Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS

http://firedoglake.com/2014/08/19/late-late-night-fdl-takin-it-to-the-streets/
 
A turning point in Ferguson?

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/ferguson-tuesday-night-protests.html
Ahead of his trip to Missouri on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder published a message to the people of Ferguson in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday, assuring them that "the Justice Department intends to learn — in a fair and thorough manner — exactly what happened" in the shooting of Michael Brown.  . . .

More: http://www.vox.com/2014/8/19/6044833/former-federal-prosecutor-suggests-da-is-abdicating-responsibility-in
Does a grand jury mean justice for Michael Brown — or is it a delaying tactic?

Crowd control

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/19/cnn_anchors_ferguson_idea_why_not_use_water_cannons_on_the_protestors/
CNN anchor’s Ferguson idea: Why not use water cannons on the protesters?

More: http://www.salon.com/2014/08/20/militarized_cops_scary_new_toys_the_ugly_next_frontier_in_crowd_control/
Militarized cops’ scary new toys: The ugly next frontier in “crowd control”

Another telling Vox statistic

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/19/6044573/half-of-black-men-have-been-arrested-by-age-23
Half of black men in the US have been arrested by age 23 

Obamacare seems to be disappearing as a 2014 issue

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/19/1322990/-Obamacare-fades-from-GOP-s-2014-campaign-playbook

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-slinks-away-its-obamacare-line

More: http://www.vox.com/2014/8/19/6044635/obamacare-health-prices-growing-slowly
Good news for Obamacare: Health coverage is soaring, but health care prices aren't

Why don't you call me?

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/20/6045891/why-congressional-democrats-don-t-like-obama
[C]ongressional Democrats admire Barack Obama and they badly want him to succeed. But they don't particularly like Barack Obama — in large part because they don't think he likes them. Hill Democrats speak wistfully of President Bill Clinton and his late-night phone calls. Clinton, they say, wanted to talk to them. Barack Obama sees them as a chore. . . .

Uh, yep: no racial coding here

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/paul-ryan-looting-lawless-and-so-president
Paul Ryan: Looting Is Lawless And So Is President Obama


Bonus item: Smugshot

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/perry-speech-courthouse-booking

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who was indicted last week for abusing the powers of his office, surrendered to the Travis County Courthouse to be fingerprinted and have his mugshot taken. . . .

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FERGUSON

It's impossible to keep up with all the stories out of Ferguson, Missouri -- I could fill up the blog every day with nothing but reports about riots, tear gas, police overreactions, looting, abuse of news media on the scene. It's an understatement to call it a mess. But here's one way to think about it

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/8/18/6030265/john-oliver-ferguson-monologue

No, we are not a post-racial society

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obamas-vision-of-a-post-racial-america-looks-even-more-distant-than-before/2014/08/17/cdcd0fbe-261c-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html

John Boehner has pretty clearly given up having anything to do with Obama

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/boehners-contempt-obama-reaches-tipping-point

A true milestone

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/08/18/the-rapid-demographic-shift-of-american-public-schools/
Pew has produced a good chart today, seen below, of U.S. Department of Education projections showing that the nation's public schools this fall will for the first time be majority-minority . . .

Pay to play

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/19/whoever-wins-the-senate-we-probably-wont-know-who-picked-up-the-tab/
The battle for the Senate is heating up, with most favoring Republicans to win the upper chamber, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying Democrats would hold the Senate, as of today.  

One thing we do know: Whoever wins the Senate come November (or December), it's quite possible we won't know where most of the ad money that won it came from. . .

