Russian nationalists and social conservatives appear to be working together to use links with “pro-family” organizations in the U.S. and around the world to promote Russia’s geopolitical agenda, according to emails sent between right-wing activists.
The emails are contained in a cache posted online by Shaltai Boltai, a secretive organization dedicated to leaking Kremlin documents.
It is not clear how Shaltai Boltai obtained the emails, but they appear to come from the account of Georgy Gavrish, a former official with the Russian Embassy to Greece and longtime member of the “Eurasianist” movement founded by the ultra-nationalist political philosopher Alexander Dugin.
The emails include frequent correspondence between senior Russian figures, such as Dugin, the financier Konstantin Malofeev — who has close ties to Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine and is a patron of causes dear to the Orthodox Church — and Alexey Komov, an official with the Orthodox patriarchy and the “Russian representative” of the World Congress of Families, a social conservative network based in Rockford, Illinois.
We’ve all heard it. “The KKK was founded by Democrats!” and refusal to address the decades of history in between. Well, a new study uncovers how the KKK was instrumental in party switch of the 60s and getting the former democrats of the South to become the Republicans of today:
The researchers studied county voting records in 10 southern states in which the KKK actively recruited members in the 1960s. The analysis of five presidential voting outcomes, between 1960 and 2000, showed that southern counties with KKK activity in the 1960s had a statistically significant increase in Republican voting compared to counties with no established KKK chapter, even after controlling for a range of factors commonly understood as relating to voting preferences. They also found that conservative racial attitudes among voters in the 1992 election strongly predicted Republican voting, but only in counties where the KKK was organized in the 1960s.
“The Klan’s efforts to link voting behavior to its social agenda in the 1960s disrupted long-established voting patterns in the South,” Cunningham explains. “The fact that such efforts continued to predict partisan allegiances decades later demonstrates how the impact of a social movement can endure long after the movement itself has declined, as well as providing a new explanation of political polarization in the U.S.”
This a work in progress right now. If enough people show interest and help polish it up, I will consider submitting it as a petition at petitions.whitehouse.gov
In light of the recent events in our nation, we the undersigned request the following action be taken:
1) The FBI review any case involving the death or hospitalization of a suspect due to the actions of Law Enforcement and contact the Department of Justice for further investigation, and if necessary present the case to a Federal Grand Jury.
2) In cases where the DoJ is called in, they will conduct an additional review of local government and departmental policy and procedures, to ensure the investigation was conducted properly, and to take action against any party which hindered the investigation, either by malice or malpractice. If local authorities are suspected of violating the law, the case will be brought to a Federal Grand Jury on obstruction of justice charges.
3) For the DoJ to conduct a review of any department which has a record of violence against suspects based on a metric to be determined by the DoJ, taking population density, and community complaints into account, regardless of whether initial FBI reviews had shown justification, with reviews to be conducted on a bi-annual basis. Any department failing to comply with existing policies and procedures will face penalties and possible criminal prosecution.
4) Any municipality failing to comply with actions 1-3 will be cut from receiving Federal funds for law enforcement until such time as they comply
Constructive insight would be appreciated. Trolls will be mocked and made fun of.
Edits or additions will be noted by italics
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Its not surprising that Bryan Fischer, professional wingnut, would be gloating about Darren Wilson getting away with the killing of Michael Brown, but you would think that would be enough.
“I think that at this point there was a demonic presence that was operating inside Michael Brown’s body,” Fischer said, “activating him, energizing him, driving him forward in this homicidal rage. So when he says he looked like a demon, I think that’s because he was looking into the eyes of a demon that was driving Michael Brown to do what he did”
Darren Wilson, heroic demon slayer, in the Gospel according to Bryan Fischer.
These people are sick.
From the dissent on the SSM case today:
Today, my colleagues seem to have fallen prey to the misguided notion that the intent of the framers of the United States Constitution can be effectuated only by cleaving to the legislative will and ignoring and demonizing an independent judiciary. Of course, the framers presciently recognized that two of the three co-equal branches of government were representative in nature and necessarily would be guided by self-interest and the pull of popular opinion. To restrain those natural, human impulses, the framers crafted Article III to ensure that rights, liberties, and duties need not be held hostage by popular whims.
More than 20 years ago, when I took my oath of office to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, I solemnly swore to “administer justice without respect to persons,” to “do equal right to the poor and to the rich,” and to “faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me … under the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
If we in the judiciary do not have the authority, and indeed the responsibility, to right fundamental wrongs left excused by a majority of the electorate, our whole intricate, constitutional system of checks and balances, as well as the oaths to which we swore, prove to be nothing but shams
It was announced last week that Air Force Lt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been nominated for promotion to four-star general and as commander of Pacific Air Forces, the first woman to lead Pacific Command, and the first non-pilot assigned to that large a command. This comes after 32 years of service in the USAF and being the Vice Commander Air Force Air Combat Command. Her promotion also coincides with a drive by the Pentagon to promote more women, in light of the numerous sexual harassment scandals plaguing the armed services, especially the Air Force.
