Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Knox County cop fired immediately after photos show brutal choking of student

April 28
Usually, after charges of police brutality, police officials take their time reacting while they follow procedure to determine who did what. But this episode in Knoxville, Tenn., was so extreme and well-documented that the local sheriff fired the officer immediately.
Frank Phillips, a Knox County Sheriff’s officer, was fired Sunday night after a series of pictures taken by photographer John Messner were published in the Daily Mail in Britain. They showed an officer identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Phillips grabbing 21-year-old college student Jarod Dotson around the neck and squeezing him until he fell to his knees.
WBIR reports that law enforcement responded to a “disturbance” near the University of Tennessee where a house party with about 800 people had reportedly become unruly and spilled out into the street.
According to a police report, Dotson ignored repeated instructions to go inside, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Deputy Brandon Gilliam wrote in the official report that Dotson “began to physically resist officers’ instructions to place his hands behind his back, and at one point grabbed on to an officer’s leg.”
Messner, a freelance photographer who documented the incident, told The Washington Post that Dotson showed no signs of resisting arrest.
Messner’s still pictures, arranged by The Post in the GIF below, show two officers cuffing Dotson’s hands behind his back when Phillips came over and choked Dotson until he collapsed to his knees. Messner said that as Dotson was being pulled up he was smacked in the back of the head, “a snap-out-of-it kinda smack under the circumstances.”
Jarod Dotson was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. He was released from jail on a $500 bond Sunday morning.
In a press release on Sunday night, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said:
“In my 34 years of law enforcement experience, excessive force has never been tolerated. After an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, I believe excessive force was used in this incident. The investigation will now be turned over to the Knox County Attorney General’s Office to determine any further action.”
Nick Kirkpatrick is a digital photo editor at The Washington Post. Follow him on Instagram or on Twitter.

Monday, December 1, 2014

KU Journalism Major Shreds “Case” Against Mike Brown

KU Journalism Major Shreds “Case” Against Mike Brown

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Shelby Lawson is a student at the University of Kansas, majoring in Journalism and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Lawson posted the following to her Facebook page: 
“Alright y’all. I’d like to clear a few things up. This is a general address to the long list of misconceptions and inconsistencies and abuses of power that exist surrounding the killing of Mike Brown. I have researched these points and provided sources in case you wish to do some reading of your own.
-The most common misconception I’m hearing is that Mike Brown was significantly larger than Officer Wilson. This is incorrect. On page 198 of the official grand jury transcript, you can see that Officer Wilson testifies he is 6 ft 4 and weighs 210 lbs, the same size as Mike Brown.
-Mike Brown was NOT stopped because he was a suspect in crime. He and his friend Dorian Johnson were stopped for jaywalking, as Darren Wilson testifies to on page 208 of his grand jury testimony.
-Mike Brown WAS fleeing from Officer Wilson when he was fatally shot. Wilson confirms this on page 281 of his grand jury testimony.
-Officer Wilson broke police self-defense protocol, which teaches to disarm and incapacitate rather than kill and teaches officers to go for body shots. Officer Wilson shot Mike Brown twice in the head, after he shot him four times in his arm and torso.
-Ferguson Police ignored protocol and refused to interview or take a statement from the eyewitness present from Officer Wilson’s initial contact with Mike Brown until his death.
-The forensic examiner broke protocol by failing to take crime scene photos. On page 95 of the grand jury transcript, she claims that this was because her camera had died, however, she goes on to describe how she immediately followed Wilson to the hospital in order to photograph his “injuries.”
-Forensic investigators broke protocol by failing to test Officer Wilson’s gun for fingerprints, since Wilson claims that Brown grabbed his gun and caused it to misfire. Page 39, grand jury transcript.
-Darren Wilson was then allowed to break protocol by washing the blood off of himself before it could be photographed, making it impossible to analyze blood spatter patterns and determine what position Mike Brown was in when Wilson first shot him. Wilson recounts this on page 10 of his official police interview.
-While Officer Wilson’s story of what happened that day has changed at least three times, six separate eyewitnesses, four of whom have never met each other, all have identical accounts of what happened. They were never interviewed by police.
-These eyewitnesses all agree that Darren Wilson was the aggressor and that Mike Brown was shot while surrendering, with his hands in the air and that his last words were “I don’t have a gun. Stop shooting.”
-This is backed up by Mike Brown’s autopsy, which suggests that Mike Brown would have had to be in the hands-up position for the bullets to enter his hand and arm the way they did.
-Furthermore, in a press conference, the coroner who performed Mike Brown’s autopsy relays that there was no trace of gun shot residue anywhere on his body, proving that Wilson’s claim that Mike Brown grabbed his gun, causing it to misfire, is impossible and untrue.
-Ferguson Police lied about the distance Mike Brown was from Officer Wilson when he was killed. They reported it was 35 ft. but it was in fact 148 ft.
-Owner of Ferguson Market states that he did not call police to report a theft of cigars, that the theft had nothing to do with Mike Brown, and that the man on the security footage is not Mike Brown.
-The prosecuting attorney for the case against Darren Wilson has helped raise $600,000 in donations for Darren Wilson, creating a clear conflict of interest.
-The police department that Officer Wilson worked for prior to coming to Ferguson was disbanded after multiple instances of racial profiling.”

