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DOJ Investigation Finds Pattern of Racial Bias Among Ferguson Police

Ferguson official’s email: Obama won’t be President long, because “what black man holds a steady job for four years?”
US News • Views: 1,717

The Washington Post has details on the Justice Department’s investigation into racial bias among Ferguson police and other municipal officials, and the bottom line is exactly what most of us suspected: Justice Dept. Review Finds Pattern of Racial Bias Among Ferguson Police.

As part of its findings, the Justice Department concluded that African Americans accounted for 85 percent of all people stopped by Ferguson police officers and 90 percent of all citations issued.

The Justice Department plans to release evidence this week of racial bias found in e-mails written by Ferguson police and municipal court officials. A November 2008 e-mail, for instance, stated that President Obama could not be president for very long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”

The Justice Department did not identify who wrote this and other racist e-mails and whom they were sent to. Officials at the department spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the review and its findings before a planned release this week.

The review concludes that racial bias and a focus on generating revenue over public safety have a profound effect on Ferguson police and court practices and routinely violate the Constitution and federal law.

UPDATE at 3/3/15 1:29:45 pm by Charles Johnson

Edward Snowden Blinks - Wants to Return to the US and Face Trial

But can’t resist implicitly bashing the US
World • Views: 2,697

After months of pretending to really enjoy living in Russia, Edward Snowden is reportedly blinking.

“With a group of lawyers from other countries, we are working on the question of his return to America,” Kucherena said.

“Snowden is ready to return to the States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial,” he said.

The lawyer said Snowden had so far only received a guarantee from the US Attorney General that he will not face the death penalty.

I wonder why Ed thinks he needs to receive special guarantees for something every American is guaranteed under the US Constitution? Maybe he’s been living in Russia a bit too long.

Nancy Pelosi Slams Netanyahu’s “Insult” to the US

An “insult to the intelligence of the United States”
Politics • Views: 2,699

Rep. Nancy Pelosi made it very clear how she felt about Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech today.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hammered Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday, saying the Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress was an “insult” to the country.

“The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests,” Pelosi said in a statement just after the speech.

“That is why, as one who values the U.S. — Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.”

Elizabeth Warren Will Skip Netanyahu’s Speech

Politics • Views: 9,494

Good for Elizabeth Warren.

Warren announced she would not attend the speech in a statement issued by her office Monday evening.

“I strongly support Israel, and I remain deeply concerned about the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon, which I discussed in detail with Prime Minister Netanyahu when we met in Jerusalem last November,” the Democratic senator said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that Speaker Boehner’s actions on the eve of a national election in Israel have made Tuesday’s event more political and less helpful for addressing the critical issue of nuclear nonproliferation and the safety of our most important ally in the Middle East.”

I’m also a supporter of Israel who’s appalled at this nakedly political move by the Republican Party, obviously intended to undermine President Obama. And I sincerely hope it backfires on them, as it should.

EXCLUSIVE: #CPAC2015 Gave Press Credentials to White Supremacist Radio Show “Political Cesspool”

White supremacists welcome
Wingnuts • Views: 11,302

Ah, CPAC — the conservative movement’s primary action conference, attended by most of the major Republican politicians and prospective front runners for the Presidential nomination.

The conservative conference where religious fanatic and overt racist Phil Robertson gets a “First Amendment” award from Breitbart “News.”

And the conservative conference that gave press credentials and free access to the Tennessee white supremacist radio show Political Cesspool.

Yes, they really did.


World Net Daily Crackpot Says Officials Who Skip Netanyahu’s Speech Should Be Hanged - Especially the Black Ones

Wingnuts • Views: 11,648


Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving a very controversial address to Congress tomorrow, as you’ve probably heard; some Democrats are reportedly considering boycotting the speech, because it’s an egregious violation of the usual diplomatic protocols. And it’s not just US Democrats who think John Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu was a terrible idea — nearly 200 Israeli intelligence and security officials have also expressed their opposition, saying it would do serious damage to US-Israel relations. But Netanyahu is unmoved, and the speech is going ahead.

But the most insane reaction to Netanyahu’s speech (so far) comes from World Net Daily crackpot Andrea Shea King, who says any elected officials who skip the speech should be “hanging from a noose.”

Especially members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Via Right Wing Watch:

King specifically suggested hanging members of the Congressional Black Caucus, saying “their districts are all dumb clucks because these dumb clucks wouldn’t be electing these people if they knew better.”

