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“I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one.” - D. Brat



Priceless!


#t=62

(at 0:45, after a few "...uh...uh..." s)









http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/06/11/3447557/david-brat-cant-answer-basic-policy-questions-during-msnbc-interview/











Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Wed Jun 11, 2014, 12:27 PM (17 replies)

“This is an extremely serious spill,” Capt. Brian Penoyer, US Coast Guard






TEXAS CITY — A collision between a barge and a ship Saturday near the Texas City Dike spilled 160,000 gallons of heavy oil into Galveston Bay.The accident forced authorities to evacuate the dike and surrounding areas — and to close the Houston Ship Channel.Authorities also suspended operations of the ferry between Galveston and Port Bolivar. Traffic in and out of the ports of Texas City and Galveston was also suspended. . . . The barge was carrying about 924,000 gallons of bunker oil, according to a report from the U.S. Coast Guard. Coast Guard Capt. Brian Penoyer said late Saturday that 160,000 gallons, or 3,800 barrels, of the oil leaked from the barge into the bay.

“This is an extremely serious spill,” he said. “This is a persistent oil. It’s a large quantity. It will spread. People should be aware of that.”

Bunker oil or bunker fuel is a heavy crude and highly polluting oil that also is referred to bottom of the barrel oil...


http://www.galvestondailynews.com/free/article_6340123e-b1fc-11e3-987d-0017a43b2370.html







Texas City dike closed after barge and ship collide
By Anita Hassan, Jayme Fraser, Harvey Rice, Ingrid Lobet | March 22, 2014 | Updated: March 23, 2014 7:23pm



http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Texas-City-dike-closed-after-barge-and-ship-5341213.php?cmpid=hpfc#photo-6062667



"Vessels work with skimmers and oil containment booms in Galveston Harbor on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Galveston. Dozens of ships are in evolved in clean-up efforts to remove up to 168,000 gallons of oil that make have spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike on Saturday afternoon."




"A dead oil covered bird is shown washed ashore on the beach area along Boddeker Rd. on the east end of Galveston near the ship channel Sunday, March 23, 2014 in Galveston."





"Oil containment booms cuts across a sand bar covered with birds on Pelican Island on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Dozens of ships are in evolved in clean-up efforts to remove up to 168,000 gallons of oil that make have spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike on Saturday afternoon."





article, and more photos at:

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Texas-City-dike-closed-after-barge-and-ship-5341213.php?cmpid=hpfc#photo-6062667









Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Sun Mar 23, 2014, 09:19 PM (8 replies)

Texans: VOTE!!! ... LaRouchite who wants to execute Obama is LEADING in Democratic Primary polls.


Your vote is needed in the Texas Democratic primary tomorrow as a bonafide LaRouchite cultist, who is calling for the impeachment and execution of President Obama and the colonization of Mars, and has campaigned with an image of President Obama portrayed with a Hitler moustache, is LEADING in polls in a 5 candidate race with 35%, and, with right wing crossover votes, is threatening to make the run-off and be an embarrassment to viable Texas Democratic candidates in the general election.

Despite being dis-avowed by the Texas Democratic Party, Kesha Rogers has twice before managed to win the Democratic nomination for District 22 House of Representatives (Tom Delay's old seat) in 2010 and 2012.

The remaining 65% of the vote is split among 4 candidates. David Alameel, who has been endorsed by Wendy Davis and others, has 27% support, the remaining 3 candidates splitting remaining 38% (with none having more than 15%).

Rogers only endorsement listed in the Wikipedia article on the 2014 Texas race is an "organization" by the name of "Doctors Against Murderous Obamacare", which appears to consist of at least one LaRouchite Pennsylvania physician, Mark Shelley, MD.





Burnt Orange Report: Reminder: Democratic Senate Candidate Kesha Rogers Has Called for Obama's Impeachment, Execution

by: Katie Singh
Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:30 PM CST

This year, perennial candidate Kesha Rogers is running for US Senate in the Democratic primary. A recent UT/Texas Tribune poll found her leading the pack among Democratic senate candidates, probably because she has been on a ballot the most times. (Although it is important to note that the majority of surveying for this poll took place before the best-financed candidate, David Alameel, began running ads and sending mailers.)

