Friday, November 28, 2014

Loosen the blindfold on Lady Justice…...

Now that answer to the question "will Darren Wilson be indicted for killing an unarmed black kid" has been given, here are a few things to consider…and you WON"T find them on Fox or any Right Wing radio station:

 McCulloch, the prosecutor in the case, is charging a black officer for hitting a suspect's hand during an altercation which happened before Michael Brown's shooting...

Even Nancy Grace, the no-holds-barred lawyer of TV fame..and no liberal herself…thinks there's something really wrong with McCulloch's grand jury tactics:

A law professor at Washington State University in St. Louise thinks the whole grand jury presentation is at fault:
“The case should be presented to a new grand jury that is properly instructed on the law and provided with evidence without any appearance of bias or leaning,” said Mae Quinn, JD, director of the law school’s Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic.

Also, the assistant to the prosecutor gave the jurors an outdated…now illegal…law on which to judge all the "evidence' they were to present. Then after everything was presented she said, in essence "oh, never mind…we goofed….my bad."
Add all this to the facts we already know: the prosecutor's father was a policeman killed in the line of duty, by a black man. Nine out of the twelve jurors were white. The defendant, Darren Wilson was allowed to give testimony for 4 hours but the prosecutor that was supposed to be bringing charges, not defending him.

All the people want is to actually bring this man to trial, present ALL the evidence not just cherry-picked sections, and let that be the end of it. They and the family were denied that right…and Michael Brown's family has been forced to endure a "let's blame the victim" scenario on top of shooting death. 

No, the looting, and rioting were not called for, and self-destructive. Not ALL protestors there participated…but the nation was only presented the race-bating narrative. The police and the governor spent weeks psychologically "baiting" the people of Ferguson with threats and shows of force. (Tell teenagers NOT to do something, and of course it is the first thing they will do…..)

I don't know where we go from here…I'm not personally involved. I probably should not even give it a second thought. But if we don't start seeing, feeling, and thinking of others besides ourselves……we have no one to blame when those in higher positions…procured through moneyed interests using religion and race as weapons….we are ALL in for a world of hurt.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Aside from mostly ignoring the GOP-led Beghazi report findings,  here's their idea of "fair and balanced" coverage:
How, exactly, did Fox News cover the House Benghazi report? Fox's headline is "CIA gathered intelligence on weapons to Syria: Benghazi report." What the hell does that even mean? That's not burying the lede. That's changing the lede into a word salad. Here are the first three paragraphs from the Fox News article online:

The headline on our Sunday television section in the Knoxville News read as follows: NEW LEVEL OF FOX NEWS DOMINANCE DEMANDS ANALYSIS, NOT DISMISSAL

I was of course intrigued because there is not enough money in the world for us to have this network on in our home..…and disgruntled because this area of the country needs NO encouragement to hate everything or anybody that does not subscribe to their conservative point of view. 

Seems like the main gist of the article was based on the premise:
"I think one of the reasons for this latest evolution of ratings dominance might be that Fox was a far better watchdog on the Obama White House than any other TV news organization. It took the heat and the blowback from an administration that showed an enmity for the press not seen on Pennsylvania Avenue since the dark days of Richard Nixon, but it stayed the course. And now with viewers seeing the contempt this administration had for them and the truth, they respect what Fox did the last six years." 

Hmmmm…in another article by Mr. Zurawik he notes that his faith in the media (namely "60 Minutes" and CNN) began slipping after the 2008 election. Coincidence, I'm sure.

I hate to bring this to Mr. Zurawik's attention…but FOX News always lies and is proud of it. They even endured six different hearings to get to this conclusion.
"The attorneys for Fox, owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch, argued the First Amendment gives broadcasters the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves.
In its six-page written decision, the Court of Appeals held that the Federal Communications Commission position against news distortion is only a “policy,” not a promulgated law, rule, or regulation. Fox aired a report after the ruling saying it was “totally vindicated” by the verdict."

Or perhaps it's this:  "Or maybe, it's what some critics of Fox say: That those who watch the channel only want to hear one side of the story, and that's all that Fox gives them."

Friday, November 14, 2014

Here We Go Again…...

I'm sure you've heard about the white mayor of Minneapolis hanging out with notorious black gang members……..while canvassing in a voter registration drive. Yeah, about that…..

Have you seen this member of the notorious Dark Money Gang ?

Sunday, November 9, 2014


We all know about the Right's endless battle to disenfranchise whole swatches of potential voters….."those people."

We have heard ad infinitum about about the rampant "voter fraud' being committed by those same people, with the help of the Dems, of course. 

