are very progressive policies which will never happen if we think that our work ends on Election Day and that the President will just snap his or her fingers and "deliver it" to us.

I realize many Democrats honestly believe that very progressive policies - like single-payer health care and tuition-free higher education - are not politically feasible in America. Yet they are clearly achievable in other countries. Like Sen. Sanders, I believe we can achieve these policies in America too. If we make the effort to fight for them.


Rude Pundit: "On a plane, seated next to a 20 year-old with a "Reagan/Bush '84" shirt....."

On a plane, seated next to a 20 year-old with a "Reagan/Bush '84" shirt.

The Rude Pundit asked if it was ironic.

"No," he said. "We need a president like Reagan."

"You mean decayed?"

We will probably not speak for the rest of the flight.

- See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/#sthash.CaJwLSUh.dpuf

GOP: "Vote For US"

Things you need:
Guns, War, a Benghazi Avi, a Flag and a Bible.

Things you don't need:

Vote for us,



A Brutally Frank Jimmy Carter Calls Out Israel on Permanent Apartheid

In an interview with the U.K.‘s Prospect magazine, former President Jimmy Carter is brutally frank in saying that all hope for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict has ended. “At this moment, there is zero chance of the two-state solution,” he said, according to journalist Bronwen Maddox.

That judgment is widely shared and not so controversial. It is what he said next that ruffled feathers in Israel: “The Netanyahu government decided early on to adopt a one-state solution … but without giving them equal rights.” In this sentence, he accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having pursued, upon his election in 2009, a deliberate policy of relentlessly annexing and colonizing the Palestinian West Bank, ensuring that it will end up as part of Israel. At the same time, he said, Netanyahu conspired to ensure that the 4.2 million Palestinians under Israeli occupation remain stateless and without rights.

It seems fairly clear to any dispassionate observer of Netanyahu’s government that these steps are precisely the ones it has taken, and Carter is simply stating the obvious. But in the world of international diplomacy, it is customary to put some of the blame for this state of affairs on the Palestinians. Pro-Israeli critics run interference for Tel Aviv, insisting that the PLO, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, has declined perfectly reasonable negotiating offers and that Israel would be very happy to have someone take Palestine off its hands, if only it could receive security in return. Carter violated these conventions of “on the one hand” political discourse by boldly and correctly blaming the occupying authority for its illegal actions, rather than the helpless, occupied population.

Carter wasn’t done with Netanyahu. Not only is the two-state solution dead, the Palestinian West Bank being entirely stolen, the Palestinians doomed to be ruled by the Israelis in perpetuity—but Israeli society and politics are such that in the single state now forming under Netanyahu’s iron fist, Palestinians “will never get equal rights.” In short, he implicitly called Israel an apartheid state in which the only hope for the Palestinians is to achieve at least “more equal rights.”


Dragging Us Kicking & Screaming.....

Christo Komarnitski, Bulgaria
Sometimes, Others see US better than we see ourselves

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