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It will take a revolution of people to beat the big money involved in this election. He can't do it alone!!

Kansas City hotel manager hangs black doll from doorway in office to mock Sandra Bland

Tue Jul 28, 2015 at 10:28 AM PDT
Kansas City hotel manager hangs black doll from doorway in office to mock Sandra Bland
by Shaun King


This, ladies and gentlemen, is your America.

A white hotel manager of the Adams Mark Hotel in Kansas City hung a black slave doll from the doorway of the office with a garbage bag in an apparent mocking of the death of Sandra Bland.

In searching for eloquent words to explain this bullshit, I have few.

American racism is deep, sick, and flagrant.

In your mind, I dare you to rewind to the moment in which this asshole, a white supervisor with black employees no less, conceived the idea, gathered the materials, and proceeded to act on his instinct to do such a thing.

It's sick and this man should be charged with a federal hate crime. Termination is not enough.

Our country, sadly, is either regressing, or the outer facade is just being torn away and we're starting to see the deeper, uglier soul of this nation. Below are some of the first tweets covering the incident.

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR TWITTER RESPONSES: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/28/1406527/-Kansas-City-hotel-manager-hangs-black-doll-from-doorway-in-office-to-mock-Sandra-Bland?showAll=yes#

The racist nightmare that is Fox Noise in a nutshell

Mon Jul 27, 2015 at 01:15 AM PDT
The racist nightmare that is Fox Noise in a nutshell
by LaFeminista

Spot the difference

Last year, a Nevada rancher who boasts that he doesn’t “recognize the United States government as even existing” become a hero of Fox News pundits and other conservative commentators for refusing to pay grazing fees he owes the government.

But when a black woman named Sandra Bland was forced out of her car and to the ground by a Texas police officer after she reportedly failed to signal during a lane switch and declined to put out a cigarette, Fox News thinks this is a time to lecture viewers on how to be respectful to law enforcement. Bland later died in police custody in what investigators ruled was a suicide. -

White men defending a criminal, facing down gubbmint agencies with many, many guns, good.

African American Woman armed with a cigarette, bad. The policeman was being exposed to second hand smoke for crissakes!

Gubbmint backs down from gun wielding white men, bringing back America.

African American woman dies in police custody, well she should have signaled.

Armed white men threatening murderous violence, not being trod upon.

Unarmed people of color, should obey the rules. If they die, it's their own fault.

This is what insanity and inherent racism does to you.

You can see Fox Noise at every mass murder holding its breath waiting for the skin tone of the killer to be released. If white, he will be deemed to be just another crazy kid and more guns will be needed. If a person of color, than any explanation that terrifies their audience will be good to go, Muslim extremist black panthers! Moar Gubbmint!

Armed white men threatening everyone = militia

Armed people of color = gangs.

I ask you, where in the constitution does it say that gangs should be well regulated and armed!

The outcomes of these two sagas.

Cliven Bundy is still giving the middle finger to the gubbmint.

Sandra Bland was buried.

I believe some deluded fool on SCOTUS proposed that racism was over

Every single day that goes by shows that racism is institutionalized and part of our every day culture.


The DARK Act - How dark it is...

The farmer in this clip is a brave man. I have utmost respect for him.

A Message From Neil Young -

As I write this, the dark act is up for a vote in the House of Representatives; representatives of the people. The dark act takes away the rights of those people to vote for or against things like GMO labeling in their states. It does seem ironic. If the act is passed, it will truly be a dark day for America.

Monsanto is a corporation with great wealth, now controlling over 90% of soybean and corn growth in America. Family farms have been replaced by giant agri corp farms across this great vast country we call home. Farm aid and other organizations have been fighting the losing battle against this for 30 years now.

Dairy and meat farming is done in those white sheds you see from the freeway, no longer on the green pastures of home with the old farmhouses and barns. Those beautiful buildings now stand in ruin across the country. This has happened on our watch while the country slept, distracted by advertising and false information from the corporations. Monsanto and others simply pay the politicians for voting their way. This is because of "Citizens United", a legislation that has made it possible for corporations to have the same rights as people, while remaining immune to people's laws.

Both Democratic and Republican front runners are in bed with Monsanto, from Clinton to Bush, as many government branches are and have been for years. This presidential election could further cement the dominance of corporation's rights over people's rights in America. If you have a voice you have a choice. Use it.

On the human side, the film I would like you to see tells the story of a farming family in America, but the same thing is happening around the world. It is a story that takes 10 minutes of your time to see. It is a simple human one, telling the heartbreaking story of one man who fought the corporate behemoth Monsanto, and it illustrates why I was moved to write The Monsanto Years.

