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VA Senate Committee Kills Vote Rigging Plan

crooksandliars - Mon, 01/18/2038 - 22:14


ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.

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Open Thread - Grahamer Socks?

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:30

You Tube comments are really, REALLY low-hanging fruit for mockery. But still.

Open thread below...

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Fox's Andrea Tantaros Accuses Eric Holder Of Running DOJ 'Like The Black Panthers'

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:15

Someone needs to tell Fox's Andrea Tantaros that if she wants to see what a race baitor looks like, just take a good look in the mirror. Here's how she reacted on this Friday's The Five while the lot of them were going after the rest of the media for their coverage of the protests in Ferguson, MO.

BOLLING: Okay, you win Pulitzers, you sell magazines with pictures like that. Is it dangerous to be putting those on the covers?

TANTAROS: Yeah, because you sell magazines with racial divides, right? You sell magazines by blowing up what in their minds is a white-on-black incident. Where you really could do good journalism is going to the streets of Chicago and following the black-on-black crime. I mean... and if I were African American I would be outraged that more journalists aren't covering what's happening in Chicago and more outraged with people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson don't head to those areas.

But, look, the DOJ is pushing this entire thing. Eric Holder is one of the biggest race baiters in this entire country...

BECKEL: Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm...

TANTAROS: Bob, he runs that DOJ like the Black Panthers (crosstalk). Allowing them to be outside of that polling place was absolutely abominable.

BECKEL: Oh my.

BOLLING: I'm going to somewhat agree with Andrea and maybe not call him a race baiter, but maybe call him, a race activist. Is that okay?

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Brother Jack McDuff

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:00

Jams like this are the stuff that hip hop artists' dreams are made of. It's tunes like this that inspired genres like jazz fusion, which, by this time was in its infancy. Luckily, at this time we also had Brother Jack McDuff, who blended funky rhythms with jazzy harmonic structure to bring us a unique style all its own.

Got any favorite instrumentals?

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Cop Who Pushed Don Lemon Around Suspended For Oathkeepers Rant

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:57

After Don Lemon got up this morning and saw his email and tweets, he called the St. Louis County Police Chief about Dan Page's hour-long rant at an Oathkeepers meeting. Lemon had a particular interest in this, since that's the same officer who shoved him like garbage on the street during the protests in Ferguson.

Mr. Page has now been relieved of duty and ordered into psychological counseling.

Good move on their part, but the larger question here is whether this is embedded in the culture of the police force in St. Louis and Ferguson.

I suspect the answer to that is yes. You don't have a 35-year veteran of the police force rant like that, have it posted online by multiple people for months, and not have a culture where at the very least, they look the other way or shrug when attitudes like that are expressed on the job. And that right there is the problem.

Update: CNN now has the full story posted here.

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'Less Lethal' Flash-Bangs Used In Ferguson Leave Some Feeling The Burn

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:29

by Abbie Nehring ProPublica, Aug. 22, 2014, 9:56 a.m.

Peter Callahan was caught between two police lines in the West Florissant section of Ferguson, Mo., on Sunday night, when something fiery hot singed his leg. A nearby protester's shirt briefly caught fire.

Callahan, a Washington D.C.-based journalist, deduced that he had been hit by a flash-bang device. "I was also at Occupy Wall Street," he said. "This is a lot worse."

Among the debris protesters and journalists have picked up in the days since Michael Brown was killed are canisters of the 7290 flash-bang made by Combined Tactical Systems, a "less lethal" diversionary device that has made its way into law enforcement agencies' toolkits to carry out search warrants, and less frequently, to disperse crowds.

Flash-bang devices are one of many military-style weapons being used in Ferguson, along with tear gas and beanbag munitions. While marketed as non-lethal, there have been instances in which flash-bangs have caused serious injury and sometimes death when used by police, prompting debate over their proper use.

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Racebaiter Ted Nugent Posts White Murder Victims Of Blacks On Facebook Page

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:55

Just what this country needs: Another race baiting, right-wing idiot weighing in on the Ferguson situation in a most heinous and racist light. Ted Nugent, the hard-core right-wing fool, has posted a list of white people who've been murdered by black people on his Facebook page -- to "prove" some sort of reverse racism, I guess. As of now, I find no sourcing information for his claims on his Facebook page and as usual he's blaming the mainstream media for not reporting these crimes as national news.