It is important for Texas Democrats not to be fooled--Kesha Rogers is absolutely the wrong candidate to be the Senate nominee. Though she calls herself a Democrat, she associates herself with Lyndon LaRouche, whose LaRouche movement has compared President Obama to Hitler and has a history of violent, anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Rogers has also repeatedly called for President Obama to be impeached. In 2012, when she was running in CD-22, Burnt Orange Report also revealed that Kesha Rogers produced a campaign video that called for the President's execution. . . . .

http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14887/reminder-democratic-senate-candidate-kesha-rogers-has-called-for-obamas-impeachment-execution






University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll:

David Alameel 27%
Michael Fjetland 9%
Harry Kim 14%
Kesha Rogers 35%
Maxey Scherr 15%

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Texas,_2014






Meet "Democrat" Kesha Rogers: Worse Than Ted Cruz




We’ve pointed out before why Ted Cruz doesn’t deserve your vote or political support. However, there’s someone else running for office - as a Democrat - who could make it onto the ballot...and makes Cruz look like a stand up citizen in comparison.

Her name is Kesha Rogers and she thinks Obama starting a thermonuclear war is a legitimate concern. So she wants to execute him.

Running for the U.S. Senate as a “LaRouche Democrat” Rogers has already been rejected by the Democratic Party. The State Democratic Executive Committee’s released its official party position on Rogers’ candidacy. “The Texas Democratic Party will have no relationship with the campaign of any person identifying him or herself as aligned with the LaRouche Movement or Lyndon LaRouche…”

...Kesha Rogers also produced a highly offensive video in which she, again, refers to the President as Hitler and cheerfully calls for his doctor to “administer some pentathol of sodium”. Sodium thiopental was commonly used during lethal injections in U.S. executions until 2010.

http://progresstexas.org/blog/meet-democrat-kesha-rogers-worse-ted-cruz





Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Mon Mar 3, 2014, 10:02 PM (15 replies)

Greg Abbott is not a REAL Attorney General.



A REAL Attorney General prosecutes sexual predators rather than seeking their endorsement.


(Neither does a REAL gubernatorial candidate seek the blessing of those that use re-cycled Nazi epithets to describe fellow Americans .)










Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Sat Feb 22, 2014, 05:55 PM (8 replies)

Would Teddy Roosevelt have stood by while Comcast bought the internet?





The Northern Securities Case (1904), which established President Theodore Roosevelt’s reputation as a “trust buster,” reached the Supreme Court in 1904. It was the first example of Roosevelt’s use of anti-trust legislation to dismantle a monopoly, in this case a holding company controlling the principal railroad lines from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest.

In 1901, railroad builder James J. Hill of St. Paul, Minnesota, fought off an attempt by his arch rival Edward H. Harriman for control of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. Hill, who controlled the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific railroads, wanted to gain access to Chicago for his lines from the Twin Cities. After a protracted and potentially disastrous bidding war for the CB&Q, Hill and Harriman cooperated with banker J. P. Morgan and financier John D. Rockefeller to create the Northern Securities Company. Established in the state of New Jersey (which had laws favorable to this type of arrangement), Northern Securities held the majority of shares in the CB&Q, the Northern Pacific, and the Great Northern railroads, along with smaller roads associated with these three.

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt instructed his Justice Department to break up this holding company on the grounds that it was an illegal combination acting in restraint of trade. Using the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, the federal government did so and the Northern Securities Company sued to appeal the ruling. The case worked its way up to the Supreme Court, where the justices ruled 5-4 in favor of the federal government. Roosevelt’s action had ignored the advice of leading conservatives in the Republican Party and demonstrated his independence from party elders. It also increased his popular support and helped in his election campaign in 1904.


http://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Learn-About-TR/TR-Encyclopedia/Capitalism-and-Labor/The-Northern-Securities-Case.aspx






Or, for that matter, would the 1963 Kennedy/Johnson Justice Department, (which used the Clayton Act to block a merger that would have created a bank controlling 30% of the Philadelphia banking market)???













Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Thu Feb 13, 2014, 02:20 PM (4 replies)

How Fox "News" is "Reporting" the Murder of Garrick & Carl Hopkins


So how is Fox "News" covering the murder in West Virginia of brothers Garrick and Carl Hopkins, killed by their white neighbor as they were inspecting their newly purchased property?















Would you believe total silence?




Searches the entire internet:

Google search for "Garrick Hopkins": 5270 results

Google search for "Garrick Hopkins" + "Rodney Bruce Black" + "Barboursville": 607 results



Seaches of foxnews.com:

Google search of foxnews.com for "Garrick Hopkins" + "Rodney Bruce Black" + "Barboursville" : Zero results

Google search of foxnews.com for "Garrick Hopkins" : Zero results

Google search of foxnews.com for "Rodney Bruce Black" : Zero results

Google search of foxnews.com for "Rodney Black" : Zero results

Google search of foxnews.com for "Barboursville" : 25 results (none of which reported on the murder of Garrick & Carl Hopkins, although, in fairness to Fox "News", they did cover the 2008 scorpion sting at the Barboursville WalMart.)






(Interestingly, Fox "News" has been quite vocal about what they think of those who are "silent" regarding interracial violence:
In August, following an incident on a Florida school bus, Fox not only ran repeated stories, but repeatedly criticized Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, for "silence" about a school bus assault in Florida in which 3 blacks were convicted of felony assault.)




But another Google search for "interracial violence" at foxnews.com leads us to a Bill O'Reilly interview of Fox favorite Bernard Goldberg that just might give a clue as to why Fox "News" thinks Fox viewers already know all they need to know about interracial violence:



Here's the O'Reilly interview:




Bill O'Reilly: Violent crime and the media


There is no question, no question at all that the American media is not reporting the black, white crime situation accurately. Last night Bernie Goldberg said this about the reportage.

GOLDBERG: They paint this picture of white people hunting black people. Here's an inconvenient fact. Any time there is interracial crime, there is an overwhelming chance that the victim is going to be white and that the criminal is going to be black.

O'REILLY: Do you have a stat on that, Bernie? Do you have a stat on that? . . . And here it is. According to the FBI between the years 1976 and 2005, the latest stats available; 91 percent of homicides on black Americans were committed by other blacks... 91 percent. Also, 14 percent of homicides on white Americans were committed by blacks twice as many as the other way around. So the truth is that black men are not being "hunted" down by whites as some hysterical commentators charge after the Zimmerman acquittal.

But the lie was not challenged by the national media. In fact, the horrendous black-on-black murder rate is virtually ignored by the press. The reason is that any exposition of violence in the black community is bad for business. The liberal media wants no part of exposing problems in the minority precincts . . . Big time TV commentators working on politically correct networks well understand that any skepticism towards minorities is unacceptable. And those in the race business, the Congressional Black Caucus, race leaders like Jackson and Sharpton well know they will be finished if they don't toe the party line. . . No matter what the evidence, no matter what facts are presented, the liberal line will be the same. . . There is far too much money at stake for any journalist to tell you the truth. If it's bad for business, we'll spin it or ignore it . . . "

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/2013/07/17/bill-oreilly-violent-crime-and-media





In case skeptics might question whether O'Reilly & Goldberg have experience & expertise in the area of violence and media silence, O'Reilly and Goldberg not only have the experience, they are joined at the hip:


Along with fellow Fox commentator Sean Hannity, O'Reilly and Goldberg have the distinction of being 3 of the select group of right wing authors who wrote the books in the personal library of Jim David Adkisson, books that inspired Adkisson to take his Remington Model 48 12-gauge shotgun into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, during a youth performance of a musical on July 27, 2008, and murder Greg McKendry, an usher who deliberately stood in front of the gunman to protect others, and 61-year-old Linda Kraeger, and wound 7 others, and leave the following manifesto:



"Know this if nothing else: This was a hate crime. I hate the damn left-wing liberals. There is a vast left-wing conspiracy in this country & these liberals are working together to attack every decent & honorable institution in the nation, trying to turn this country into a communist state. Shame on them....

