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Reich challenges O’Reilly to debate - “person-to-person, like a man-But he doesn’t have the guts"

“It’s like being back in the 1950s,” he said. “This communist witch hunt that has suddenly been launched. The irony is that there are not even many communists left in the world today. It would be one thing if we were back in the 1950s, but there is not a communist threat.

“These right-wingers, like Bill O’Reilly, have nothing else to say, nothing else to do. They don’t have arguments, they don’t have logic, they don’t have any analysis.”

Reich challenged O’Reilly to debate him “person-to-person, like a man.”

“But he doesn’t have the guts to debate,” he added.



NO concrete, just grass?


The position of the body belies his reported account that Trayvon was pounding Zimmerman's head on the concrete sidewalk, as the body is lying entirely upon grass several feet away from the concrete.


Zimmerman has claimed that he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin punched him and bashed his head into the concrete sidewalk in the Florida neighborhood. Zimmerman was treated by paramedics at the scene before being handcuffed and taken to the police department for questioning. He was later released by police.

Shell's wildly inaccurate reporting of Niger Delta oil spill exposed (more than 60 times the volume)

Source: Amnesty International

Shell's wildly inaccurate reporting of Niger Delta oil spill exposed

Posted: 23 April 2012

'The volume of oil spilt at Bodo was more than 60 times the volume Shell has repeatedly claimed leaked’- Amnesty International

A major oil spill in the Niger Delta was far worse than Shell previously admitted, according to an independent assessment obtained by Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), which exposes how the oil giant dramatically under-estimated the quantities involved.


The previously unpublished assessment, carried out by US firm Accufacts, found that between 1,440 and 4,320 barrels of oil were flooding the Bodo area each day following the leak. The Nigerian regulators have confirmed that the spill lasted for 72 days.

Shell’s official investigation report claims only 1,640 barrels of oil were spilt in total. But based on the independent assessment the total amount of oil spilt over the 72 day period is between 103,000 barrels and 311,000 barrels.


Read more: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=20076

Please Share the Image That Made Walker Supporters’ Heads Explode

MON APR 23, 2012 AT 07:08 PM PDT
Please Share the Image That Made Walker Supporters’ Heads Explode
by Giles Goat Boy


(CA) Death penalty initiative qualifies for fall ballot

Source: Ventura County Star

SACRAMENTO — The secretary of state announced Monday that an initiative has qualified for the November ballot that would ask California voters to abolish the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.

Monday was the deadline for counties to finish a random sample count of valid signatures submitted by initiative proponents. Nearly 800,000 signatures were submitted statewide. The initiative needed at least 555,236 valid signatures to qualify under the random sampling. Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office announced Monday afternoon, that it had exceeded that.

A measure can qualify by random sampling if the sampling projects the number of valid signatures is greater than 110 percent of the required number.

"For the first time, voters will have a very clear choice of replacing the death penalty with life without possibility of parole," said campaign general consultant Steve Smith.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/apr/23/death-penalty-initiative-poised-to-qualify-for/?partner=RSS

Mother of tortured U.S. citizen appeals case to Supreme Court

Source: Raw Story

Mother of tortured U.S. citizen appeals case to Supreme Court

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, April 23, 2012 17:19 EDT

On Monday, the mother of a U.S. citizen who was allegedly tortured at a naval base in Charleston asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other government officials on behalf of her son.

Jose Padilla, a convicted terrorist, had sued Rumsfeld and other U.S. officials over his alleged torture at the naval base, but a district court judge granted Rumsfeld immunity and dismissed the case, Padilla v. Rumsfeld. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the dismissal in January.

“If the appeals court’s ruling is allowed to stand, government officials will have a blank check to commit any abuse in the name of national security, even the brutal torture of an American citizen in an American prison,” said Ben Wizner, the ACLU attorney who argued the case before the Fourth Circuit. “It is precisely the role of the courts to ensure that allegations of grave misconduct by Executive Branch officials receive fair adjudication. That vital role does not evaporate simply because those officials insist that their actions are too sensitive for judicial review.”

Padilla was arrested as an “enemy combatant” in May of 2002 after returning to the U.S. from Egypt. He was detained at a U.S. navy prison in South Carolina for nearly four years without charge.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/04/23/mother-of-tortured-u-s-citizen-appeals-case-to-supreme-court/

RNC Spokeswoman: Republican Economic Platform Will Be The Bush Program, ‘Just Updated’

Source: Think Progress

RNC Spokeswoman: Republican Economic Platform Will Be The Bush Program, ‘Just Updated’
By Pat Garofalo on Apr 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

Ready for an update?