We cringe at the mention of the SCOTUS vote on Citizens United, which undoubtedly had a major influence on the midterm elections…even though a scant 35 percent of our eligible voters bothered to even do so, probably disgusted with the whole thing. ( )

But here in Tennessee where the color red is as vibrant as Volunteer Orange to UT in my city of Knoxville, the Religious Right has found a NEW way to influence election outcomes in their usual covert way. Well, it's really more like FOX Folks telling women and young people not to vote. 

According to Tennessee's constitution, the number of votes for passage of an amendment to said constitution must equal half of the total votes cast for the governor. Voting just for the amendment itself doesn't cut it, and the outcome was might close. This should be really interesting.

"Essentially, the plaintiffs charge, only the votes of people who voted in the gubernatorial election should be tabulated in the amendment referendum. The lawsuit cites several sources, including a website and a Nashville Catholic church’s Oct. 12 Sunday program, in which supporters of Amendment 1 inform fellow supporters that not voting in the governor’s race and casting a “Yes” vote for the amendment will effectively “double” their vote by lowering the number of votes cast in the governor’s race."

Does this remind you of anything?
"We don't want everyone to vote, because when everyone votes…we lose."
Same BS, different day.

Friday, November 7, 2014

I guess FOX News and the Republicans DID find a cure for the spread of the dreaded Ebola virus: the midterm election results.

Funniest thing…….

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bloodbath. Sweep. Wave. Victory. Obama Rejection…..

call it what you will. The Dems…you and me…..were hornswaggled and soundly beaten by the very same people that got us into this mess in the first place. 
This speaks very badly for the intelligence and foresight of the American populace in general, or maybe the members of the current Democratic Party are the biggest chickenshits we have ever seen. It's a toss-up either way, in my estimation.

When you have the most narcissistic, ignorant, grifting female in America……hoisted upon us by the GOP, remember……..using President Obama's own words (the ones she herself mocked just a few years ago)……to goad the Repubs into action, you have come full circle in mental gymnastics. 

"So, establishment types, remember that you didn’t build this! This majority that swept you into power tonight is thanks to the rank and file commonsense conservative grassroots. That’s who built it. And they expect results. They deserve the best for America."
(We'll leave that commonsense conservative grassroots meme for another time…..)

And then there is this nonsense to go along with it:

The SCOTUS opened the door and the Big Money came rolling in….being carried in part by the "religious right" whom the conservatives are surreptitiously using with their anti-abortion and contraception issues (see Justice Ginsberg's warning), and supplanted by the Koch Brothers' money-is-no-issue-for-us-to-buy-the kind-of government-we-want. Throw in the "we lose when everybody votes" meme the Repubs have used in secret for decades, but now have brought front and center…and we are going to pay for it.

"McConnell’s next play is perfectly clear. His interest lies in creating two more years of ugliness and gridlock. He does not want spectacular, high-profile failures that command public attention — no shutdowns, no impeachment. Instead, he wants tedious, enervating stalemate. McConnell needs to drain away any possibility of hope and excitement from government, so that the disengaged Democratic voters remain disengaged in 2016.

I am ashamed of the Dems themselves…trying to be Republican lite. Are you ashamed of the accomplishments that this president has battled to achieve?? Did you not get everything you thought you should get when you thought you should get it?? Are you freaking afraid of the NRA?? Have the scientists' dire warnings (and possible solutions) caused you to panic, not wanting to upset McConnell's coal-supporting buddies….maybe letting the future generations deal with it?? Are you actually becoming to believe that it is all those "lazy, mooching  unemployed takers wanting free stuff" that is ruining it for everybody else instead of Walmart and Wall Street?? Are you also secretly afraid that all those brown/black/yellow/purple people are going to take way your "good" life, too?? 

I am not a great church-goer at this stage of my life, having "been there" all through my youth, but this quote came to mind:

        So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I will spit you out of my mouth.   Revelation 3:16

I really feel that since we….Dems….cannot even stand up for what we believe in, cannot back up and cheerlead for the things their President has done for us ( but we can complain, and run from them in order to appear "above it all."), and cannot even attempt to get a word in edgewise about our goals to our corporate media, we got what was coming. 

The next two years before the next presidential election will be very telling. If a failing educational system, privatization of all necessary services in the name of "saving money and efficiency", letting "free market" rule your healthcare choices, watching fewer groups of citizens being able to vote, watching a gradual militarization of the police forces that are supposed to be protecting you, seeing more of our state and government lands being exploited for profit by fossil fuel corporations to the detriment of people's health, and state governments decimating women's healthcare services…………..just don't take it out on this President. Blame Big Money, and yourselves.