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.
When Rudy Guiliani declared that Mayor Bill DeBlasio allowed the Eric Garner protests to go too far, allowing protesters to take over the streets and "hurt police officers" he knew exactly what he was doing.
Thousands of off-duty police officers thronged around City Hall yesterday, swarming through police barricades to rally on the steps of the hall and blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge for nearly an hour in the most unruly and angry police demonstration in recent memory.
The 300 uniformed officers who were supposed to control the crowd did little or nothing to stop the protesters from jumping barricades, tramping on automobiles, mobbing the steps of City Hall or taking over the bridge. In some cases, the on-duty officers encouraged the protesters.
You already know it's been a tough year, politically. Tough especially for the Democrats' DC Establishment party. Not quite so tough for progressives. Only one of our progressives was defeated, Carol Shea-Porter, who ran in a very red district-- and who, I feel pretty certain, will be back in 2016 to reclaim her seat.
Last Thursday Carol was a loud and clear voice against the Wall Street giveaway in the "Cromnibus" funding bill. Like every self-respecting progressive-- from Alan Grayson, Donna Edwards, Barbara Lee, Mike Honda, Raul Grijalva, and Keith Ellison to Mark Pocan, Matt Cartwright, Jared Polis, Alan Lowenthal, Beto O'Rourke... almost all the men and women YOU have helped get elected.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity. We hope you’re on board with us to help elect the next Alan Grayson, Keith Ellison or Elizabeth Warren when they come along. And, based on this year’s election results— they most certainly will.
If you're Sarah Palin you might want to just check your Facebook posts a little more carefully before hitting "send."
That image at the top is Palin's Sunday tweet, trumpeting her get-together with the good folks at "Dick Dynasty."
The tweet has since been deleted, but she also posted it on Facebook and it was captured many times before she caught it.
Former half-term Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, spoke of recipes and family holiday get-togethers while noting that her viewers shouldn’t let “a few angry atheists with attorneys” get in the way of celebrating the birth of Christ.
“Oh, I am so excited for people to get to read this Christmas book, while protecting the heart of Christmas and not allowing the Scrooges out there to take Christ out of Christmas, or to erode any of the tradition we celebrate during the Christmas season,” she explained. “It’s called ‘Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas’.”
She continued to discuss “what we believe in at this time of year,” before returning, once again, to her book.
Greeting Crooks, Good Morning Liars - as I write this on the solstice (while at a coffee shop called Solstice, spooky!) I'm heartened that the dark days of 2014 are behind us as the sunlight grows longer in the northern hemisphere. As one wag put it, the earth's axis tilt is the reason for the season!
Scripting News wonders who's going to bring NYC together.
Driftglass explains to us why we cannot have nice things anymore.
Perrspectives wants President Obama to give us an overtime pay raise.
Bonus Track: Hysterical Raisins presents Michele Bachmann's congressional career.
Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors and at Liberland. You can follow Tengrain on the electric Twitter machine, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to email@example.com (with "For MBRU" in the subject line).
Conan goes there with the weirdness. Open thread below...
However, I'd say that most music is probably a good substitute for all that background noise that gets pumped into malls and elevators. Holidays or not, I like Tiny Tim, and I think we'd all be better off if more artists were as lighthearted as him and didn't take themselves so seriously.
What are you listening to tonight?
For just a minute, Dish Network improved greatly. After failing to come to an agreement with Fox News, Fox yanked Fox Business and Fox News from the Dish network lineup.
Dish has more than 14 million satellite TV customers. Fox is urging viewers with emails and tweets to switch to another TV provider.
Both sides in the latest spat are blaming each other. Englewood, Colorado-based Dish Network Corp. said in a statement that 21st Century Fox, Inc., was blocking access to the two chancels as part of contract negotiations. New York-based Fox said Dish shut down the server at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, 10 minutes before the contract ended.
Dish blamed Fox for introducing other channels into negotiations despite those not being included in the contract up for renewal.
"It's like we're about to close on a house and the Realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well," Warren Schlichting, Dish's senior vice president of programming, said in a statement "Fox blacked out two of its news channels, using them as leverage to triple rates on sports and entertainment channels that are not in this contract."
Fox said Dish was to blame for prematurely shutting down the network "in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations."
Yes, for a moment I had hope. Then I noticed what Dish substituted for Fox News. Do you see it in that image?
An auxiliary officer with the Fairview Park Police Department, who had written that black people should be "exterminated," resigned from the force last week.
The Cleveland Scene first reported that Aaron McNamara had a position as a volunteer officer as he finished his college degree and prepared for a full-time job on the force. But those plans were derailed when comments he had made on the Internet over the last two years came to light.
