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Name: Steven Leser
Gender: Male
Hometown: New York, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: NYC
Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 04:36 PM
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Greenwald attacks Warren for her statements on Israel/Gaza says she sounds like Netanyahu

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/08/28/elizabeth-warren-speaks-israelgaza-sounds-like-netanyahu/

The last time Elizabeth Warren was asked about her views on the Israeli attack on Gaza – on July 17 – she, as Rania Khalek put it, “literally ran away” without answering. But last week, the liberal Senator appeared for one of her regularly scheduled “office hours” with her Massachusetts constituents, this one in Hyannis, and, as a local paper reported, she had nowhere to run.

One voter who identified himself as a Warren supporter, John Bangert, stood up and objected to her recent vote, in the middle of the horrific attack on Gaza, to send yet another $225 million of American taxpayer money to Israel for its “Iron Dome” system. Banger told his Senator: “We are disagreeing with Israel using their guns against innocents. It’s true in Ferguson, Missouri, and it’s true in Israel . . . The vote was wrong, I believe.” To crowd applause, Bangert told Warren that the money “could have been spent on infrastructure or helping immigrants fleeing Central America.”

But Warren steadfastly defended her “pro-Israel” vote, invoking the politician’s platitude: “We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one.” According to the account in the Cape Cod Times by reporter C. Ryan Barber, flagged by Zaid Jilani, Warren was also asked about her Israel position by other voters who were at the gathering, and she went on to explain:

“I think the vote was right, and I’ll tell you why I think the vote was right. America has a very special relationship with Israel. Israel lives in a very dangerous part of the world, and a part of the world where there aren’t many liberal democracies and democracies that are controlled by the rule of law. And we very much need an ally in that part of the world.”
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(more at above link)

Doing a segment this week on Race in America using Ferguson as a jump off point. If you want

the audio file emailed to you, please PM me with an email address.

Just for folks of this group.

Rigged monopoly game speaks to the mindset of privilege and the issues of wealth inequality

This has been posted on DU before around a year or so ago but I think it bears a repost

Everyone should watch this video as it explains some of what we Democrats/Liberals/Progressives say about wealth inequality in this country. Folks born into privilege, as some might say, born on third base, behave as if they hit a triple. And are then mean to those who were born having to hit a single just to make it to first base.

xpost from GCRA: Woman shoots her 7 y/o grandson in her home mistaking him for an intruder

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/tampa-grandmother-mistakes-grandson-7-for-intruder-shoots-him-deputies-say/2193576

TAMPA — A grandmother accidentally shot and badly injured her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday, thinking he was an intruder at their Town 'N Country home, authorities said.

The boy, Tyler Maddox, was in critical but stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital.

The boy and his twin brother, Tyrique, were sleeping in the five-bedroom house at 6505 Alta Monte Drive with their grandmother, Linda Maddox, 63.

She had placed a chair against her bedroom door for security, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's officials. About 1 a.m., she heard the chair moving against the wood floor. Thinking the noise was from an intruder, Linda Maddox retrieved a .22 caliber pistol she keeps near the bed and fired in the darkness toward the door, deputies said.

Woman shoots her 7 y/o grandson in her home mistaking him for an intruder

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/tampa-grandmother-mistakes-grandson-7-for-intruder-shoots-him-deputies-say/2193576

TAMPA — A grandmother accidentally shot and badly injured her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday, thinking he was an intruder at their Town 'N Country home, authorities said.

The boy, Tyler Maddox, was in critical but stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital.

The boy and his twin brother, Tyrique, were sleeping in the five-bedroom house at 6505 Alta Monte Drive with their grandmother, Linda Maddox, 63.

She had placed a chair against her bedroom door for security, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's officials. About 1 a.m., she heard the chair moving against the wood floor. Thinking the noise was from an intruder, Linda Maddox retrieved a .22 caliber pistol she keeps near the bed and fired in the darkness toward the door, deputies said.

I believe this is the incident that led to the ramping up of police weaponry and armament

The 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery where two suspects wearing body armor and using a car full of armor piercing bullets in AK-47 assault rifles outgunned local law enforcement for a considerable amount of time until S.W.A.T could be brought in. I am not saying I agree or disagree with this incident as justification, just that I seem to remember this is what started police units down the road of requesting higher powered weapons and armor.

Wow... 8 Hides in 14 days, flagged for review and a 76 day timeout

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=profile&uid=309333&sub=trans

And his last OP was calling out President Obama for taking too many golf vacations

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5400962

paging admins... Large pizza with extra cheese is needed!

My official response to House Republicans suing Obama...

xPost from GD: Shocked by a hateful (Bigoted Anti-LGBT) church sign a few blocks from me in Harlem

This church apparently has a reputation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlah_Worldwide_Church I had no idea about this until I walked by it. I literally stood by mouth agape for a good two minutes staring at it and I guess I my expression was enough to attract a number of bystanders.

I dont yet know what I am going to do about this but I am going to do something.

Edited to add from wiki:

Atlah Worldwide Missionary Church is a Christian church and ministry located in Harlem, New York, USA. The church is led by James David Manning who is the chief pastor. The church campus is the site of the ATLAH Theological Seminary, where classes are offered on preaching and prophecy. The church is also the home of the Manning Report. In early 2014 the church gained attention for statements on the sign outside its building that expressly called for violence against LGBT persons and were critical of Barack Obama.


Shocked by a hateful (Bigoted Anti-LGBT) church sign a few blocks from me in Harlem

This church apparently has a reputation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlah_Worldwide_Church I had no idea about this until I walked by it. I literally stood by mouth agape for a good two minutes staring at it and I guess I my expression was enough to attract a number of bystanders.

I dont yet know what I am going to do about this but I am going to do something.

Edited to add from wiki:

Atlah Worldwide Missionary Church is a Christian church and ministry located in Harlem, New York, USA. The church is led by James David Manning who is the chief pastor. The church campus is the site of the ATLAH Theological Seminary, where classes are offered on preaching and prophecy. The church is also the home of the Manning Report. In early 2014 the church gained attention for statements on the sign outside its building that expressly called for violence against LGBT persons and were critical of Barack Obama.


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