You can read her bio here: LIEUTENANT GENERAL LORI J. ROBINSON
General Robinson entered the Air Force in 1982 through the ROTC program at the University of New Hampshire. She has served in a variety of positions as an air battle manager, including instructor and Commander of the Command and Control Operations Division at the Air Force Fighter Weapons School, as well as Chief of Tactics in the 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron. She has commanded an operations group, a training wing, an air control wing and has deployed as Vice Commander of the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing, leading more than 2,000 Airmen flying B-1 Lancer, KC-135 Stratotanker and E-3 Sentry in operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. General Robinson was an Air Force Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and served at the Pentagon as Director of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group. She has also been Deputy Director for Force Application and Support, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Following this General Robinson was Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C and prior to assuming her current position General Robinson was the Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Deputy, Combined Force Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia.
Needless to say, Conservatives are not happy.
From the Washington Times
“non-pilot to manage the air force? Isnt that like hiring a community activist to be president?”
“If this women had any courage or was a military person through and through, she would refuse this appointment because she is unqualified and dose not want to put our pilots (and all service members) at risk with her incompetence.
If she accepts this appointment, given solely because she’s a women (according to the WH and State Dept. themselves), then no officer should treat her with respect.”
So now we have a glorified air traffic controller as Commander of Pacific Air Forces.
Welcome to the PC military.
“Gen. Robinson was nominated amid a diversity push by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and a general focus on women’s issues by the White House.”
Symbolism over substance, the liberal mantra.
My gaydar went off when I saw this homely woman the second I saw her.
She must be gay. That is the no. 1 qualification for any position in obama’s regime of frauds.
After all, it’s not really about commanding but political correctness and social engineering. All USAF pilots should refuse to fly until she is removed from that post.
And of course, on Twitter
Obama picks female, non-pilot general to head US Air Force in the Pacific. Next up: picking an aquaphobic to lead the Navy. #tcot
So the AF puts a non-flyer in charge of Pacific Air Force. That ought to cause some idiotic decisions. AF becoming a social experiment.
Feminizing, emasculating of military continues: female non-pilot now heads Air Force in Pacific. http://t.co/8P5NZhWnNx
But never forget, they support our troops.
WAY TO GO AL!!!
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album, Mandatory Fun, is set to take the number one spot on the music charts, making it his first number one of his career. Take that Internet parody creators!
It’s fitting that “Weird Al” would claim his first number one album on the Billboard 200 here and now. Not only is his popularity booming thanks to last week’s onslaught of media coverage, but it is also the 25th anniversary of UHF (something we will be celebrating tomorrow).
We’ve all been there. You’re debating someone about the need for a social safety net or other government provided service and they’ll trot out the old “Private charities are answer”. Well, thanks to a new article published by the Roosevelt Institute, you can prove them wrong.
… key difference between government and charity: Where private giving might dry up in a particularly nasty recession, federal safety net programs like unemployment insurance and food stamps act as what economists call “automatic stabilizers,” meaning the worse the economy gets, the more money they pump out. Konczal writes:
During 2009, while private charity collapsed, automatic stabilizers expanded rapidly, from 0.1 percent of GDP to 2.2 percent of GDP—or a number roughly akin to all charitable giving in the United States. This was directly targeted at areas that suffered from the most unemployment, and helped those most in need—efforts that, as we’ve seen, private charity does only partially. As Goldman Sachs economists concluded, this shift made a crucial difference, and, alongside the government’s efforts to prevent the collapse of the banking sector and the Federal Reserve’s expansion of monetary policy, was a core reason the Great Recession didn’t become a second Great Depression.
Would Americans have given more if they knew the safety net wasn’t there to catch the jobless? Perhaps. But, as Konczal writes, the Great Depression already demonstrated that private charity isn’t a reliable backstop in a true crisis. Before the New Deal and the modern welfare state, Americans relied much more heavily upon volunteer groups, fraternal societies, and other sorts of private aid (government played some role too). The help these organizations provided could be spotty, but it was better than nothing. Then came the crash. Again, per Konczal:
Informal networks of local support, from churches to ethnic affiliations, were all overrun in the Great Depression. Ethnic benefit societies, building and loan associations, fraternal insurance policies, bank accounts, and credit arrangements all had major failure rates. All of the fraternal insurance societies that had served as anchors of their communities in the 1920s either collapsed or had to pull back on their services due to high demand and dwindling resources. Beyond the fact that insurance wasn’t available, this had major implications for spending, as moneylending as well as benefits for sickness and injuries were reduced.