The film presents a rare opportunity to hear from the source as Mr. White is one of only four farmers who is still legally allowed to speak about his case as all the others have been effectively silenced.

Thanks for reading this and I hope you look at this simple and powerful film, "Seeding Fear".

Neil Young
The Monsanto Years


DARK Act Passes but Fight for Americans’ Right to Know Far From Over

Shannon Van Hoesen
(202) 667-6982
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON – Legislation dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act passed the House of Representatives today, but the fight for a more transparent food industry is only just beginning, EWG’s Scott Faber said following the vote.

EWG and other advocates of labeling genetically engineered foods, or GMOs, opposed the bill because it would strip states of the right to require labeling and effectively prevent the Food and Drug Administration from mandating a nationwide GMO labeling system.

“It’s outrageous that some House lawmakers voted to ignore the wishes of nine out of 10 Americans,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs for EWG. “Today’s vote to deny Americans the right to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown was a foregone conclusion. This House was bought and paid for by corporate interests, so it’s no surprise that it passed a bill to block states and the FDA from giving consumers basic information about their food.”

More than 300 organizations, companies and food industry and social justice leaders oppose the DARK Act in the face of massive spending and lobbying by big chemical and food companies. Poll after poll has shown that a large majority of residents of key states and across the country support mandatory GMO labeling.

“We’re confident the Senate will defeat the DARK Act,” added Faber. “We continue to hope that thoughtful food companies that listen to their customers will work with consumer groups to craft a non-judgmental GMO disclosure to put on the back of food packaging. Americans should have the same right as citizens of 64 other countries to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown.”


On Forgiveness and NYC_SKP.

I miss NYC_SKP. I wish his banishment would end. And I wish those who felt injured by his words could find forgiveness in their hearts.

Tanned, Exquisitely Coiffed Bernie Sanders Tells Supporters Corporations Actually Have Alot To Offer

Of course it's from The Onion...

DAVENPORT, IA—Expounding upon the many ways in which they’ve positively impacted the country at large, a tanned and impeccably coiffed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reportedly informed supporters gathered at a campaign stop Thursday that corporations actually have a tremendous amount to offer the American people. “Businesses both large and small play a vital role in our society, creating good jobs and pumping billions back into the economy, and corporations are just the largest and most successful of these businesses—and certainly we shouldn’t punish success,” said the presidential hopeful, adjusting the alligator-skin band on his diamond-encrusted Bulgari watch as he elaborated on the ways in which publicly held companies in the financial, telecommunications, and oil and gas sectors have spurred growth and development in communities across the country. “And when you think about it, these companies aren’t just some faceless entities—they’re our neighbors, our family members, and our friends, all working together to make America the truly great nation it is.” At press time, Sanders could be seen smiling and waving from the stairs leading up to a brand-new Gulfstream personal jet before heading off to a private fundraiser at Sheldon Adelson’s estate.


Let's be perfectly honest: He could never win the election.

Sat Jun 06, 2015 at 07:31 AM PDT
Let's be perfectly honest: He could never win the election.
by Rob in Vermont

Bill Clinton 1992 Campaign Button

It may not be fair, but let's face it - other than people who think just the way we do, no one's hearing this guy's message. What they're hearing is draft-dodging, pot-smoking, woman-chasing. Untrustworthy. Irresponsible. "Slick Willy." It's Gennifer Flowers tapes today, what will it be tomorrow? Jesus, people, it's Gary Hart all over again!

Granted, George Bush doesn't have Ronald Reagan's movie-star charm, but he's very respected for serving his country as a young pilot in World War II (yes, we may respect Clinton for protesting the Vietnam War, but let's be honest - a whole lot of voters see it very differently.) And most of the country thinks Bush did a good job building a coalition to force Iraq out of Kuwait. What foreign policy cred does Clinton have? That he studied at Oxford when he wasn't inhaling?

Sure, Bill Clinton can fire up a crowd, and sure he seems to really empathize with average Americans, and sure he's a very smart guy who does great in debates, and sure the electorate may be tilting Democratic, and sure people may be more concerned about pocketbook issues right now than foreign policy - but how anyone could think Clinton has any shot in the general election is beyond me.

Honestly, I'm not even sure Paul Tsongas can win, but at least he has a reasonable chance. But "Slick Willy" Clinton is unelectable, period.

Don't get me wrong - I think he's a smart, decent guy and would be about a zillion times better than Bush.