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sam Pepper - The Real "Reveal" (Warning: Explicit Content)

Published on Sep 24, 2014
Before you say you need more proof, go here:

& Hospital Records:

I'm not going to make other girls stand alone with their stories. I have spent the last two and a half months searching the internet for other girls who might have encountered Sam in the way I did. I'm asking you to come forward, even though it's scary. We are not alone:
Anonymous Rape Confession #2:
Bryony and Abbey:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sam Pepper Exposed - Open Letter by Laci Green

Published on Sep 25, 2014
TW. the disturbing unheard stories & what we can do about sexual predators on youtube

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My Open Letter to Sam:

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Anonymous video rape admission:

Sam solicits nude pictures from a minor:

In this video, Laci Green reviews Sam Pepper's history of sexual harassment/assault in YouTube videos and the subsequent reveal of behind the scenes sexual abuse. She also sheds light on other people assaulting women in their YouTube videos and calls the community to action with a few simple steps.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

REPORT: Bush Released 171 Gitmo Prisoners Who Returned to Battle; Obama? Just 7

By now, anyone who follows politics and is able to think with a rational mind can clearly see the double standards in the reactions from Republicans to similar events which occurred under both George W. Bush and President Obama.
Lets start with BENGHAZI! The typical malleable Fox News viewer likely has the impression that nothing similar occurred under the Bush regime, probably because Fox conveniently didn’t bother to cover it extensively, or much less ever question the circumstances surrounding those events, or criticize the Bush administration for anything that they might have done wrong. They have a viewpoint to live up to, dammit, as well as a willfully ignorant audience to cater to.
But under Bush, there were 13 similar events that occurred when he was
ruining the countrypresident for (gulp) 8 years. Under President Obama, Benghazi is the only attack which resulted in fatalities, four in that case. Under Bush, a total of 60 people were killed – not counting any attackers who perished – including a total of 11 Americans.
Where were the congressional investigations into those attacks, especially given that in some of those attacks, there were sufficient warnings that American consulates were about to be attacked by foreign interests? We’re now on our 8th congressional investigation of what happened with Benghazi, because apparently the first 7 didn’t do enough to implicate President Obama or the likely next president if she runs, Hillary Clinton. Where were all the Republicans and right-wing media gasbags when these embassy and consulate attacks took place under President Bush?

Well, we know the answer to that. They were looking the other way, or were too busy trying to justify a clusterf*ck war being fought on false pretenses in Iraq. And they were fighting a culture war, trying to save Christmas from the millions and millions of Americans who are out to destroy it.
That brings us to the latest trumped up scandal: The swap of 5 Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for the release of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive for 5 years in Afghanistan. In between obsessing over Bob Bergdahl’s Muslim-y beard, Fox News and other conservative outlets have been railing on President Obama for releasing 5 bad guys from Gitmo who may end up attacking U.S. interests again.
Well, here again we must take a hard turn away from the Fox News script and point out that while even President Obama acknowledged the released bad guys could indeed end up back on the battlefield against U.S. interests, there were just a few more bad guys released from Gitmo under Bush. A total of… wait for it… 532! And out of those 532, 171 of them were confirmed or suspected of having returned to the battlefield. Under President Obama, only 7 have met that description.
And according to the U.S. Intelligence Agency, that includes Ibrahim Sen, who was later arrested in Turkey charged as the leader of an active al Qaeda cell, and Abdullah Mahsud, whom Pakistan government officials accuse of directing a suicide attack in April 2007 that killed 31 people.
And further throwing a monkey wrench into the conservative media’s talking points is that another one of the bad guys released under Bush is suspected of having been involved in the Benghazi attack.
How’s that for irony?
Apparently, the Republican strategy consists of throwing as much mud as possible at Democrats and hoping enough of it sticks so they have a fighter’s chance of winning back the Senate and even the presidency in the coming elections. And to conveniently ignore their own transgressions, which occurred under a much greater scale on many fronts under the disastrous George W. Bush reign of terror.
H/T: Liberaland

Friday, June 6, 2014

What Republicans Don’t Want You to Know: 500 + Detainees Were Released from GITMO Under Bush

