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The Atlantic: "Don't Underestimate Bernie Sanders"

Don't Underestimate Bernie Sanders
The Vermont senator's authentic outrage over how the super rich have distorted America’s economy and bought its government will find an eager audience.

By PETER BEINART * MAY 6, 2015 * The Atlantic

“Don’t underestimate me,” declared newly announced presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. That may be good advice.

By conventional standards, Sanders’s candidacy is absurd: He’s not well known, he doesn’t have big money donors, he’s not charismatic, and by Beltway standards, he’s ideologically extreme. But candidates with these liabilities have caught fire before. Think of Jerry Brown, who despite little funding and an oddball reputation outlasted a series of more conventional candidates to emerge as Bill Clinton’s most serious challenger in 1992. Or Pat Buchanan, who struck terror in the GOP establishment by winning the New Hampshire primary in 1996. Or Howard Dean, who began 2003 in obscurity and ended it as the Democratic frontrunner (before collapsing in the run-up to the Iowa Caucuses). Or Ron Paul, who in 2012 finished second in New Hampshire and came within three points of winning Iowa.

What did all these insurgents share? They gave authentic voice to the grievances of their time. In the wake of a congressional banking scandal and a congressional pay hike, Brown vowed to take “take back America from the confederacy of corruption, careerism, and campaign consulting in Washington.” In an era of escalating globalization, Buchanan promised a “conservatism that looks out for the men and women of this country whose jobs have been sacrificed on the altars of trade deals done for the benefit of trans-national corporations who have no loyalty to our country.” In a Democratic Party whose activists felt betrayed by their leaders’ support for the Iraq War, Dean pledged “to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/05/dont-underestimate-bernie-sanders/392450/

FBI Admits to Using High-Tech Spy Planes to Monitor Freddie Gray Protests

FBI Admits to Using High-Tech Spy Planes to Monitor Freddie Gray Protests
FBI won't say whether Joint Terror Task Force was used.
By Adam Johnson * AlterNet * May 7, 2015

Baltimore joins a growing list of cities where anti-police brutality protests have fallen under the purview of FBI’s surveillance apparatus. According to yesterday’s Baltimore Sun, federal authorities used their sophisticated fleet of spy aircraft to “watch over Baltimore in the wake of rioting”. FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson insisted the aircraft were used to help Baltimore Police “keep an eye out for criminal activity”:

"The aircraft were specifically used to assist in providing high-altitude observation of potential criminal activity to enable rapid response by police officers on the ground," Thoreson said. "The FBI aircraft were not there to monitor lawfully protected first amendment activity." :


The admission was in response to amatuer sleuths noticing unsual flight activity about the Baltimore area. As the Washington Post reported on Tuesday:

Discovery of the flights — which involved at least two airplanes and the assistance of the FBI — has prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to demand answers about the legal authority for the operations and the reach of the technology used. Planes armed with the latest surveillance systems can monitor larger areas than police helicopters and stay overhead longer, raising novel civil liberties issues that have so far gotten little scrutiny from courts.

Civil libertarians have particular concern about surveillance technology that can quietly gather images across dozens of city blocks — in some cases even square miles at a time — inevitably capturing the movements of people under no suspicion of criminal activity into a government dragnet. The ACLU plans to file information requests with federal agencies on Wednesday, officials said.


The airplane’s surveillance technology, as Arstechnica points out, was perfected overseas in US wars Iraq and Afghanistan.

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/fbi-admits-using-high-tech-spy-planes-monitor-freddie-gray-protests

Not the Onion: "Kentucky Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots His Mother In Church"

Now that every gun-nut & their brother are carrying deadly weapons
everywhere, are we feeling "safer" yet?

Kentucky Sheriff’s Deputy Accidentally Shoots His Mother In Church
By DEBORAH MONTESANO * MAY 5, 2015 3:55 PM * Addicting Info

Gun owners don’t get any more responsible than law enforcement officers, right? After all, they are experts, having received training in how to handle weapons — or so logic would tell us.

Then how is it that a Kentucky sheriff’s deputy managed to accidentally shoot his own mother? In church. At a wedding.

McCracken County deputy Cory Golightly escorted his mother to a wedding on May 2. The wedding wasn’t in McCracken County. It was at the Bardwell Baptist Church in neighboring Carlisle County.

Nevertheless, Golightly saw fit to carry a gun in his jacket. To the wedding. In church.