But I'm also realistic. As we all should be, as members of the reality community.


Bernie Sanders: The Moderate Centrist

Thu Jun 04, 2015 at 11:56 PM PDT
Bernie Sanders: The Moderate Centrist
by LaFeminista

Forget the labels thrown around without thought these days, what we are talking about is radicalism rather than political leanings.

So the question should be phrased as follows:

Which is the moderate stance, between a progressive and fair taxation system when compared to one which is designed to expand income inequality?

Which is the moderate stance, between allowing everyone access to education without throwing them immediately into a debt based system, or the one where you come out at 24 with $100,000 + of debt?

Which is the more moderate stance, one which prevents businesses from becoming too big to fail and one that encourages this by bailing them out, yet throws millions out of their homes?

Which is the more moderate stance, the one that encourages equality for all or the one that denigrates women, strips voting rights and longs for the segregationist past?

Which is the more moderate stance, a stance that encourages religious freedom or the one that will allow religions to legally impose their dogma upon others?

Which is the more moderate position, the one that stands for democracy through campaign finance reform or the one that encourages Oligarchs to buy the elections?

Which is the more moderate stance, between working 40 hours a week for a livable wage or one that means having to have two or three jobs just to get by?

Which is the more moderate stance, a transparent and open government or one that negotiates trade agreements in secrecy?

I could go on and on but hopefully you get the point.

What we have an upside-down distinction between what is moderate and what is truly radical, if you believe that democracy is a radical concept, then perhaps Bernie is the radical in the room. This was the case when the founding fathers wrote the Constitution and laid the basis for full democracy when the Civil Rights Act was eventually passed, apparently many believe it is still the radical position.

If wanting a level playing field where everyone has a chance at a succeeding.

If wanting that all work is valued, from toilet cleaners to CEOs

If wanting that all have equal rights no matter their, gender, sexual orientation or color of their skin

If wanting that government is open, fair and democratic.

If wanting everyone to have the right to vote

If wanting these is radical communism, then call me Rosa Luxemburg.

Bernie Sanders 2016. The moderates choice.


Rolling Stone: Three Days on the Campaign Trail With Bernie Sanders

Thu Jun 04, 2015 at 06:44 PM PDT
Rolling Stone: Three Days on the Campaign Trail With Bernie Sanders
VL Baker

Rolling Stone has created this mini-documentary chronicling three days on the campaign trail with Bernie Sanders; beginning with his campaign launch May 26 in his hometown of Burlington, VT.



Bush CIA Deputy Director Admits We Were Lied Into Iraq War

Tue May 19, 2015 at 07:14 PM PDT
Bush CIA Deputy Director Admits We Were Lied Into Iraq War
by ericlewis0

On Hardball tonight, Chris Matthews interviewed ex-CIA Deputy Director (and Acting Director) under George W. Bush, Michael Morrell. Here is a partial transcript, courtesy of Mother Jones:

Host Chris Matthews asked Morell about a statement Cheney made in 2003: "We know he has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." Here's the conversation that followed:

MATTHEWS: Was that true?

MORELL: We were saying—

MATTHEWS: Can you answer that question? Was that true?

MORELL: That's not true.

MATTHEWS: Well, why'd you let them get away with it?

MORELL: Look, my job Chris—

MATTHEWS: You're the briefer for the president on intelligence, you're the top person to go in and tell him what's going on. You see Cheney make this charge he's got a nuclear bomb and then they make subsequent charges he knew how to deliver it…and nobody raised their hand and said, "No that's not what we told him."

MORELL: Chris, Chris Chris, what's my job, right? My job—

MATTHEWS: To tell the truth.

MORELL: My job—no, as the briefer? As the briefer?

MATTHEWS: Okay, go ahead.

MORELL: As the briefer, my job is to carry CIA's best information and best analysis to the president of the United States and make sure he understands it. My job is to not watch what they're saying on TV.

The discussion went on:

MATTHEWS: So you're briefing the president on the reasons for war, they're selling the war, using your stuff, saying you made that case when you didn't. So they're using your credibility to make the case for war dishonestly, as you just admitted.

MORELL: Look, I'm just telling you—

MATTHEWS: You just admitted it.

MORELL: I'm just telling you what we said—

MATTHEWS: They gave a false presentation of what you said to them.

MORELL: On some aspects. On some aspects.


As Chris Matthews said, "This is a big deal." Big props to him for getting the confession.

I suppose it's only a matter of time before Morrell claims he didn't properly hear the questions.

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