Yet another exercise in exploring the depth of Republican hypocrisy and hysteria. This one is about OH MY GOD IMPEACHING OBAMA BECAUSE GITMO TRANSFEREES!
In a June 2nd press briefing, questions were asked regarding the transfer of the five Guantánamo (Gitmo) detainees in exchange for the successful recovery of Sergeant Bergdahl, a prisoner of war in Afghanistan. Press Secretary Jay Carney explained that there were restrictions made in the prisoner exchange, which is not an uncommon occurrence in armed conflicts.
From the White House transcript:
Q As you know, there have been detainees who have returned to the battlefield. What are the guarantees, other than just a one-year ban on travel on these five detainees that they won’t go back and target U.S. interests, U.S. personnel, U.S. military?
MR. CARNEY: Again, I’ll re-stipulate that prisoner exchanges are not uncommon in armed conflicts. Secondly, I’ll say that without getting into specific assurances, I can tell you that they included a travel ban and information-sharing on the detainees between our governments, between the United States and Qatar. I can also tell you that the assurances were sufficient to allow the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, in coordination with the national security team, to determine that the threat posed by the detainees to the United States would be sufficiently mitigated and that the transfer was in the U.S. national security interest.
So this was done after the appropriate consideration and analysis, and it was the judgment of the Secretary of Defense in coordination with the entire national security team that there was sufficient mitigation in place and assurances in place to allow the exchange.
Republicans are acting as if Obama never should have done this. Senator Lindsey Graham is talking impeachment if Obama releases any more prisoners or tries once again to close Gitmo. Yet, in 2009, PolitiFact confirmed that “More than 500 Guantánamo detainees were released or transferred under Bush.”
Indeed, government documents indicate more than 500 detainees were released or transferred from Guantanamo while George W. Bush was president. A White House executive order issued on the second day of Obama’s presidency said, “The federal government has moved more than 500 such detainees from Guantánamo, either by returning them to their home country or by releasing or transferring them to a third country.”
That’s backed up by a fact sheet from the military task force that runs the detention camp, which says 520 detainees had been released or transferred by March 2009.
PolitiFact then got into the weeds of release versus transfer, with a transfer being a situation where there are restrictions (as appears to be the case with the prisoners transferred in exchange for Bergdahl). Maybe someone should tell Lindsey Graham, too.
But the Pentagon says there is a difference between a release and a transfer to another country. The vast majority of detainees leave Gitmo under a transfer, which means they are transported to another country that places them under some type of restrictions. Some are incarcerated in those countries because of criminal charges, while others face monitoring or travel limitations.
Carney noted we successfully recovered Sergeant Bergdahl (this is exactly the sort of discussion Republicans are hoping to avoid), “(T)his was the right thing to do, because we in the United States do not leave our men and women in uniform behind during an armed conflict. And five years is a very long time to be a prisoner.”
The bottom line is Obama got Osama, and now Obama successfully recovered our single prisoner in the Afghanistan war. So, Republicans are attacking Bergdahl and his family in dishonorable and stunningly disturbed ways, hoping to mitigate what they see as another Obama success.
Republicans have muddied the waters of every single Obama success. There has not been one occasion upon which they have been able to set aside their partisan agenda in order to cheer or praise a positive occurrence under Obama. They made sure no one gave Obama credit for bin Laden and now they’re at it again.
Ironically, even if the Republican smear campaign against Bergdahl and his family was accurate (and no one judging Bergdahl is in any position to sift through the facts as broken down here, so the discussion is irrelevant and ridiculous), the bottom line is we don’t leave our troops behind.
Clueless Republicans might want to note that it’s not because we deem them all heroic characters fit for the black and white world in which conservatives live — the ultimate Good Guy. It’s because practically speaking, we need to protect our assets, including information. If we have reason to suspect an asset has been compromised it behooves us to determine to what extent.
Republicans have chosen to troll Obama’s national security successes until the press is embroiled in discussing their accusations rather than the success. We can’t have a moment of national pride in a job well done—oh, no. Not while a Democrat is in the White House.
Note: Per the Pentagon’s distinction, the title to this article should read “released or transferred”. However, for the sake of brevity and due to common usage in the national dialogue on this issue, we’ve used “released”.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Disrespectful NOT to Vote - let alone Not Voting is a Vote AGAINST your best interest - we fought hard to make our voices heard - at the very least make your voice heard - even if what you vote for loses - put your voice on record - it Really is the LEAST you can do for America.

Murder, So Rote - The Daily Show

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is sadly all too on point with this segment. "Of course there's nothing we can do to stop this from happening. Even though pretty much every other developed country has somehow stopped this from happening."
Love Jon Stewart - weird that a Comedy Show is on Point and the So-called News is so Off Point. We need to go back to regulating Journalism & Real News - you used to have to face jail time if you aired an news story without facts or relieving your news source - now it is ALL lies and spin - so sad that Truth is sniffled and all we have are stories to pacify America - to make us 'Good Puppies' to be easily controlled so the 1% can keep stealing from the rest of us and taking Our Money Out of America - they are literally Raping America & All Americans!!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

tax on wealth (such as suggested by Thomas Piketty) “un-American?