“How do people like this get to represent us in Congress?” she asked. “Because there are stupid people out there in those congressional districts who are so ignorant it’s dangerous…. Stupid, stupid people. Our lives are on the line and all they can think of is skin color. All of us will turn black if we end up in a cage on fire.”

And Now, the Right Wing Village People, Starring James O’Keefe

The shining stars of CPAC strut their stuff
Wingnuts • Views: 16,747

Incredible Full Concert: Todd Rundgren With Amsterdam’s Metropole Orchestra 2012

An absolutely amazing show
Music • Views: 16,319


As a Todd Rundgren fan from way way back, I was ecstatic to find this absolutely amazing video of the full concert he performed in 2012 with Amsterdam’s Metropole Orchestra. He does all of his greatest songs, and is in exceptionally good voice throughout, and the audio quality is outstanding. A real treat, and worth watching all the way through.

The following presentation is a crowd sourced video production.
More info, interview and show notes AND the 2011 concert here: keezer.nl

Footage collected from consumer videocameras and HD mobile phones in the audience -12 in total- brought together in a real time full length concert registration.

The performance of the artists, combined with superb sound quality from the radio broadcast, makes the viewer forget that camera work and picture quality are not always up to modern broadcast standards.

However this sense of reality adds an extra dimension to the concert experience, making it most enjoyable to watch this unique concert, seen entirely through the eyes of Todd Rundgren fans.

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Todd Rundgren and The Metropole Orchestra

Paradiso, Amsterdam Holland
November 11, 2012

Conductor: Steve Sidwell

Orchestrations: Tom Trapp

Intitiator: Co de Kloet

All songs written by Todd Rundgren

The Metropole Orchestra, featuring:

Lex Bolderdijk- guitars
Hans Vroomans - piano and synthesizer
Boudewijn Lucas - bass guitar
Arno van Nieuwenhuize - drums


Backing vocals by

Mathilde Santing (production)
Mariske Hekkenberg
Wouter Penris (backing vocal arrangements)

Painting by Bert Wouters

Crowd sourced video production:

iPhones (camera 1 and 2) - Lion Keezer (front stage left)

Original HD and SD video footage kindly provided by

Peter Mader (HD balcony front)
Jack Moerman (balcony right)
Jaqueline Poortvliet (balcony left)
Dirk-Jan Booy (mobile)

Additional YouTube video footage shared from:

Paul Berkholst ‘Unicapb21’ - (CU’s front stage)
Bart Brugman - (front middle)
‘Toddmania1856’ - (balcony right)
casiomusic.nl’ - (top balcony)
Bart Versteeg - (opening total, balcony right)
‘Boddgla’ - (balcony right)
‘ModestyXX’ - (front)

Thank you all for making this possible.

Audio live radio mix by NTR Radio

Concert video production and video editing:

Lion Keezer

More info: keezer.nl

For Todd, his fans and all involved in this project

Hugh Hewitt: Republicans Will Face No Evolution Questions From Me

The latest GOP anti-science misdirection: “who cares?”
Politics • Views: 19,622

You may have heard that the moderator for the first Republican presidential debate will be right wing talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, which makes total sense from the GOP’s point of view — because he’s guaranteed not to ask any questions that might be embarrassing. For example, whether they reject the scientific theory of evolution.

Hugh Hewitt will not be asking questions about contraceptives at CNN’s Republican presidential debate.

In an interview with radio host Aaron Klein that will air Sunday night on New York’s AM 970 The Answer, Hewitt ruled out certain types of questions completely.

“I don’t care what people think about evolution,” he told Klein. “I don’t care. I never cared. I don’t care if they know how old the earth is and I just have never cared about personal religious beliefs.”

This is the latest Republican talking point on evolution, of course; who cares? What does it matter?

It matters because Republican politicians at every level of government are still, in 2015, trying to find ways to sneak the teaching of creationism into public school science classes. In Louisiana, for example, where Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law a “teach the controversy” bill sponsored and written by the creationist Discovery Institute.

It would be especially embarrassing this time around, too, because it looks like this may be the first GOP presidential race in which all of the candidates are creationists.

And this is why they’re now pretending it doesn’t matter. Classic dishonest misdirection from the anti-science party that specializes in it.

UPDATE at 3/1/15 12:09:43 pm by Charles Johnson

We should also note, by the way, that Hugh Hewitt himself is a creationist. (h/t: Timothy Sandefur.)

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The more BORING a child is, the more the parents, when showing off the child, receive adulation for being GOOD PARENTS -- because they have a TAME CHILD-CREATURE in their house.