During an interview last week on The Fernando Espuelas Show, Alexandra Franceschi, Specialty Media Press Secretary of the Republican National Committee, said that the Republican party’s economic platform in 2012 is going to be the same as it was during the Bush years, “just updated”:

ESPUELAS: What do you mean by economic security? Regardless of who the ultimate nominee is, what’s the general idea that the RNC, or the Republican party in general, has in terms of this message?

FRANCESCHI: Well, it’s a message of being able to attain the American dream. It’s less government spending, which a Tarrance Group poll, came out last week actually, shows that the majority of Hispanics believe that less government spending is the way out of this deficit crisis. It’s lowering taxes so small businesses can grow and they can employ more people, because we understand that the private sector is the engine of the economy. It’s not the government. [...]

ESPUELAS: Now, how different is that concept from what were the policies of the Bush administration? And the reason I ask that is because there’s some analysis now that is being published talking about the Bush years being the slowest period of job creation since those statistics were created. Is this a different program or is this that program just updated?

FRANCESCHI: I think it’s that program, just updated.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/04/23/469123/rnc-spokeswoman-republican-economic-platform-will-be-the-bush-program-just-updated/

Sugar Daddies The old, white, rich men who are buying this election. By Frank Rich

If you want to appreciate what Barack Obama is up against in 2012, forget about the front man who is his nominal opponent and look instead at the Republican billionaires buying the ammunition for the battles ahead. A representative example is Harold Simmons, an 80-year-old Texan who dumped some $15 million into the campaign before primary season had ended. Reminiscing about 2008, when he bankrolled an ad blitz to tar the Democrats with the former radical Bill Ayers, Simmons told The Wall Street Journal, “If we had run more ads, we could have killed Obama.” It is not a mistake he intends to make a second time. The $15 million Simmons had spent by late February dwarfs the $2.8 million he allotted to the Ayers takedown and the $3 million he contributed to the Swift Boat Veterans demolition of John Kerry four years before that. Imagine the cash that will flow now that the GOP sideshows are over and the president is firmly in Simmons’s crosshairs.

Sugar daddies—whom I’ll define here as private donors or their privately held companies writing checks totaling $1 million or more (sometimes much more) in this election cycle—are largely a Republican phenomenon, most of them one degree of separation from Karl Rove and his unofficial partners in erecting a moneyed shadow GOP, David and Charles Koch. At last look, there were 25 known sugar daddies on the right (or more, if you want to count separately the spouses and children who pitch in). You’ve likely heard of Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas tycoon who is Benjamin Netanyahu’s unofficial ambassador to the GOP. But you may be less familiar with Irving Moskowitz, the bingo entrepreneur who funnels his profits into East Jerusalem settlements. Or Robert Mercer, the hedge-fund master of “flash trading” who poured a clandestine $1 million into ads attacking the “ground-zero mosque” and nearly another $3 million into a scale-model railroad in his Long Island mansion. Or Steven Lund, the co-founder of Nu Skin, which became “direct selling” sponsor of the Romney-run 2002 Winter Olympics after having spent much of the nineties settling complaints over false advertising and other unscrupulous practices with the Federal Trade Commission and six different states’ attorneys general.

What these sugar daddies specifically want from Mitt and his party, besides the usual conservative bullet points (codified in Paul Ryan’s tax-cutting, government-shredding budget), is clear enough: the widest possible regulation-free berth for any vulture businesses they have a hand in, from nuclear waste to “health” nostrums, from new houses to financial products created from those homes’ subprime mortgages.


Kaboom!!! Jon Huntsman Slams the Whole “Communist” GOP

“Jon Huntsman "took a battle axe to his own party, comparing it to China's Communist Party and criticizing it's standard bearer in a wide-ranging interview," BuzzFeed reports.

He also "jokingly blamed his failed candidacy in part on his wife, Mary Kaye, who told him she'd leave him if he abandoned his principles."

Said Huntsman: "She said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn pledges, I'll leave you. So I had to say I believe in science -- and people on stage look at you quizzically as though you're was an oddball."

Huntsman added that Ronald Reagan would "likely not" be able to win the GOP nomination in this environment.”


Mitt Romney: man of the people - by Tom Tomorrow

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