Rick Perry lawyers up

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/08/18/perry-assembles-legal-team-including-bush-recount-attorney/

Theocracy watch: here is how churches around the country display their religious liberty

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/19/9_spectacularly_homophobic_church_signs_partner/

Bonus item: Digby

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/18/wingnuts_sad_dream_to_be_cool_why_they_worship_reagan_and_the_military/
One of the most poignant characteristics of the conservative movement is the extent to which they deeply yearn to be cool and yet are inescapably uncool on the most fundamental level.  . . . 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

THE STATE OF POLITICS

Liz Cheney goes there

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/fox-guest-shuts-down-liz-cheney-after-she
Fox Guest Shuts Down Liz Cheney After She Hints That Bill Clinton's Cheating Is 'Continuing' 

"An onion of  crazy"

http://www.thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/215344-dnc-chairwoman-calls-joni-ernst-onion-of-crazy-in-iowa 
Joni Ernst (R-IA)

Sarah!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/18/us/politics/sarah-palins-attack-on-sean-parnells-oil-plan-creates-odd-wedge-for-alaskan-voters.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
“For years outside Big Oil tried to tell us, ‘Hush now, little Alaskans, just trust us to do right by you,’ ” Ms. Palin wrote on her Facebook page . . . [read on]
 
They SAY this, but almost all incumbents will be voted back in anyway

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/08/18/congressional_re-elect_number_remains_near_all-time_low.html
A new Gallup poll finds just 19% of registered voters think most members of Congress deserve re-election -- on pace to be the lowest such "re-elect" sentiment in a midterm election year since the question was first asked in 1992. 

Oh, very nice

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/billboard-giant-set-testicles-asks-who-has 
Billboard With Giant Set Of Testicles Asks Who 'Has The Balls To Impeach Obama' 

Bonus item: Book review

http://my.firedoglake.com/elliott/2014/08/17/the-invisible-bridge-the-fall-of-nixon-and-the-rise-of-reagan-book-salon-preview/
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

TO-DO LIST

What Obama can do

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/17/how_to_wreck_the_gop_in_3_easy_steps/
President Obama is in the doldrums. He has run out of ideas, and out of gas. His strongest supporters are in the grip of a morbid fatalism. There is nothing the president can do any longer, they sigh, because of the intransigent Republicans in the House of Representatives. The great days of the Obama presidency are behind us, everyone seems to believe, and the most this once-promising president can do now are hold convenings and issue small-bore executive orders while awaiting a round of midterm elections that are likely to go against him. Oh, woe is he.  

It’s time to snap out of it. Obama is still the most powerful man in the world. The nation still needs presidential action. And the Democrats need action too, if they’re going to avoid disaster this fall. . . .

Today's Republicanism

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/16/gops_post_racial_fantasy_secession_delusion_and_the_truth_about_americas_most_hateful_dividers/
GOP’s post-racial fantasy: Secession, delusion and the truth about America’s most hateful dividers 

The five biggest lies about Obamacare

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/17/the-five-biggest-lies-about-obamacare.html 

Is the Rick Perry indictment a "farce"?

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/defiant-rick-perry-calls-indictment-abuse

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/rick-perry-indictment-is-unbelievably-ridiculous.html

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_08/on_rick_perrys_indictments051683.php

More: http://electionlawblog.org/?p=64361
Rick Perry and the Criminalization of Politics

All Sarah! all the time

http://thedailybanter.com/2014/08/sarah-palin-opposes-ground-troops-iraq-also-supports-ground-troops-iraq/
In Her New Video, Sarah Palin Opposes Ground Troops in Iraq, Also Supports Ground Troops in Iraq
 
Koch addiction

http://www.eclectablog.com/2014/08/are-the-kochs-recognizing-theyre-hurting-republicans-more-than-helping-in-michigan.html#.U-u6xzdT6Jo.twitter
The Kochs may be helping elect Democrats in Michigan

Theocracy watch: now theocons are complaining they don't have ENOUGH influence over the Republicans

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/some-evangelicals-in-republican-party-are-feeling-left-out-see-no-standard-bearer/2014/08/16/77c380e8-224e-11e4-958c-268a320a60ce_story.html?wprss=rss_politics

More on our robotic future

http://my.firedoglake.com/elliott/2014/08/16/robots-and-our-future-we-need-to-talk/

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/17/we_might_all_be_having_sex_with_robots_soon/

The Sunday talk show line-ups

http://my.firedoglake.com/elliott/2014/08/17/sunday-talking-heads-august-17-2014/
ABC’S THIS WEEK: Ferguson, Missouri. Then Iraq stuff with Iraq war veterans Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Kristen Soltis Anderson, Jeff Zeleny.  

