…so what is Eric’s agenda? What is Eric after… what makes this head of the DOJ tick? I mean really, marijuana demonization is at best ridiculous (alcohol and cigarettes are incredibly more harmful and everyone knows it). So is there anything about Eric’s efforts that make sense? His moves are certainly aimless but do hint at a desperate need to look “effective” or at least busy. As most law enforcement heads, Eric is inclined to depend on the paranoid narrative to guide his moves - “it is good to fear the fear” and especially whatever Eric dictates is to be feared. Eric’s actions are reminiscent of the plot in those horror movies you watched when you were a kid (1960’s black and white - really creepy). Horror for horror’s sake, suspend the disbelief and give into the irrational fear that the ketchup blood and guts were real - give yourself over totally to the narrative of the consummate evil that requires an all out frantic breakdown in…well at least in the erasure of peoples rights.
The unraveling of our Constitutional rights, our right to privacy and Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press should not serve as the plot in Eric’s grade B black and white exploitation flick.
Squashing journalistic effort and thereby government transparency should make us more than a little queasy; this action by the DOJ, grabbing private mail, anyone’s private mail, is tyranny in the extreme and a ploy transcending plutocracy. This is the state transforming itself into evil. This is the state showing it can play the trump card over plutocracy if it really wants to, via a throat crush of our constitutional rights. It is a personal act that is pathetic, insanely reckless and of abject disregard for and insult to the people of the United States.
We need to give serious consideration to who will run the FBI, Homeland Security and the DOJ in 2016. The path Eric has us on, whether intentional not, is the end of “We the People”. There is good reason to ask for Eric’s resignation now and unfortunately for the Democrat party, with all the whistleblower prosecution by Obama, perhaps Obama should be impeached too.
Maybe all this behavior by Holder and Obama is a gut reaction to the monumental obstructionism of the Republican party - less of an administrational ideology and more of a futile attempt to do something, anything as long as it is as hurtful as the Republican abandoning their constituency just to damn the other side of the aisle.
Nothing funny here, it is much worse than Obama and Eric are incompetent; they are damn near evil. Time to go Eric.
Officer Pedro Serrano Testifies Against the NYPD/Bloomberg Stop and Frisk Policy
Officer Pedro Serrano walked through the heavy wooden doors of the 40th Precinct in the South Bronx and headed upstairs to the locker room. For eight years he’d been working out of this 89-year-old station house, with its broken fax machines and crummy computers. “We work in a shithole,” the cops there would say, “but it’s our shithole.” Serrano, 43, had the day off—he’d stopped by only to pick up some papers—but when he got close to his locker, he noticed something strange. Someone had placed a dozen rat stickers on the door.
There was a blue rat baring sharp teeth; a red rat curled up tight; another rat posing next to the word dirty. And dangling from his combination lock was a spring-loaded rat trap. A minute or two passed before his initial shock subsided. “Now it begins,” he said to himself. “The little game that’s going to start—it’s real now.”
Serrano snapped off the trap so he could open his locker, but he decided the stickers should stay. “I don’t want to let these people think that they won,” he told himself. If this display had been intended to scare Serrano into silence, it had the opposite effect: The sight of all those rats made him even more determined to testify in federal court against the NYPD.
“Damn that whistleblower”, said the droner in chief.
DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy (DBA/CMD) have spent more than the past year gathering records, through state and federal open records/freedom of information laws, from various law enforcement agencies tasked with “counter-terrorism”/”homeland security” operations. The resultant stacks of documentation, numbering in the thousands of pages, form a grim mosaic of “counter-terrorism” agency operations and attitudes toward activists and other socially/politically-engaged citizens over the course of 2011 and 2012. As such, records show that methods employed by the nation’s “counter-terrorism” apparatus against these citizens has ranged from the use of undercover officers tasked with infiltrating activist groups, to constant monitoring and the use of advanced technologies in the tracking and identification of certain individuals. Put simply, the pattern that emerges from these pages shows that heavily-funded municipal, county, state and federal “counter-terrorism” agencies (often acting in concert through state/regional “fusion centers”) view citizens engaged in movements of political and social dissent, such as Occupy Wall Street (and its regional incarnations), as nothing less than nascent, if not bonafide, “terrorist” threats. What’s more, records obtained by DBA/CMD show that this view of activists, and attendant activist monitoring/suppression, has been carried out on behalf of, and in cooperation with, some of the nation’s largest financial and corporate interests— the very entities that the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement and others oppose as usurpers of American democracy. Additionally, records obtained from the police departments of several cities show that, when possible, corporate interests, or other subjects of public protest, would purchase the services of off-duty police officers— armed, in uniform and acting under the color of law— outright. Our records indicate that, in at least one instance, police officers employed by corporate interests who explicitly stated a desire for protestor arrests and prosecutions were more than happy to not only provide the desired protestor arrests, but to also lie in official records, as well as to the news media, in order to facilitate prosecutions and cover their own actions. Furthermore, records obtained by DBA/CMD from agencies active in state counter-terrorism “fusion centers— including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)— demonstrate the institutionalized blending of corporate security with “national security” through a number of public-private “counter-terrorism” intelligence sharing programs. What has resulted is the wholesale criminalization of tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of American citizens who have dared to voice opposition to what is increasingly viewed as the undue influence of private corporate/financial interests in the functions
In a disgusting display, even by TEApublican standards, Stephen Fincher (R-TN) quoted the “Book of Thessalonians” from the New Testament (of christians magicboo boo book), to justify letting the poor starve. Fincher smugly stated on the House floor:
“The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” - from the christians magic boo boo book.
Of course, it’s a well-known attribute of conservatives to see things in black and white while often missing more nuanced aspects of real life. In Fincher’s warped mind, people that need help are just lazy moochers who should simply pull themselves up by their bootstraps, even though, as most liberals know, many of these people don’t even have boots–or functioning feet in the context of this analogy–for that matter.
- One might also observe that anyone who puts in such a small amount of work to determine the solutions to our problems ought to be include in those lazy bastards killed - like the entire republican party. There is no greater bum than the bum who sits on their bum staring at FUX news for “enlightenment”.
Tennessee: Where Vapid Nonsense Is Volunteered by Lazy Bastards
“Citizen Koch,” a documentary about money in politics focused on the Wisconsin uprising, was shunned by PBS for fear of offending billionaire industrialist David Koch, who has given $23 million to public television, according to Jane Mayer of the New Yorker. The dispute highlights the increasing role of private money in “public” television and raises even further concerns about the Kochs potentially purchasing eight major daily newspapers.
From the land that gave us a drunken cretin for president:
Carolyn Compton is in a relationship with Page Price. They live together in Texas, as many unmarried couples do throughout the country. Compton has custody of children from a previous marriage. But after nearly three years together, a judge is forcing Page to move out.
Judge John Roach Jr., a Republican who presides over the 296th District Court, enforced the “morality clause” in Compton’s divorce papers on Tuesday, May 7. Under the clause, someone who has a “dating or intimate relationship” with the person or is not related “by blood or marriage” is not allowed after 9 p.m. when the children are present. Price was given 30 days to move out of the home because the children live with the couple.
So what this judge and the state of Texas are saying to gay men and lesbians is, hey, you can’t get married and if you have kids we’re going to make it super hard to live with your partner!
To add insult to injury, the Dallas Voice reports that Compton’s ex was charged with third-degree felony stalking, but pled guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespassing. Price added that the ex rarely sees the children. Sounds like a super great parent. But I guess that’s better than lesbians living together. Because GROSS.
Maybe Texas should secede to the days when jesus rode dinosaurs?
This is a guy who, one day after a devastating natural disaster killed his own constituents, said he will not vote to alleviate their suffering unless he can inflict some pain on someone somewhere else in the country. And his spokesman defends this as a matter of principle, and uses the worst act of domestic terrorism in the history of the United States as a salutary example… Does Senator Coburn really believe you can budget for the unthinkable? That tornadoes are zero-sum events? That you can horse-trade on human suffering as though it were a line-item on a transportation rider? I no longer am willing to try to understand how people like this think. They are monsters and they operate on their own monstrous imperatives.