What hypocrisy … one gets fined if he does not speak to the media… the other lies to the media…

image…What hypocrisy … one gets fined if he does not speak to the media… the other lies to the media…


 

Marshawn Lynch and Roger Goodell: Compare and Contrast

 

by Dave Zirin

 

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“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” ….J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

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Come on let’s be fair nothing is 100% safe … read the label on nearly any drug and you will likely find a possible side effect is death…

clip_image002…Come on let’s be fair nothing is 100% safe … read the label on nearly any drug and you will likely find a possible side effect is death…

PER EDITOR NATURAL NEWS … Five-year-old dies from flu strain she was vaccinated against

We are sad to report that a young girl named Kiera Driscoll has reportedly died from the very same strain of flu that she was already vaccinated against.

It’s yet another sad example of how blind faith in vaccines sometimes results in tragedy.

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The European Parliament is giving individual European countries the right to deny or allow GM crops within their borders. This weakens the current ban:
http://www.naturalnews.com/048455_GMO_ban_Europ…

 

 

 

 

“Hope is the thing with feathers   That perches in the soul   And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.”  ….Emily Dickinson

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Come on Mr President it appears to be you who choose not to reveal

image…Come on Mr President it appears to be you who choose not to reveal…

During the House Democrats’ retreat in Philadelphia yesterday, Obama berated House Democrats for criticizing him on trade policy:

 

PHILADELPHIA – President Obama on Thursday asked wary House Democrats to hold their fire while the administration negotiates several trade deals opposed by scores of liberal lawmakers.

“Keep your powder a little dry,” he told the Democrats assembled here for an annual retreat, according to a source in the closed-door session.

"Get informed," Obama also advised, "not by reading The Huffington Post."

First of all, it’s rather funny for Huffington Post blogger Barack Obama to criticize people for getting their news from the Huffington Post.

However, more importantly, the Huffington Post has done a far better job of reporting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), including publishing leaked text, than Obama has of sharing information with Congress.

 

David Sirota wrote about this secrecy last week in the International Business Times

Yet the actual text of the agreement remains under lock and key. That represents a significant break from the Bush administration, which in 2001 published the text of a proposed multinational trade agreement with Latin American nations.

“It is incomprehensible to me that leaders of major corporate interests who stand to gain enormous financial benefits from this agreement are actively involved in the writing of the TPP, while at the same time, the elected officials of this country, representing the American people, have little or no knowledge of what’s in it,” wrote U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in a letter to Froman earlier this month.

Sanders’ office confirmed to International Business Times that congressional lawmakers are permitted to view the text of the agreement only in the Trade Representative’s office, without their own staff members or experts present. They are not allowed to take copies of the agreement back to Capitol Hill for deeper, independent evaluation.

Obama’s critics did not warm to his message on trade:

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said Thursday that the current draft of the Asian pact – known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership – is a non-starter with liberals.

"As it is right now … it would be unacceptable," Schakowsky told reporters a few hours before Obama’s arrival.

"None of us … oppose a trade agreement," she added. "What we want is a good and fair trade agreement. And so if the president is willing to share, and come back to the table, and we can make some changes, I think we would support that."

For a good take-down of the faulty arguments for the TPP put forth by both the president and the Chamber of Commerce, check out Campaign for America’s Future’s Dave Johnson’s piece on the Huffington Post yesterday.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/30/1361160/-Obama-Tells-House-Dems-to-Get-Informed-on-the-TPP-But-He-s-the-One-Restricting-Access-to-the-Text?detail=email

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”   ….J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

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How could we ever let the conversation get to this juncture…?

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Texas bill will allow teachers to kill students to protect school ‘property’

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This may be the most Texas thing I have ever heard.    The Lone Star State already permits teachers to have firearms in the classroom, but H.B. 868, also known as the Teacher’s Protection Act, would authorize instructors to use “force or deadly force on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event in defense of the educator’s person or in defense of students of the school that employs the educator.” Instructors would also have the right to use deadly force “in defense of property of the school that employs the educator.” Moreover, civil immunity would be granted to those who use deadly force, meaning they would not be liable for the injury or death of student.