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Ferguson, Missouri with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D). Then, NAACP president Cornell William Brooks and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson to talk Ferguson and the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation, also the militarization of police. Then, Iraq with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Roundtable: Gerald Seib, Ruth Marcus, Michael Gerson, Peter Baker.  C

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Ferguson, Missouri with Governor Jay Nixon (D). Then, Rep. William Lacy Clay, who represents Ferguson, with Bernard Kerik. Roundtable: Jesse Williams, LZ Granderson, Tara Wall. Also Rick Perry stuff.

MOYERS & COMPANY: Maya Angelou on Facing Evil. Bill Moyers revisits a 1988 documentary in which he and Maya Angelou attended a conference held in the Hill Country of central Texas.  

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) • Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) • Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) • Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D)

Bonus item: "The Girls of Fox News" (silly fun - thanks to David S)

https://www.youtube.com/embed/gNj0T4uK3lE


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

AROUND THE WORLD

The threat of ISIS

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/16/in-threatening-baghdad-militants-seek-to-undo-800-years-of-history.html

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/isis-is-making-middle-east-superpowers-nervous.html

In Iraq, Maliki finally steps aside

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/maliki-agrees-to-step-aside-easing-iraqs-political-crisis/2014/08/14/4535fd40-23ed-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html

Growing trouble in the Ukraine

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/ukraine-is-destroying-russias-military-vehicles.html

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/08/open-war-ukraine-little-bit-closer-every-day

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2014/08/russia_ukraine_humanitarian_convoys_another_chance_for_putin_to_play_the.html

Rick Perry, indicted

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/16/us/gov-rick-perry-of-texas-is-indicted-over-veto-of-funds-for-das-office.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts on Friday, charging that he abused his power last year when he tried to pressure the district attorney here, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to cut off state financing to her office.  

The indictment left Mr. Perry, a Republican, the first Texas governor in nearly 100 years to face criminal charges . . . 

What it means for 2016: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/15/for-rick-perry-its-not-the-crime-its-the-politics/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/15/what-the-hell-just-happened-in-texas-and-why-was-rick-perry-just-indicted.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/16/down_goes_perry_the_gops_deep_bench_just_completely_fell_apart/
 
The changing political demographics of the South

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_08/political_demography_of_the_so051669.php

How divided government empowers SCOTUS

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_08/gridlock_and_scotus051680.php

The biggest threat in Fox World: atheism

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/15/fox_news_1_fear_atheists_partner/

The kind of people they are

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_08/hammer_meets_nail051676.php
Sometimes when I think we’ve hit the limit on what anti-choicers will try to link to their single-minded obsession with policing women’s sexual choices, someone will surprise me with a new low. Kevin Burke drew the card this week with a repugnant attempt to blame the suicide of comedian and actor Robin Williams Monday on, you guessed it, abortion. . . .

Bonus item: Here's how you handle Rush: sic Lewis Black on him

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/15/lewis_black_slams_rush_limbaugh_for_robin_williams_comments_you_disgust_me/ 

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Friday, August 15, 2014

LAW ENFORCEMENT


http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/08/police_in_ferguson_military_weapons_threaten_protesters.html
The Militarization of the Police

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/14/1321538/-The-U-S-militarization-of-police-displayed-in-Ferguson-has-been-going-on-across-America-for-decades
The U.S. militarization of police displayed in Ferguson has been going on across America for decades

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/14/one_nation_under_swat_how_americas_police_became_an_occupying_force_partner/
How America’s police became an occupying force 

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/14/6003239/police-militarization-in-ferguson
Why America's police forces look like invading armies

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/insane-militarization-police-ferguson.html
The Insane Militarization of America’s Police

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/14/6002451/ferguson-police-militarization-seattle
Seattle's former police chief speaks out on Ferguson and police militarization

