The basic right wing message we’ve heard for the last six years has been to challenge this President’s legitimacy. We’ve seen that in everything from the birther movement and charges that he’s somehow “un-American” to criticisms of Barack Obama that have never been leveled against a United States President (i.e., how much golf he plays, the fact that he takes vacations and that he signs executive orders).
Call me naive, but I don’t believe that all white Republicans buy into this insurgency. But their leadership has used this message of illegitimacy to undermine President Obama and convinced too many people that he is somehow a threat to the country. To the extent that they (and the media) have bought into the lies, they have given credence to a movement that is dangerous to our democracy.
While stricter gun control may limit the mentally ill’s ability to access them, and remove one path of violence from them, many other options remain. A suicide is not just about suicide with a gun. Murder is not just about killing with a gun. These things are about the taking of a life, perhaps one that that had a chance at rehabilitation and treatment.
Where we step up and provide the treatments needed we prevent violence by any and all means. Guns, cars, bombs, or in the instance of suicides, tall buildings and enclosed garages with a running car.
Medical experts at Yale University had called for drastic measures to help Adam Lanza in the years before he shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but those calls “went largely unheeded” by his mother, who was also shot to death, according to a new study.
The report, based on a comprehensive examination of the medical and school histories of Mr. Lanza, 20, found he was “completely untreated in the years before the shooting” for psychiatric and physical ailments like anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and was also deprived of recommended services and drugs.
The report also stated that undiagnosed anorexia could have affected his mental state.
Police say two officers were conducting a “vertical patrol” in the Pink Houses complex in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. Bratton said one officer, reportedly with 18 months’ experience on the job, appeared to have accidentally fired on a darkened stairwell between the seventh and eighth floors.
The NYPD really needs to clarify exactly what happened and what it means by saying that the officer accidentally fired. Firing your weapon in a darkened stairway because you’re scared shitless, inexperienced and possibly poorly trained doesn’t qualify as accidental to me. To be clear, I don’t know what happened but the above description is my best guess based on the information released so far.
I’ve never used Uber, and now I don’t think I ever will. I stick with taxi drivers, who need my money more than Uber’s rich dumbfuck executive.
Sarah Lacy — the target of a proposed $1 million smear campaign by a top Uber executive, who bragged about his idea of investigating her private life at a media dinner in New York on Friday night — was re-doing her home security last night.
She said she was scared that the transportation service Uber was spying on her, including possibly bugging her phone.
Lacy may have good reason to worry. She talked to me just hours after BuzzFeed released a disturbing report in which Uber senior executive Emil Michael spoke about his idea to build a team of four researchers and four reporters to dig up personal dirt on reporters who were critical of the company.
In a conversation with BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, he aimed much of his vitriol at Lacy, Editor in Chief of PandoDaily, who has been very tough on Uber in a series of posts on her site.
The message from Emil Michael apparently is, don’t criticize my company or I will come after you and your family and make sure you never print negative reports again.
Kneel before Zod!
What a putz.
If you ask the Ku Klux Klan, a gut wrenching racially charged American tragedy should never go to waste.
Since the beginning, in early August, at least two factions of the hooded Klansmen have repeatedly tried to exploit and inject themselves into the middle of the sad saga of the death of Michael Brown, the black, unarmed teenager who was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., by police officer Darren Wilson.
Since then, the Klan has raised money for Wilson, who is white, joined rallies for him with other supporters and vowed to come to the Ferguson area to protect “white businesses” with guns.
And most recently, as Ferguson and the rest of the country anxiously await the decision by a grand jury on whether Wilson will be charged in the case - a decision expected to be announced any day now - the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan last week threatened to use “lethal force” against protesters in the St. Louis suburb.
“We will not sit by and allow you to harm our families, communities, property nor disrupt our daily lives,” the group declared in a flier.
For months now, protesters - black and white - have filled the streets of Ferguson, demanding Wilson be arrested and charged with the 18-year-old’s slaying. While most of the protests have been nonviolent, some have included looting, clashes with heavily armed police and dozens of arrests.
That fact didn’t stop the Klan from issuing its threats, veiled in the talk of self-defense.
A high school student has filed suit against the Everett, Wash., school district, claiming that the administrators of Everett High School unfairly suspended for proselytizing to his classmates. Michael Leal has retained the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a Religious Right legal outfit, to defend his case.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Leal believes school officials subjected him to religious discrimination by forbidding him from passing out tracts and preaching during class time and at official school events. Leal received three suspensions total for his actions on the basis that his behavior disrupted school activities.
He also claims that Everett’s principal, Cathy Woods, informed him that it would be illegal for the school to permit him to express his religious views. In his complaint, he reported asking Woods, “If you allow me to hand out tracts and to talk about Jesus, then you would be breaking the law?” only to be told definitively that the answer is “yes.”