 

Having a teacher whip out his or her trusty sidearm to protect one’s students from encroaching bears or Muslims or one of Texas’s many, many other proud gun toters who may have momentarily lost one’s mind is one thing, but instructing teachers that they are to use deadly force in defense of school property and that they don’t have to worry about getting sued afterwards, now that adds a whole new layer o’ Texas. Presumably this new law is needed because on occasion teachers have come across students defacing school lockers and have been previously unclear on whether or not that is sufficient grounds to shoot them in the head (answer: yes!) or because little Timmy (oh, who am I kidding, little Miguel) is preparing to carve his initials into a desk and only a teacher’s well-placed bullet can stop the destruction of school property that is about to occur. (This also stands to make turn-in-your-textbooks day considerably more exciting. Better hope I don’t see any penned-in mustaches in your history book, you little snots.)

I’m honestly trying to come up with a scenario in which having a teacher execute someone on campus "in defense of" school "property" does not sound like the dumbest thing anyone has ever proposed, and I’m drawing a blank. Perhaps the bill’s author, State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-BecauseDuh), has this sketched out in his own mind, but the rest of us may need a bit more explanation. Then again, summary execution for property crimes has been high on the Texas list of must-have laws for some time now, so expanding it to every teacher at your kid’s school must no doubt be considered a perfectly logical extension.

“There is no try. There is only do.”  …. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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Facts That Will Blow Right-Wingers Minds

…Facts That Will Blow Right-Wingers Minds…

 

As a public service to those who find themselves inextricably cornered by aggressively ill-informed Republicans at work, on the train or at family gatherings, presented here are ten indisputably true facts that will seriously challenge a Republican’s worldview and probably blow a brain cell or two. At the very least, any one of these GOP-busters should stun and confuse them long enough for you to slip quietly away from a pointless debate and allow you to get on about your business.

1. The United States is not a Christian nation, and the Bible is not the cornerstone of our law.  Don’t take my word for it. Let these Founding Fathers speak for themselves:

John Adams: “The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” (Treaty of Tripoli, 1797)

Thomas Jefferson: “Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the common law.” (Letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814)

James Madison: “The civil government … functions with complete success … by the total separation of the Church from the State.” (Writings, 8:432, 1819)

George Washington: “If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.” (Letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789)

You can find a multitude of similar quotes from these men and most others who signed the Declaration of Independence and/or formulated the United States Constitution. These are hardly the words of men who believed that America should be a Christian nation governed by the Bible, as a disturbingly growing number of Republicans like to claim.

2. The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist.  …The Pledge was written in 1892 for public school celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. Its author was Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, Christian socialist and cousin of socialist utopian novelist Edward Bellamy. Christian socialism maintains, among other ideas, that capitalism is idolatrous and rooted in greed, and the underlying cause of much of the world’s social inequity. Definitely more “Occupy Wall Street” than “Grand Old Party” by anyone’s standard.

3. The first president to propose national health insurance was a Republican.  He was also a trust-busting, pro-labor, Nobel Peace Prize-winning environmentalist. Is there any wonder why Theodore Roosevelt, who first proposed a system of national health insurance during his unsuccessful Progressive Party campaign to retake the White House from William Howard Taft in 1912, gets scarce mention at Republican National Conventions these days?

4. Ronald Reagan once signed a bill legalizing abortion.  …The Ronald Reagan Republicans worship today is more myth than reality. Reagan was a conservative for sure, but also a practical politician who understood the necessities of compromise. In the spring of 1967, four months into his first term as governor of California, Ronald Reagan signed a bill that, among its other provisions, legalized abortion for the vaguely-defined “well being” of the mother. Reagan may have been personally pro-life, but in this instance he was willing to compromise in order to achieve other ends he considered more important. That he claimed later to regret signing the bill doesn’t change the fact that he did. As Casey Stengel liked to say, “You could look it up.”

5. Reagan raised federal taxes eleven times. … Okay, Ronald Reagan cut tax rates more than any other president – with a big asterisk. Sure, the top rate was reduced from 70% in 1980 all the way down to 28% in 1988, but while Republicans typically point to Reagan’s tax-cutting as the right approach to improving the economy, Reagan himself realized the resulting national debt from his revenue slashing was untenable, so he quietly raised other taxes on income – primarily Social Security and payroll taxes – no less than eleven times. Most of Reagan’s highly publicized tax cuts went to the usual Republican handout-takers in the top income brackets, while his stealth tax increases had their biggest impact on the middle class. These increases were well hidden inside such innocuous-sounding packages as the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984 and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987. Leave it to a seasoned actor to pull off such a masterful charade.