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/08/14/the-pentagon-gave-nearly-half-a-billion-dollars-of-military-gear-to-local-law-enforcement-last-year/
The Pentagon gave nearly half a billion dollars of military gear to local law enforcement last year

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/militarization-liberals-and-libertarians-agree.html
Police Militarization Is a Problem the Left and Right Can Agree About — and Solve

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/14/1321575/-Rep-Hank-Johnson-to-introduce-bill-to-stop-providing-military-equipment-to-local-police-forces
Rep. Hank Johnson to introduce bill to stop providing military equipment to local police forces

In other news

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/why-the-minimum-wage-issue-win-win-obama
Why the minimum wage issue is a win-win for Obama

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/meaning-of-hillarys-promise-to-hug-it-out.html
Hillary and Barack’s Refusal to ‘Hug It Out’ in Public Defeats the Purpose of Hugging It Out

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-clintons-break-bread-and-build-ties-with-julian-castro-stoking-talk-of-a-2016-ticket/2014/08/14/ad57c662-23c3-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html?wprss=rss_politics
The Clintons break bread and build ties with Julian Castro, stoking talk of a 2016 ticket

http://firedoglake.com/2014/08/15/iowas-shame-part-infinity-2/
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) claimed that racial profiling is not a concern in Ferguson, Missouri, because all of the protesters are of a “continental origin.” . . . [read on]

DR's Corner (DR is a regular reader of PBD who contributes links and provocative postings from time to time)

http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/14/john-lewis-calls-on-obama-to-declare-martial-law-in-ferguson-missouri/

Black leaders are actually thinking that they can just call for martial law in the U.S. and expect a result similar to that obtained in the era of the civil rights fight? They actually think that the National Guard will take a stand with the poor against the oligarchs?



So, you’ve got a black leader calling for increased militarization (martial law) and a Tea Party favorite calling for decreased militarization.

This is classic in a sense: the black leader is calling for big government to step in to protect blacks, whereas the Tea Party leader is calling for the government to be weakened so that blacks are not persecuted, dominated, abused, and murdered by the government.

I think progressives should be on the side of weakening the government so that it does not abuse the people. This would be different if the government consisted of the people. But that is a fiction which is now thoroughly debunked. (The government is of the affluent, by the affluent, and for the affluent.)


A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States.
It’s time progressives join with libertarians and ‘liberals’ to weaken government, not strengthen it.


The time to strengthen government is AFTER the oligarchy has been routed. Any ‘strengthening’ of government before the people reclaim government from them only serves to benefit them. In effect, ‘strengthening government’ equates to ceding any remaining political influence to the oligarchs and voluntarily accepting de facto economic slavery as the status quo in the U.S.
 
Bonus item: It's a well-known fact -- bullies hate to be challenged

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/14/rush_limbaugh_lashes_out_at_media_for_outrage_over_his_tasteless_robin_williams_comment/
On Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh rambled about the death of Robin Williams (the comments can be heard here). During his broadcast Rush discussed the politics of the media coverage of Williams’ suicide. He also read from a local Fox News story, which speculated why Williams committed suicide.  

After he finished reading the Fox News story, in which an anonymous source discussed financial difficulty and “survivors guilt,” Rush made an odd connection between the story and the liberal worldview. “It fits a certain picture, or a certain image that the left has,” Limbaugh stated. “Low expectations and general unhappiness and so forth.”  

Rush is now clarifying, if you will, the convoluted statements from Tuesday. Stating that he was “misquoted, purposely taken out of context.” He stated that he does not know why William committed suicide, and didn’t mean to suggest otherwise. (Yet he read from a supposed news source postulating why Williams committed suicide.)  

Rush then pointed a finger at the media, saying he was worried the coverage would spur copycat suicides. “They are the ones trying to tell us why,” Rush ranted. “They are the ones trying to explain it. They are the ones justifying it. They are the ones glorifying it.” 

If this all sounds serpentine that is because it is. . . .