Here's a few comments:

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If It’s Sunday, It’s Meet The (1%) Press

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:20

Over at the Nation, Reed Richardson writes about why no one should feel sorry for David Gregory, but why personality-driven "news" is failing, anyway:

As a result, most Sunday news show hosts serve as purveyors of the Washington conventional wisdom as much as, if not more than, the officeholders they’re purportedly covering. Meet the Press , and with it the whole Sunday morning news show genre, has devolved into a kind of cloistered, clubby, faux-accountability chinwag, one where a rich and powerful host mostly asks gentle questions of rich and powerful politicians about things that mostly only matter to rich and powerful viewers. (Or, even worse, rich and powerful journalists and pundits simply talk amongst themselves.)

Voices and issues considered outside the mainstream—or in D.C. parlance, “not serious”—end up either marginalized or completely disappeared from the discourse. Need more proof? Look no further than the Sunday news show advertisers, a list of which is routinely populated by multinational conglomerates and defense contractors. ( Boeing exclusively sponsors the Meet the Press news app .) These companies know that the ‘programming’ they’re selling adjacent to on Sunday morning isn’t about to question the status quo.

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In Wake Of Ferguson, Miami-Dade Mayor Wants 'A Camera On Every Police Officer'

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:05

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A Simple Plan To Balance Trade And Bring Back All Those Jobs

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:00

We have an enormous, humongous and ongoing trade deficit. This means we buy more from other countries than they buy from us and we do this every year.

Trade is supposed to be balanced. Instead we have been running continuing trade deficits since the late 1970s. A trade deficit drains our economy and forces consumers, businesses and government to borrow, just to keep going. This means that jobs, factories, entire industries and literal boatloads of money have been leaving the country – it really adds up because we do this every single year. We have to do something about this.

The "Buffett Plan"
In May's post, Balancing Trade – Remember The “Buffett Plan” I described the 2003 "Buffett Plan" proposed by Warren Buffett, who was very concerned about the damage done to our economy and unemployment caused by our ongoing trade deficit.

The government could issue “Import Certificates (ICs) to all U.S. exporters in an amount equal to the dollar value of their exports.” The number of import certificates determines the level of trade imbalance or balance that we allow.

A few years later Congress tried to address the problem with legislation designed to balance exports and imports.

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Fox News Links Low Presidential Popularity To Solitary Golfing

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:16

Maureen Dowd, the go-to-gal of the Fox crowd and New York Times columnist proclaimed,
The president who was elected because he was a hot commodity is now a wet blanket.

In a recent Fox News article, Howard Kurtz lauds praise on Dowd's conclusion that the President of the United States should never golf without wooing Democrats, especially Blue Dogs. He is allegedly suffering from the lowest popularity ratings in his almost six years as POTUS and part of the problem is he appears introspective and maybe even too "uppity" for Fox while he finishes out his scheduled vacation.

At this point in his presidency, Bush far out-vacationed President Obama, but this fact is always overlooked. Kurtz says
“In interviews, nearly two dozen Democratic lawmakers and senior congressional aides suggested that Mr. Obama’s approach has left him with few loyalists to effectively manage the issues erupting abroad and at home and could imperil his efforts to leave a legacy in his final stretch in office.”

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Governor Ultrasound Takes The Stand, Puts Family Values On Parade

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:00

On Thursday, Governor Bob McDonnell took the stand in his own defense. It was Day 19 of his corruption trial, and the time had finally come for him to tell his side of the story.

As one Politico reporter said, "He didn’t simply throw his wife, Maureen, under a bus to keep himself out of prison. He laid her down gently on the road, with a pillow and blanket."

Indeed. Governor Ultrasound painted himself as a man with a wife he just couldn't control anymore. He would tell her to do things and she wouldn't do them!

It was a jarring contrast to the rest of McDonnell’s testimony, in which he repeatedly portrayed himself as the ethical half of the couple. He said he scolded Maureen for accepting another gift from Williams — a $50,000 loan — and for keeping a roughly $7,000 refund from the wedding reception rather than giving it to Cailin, as he wanted.

“I was just very upset with her. I was astounded,” McDonnell said of the $50,000 loan from Williams. He acknowledged that the McDonnells had racked up a lot of credit card debt, but he insisted they were paying it off and didn’t need the money.