According to the Scene, McNamara like to hang out in the YouTube comment area, where he was caught "regularly dropping racial and gay slurs, unambiguously expressing hatred towards minorities and anyone who dare not comply with what police say."
For example, "jungle monkeys" and "spooks" were some of the milder slurs the officer used for African-Americans.
"Abolishing slavery was the worst thing we could have done," McNamara opined. "These people should be exterminated.. Unbelievable."
On a video of a man on a bicycle being tackled by officers, McNamara wrote that the suspect deserved it "BECAUSE THE FEMININE FAGGOT WAS ELUDING THE POLICE AND FAILING TO STOP! DUMB ASS GENERATION!"
In late November, the auxiliary cop argued that it was "absolutely ridiculous that the police are criticized" for killing Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was holding a toy gun.
Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol on Sunday suggested that liberals should start a movement to protest against the killing of two slain police officers in New York City in the same way that they had reacted to the ongoing trend of unarmed black teens being killed by law enforcement.
On Saturday, NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos died after being ambushed and shot to death in their police car. The suspect, who later took his own life, had expressed anti-police sentiments on social media.
During a discussion panel on Sunday, Kristol echoed the sentiment of people like former New York City Police Commissioner and convicted felon Bernard Kerik, who said that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had "blood on his hands" for trying to reform the NYPD.
"Well, it's terrible what happened," Kristol remarked. "And I hope liberals show as much concern about Officer Ramos and Officer Liu as they did as they did about Mr. Garner and Mr. Martin. We'll see."
"I think de Blasio said some really foolish things," he continued. "I'm not blaming him obviously for the killing. But he really now needs to not just say, 'I'm for everyone coming together.' He needs to say, 'I was wrong, I was wrong when I attacked the police in such a general way.'"
This Week brings news of two American deaths in Afghanistan. Allied forces casualties now number 3485.
SFC Ramon S. Morris, 37, US Army, New York
SPC Wyatt J. Martin, 22, US Army, Arizona
After the tragic shooting of two NYPD officers, the right wing is quick to blame the rhetoric of the peaceful protestors who object to police brutality. People have exercised their Constitutional right to free speech, and thus we have created a climate for violence, at least according to a frequent contributor to MSNBC.
Clint Van Zandt tells how he would personally feel after carrying a badge and a gun (guns are never the problem you see) for twenty-five years. It would be like a target on his back. Rudy Giuliani was even brought up vis a vis his "black on black crime" rhetoric, which the right wing loves so much. He was in quite a state of agitation as Alex Witt tried futilly to get him off the Fox News talking points.
He blamed the black community in general, for requesting additional officers.
The reason two police officers were stationed in that particular neighborhood in Brooklyn is because we have such high crime in that area, we need more of a police presence. If I was out there right now, and a rhetoric that's out there of hating police officers when maybe what they do obviously in some cases could be wrong...communities are committing crimes against themselves. We are creating a tremendous riff...because people are inspired by what they hear in the community.
Chuck Todd is hastening the inevitable slide of Meet the Press into oblivion and certain death. When it finally dies, the pallbearers will be writers from The Daily Caller, Breitbart 'News', and The Blaze.
Chuck Todd actually introduced Breitbart "News" as "a conservative news organization" for his Meet the Press panel this morning. The day Breitbart "News" is considered a legit news organization will be the same day the right-wing takeover of broadcast and online news is complete, and not one day sooner.
Once again, Chuck and his bookers could have figured this out in advance, had they any desire to live in fact-based reality. If Chuck reads this post (and I doubt he will), he could have discovered lots and lots of Breitbart-style "news" all on his own.
For example, there was the misidentification of Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General. That misidentification took over 24 hours for them to fully retract. This same "news" organization also elevated Benghazi trutherism to an art form, smeared Norman Lear, and proposed that Congress bar President Obama from delivering the State of the Union address.
Graham never misses an opportunity to attack President Obama's foreign policy as "weak" while stomping his feat and pounding his fists about which country he'd like for the United States to attack next and this Sunday's interview on Face the Nation was no exception:
SCHIEFFER: Now let's talk a little about this Cuban surprise that we got from President Obama to resume relations with Cuba. You were very much against that.
Some people would argue, Senator Graham, that this is a good place for Americans to be selling American products. We sell a lot of grain down there already. We sell medical products under the heading of humanitarian aid.
SCHIEFFER: Why do you think it's such a bad idea to do that?
GRAHAM: Well, North Korea would be great place to sell products. They don't have anything.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson declared on Sunday that MSNBC activist host Al Sharpton and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder were guilty of inciting the murder of two police officers in Brooklyn over the weekend.