"This was a symbolic killing. Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book. I'd like to kill everyone in the mainstream media. But I know those people were inaccessible to me. I couldn't get to the generals & high ranking officers of the Marxist movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chickenshit liberals that vote in these traitorous people. Someone had to get the ball rolling. I volunteered. I hope others do the same. It's the only way we can rid America of this cancerous pestilence."

"I thought I'd do something good for this Country Kill Democrats til the cops kill me....Liberals are a pest like termites. Millions of them Each little bite contributes to the downfall of this great nation. The only way we can rid ourselves of this evil is to kill them in the streets. Kill them where they gather. I'd like to encourage other like minded people to do what I've done. If life aint worth living anymore don't just kill yourself. do something for your Country before you go. Go Kill Liberals.

http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/knoxville-church-shooters-manifesto







Little details that Fox "News" was no more anxious to report in 2008 than they are to cover the murder of Garrick & Carl Hopkins in 2014.


Stories of paranoid wingers who murder new neighbors. . . . . . Stories of paranoid wingers (inspired by the books of Fox "News" commentators & the books of the propagandists who they invite on their shows) who murder as many liberals as they can access. . . . . . . . .


Stubborn stories that just won't fit the narrative.

























Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Wed Jan 29, 2014, 11:03 PM (13 replies)

What does an AG who fights to maintain a conviction based solely on perjured testimony deserve?






Everyone in Virginia's criminal justice system knew that Johnathan Christopher Montgomery was innocent of the crimes for which he’d been convicted.

His accuser had recanted her testimony and admitted she lied to police about being molested by Montgomery more than a dozen years earlier. And yet the state continued to deny him his freedom until an advocacy organization for the wrongly convicted petitioned for his release. Finally, on November 20, 2012, more than four years after he was sent to prison for aggravated sexual battery and lesser charges – and two days before Thanksgiving –Montgomery was conditionally pardoned by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and walked out of the Greensville Correctional Center. . . .

In early November 2012, Hampton Circuit Court Judge Randolph T. West threw out Montgomery’s convictions and ordered his release from prison. But Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli argued that West lacked jurisdiction due to a state law that prohibits judges from considering new evidence, other than DNA evidence, more than 21 days after sentencing. Cuccinelli declared the release order invalid and kept Montgomery imprisoned in spite of Coast’s recantation.

It was only after the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) filed a clemency petition for Montgomery that Governor McDonnell – less than 24 hours later – issued a conditional pardon and Montgomery was set free.



http://prisonlawblog.com/blog/2013/8/22/virginia-prisoner-pardoned-after-accuser-admits-she-lied#.UrL16-IQSU5





The person who voluntarily came forward, recanted her perjury, and testified that what began as a false accusation made by a panicked teen to her mother, who caught her reading pornography (and demanded an explanation, suggesting prior molestation might be the cause), and eventually spiraled into her giving perjured testimony rather than face the embarrassment of telling the truth has been sentenced.

But what of the Attorney General who, despite her recantation, fought to maintain the incarceration of a man everybody, including Cuccinelli himself, was innocent?

What does an Attorney General who believes that it is his duty to maintain procedures that make it more difficult for convicted felons (innocent or otherwise) to have new evidence considered, (but that it is NOT the duty of the Attorney General to seek justice for those convicted in a miscarriage of justice) deserve?

Thoughts?





Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Thu Dec 19, 2013, 08:55 AM (0 replies)

Late 15th early 16th century icon of St. Nicholas:







http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas



(ha, ha.)











Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Sat Dec 14, 2013, 02:37 PM (8 replies)

What happens when you substitute Republican policy for Democratic solutions?



(ie, when you "compromise" with Republicans)?



The GOP will:

(1.) hold you, and you alone, responsible for the results,
(2.) NAME their adopted policy after you,
(3.) Hire media whores to portray your adoption of Republican policy as "socialism", "Marxism", & "communism",
(4.) "catapult the propaganda" 24/7/365 in every radio & television market, and
(4.) NEVER forgive.