Between the ceremony and leaving for the reception, the gun fell out of Golightly’s jacket and shot his mother through the abdomen. This was no superficial wound. The woman underwent abdominal surgery at a local hospital, where she is reportedly in stable condition.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/05/05/kentucky-deputy-shoots-mother-church-wedding/

This Is Who Gives Money To Bernie Sanders – And How Much

This Is Who Gives Money To Bernie Sanders – And How Much
AUTHOR: RYAN DENSON * MAY 3, 2015 6:33 PM * Addicting Info

“All politicians are the same. They work for special interest groups that will make them rich.” I am sure you have heard this from at least one person in life. You might have actually said it yourself. However, everyone truly knows that is not true. There is usually a “but…” followed by their preferred candidate.

Well, I’m not sure who your preferred candidate is, I’m not entirely sure who mine is. What I can tell you is that one candidate, Bernie Sanders, is true when he says he’s for the little guy. How do I know? It’s not in his fiery, passionate speeches, and witty quips. It’s not how he votes when Congress is in session. It’s how much he gets in campaign donations, and who he gets it from.



http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/05/03/this-is-who-gives-money-to-bernie-sanders-and-how-much/

This Is Who Gives Money To Bernie Sanders – And How Much

This Is Who Gives Money To Bernie Sanders – And How Much
AUTHOR: RYAN DENSON * MAY 3, 2015 6:33 PM * Addicting Info

“All politicians are the same. They work for special interest groups that will make them rich.” I am sure you have heard this from at least one person in life. You might have actually said it yourself. However, everyone truly knows that is not true. There is usually a “but…” followed by their preferred candidate.

Well, I’m not sure who your preferred candidate is, I’m not entirely sure who mine is. What I can tell you is that one candidate, Bernie Sanders, is true when he says he’s for the little guy. How do I know? It’s not in his fiery, passionate speeches, and witty quips. It’s not how he votes when Congress is in session. It’s how much he gets in campaign donations, and who he gets it from.



http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/05/03/this-is-who-gives-money-to-bernie-sanders-and-how-much/

Since I've been blocked from posting in the Hillary Room

I need to ask here, rather than reply to this OP:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/11074982

Does the Bernie Sanders forum have equally zero-tolerance-for-criticism ground-rules?

I ask because I do not know. I joined the group but wasn't warned to not criticize Bernie.

Man Who Filmed Freddie Gray's Arrest Is Arrested Under Suspicious Circumstances

Man Who Filmed Freddie Gray's Arrest Also Arrested Under Suspicious Circumstances
BY CARIMAH TOWNES * MAY 1, 2015 * Think Progress dot org

Kevin Moore, the man who filmed police arresting Freddie Gray and dragging him on the ground was arrested on Thursday night, along with two other cop watchers from Ferguson.

“The man who recorded one of two videos showing Baltimore cops dragging a screaming Freddie Gray into the back of a police van was arrested Thursday night, two days after voicing concerns that police were trying to intimidate him by plastering his photo all over the news, saying they wanted to interview him,” reads a We CopWatch Facebook post. After the incident occurred, We CopWatch tweeted that a gun was pointed at Moore.
Shortly after his release, Moore detailed the events leading up to his arrest, in a webcast discussion with Photography Is Not a Crime’s Carlos Miller. Moore says he was protesting with Ferguson cop watchers on North Avenue, shouting obscenities and wearing an Anonymous mask. Once the group left, officers arrested them without issuing a citation or explaining what the charges were. He was released later that night.

During the webcast, Moore also said that he’s faced police intimidation since filming Gray’s arrest. Although the cop watcher handed over the video footage to the Police Department’s Office of Internal Oversight, officers allegedly told the public that he was wanted for questioning. Moore told the Baltimore Sun that officers were trying to intimidate him by circulating his photo and asking people who he was. “For the police to post that picture and say you don’t know who I am, that’s B.S. You know who I am,” he said. (snip)

This isn’t the first time a person who recorded officers using excessive force was arrested. Weeks after filming the chokehold death of Eric Garner, Ramsey Orta was arrested for two counts of criminal possession of a semiautomatic handgun and trying to give the firearm to a teenager on the street. Orta denies that he was in possession of a gun when the NYPD arrested him. “When they searched me, they didn’t find nothing on me. And the same cop that searched me, he told me clearly himself, that karma’s a bitch, what goes around comes around,” he told SILive.com. “I had nothing to do with this. I would be stupid to walk around with a gun after me being in the spotlight.”