On Saturday, NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot to death while sitting in their patrol car. The suspect eventually turned the gun on himself after police caught up with him at a subway station. Messages posted to his social media accounts indicated that the suspect intended to commit violence against law enforcement officers in retaliation for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
"The murders took place out of the blue in the context of a lot of political agitation," Carlson explained on Sunday. "You don't want to start speculated about why this happened or casting blame unfairly. Again, we know who pulled the trigger, he is ultimately responsible."
"But it's such an emotional thing, it's so wrong, immoral, unfair, that it's almost hard not to point at some of the people who have been whipping race hatred in this country for the past couple of months, and saying they do bear some responsibility for this."
President Obama gave Candy Crowley an interview on her last CNN State of the Union show today. In the interview, he vowed to do everything he could to close Guantanamo despite opposition from Republicans and BlueDog Democrats in Congress.
McCain insisted he "always wanted to close Guantanamo, but I wanted to transfer those prisoners to maximum security prisons, prisons in the United States of America." He went on to claim that President Obama never had a plan for that.
McCain paid a lot of lip service to restoring habeas corpus to the Gitmo prisoners, but when the vote was taken, he voted against it.
But the real lie is the one where he claims the President had no plan to transfer prisoners. That's an outright lie. The plan was to repatriate some of them and to transfer some to prisons in the United States.
On Wednesday, Mayor Bill DeBlasio said this:
Asked today about the upcoming meeting, de Blasio told reporters, "I absolutely think they must denounce violence. I think everyone has to denounce violence."
He also said, "All protesters really have to take responsibility for the larger group they’re a part of."
Two police lieutenants were assaulted during a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge this past Saturday. One lieutenant suffered a broken nose. Police are looking for seven suspects and nine witnesses they say are linked to the attack.
De Blasio, speaking to reporters after an unrelated visit to Rikers Island, said, “You cannot talk about social change and then commit an act of violence against a police officer. It makes no sense. It denigrates the cause. It undermines the legitimacy. It’s illegal, it’s wrong, it’s immoral.”
Then the mayor reiterated a call he made last week for protesters to actively stop violence and cooperate with the police.
On Sunday, Rep. Peter King made an appearance on Fox News to claim that Mayor DeBlasio had not denounced protesters' calls for violence.
For those of you who missed it, Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul have been going back and forth for the last week, arguing with each other on Twitter ever since President Obama announced that he was going to be re-establishing relations with Cuba.
From TPM last week: Rand Paul Slams Marco Rubio Over Cuba As Feud Escalates:
The disagreement between Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) over America's changing relationship with Cuba is escalating quickly.
Rubio was among the loudest opponents to President Barack Obama's announcement that the United States would begin normalizing relations with its Caribbean neighbor. After Paul said he supported the change, Rubio lashed out, saying Paul "has no idea what he's talking about."
Both are considered potential 2016 presidential contenders, and Paul struck back on Friday on both Twitter and Facebook.
Where was god during this awful ambush of the two policemen in Brooklyn, NY? That's what Fox and Friends Weekend wants to know, and the "Friends" asked Father Jonathan Morris to help provide insight on what god is thinking. However, not to anyone's surprise, the priest did not appear on the program to lend spiritual guidance, he was actually there to validate Fox News' racist rhetoric.
The conservative hosts portray any person who think that police officers have, on occasion, abused their power as inciters of violence. They use the "failure to lead" label for Mayor DeBlasio, whose heart breaks with sorrow for the tragic loss of life, yet Fox News allocates blame squarely on his shoulders. Those other "failed leaders," President Obama and Eric Holder, are also to blame for the random act of violence from a madman.
Earlier, the network featured convicted felon Bernie Kerik and unstable racist Bo Dietl who both claimed that the mayor should lose his job over this. Apparently, if a lunatic decides to travel to New York to murder cops, the mayor has blood on his hands. Oddly enough, when two Las Vegas cops were murdered in cold blood by Cliven Bundy sympathizers, the Fox News world did not blame the obvious anti-government, anti-Obama violent rhetoric for that tragedy.
We all knew there was no way former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was going to let Bernie Kerik and that wingnut Bo Dietl be the only ones on Fox bashing the current mayor for the shootings of the two NYPD officers yesterday.
Mr. Noun-a-Verb-and-9-11 joined the crew on Fox & Friends this Sunday and immediately turned to one of his favorite topics, lecturing the African American community about "black on black" crime.
GIULIANI: There's no question from the words of the killer that this was connected to the Garner and Brown matter. It could be connected in an insane way but it's not unfair to create a connection between these two things and it is certainly true that we have been treated to about three or four months of propaganda about how the police are the enemy, the police are the problem, there's a major problem between the police and the black community.