6. Roe v. Wade was a bipartisan ruling made by a predominantly Republican-appointed Supreme Court.  …Technically, Roe v. Wade did not make abortion legal in the United States; the Supreme Court’s decision held only that individual states could not make abortion illegal. That being said, the landmark 1973 ruling that Republicans love to hate, was decided on a 7-2 vote that broke down like this:

Majority (for Roe): Chief Justice Warren Burger (conservative, appointed by Nixon), William O. Douglas (liberal, appointed by FDR), William J. Brennan (liberal, appointed by Eisenhower), Potter Stewart (moderate, appointed by Eisenhower), Thurgood Marshall (liberal, appointed by LBJ), Harry Blackmun (author of the majority opinion and a conservative who eventually turned liberal, appointed by Nixon), Lewis Powell (moderate, appointed by Nixon). Summary: 2 conservatives, 3 liberals, 2 moderates.

Dissenting (for Wade): Byron White (generally liberal/sometimes conservative, appointed by JFK), William Rehnquist (conservative, appointed by Nixon). Summary: 1 liberal, 1 conservative.

By ideological orientation, the decision was for Roe all the way: conservatives 2-1, liberals 3-1, moderates 2-0; by party of presidential appointment it was Republicans 5-1, Democrats 2-1. No one can rightly say that this was a leftist court forcing its liberal beliefs on America.

7. The Federal Reserve System was a Republican invention.  …Republicans, and, truth be told, many Democrats, despise the Federal Reserve as an example of government interference in the free market. But hold everything: The Federal Reserve System was the brainchild of financial expert and Senate Republican leader Nelson Aldrich, grandfather of future Republican governor and vice president Nelson Rockefeller. Aldrich set up two commissions: one to study the American monetary system in depth and the other, headed by Aldrich himself, to study the European central banking systems. Aldrich went to Europe opposed to centralized banking, but after viewing Germany’s monetary system he came away believing that a centralized bank was better than the government-issued bond system that he had previously supported. The Federal Reserve Act, developed around Senator Aldrich’s recommendations and – adding insult to injury in the minds of today’s Republicans – based on a European model, was signed into law in 1913.

8. The Environmental Protection Agency was, too.  …The United States Environment Protection Agency, arch-enemy of polluters in particular and government regulation haters in general, was created by President Richard Nixon. In his 1970 State of the Union Address, Nixon proclaimed the new decade a period of environmental transformation. Shortly thereafter he presented Congress an unprecedented 37-point message on the environment, requesting billions for the improvement of water treatment facilities, asking for national air quality standards and stringent guidelines to lower motor vehicle emissions, and launching federally-funded research to reduce automobile pollution. Nixon also ordered a clean-up of air- and water-polluting federal facilities, sought legislation to end the dumping of wastes into the Great Lakes, proposed a tax on lead additives in gasoline, and approved a National Contingency Plan for the treatment of petroleum spills. In July 1970 Nixon declared his intention to establish the Environmental Protection Agency, and that December the EPA opened for business. Hard to believe, but if it hadn’t been for Watergate, we might remember Richard Nixon today as the “environmental president”.

Oh, yes – Republicans might enjoy knowing Nixon was an advocate of national health insurance, too.

9. Obama has increased government spending less than any president in at least a generation.  …Republican campaign strategists may lie, but the numbers don’t. Government spending, when adjusted for inflation, has increased during his administration (to date) by 1.4%.  Under George W. Bush, the increases were 7.3% (first term) and 8.1% (second term). Bill Clinton, in his two terms, comes in at 3.2% and 3.9%. George H. W. Bush increased government spending by 5.4%, while Ronald Reagan added 8.7% and 4.9% in his two terms.

Not only does Obama turn out to be the most thrifty president in recent memory, but the evidence shows that Republican administrations consistently increased government spending significantly more than any Democratic administration. Go figure.

