Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ferguson Decision Sets Off Nationwide Protests In Over 100 Cities (33 PHOTOS)

Ferguson National Response Network
The day after a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown thousands of people took to the streets to protest passionately and peacefully.

All across the nation people attended protests, marches, rallies and die-ins chanting "hands up, don't shoot," which has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the country.

Here are pictures from just a few of the protests that took place throughout the country...



Washington DC:


Ferguson, Missouri:





Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson Verdict Delivered: No Indictment In The Shooting Death Of Michael Brown

Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced yesterday at 8:15 pm that a grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson who fired 12 shots at 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed at the time.

Members of the jury met for 25 days and heard over 70 hours of testimony from over 60 witnesses before reaching their decision.

The announcement sparked demonstrations not only in Ferguson, but in many in other cities across the country.

After the no indictment verdict was delivered President Obama addressed the American people in a call for calm.
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Michael Brown's family released a statement in which they said:

"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen."

No justice, no peace.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The 10 Most Batshit Crazy Republican Reactions To President Obama's Immigration Reform Plan

Please try to remember while reading these unhinged screeds that both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush both used executive orders to extended "amnesty" to family members who were not covered by the last major overhaul of immigration law in 1986. Also keep in mind that President Obama's immigration reform plan is doing the exact same thing for family member's who were not covered by the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program which was passed in 2012.

Let me start by saying that these are in no particular order as far as batshit craziness. Let the blames begin... 

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama floated the idea of impeachment proceedings and even prison time...

At some point, you have to evaluate whether the president’s conduct aids or abets, encourages, or entices foreigners to unlawfully cross into the United States of America. That has a five-year in-jail penalty associated with it.”

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has already sued Barack Obama on Thursday saying the changes were unconstitutional. Part of Arpaio's complaint filed in a federal court in Washington read...

"(Obama's immigration) programs are unconstitutional abuses of the President's role in our nation's constitutional architecture and exceed the powers of the President within the U.S. Constitution,"

Half Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin shared on her Facebook page that...

"This is the epitome of giving Americans the middle finger. He's placing our nation in great danger."

Palin also said while on Sean Hannity's show that...

"If I were Obama I'd put all 11 million of these folks on boats and send them back to Mexico. The liberal media says it's impossible to deport that many people. But I say we can do it if we have enough ships."

Right Wing Radio Host Rush Limbaugh blubbered...

"The Constitution is gonna cease to exist as we know it.  Do you know that the major broadcast networks are not going to cover this tonight?  Did you know that?  (interruption)  The White House is not annoyed.  The White House did not formally request it.  They don't want a English-speaking audience tonight in mass numbers.  They did not formally request the networks carry the announcement tonight.  This is gonna be on Telemundo, on Univision."

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach stoked fears about ethnic cleansing during his Sunday radio program to a caller who asked, “What happens, if you know your history, when one culture or one race or one religion overwhelms another culture or race?”

What protects us in America from any kind of ethnic cleansing is the rule of law, of course. And the rule of law used to be unassailable, used to be taken for granted in America. And now, of course, we have a president who disregards the law when it suits his interests. So, while I normally would answer that by saying, ‘Steve, of course we have the rule of law, that could never happen in America,’ I wonder what could happen. I still don’t think it’s going to happen in America, but I have to admit, things are strange and they are happening.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said...

The social cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer — millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language. Even though the president says they won’t be able to vote, we all know that many, in all likelihood, will vote. The president has a very single-minded vision. He’s looking at new voters for 2016.... People do vote without being a citizen. It’s a wink and a nod, we all know it’s going to happen."

Tom Coburn Senator (R-OK) layed out this frightening scenario...

"The country's going to go nuts, because they're going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it's going to be a very serious situation. You're going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. ... You could see violence."

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sounded this warning...

President Obama has put the interests of an extreme wing of his party above the interests of American workers. Some have said that the actions he is taking this week equal a declaration of war on Republicans. I believe he is actually declaring war on the American people and our democracy."

Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee whimsically quipped...

"I just returned from a trip to England where I was reminded of why Americans fled the tyranny of King George, now Americans are subjected to the tyrannical actions of 'Emperor Obama' with his wholly unconstitutional executive action on immigration. Our founding fathers created a system of government with checks and balances and the president's repeated actions bypassing Congress are an insult to the American people.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) invoked 1st century BC Roman Senator Cicero’s warning about Catiline, a  who attempt to overthrow the Roman Republic (no, I'm not kidding!)...

When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of your still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of your swaggering about as it does now?”

Just for good measure here are some bonus Tweets...

Daily Caller Contributor Matthew Vadum

Fox News Radio Host Todd Starnes editor-at-large Ben Shapiro

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Democrats Block Keystone XL Pipeline... By One Vote!

The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The Senate's 59-41 vote Tuesday night was a nail-biter to the end.

The bill needed 60 votes to reach the White House.

Yes, that means they defeated the bill by, wait for it....1vote!

By the way if you were worried about the lost jobs that will result due to the bills defeat it has been determined that the XL Pipline would only create about 35 permanent jobs overall.

In addition the pipeline wouldn't even lower gas prices -- the oil will be exported to foreign countries.

image above is from a 2013 tar sands pipeline spill in Arkansas backyards

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Here's Why The Country Is Screwed... And The Rpublicans Like It!

Last week the country elected mainly Republicans in the mid-term elections. Questions asked at exit polling revealed that the reason given for the Republican sweep were that "people were tired of government not working".

Apparently those asked in the exit polling were not being completely honest because a new Pew Poll reveals what the Republican voters were really thinking when they were scribbling on their ballot.

The results of the poll say that two thirds (66%) of Republicans told the Pew Research Center that they want their party's leaders to "stand up" to President Obama, even if it means that less will get done! The poll also revealed that only the remaining 32%  want to see GOP leadership work with the president in any capacity at all...

So if the newly elected Republicans take the advice of their constituency we should all get ready for political gridlock up on Capitol Hill. In other words... Nothing has changed.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Republicans Attack Obama Over Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is described as the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.

With the FCC weighing in on whether ISPs, such as Verizon and Comcast, can choose to block or prioritize delivering traffic to certain websites if they are willing to pay more. This basically breaks down as: Big Business = Win / Average American = Lose.

With the stakes being so high politicians are starting to make their positions known.

Just yesterday, President Barack Obama came out in favor of the "strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality," endorsing a popular proposal that would empower the Federal Communications Commission to require Internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally and not charge content providers for better access. Obama said in a statement...

"We cannot allow Internet service providers to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas," 

But Obama critics see a different angle to this story. As opposed to internet equality for all Americans the Republicans see a chance to attack "Emperor" Obama... No really!

Ted Cruz lashed out against Net Neutrality calling it: "Obamacare For The Internet"

Republican House Speaker John Boehner lamented that...

It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that the Obama administration continues to disregard the people’s will and push for more mandates on our economy....  Federal bureaucrats should not be in the business of regulating the Internet – not now, not ever.  In the new Congress, Republicans will continue our efforts to stop this misguided scheme to regulate the Internet,”

The soon to be Republican Incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell claimed that...

The growth of the Internet and the rapid adoption of mobile technology have been great American success stories, made possible by a light regulatory touch.  This approach has freed innovators to develop and sell the products people want--and create jobs in the process--without waiting around for government permission.  The President’s decision today to abandon this successful approach in favor of more heavy-handed regulation that will stifle innovation and concentrate more power in the hands of Washington bureaucrats is a terrible idea. The Commission would be wise to reject it.”

At this point is ts there nothing the right wing wont attack President Obama for... I think not.