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

DRONING ON

How the growing use of drones changes the way Americans view war

http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2014/08/13/the-dronification-of-americas-foreign-policy/

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/frank-rich-iraq-air-strikes-american-apathy.html

A couple of days ago, the plight of the Yazidis was termed "genocide." Now the US military is saying, well, it's not so bad

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/pentagon-yazidi-rescue-mission-is-unnecessary.html

Understanding Israel/Palestine

http://www.vox.com/cards/israel-palestine-misconceptions/the-conflict-is-too-complex-to-possibly-understand

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/17/5902177/9-questions-about-the-israel-palestine-conflict-you-were-too

Keep going!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/13/1321277/-GOP-lawsuit-impeachment-talk-pushing-moderates-towards-Democratic-party
GOP lawsuit, impeachment talk pushing moderates towards Democratic party

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/08/republican-lawsuit-against-obama-will-mostly-just-piss-democrats
A Republican Lawsuit Against Obama Will Mostly Just Piss Off Democrats

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/08/13/morning-plum-the-democrats-kitchen-sink-strategy-for-2014/

Can the Republicans win back the Senate with candidates like this?

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/michigans-terri-lynn-land-moves-backwards

http://news.yahoo.com/will-joni-ernst-s-flirtations-with-the-political-fringe-haunt-her-in-november-223054974.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/13/this_campaign_flyer_from_a_tea_party_star_is_absurdly_racist/

Who won the GOP "civil war" (I think we know)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/08/13/who-won-the-republican-civil-war/
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/us/politics/immigration-house-republicans-tea-party.html

Theocracy watch: the kind of people they are

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/13/tea_party_leader_asks_god_to_be_violent_against_gop_establishment_in_opening_prayer/
“We ask for your blessing upon the conservatives in this state, that they might stand strong and firm,” reportedly began Nicholson’s prayer. “Father, we even ask for you to bless our enemies, and Lord they are truly our enemies that head the Republican Party and the whole political establishment.” [read on]

Republican "libertarians" aren't really -- and they can't be

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/libertarian-christian-right
There’s been quite the buzz in the chattering classes this week over Robert Draper’s suggestion in the New York Times Magazine that the Republican Party, and perhaps even the nation, may finally prepared for a “libertarian moment,” likely through the agency of the shrewd and flexible politician Rand Paul. It’s obvious, in fact, that some of the aging hipsters Draper talks to who have been laboring in the libertarian fields for decades glimpse over the horizon a reconstructed GOP that can reverse the instinctive loathing of millennials for the Old Folks’ Party.  

Unfortunately, to the extent there is something that can be called a “libertarian moment” in the Republican Party and the conservative movement, it owes less to the work of the Cato Institute than to a force genuine libertarians clutching their copies of Atlas Shrugged are typically horrified by: the Christian Right. In the emerging ideological enterprise of “constitutional conservatism,” theocrats are the senior partners, just as they have largely been in the Tea Party Movement, even though libertarians often get more attention. . . .

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_08/tagteaming_the_libertarian_mom051644.php

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/how-libertarians-snookered-the-times-magazine.html

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/13/1321294/-Rand-Paul-skips-out-on-evangelical-voter-event-and-they-re-peeved
Rand Paul skips out on evangelical voter event, and they're peeved

Just what we want: Congress rewriting College Board exams

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/14/rnc-to-congress-investigate-the-ap-u-s-history-exam.html 

Why they call them gun nuts

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/14/gun_nuts_alcohol_debacle_why_their_new_booze_scheme_is_the_scariest_yet/

In Fox World

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/hasselbeck-ties-atheists-taking-prayer-out
Hasselbeck Ties Atheists Taking Prayer Out Of School To Murder Of Christians In Iraq

Bonus item: Tech corner

http://tinyurl.com/llkwezc
Can a machine provide reliable mental health counseling? 

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/08/my-disruptive-deputy.html
I Hired a Digital Butler for $99 a Month

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/08/robo_readers_robo_graders_why_students_prefer_to_learn_from_a_machine.html
Why Students Prefer to Learn From a Machine

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