And on the refund, McDonnell sounded like he could be any fed-up husband complaining that his wife never does what he asks her to do.

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CNN Says Darren Wilson Didn't Have A Fractured Eye Socket

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:53

If there's one thing I learned in 20 years as a reporter, it's that when a big story breaks, there are always so many contradictory stories floating around, it's almost impossible to get a grip on what actually happened. Defense attorneys know that controlling the media narrative (and tainting the local jury pool) is helpful to their case (in this case, the St. Louis police department seems to have appointed itself Darren Wilson's unofficial defense attorney), so the first stories we hear are unlikely to be accurate -- as we see with this highly exaggerated "eye socket" story:

Earlier this week, Fox News reported that Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown, suffered a fractured eye socket following his confrontation with the teenager. The reporter,Hollie McKay, cited a “source close to the [police] department’s top brass” as providing that information to the network.

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AFA Jumps The Shark: ‘ALS Challenge Kills Babies’

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:00

[Cross-posted at Hatewatch.]

In recent weeks, it has seemed as if the American Family Association—already listed by the SPLC as an anti-LGBT hate group—has been on a mission to transform its public image from that of ordinary family-values advocates to a pack of wild-eyed radicals foaming at the mouth about their perceived enemies.

AFA spokesperson Bryan Fischer has been leading the way. In recent weeks on his radio program, Fischer has:

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Homeric Epic: The 10 Best ‘Simpsons’ Episodes Ever

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:48

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Fox's Ablow Attacks Eric Holder For 'Fanning Flames Of Racial Unrest' In Ferguson

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:00

Fox's so-called "doctor" Keith Ablow has been on a roll lately. When he's not hurling insults at the First Lady, his favorite target has usually been her husband, but this Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder had his turn being attacked by Ablow for his visit this week to Ferguson, MO in the wake of the protests there and the shooting of unarmed teen, Michael Brown.

TPM quoted some of Ablow's remarks in an article they posted this Thursday, but they missed some of the most insulting garbage he was spewing just prior to the portion of the segment they highlighted.

ABLOW: Let's think about what just happened. The top law enforcement official in the nation just said I stand with the people, not the law enforcement people. He just went there and said I understand you can't trust the police. What is he talking about?

This is the height of absurdity and contempt for our culture and our society. This is fanning the flames of racial unrest. It's unforgivable. I've never heard of anything like it. Eric Holder, absolutely, he's the top law enforcement official. He just went to a community and said I stand with you guys against the police. How is he fit for office? He's not fit for office.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

crooksandliars - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:00

Cathie from Canada - jaywalking in Ferguson;

d r i f t g l a s s - David Brooks 101;

Obsidian Wings - do you know how many people cops kill each year?

The American Prospect - the incompetent pollster mystery solved;

The Reaction - live, from Alaska, it's Sarah Palin!

blogenfreude blogs at and suggests you check out these bodega cats.

Send tips to MBRU at crooksandliars dot com.

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Open Thread - Let's Hope For Ferguson

crooksandliars - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 22:30

Via. Open Thread Below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With LCD Soundsystem

crooksandliars - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 22:00

While no longer active, LCD Soundsystem was instrumental in keeping New York's underground scene alive. After the '90s ended, there was a bit of a downturn for underground recorded music, considering that digital audio workstations weren't quite user-friendly enough yet and studio time was expensive. Luckily, a few groups, including this one, persevered in spite of this and inspired a whole new wave of home-grown recorded music.

Got any favorite underground bands?

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Watch This Rant From The Officer Who Shoved Don Lemon In Ferguson

crooksandliars - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 21:56

Sgt. Major Dan Page sees things in black and white. Them and us. Good and evil. There are no grays, there is no nuance. He is good. You are evil unless you believe, like he does, that all men being created equal does not mean affirmative action is good, or that black men fall into the realm of all men.

He was the guy that shocked me with his disrespect as he shoved CNN's Don Lemon around a couple of days ago.

Here is Mr. Page ranting for the benefit of what appears to be a group of Oathkeepers. Lots of anti-Obama, anti-government rhetoric tossed as red meat. Also, Mr. Page is a former Army Ranger Green Beret. *

I've posted the entire video for now, but I'll try and mash up some of the better clips from it and post it later.

Thanks to Democratic Underground's user 951-Riverside for the video and the bullet points:

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