(Are we ready to demand Medicare For All?)









Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Tue Dec 10, 2013, 05:24 PM (0 replies)

Texas Other Death Penalty: UTMB medical student describes life and death in the so-called safety net


a remarkable story...





Texas Other Death Penalty
A Galveston medical student describes life and death in the so-called safety net.
November 13th, 2013 by Rachel Pearson, St. Vincent's Student-Run Free Clinic


I have received permission to share my patients’ stories, and changed or omitted some names. This is a personal essay; the views are my own and do not reflect those of St. Vincent’s House or St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic.




The first patient who called me “doctor” died a few winters ago. I met him at the St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic on Galveston Island. I was a first-year medical student then, and the disease in his body baffled me. His belly was swollen, his eyes were yellow and his blood tests were all awry. It hurt when he swallowed and his urine stank. . ..I saw him every Thursday afternoon. I would do a physical exam, talk to him, and consult with the doctor. We ran blood counts and wrote a prescription for an antacid—not the best medication, but one you can get for $4 a month. His disease seemed serious, but we couldn’t diagnose him at the free clinic because the tests needed to do so—a CT scan, a biopsy of the liver, a test to look for cancer cells in the fluid in his belly—are beyond our financial reach. . . .He started calling me “Dr. Rachel.” When his pain got so bad that he couldn’t eat, we decided to send him to the emergency room. It was not an easy decision.

There’s a popular myth that the uninsured—in Texas, that’s 25 percent of us—can always get medical care through emergency rooms. Ted Cruz has argued that it is “much cheaper to provide emergency care than it is to expand Medicaid,” and Rick Perry has claimed that Texans prefer the ER system. The myth is based on a 1986 federal law called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), which states that hospitals with emergency rooms have to accept and stabilize patients who are in labor or who have an acute medical condition that threatens life or limb. That word “stabilize” is key: Hospital ERs don’t have to treat you. They just have to patch you up to the point where you’re not actively dying. Also, hospitals charge for ER care, and usually send patients to collections when they cannot pay.

My patient went to the ER, but didn’t get treatment. Although he was obviously sick, it wasn’t an emergency that threatened life or limb. He came back to St. Vincent’s, where I went through my routine: conversation, vital signs, physical exam. We laughed a lot, even though we both knew it was a bad situation. . . . . One night, a friend called to say that my patient was in the hospital. He’d finally gotten so anemic that he couldn’t catch his breath, and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), where I am a student, took him in. My friend emailed me the results of his CT scans: There was cancer in his kidney, his liver and his lungs. It must have been spreading over the weeks that he’d been coming into St. Vincent’s. . . . I went to visit him that night. “There’s my doctor!” he called out when he saw me. I sat next to him, and he explained that he was waiting to call his sister until they told him whether or not the cancer was “bad.” . . . . .“It might be one of those real treatable kinds of cancers,” he said. I nodded uncomfortably. We talked for a while, and when I left he said, “Well now you know where I am, so you can come visit me.” . . . . I never came back. I was too ashamed, and too early in my training to even recognize why I felt that way. After all, I had done everything I could—what did I have to feel ashamed of? . . . . UTMB sent him to hospice, and he died at home a few months later. I read his obituary in the Galveston County Daily News.

The shame has stuck with me through my medical training—not only from my first patient, but from many more. I am now a director of the free clinic. It’s a volunteer position. I love my patients, and I love being able to help many who need primary care: blood pressure control, pap smears, diabetes management. We even do some specialty care. But the free clinic is also where some people learn that there is no hope for the chemotherapy or surgery that they need but can’t afford. When UTMB refuses to treat them, it falls to us to tell them that they will die of diseases that are, in fact, treatable.


. . . . .





http://www.texasobserver.org/a-galveston-med-student-describes-life-and-death-in-the-safety-net/

















Posted by Faryn Balyncd | Thu Nov 14, 2013, 05:51 PM (14 replies)
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