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GOP congressman calls firing gay people one of the 'freedoms we enjoy'---“It’s like smoking bans."

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA—At a recent town hall in Charlotte’s suburbs, North Carolina House Republican Robert Pittenger compared the right to fire LGBT workers to the right to smoke cigarettes on private property.

“You need to respect the autonomy of somebody running their business,” he said. “It’s like smoking bans. Do you ban smoking or do people have the right to private property? I think people have the right to private property. In public spaces, absolutely, we can have smoking bans. But we don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody? Why should government be there to impose on the freedoms we enjoy?”


Chuck Todd....1st Class Dumbass


"I can't solve all your problems.....I'm just a phone."


LOL: Fox & Friends Hosts Ask: "How Much Would It Help" If Obama Called Bush For War Advice?

Fox & Friends Hosts Ask: "How Much Would It Help" If Obama Called Bush For War Advice?

Co-Host Anna Kooiman:

"He Fought Two Wars, One Of Them In Iraq On The Very Same Soil" And "Pretty Much Everything" He Warned Could Happen Came True


Why Congressional Republicans don’t want to vote on a resolution authorizing military action

* QUOTE OF THE DAY, PLAYING-POLITICS-WITH-WAR EDITION: GOP Rep. Jack Kingston, on why Congressional Republicans don’t want to vote on a resolution authorizing military action:

“Republicans don’t want to change anything. We like the path we’re on now. We can denounce it if it goes bad, and praise it if it goes well and ask what took him so long.”

Hey, that is a clever strategy! Thanks for your candor, Congressman.


From Janay Palmer, Ray Rice's wife:

w/o comment

Depraved Justice (Scalia)

Scalia’s utter moral failure: How he destroys any claim to a superior system of justice
He doesn't think executing an innocent man matters. How on earth can such a depraved human be on our Supreme Court?


He cited this particular case in the decision on Collins v. Collins back in 1994 in which he disagreed with Justice Harry Blackmun on the constitutionality of the death penalty. This was the famous case in which Justice Blackmun disavowed his former support for capital punishment and declared that he would no longer “tinker with the machinery of death.” Scalia wrote, with characteristic sarcasm:

Justice Blackmun begins his statement by describing with poignancy the death of a convicted murderer by lethal injection. He chooses, as the case in which to make that statement, one of the less brutal of the murders that regularly come before us, the murder of a man ripped by a bullet suddenly and unexpectedly, with no opportunity to prepare himself and his affairs, and left to bleed to death on the floor of a tavern. The death-by-injection which Justice Blackmun describes looks pretty desirable next to that. It looks even better next to some of the other cases currently before us, which Justice Blackmun did not select as the vehicle for his announcement that the death penalty is always unconstitutional, for example, the case of the 11-year-old girl raped by four men and then killed by stuffing her panties down her throat. How enviable a quiet death by lethal injection compared with that!”

Yes, how very enviable. Unless the defendants are innocent, in which case it is as horrifying as the brutal slaying of the victim, particularly after 30 years spent imprisoned in a small cell waiting for the day that he will know in advance he is to die. That alone is cruel and unusual punishment. Not that Justice Scalia sees it that way. (His comments suggest that the methods of punishment should be directly correlated to the luridness of the crime, an antediluvian concept rejected by the Enlightenment-influenced writers of the Constitution he alleges to take so literally.)

I call him depraved because he thinks that factual innocence doesn't matter but believes that what he is doing is moral. Is there a better word to describe him?

Honestly, this man has something wrong with him. He has no business being in such a powerful position. The fact that he holds such an esteemed place in our society says as much about us as it does about him.


Ferguson Sets Broad Change for City Courts

Ferguson Sets Broad Change for City Courts
SEPT. 8, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — In the first major sign of change in this small city since last month’s police killing of an unarmed black teenager, the Ferguson City Council said Monday that it would establish a citizen review board to provide guidance for the Police Department.

It also announced sweeping changes to its court system, which had been criticized as unfairly targeting low-income blacks, who had become trapped in a cycle of unpaid tickets and arrest warrants…

… On the eve of what was expected to be a tense City Council meeting on Tuesday, the first meeting since the shooting, the city instead pre-emptively announced many changes activists have long sought…


“They weren’t just pouring water over their heads or over a cloth---This was real torture.”

CIA 'tortured al-Qaeda suspects close to the point of death by drowning them in water-filled baths'
Exclusive: As the US Senate prepares to release a report documenting US torture programme after 9/11, Telegraph reveals new details about the scope of CIA excesses


The CIA brought top al-Qaeda suspects close “to the point of death” by drowning them in water-filled baths during interrogation sessions in the years that followed the September 11 attacks, a security source has told The Telegraph.

The description of the torture meted out to at least two leading al-Qaeda suspects, including the alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, far exceeds the conventional understanding of waterboarding, or “simulated drowning” so far admitted by the CIA.

“They weren’t just pouring water over their heads or over a cloth,” said the source who has first-hand knowledge of the period. “They were holding them under water until the point of death, with a doctor present to make sure they did not go too far. This was real torture.


Was Jesus for the death penalty?

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