10. President Obama was not only born in the United States, his roots run deeper in American history than most people know. …The argument that Barack Obama was born anywhere but at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, is not worth addressing; the evidence is indisputable by any rational human being. But not even irrational “birthers” can dispute Obama’s well-documented family tree on his mother’s side. By way of his Dunham lineage, President Obama has at least 11 direct ancestors who took up arms and fought for American independence in the Revolutionary War and two others cited as patriots by the Daughters of the American Revolution for furnishing supplies to the colonial army. This star-spangled heritage makes Obama eligible to join the Sons of the American Revolution, and his daughters the Daughters of the American Revolution. Not bad for someone 56% of Republicans still believe is a foreigner.

 

“Hope is the thing with feathers   That perches in the soul   And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.”  ….Emily Dickinson

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I confess I am NOT a fan of FOXYNEW$ … but … I wonder who if anyone is fact checking the fact-checkers…?

…I confess I am NOT a fan of FOXYNEW$ … but … I wonder who if anyone is fact checking the fact-checkers…?

Fact checkers at Politifact update their data and find Fox lies more than ever

 

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Last July, Politifact introduced scorecards to rank the truthfulness of statements made on major news networks.

 

Each of the news networks that we routinely follow — ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC/MSNBC and CNN — now has a scorecard that breaks down that network’s performance on the Truth-O-Meter. The scorecard tallies each statement we fact-check on that network and groups the rulings by percentage. […]

Our scorecards only include statements made on that network by a pundit or a host or paid staffer. That means they do not include statements made by elected leaders, candidates or party officials. We feel it’s difficult to hold a network accountable for the comments of a politician.

Last September, the scorecard found that—surprise, surprise—Fox News had the worst record for truth-telling.

Right now, you can look at the MSNBC file, which also includes NBC, and see how that network’s pundits and on-air talent stand. For instance, currently 45 percent of the claims we’ve checked from NBC and MSNBC pundits and on-air personalities have been rated Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire.

At Fox and Fox News Channel, that same number is now 58 percent. At CNN, it’s 22 percent.

Wow. Granted that MSNBC’s record isn’t fabulous either, but more than half the statements at Fox are false or "mostly false." You’d think they couldn’t get much worse than that. However, their most recent scorecards released this month show Fox has somehow managed to outdo themselves yet again.

At Fox and Fox News, 10 percent of the claims we’ve rated have been True, 11 percent Mostly True, 18 percent Half True, 21 percent Mostly False, 31 percent False and nine percent Pants on Fire.

That means about 60 percent of the claims we’ve checked have been rated Mostly False or worse.

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“There is no try. There is only do.”  …. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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new governor Doug “Dark Money” Ducey has joined them in the effort to impair the ability of Arizonans to keep an eye on activities at the Capitol – he’s removed the visitor logs from the governor’s office…

Now, new governor Doug “Dark Money” Ducey has joined them in the effort to impair

the ability of Arizonans to keep an eye on activities at the Capitol – he’s removed the visitor

logs from the governor’s office…

 

The “Arizona two-step” is becoming a line dance: Ducey joins the lege’s Rs in “going dark”

 

By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings …. http://blogforarizona.net/the-arizona-two-step-is-becoming-a-line-dance-ducey-joins-the-leges-rs-in-going-dark/#more-34957

Earlier this week, the Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives voted to close their caucus meetings to the public.

 

Now, new governor Doug “Dark Money” Ducey has joined them in the effort to impair the ability of Arizonans to keep an eye on activities at the Capitol – he’s removed the visitor logs from the governor’s office.

 

From ProgressNow Arizona –

Gov. Doug Ducey, who surfed a wave of anonymous dark money into office in November, does not want the public to know who is coming up to the ninth floor to meet with him. Earlier this week, the visitor’s log that had been on the 8th floor of the Executive Tower through multiple governors quietly disappeared. In the Capitol Times Yellowsheet, where the story broke, a Ducey spokesman defended the lack of transparency. Ducey’s flack said ditching the visitors log would make the office “more efficient” because the logs weren’t always accurate.

Like his fellow travelers at the lege, Ducey doesn’t want the public (or the working media) to know what is going on at the Capitol and he is doing whatever he can to impede scrutiny.

If the anti-transparency efforts get any more widespread, the “line dance” will become an “orgy”.

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“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”  ….Henri J.M. Nouwen

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