“It has been well established by court precedent that students do not leave their free speech rights at the schoolhouse door,” said attorney Conrad Reynoldson, who’s representing Leal alongside PJI. “Unfortunately certain officials at the school have a disagreement on this matter which is why it has become necessary to file this lawsuit.”
But Everett officials say there’s more to the story than PJI or Leal have been willing to admit. In a letter, the school district’s attorney, Michael Patterson, rejected Leal’s characterization of events and noted that the district has policies that cover matters like this. Patterson stated that Leal is allowed to pray and to discuss his beliefs with his classmates in a non-disruptive manner.
Backlash as the quiverfull fundamentalist show gets canceled.
A petition launched in August urging TLC to cancel the Duggar family reality series 19 Kids And Counting, over a robocall recorded by Michelle Duggar, now has more than 131,000 signatures after it got noticed by the media.
In response, several pro-Duggar family petitions have been launched on change.org and elsewhere this week, claiming “it is against their human rights to cancel the show based upon one LGBTQ member making false claims.” The most popular of those petitions has hit 67,000 sigs.
WASHINGTON—Fourteen alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Mississippi, including four of its most senior leaders, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Mississippi for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise. In a separate indictment, 11 alleged members and associates of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood of Oklahoma have been charged by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Oklahoma for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise, among other charges.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams of the Northern District of Mississippi and U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams of the Northern District of Oklahoma made the announcement.
In the Northern District of Mississippi, the 10-count indictment was returned on Oct. 23, 2014, and unsealed today. Thirteen individuals were taken into custody today. In the Northern District of Oklahoma, the four-count indictment was returned on Nov. 5, 2014, and unsealed on Nov. 10, 2014. All of the charged defendants are in custody.
“The Aryan Brotherhood is a violent gang that has seeped from behind prison walls into communities throughout this nation,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “Working in lockstep with our law enforcement partners and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country, we are targeting and dismantling these gangs from the top general to the foot soldier so they can no longer terrorize our communities.”
“These charges resulted from an unprecedented collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers targeting a large scale prison gang involved in violent organized crime throughout the state of Mississippi,” said U.S. Attorney Adams. “This indictment represents a critical first step toward dismantling this violent organization and clearly signals that the United States Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners have an unwavering commitment to hold those individuals accountable who insist on creating an atmosphere of violence and fear in our communities.”
“My office remains steadfast in its commitment to work in collaboration with law enforcement to disrupt and dismantle violent crime and gang activities,” said U.S. Attorney Williams.
According to the indictments, the Aryan Brotherhood of Mississippi (ABM) and Universal Aryan Brotherhood of Oklahoma (UAB) are violent, “whites only,” prison-based gangs with members operating inside and outside of state penal institutions in their respective states. The gangs allegedly modeled themselves after and adopted many of the precepts and writings of the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang that was formed in the California prison system during the 1960s. The ABM was allegedly founded in 1984, and in early 2013, pursued unification with the Aryan Brotherhood of California in order to achieve national recognition.
The UAB was allegedly founded in 1993. According to the Oklahoma indictment, the UAB has a militaristic structure comprised of a Main Council, Yard Captains and Soldiers. The Main Council has ultimate authority in all gang matters.
It was bullshit from the beginning, and it started with the GOP Candidate, Mitt Romney, making a huge political misstep. Once the initial bullshit flew they had to keep up the dance, but was it really necessary to waste this much time, this many tax payer dollars, to pursue the Republican’s political grandstanding? Everyone ought to be screaming mad that they wasted all that committee time while other problems went by the wayside.
The Republican-led House Select Committee on Intelligence on Friday released its report on the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and it found that the military and the Central Intelligence Agency responded appropriately during the attacks.
The investigation, which took nearly two years and thousands of hours of work, found the CIA had “ensured sufficient security” and “bravely assisted” the night of attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The panel also found no intelligence failure prior to the attacks.
Abused and misunderstood even after death.
Jennifer Gable, an Idaho customer service coordinator for Wells Fargo, died suddenly Oct. 9 on the job at age 32. An aneurysm, according to stunned friends.
Just as shocking, they say, when they went to Gable’s funeral in Twin Falls, Idaho, and saw her in an open casket — hair cut short, dressed in a suit and presented as a man.
“I am disgusted,” Stacy Dee Hudson posted on Facebook. “A great and dear friend’s mom went to the funeral today. It was not closed casket. They cut her hair, suit on. How can they bury her as geoff when she legally changed her name. So very sad. Jen you will be missed and people who know you know that you are at peace.”