Watch the video: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/05/01/3653674/man-filmed-freddie-gray-reportedly-arrested-suspicious-circumstances/

WTF? Child Happens Upon A Loaded Glock In Boehner's Capitol Bathroom

Child Finds A Loaded Gun In John Boehner's Capitol Bathroom
TPM * May 1, 2015 * Ahiza Garcia

A 7- or 8-year-old boy found a loaded gun in House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) Capitol suite bathroom a little more than a month ago, Roll Call reported on Friday.

The gun, which Roll Call only referred to as a Glock, was reportedly left there on March 24 by a dignitary protection officer.

The incident, however, was not isolated, according to Roll Call. The publication reported that Capitol police have a tendency to leave their guns in the building's restrooms.

On Jan. 29, according to Roll Call, one of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) security guards left a Glock and its magazine jammed into a toilet seat cover holder in a restroom stall at the Capitol's visitor center, where it was found by an employee.

And on April 16, a janitor found a Glock that had been left out in the open as he was cleaning the headquarters of the Capitol Police, according to Roll Call.

While two of the officers are still under investigation, according to Roll Call, the officer from McConnell's detail was suspended without pay for six days after the incident. The investigation and suspension were part of a report for the Capitol Police Board that Roll Call obtained Thursday.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/john-boehner-gun-bathroom-capitol

Is Baltimore's Police State Over-Reach Finally Tipping the Scales Towards Real Justice?

In the wake of today’s announcement, that 6 officers will face criminal charges, I know it's still way too early to presume that justice, in the end,will be done in Baltimore regarding the death of Freddie Gray. By now, we've all witnessed -- see Tayvon Martin, Eric Garner, et. al. -- how the machinations of systemic racism tortures “institutions of justice" to grind out implausible narratives that shift blame from perps to victims, especially if the perps happen to wear badges & guns.

But Baltimore just might become the police-state’s Waterloo: in a city that is 63% African American, where the 51% of the police force is Black, and that has a Black Mayor, and a Black State Prosecutor, one could easily imagine Baltimore to be the 'perfect storm' that finally at long last, tips the scales towards something resembling justice the case of Freddie Gray. But there are signs that it’s not stopping there. Baltimore also has a Black Congressman, a Black President and a Black Attorney General.

Rachael Maddow did a segment last night on how 'bipartisan' outrage about the Freddie Gray case (or at least polite concern) was taking shape on Capital Hill. I too had noticed a conspicuous absence of usual dim-witted Congressional GOP dog-whistles blaming Blacks for getting in the way of police bullets, fists and batons. So when I heard Rachael's report, it kind of blew my mind, and gave me a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, this nightmare might be transforming into something much more like Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream.

Rachael reported that discussions were already underway on Capital Hill pointing towards an emerging bipartisan consensus for sweeping changes in our policing & criminal justice system to ensure that all citizens -- regardless of their color, mental state or financial means -- are afforded due process under the law. And concurrently we have our Democratic front-runner of the hour calling for an end to the “Era of Mass Incarceration”.

Rachael already has her ear to the ground on this one, so I’m going to be catching her show on a regular basis to see where this might go.

This is my prayer that we’ve finally reached that long-awaited tipping point.

BOROWITZ: Hillary Expected to Adopt All of Sanders’s Positions by Noon

Hillary Expected to Adopt All of Sanders’s Positions by Noon
BY ANDY BOROWITZ * April 30, 2015 * The New Yorker

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is on pace to adopt rival Bernie Sanders’s positions on all major issues by noon on Thursday, Clinton campaign officials have confirmed.

Within minutes of Sanders’s entry into the Democratic race, Clinton released position papers on trade, income inequality, national defense, and the environment that meticulously aped the Vermont senator’s views on those matters.

Awaking at 8 A.M., Sanders, who had planned to run to the left of Clinton in 2016, discovered that, while he was sleeping, she had already begun running slightly to the left of him.

In an online video posted Thursday morning, Clinton welcomed Sanders to the race, adding, “To those who agree with Bernie Sanders on the issues, let me say this: I am Bernie Sanders.”

Sanders, who had scheduled a speech in Vermont for 11 A.M. on Thursday, cancelled it abruptly, saying, “Hillary already said everything I was going to say an hour ago.”

The Vermont politician told reporters that now he was unsure whether he would even continue with his campaign. “I don’t know anymore,” he said, visibly shaken. “I just don’t know.”

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/hillary-expected-to-adopt-all-of-sanderss-positions-by-noon
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