I debated a conservative Republican yesterday who insisted that a tax on wealth (such as suggested by Thomas Piketty) was “un-American.” He said it would be “double-taxation” since the income that created the wealth had already been taxed. I explained we already have a tax on wealth. It’s called the property tax on home values. But because homes are the major (and often sole) asset of the middle class, while most of the wealth of America’s rich is held in stocks and bonds, the property tax is regressive. So why not get rid of the property tax and substitute a broad-based wealth tax, whose revenues could be used to give all Americans a first-class education? What do you think?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

'Inequality for All' by Robert Reich

Just watched this Movie - a MUST SEE - I am a MAJOR fan of Robert Reich  ( and soooo agree with this Movie - I learned sooo much - I hope everyone watches this Movie - Please spread the word. (Now on Netflix, iTunes, and DVD.) BTW: Even though I know you are enjoying your much needed vacay - missing my Randi Rhodes Randi Rhodes -sweet dreams!! oxox

Friday, May 16, 2014

Randi Rhodes - She Loves Us More - Always! oxox

Well, after today I will be off the air…gone, disappeared... Gee, I wonder if CNN is going to search for me. I should make some ping sounds during my last show so that CNN can try and trace the path of the pings to figure out where I am. I want the search for me to go on long enough that Don Lemon attributes my disappearance to supernatural causes.

I'm sorry that I'm leaving before those militia nuts in Bunkerville, Nevada leave the Bundy ranch. Maybe I should stick around until they leave. Oh that's right - they're never going to leave. The craziest domestic terrorists in the United States are all sitting in the middle of nowhere, defending the cows of a complete moron. If the FBI had had a plan to bottle them all up, they could hardly have done any better.

I'm also leaving before Donald Sterling - and he's being pushed. The guy is in his 80's. Why does he even want to continue to run the L.A. Clippers? Hasn't he seen enough losses in his life already? By the time a person is in their 80's, they have all experienced many losses. But if you're in your 80's and you've owned the Los Angeles Clippers for 33 years, then you have endured more losses than any person on earth.

I'm also sorry to be leaving before the Republicans sort this whole Benghazi thing out. I'd like to stick around until they do, but I doubt that any of us is going to live that long. The Republicans won't stop with the Benghazi investigations. What exactly do they think they're going to find? Benghazi has been examined more thoroughly than the Zapruder film. Darrell Issa is never going to give up the hunt for the smoking gun in Benghazi. He's like Captain Ahab hunting for Moby Dick...except of course that Moby Dick existed.

So Donald Sterling is digging in to fight to stay for the long haul, the crazies in Bunkerville are already dug in, CNN is never going to let go of the airplane, and the Republicans will be investigating Benghazi forever - and still blaming the Clintons for whatever is going on then. I get the feeling I could come back in 20 years, and nothing will have changed.

In closing, just promise me that you'll remember to vote. Voting doesn't guarantee winning, but not voting guarantees losing. So vote - I'll know if you did or not by whether or not there's an impeachment trial going on in the Senate next year.

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Randi`s LAST Homework - Mama bird has left the Nest - Now it is our Turn to Share her teachings - we have done the Homework - Now the Test!



Nov. 2011: Randi Interviews Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) - Paul Admits The Tea Party Is Corporately Owned!
July 2009: Randi Takes On A Racist Caller Over Medicaid
Sept. 2004: Randi Interviews Senator Hillary Clinton
Feb. 2006: Cheney's Got A Gun!
Jan 2006 on CNN: Randi Smacks Down Right-Wing Tool Ben Ferguson
2006 on C-SPAN: Randi Tells The Truth; Right-Wing Hack Janet Parshall Acts Like A Child
From 'Left Of The Dial': The Launch Of Air America
1993: Randi Intros Neil Rogers On WIOD!
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Randi's Last Advice? Vote! VOTE! VOTE!!!

Latino Group Leader Criticizies GOP Leader Who Wants Proof Voting Rights Fix is Needed
Is The GOP Retreating On Voting Rights? Don't Count On It
2014: The Voting Rights Spring?
After World's Largest Vote, India's Pro-Business Modi Storms To Historic Election Win
Here's How India's Record-Setting Voter Turnout Compares To The Rest Of The World
Photo Credits: John Moore/Getty Images

Brown Vs. Board of Education: The 50th Anniversary
A Decision That Helped Shape A First Lady
Background: Brown v. Board Of Education
Decision: Brown v. Board Of Education
The Re-Segregation Of America's Schools
Photo Credits: STAFF/AFP/GettyImages

Women In America: The Majority Minority

New York Times Keeps Changing Story About Jill Abramson's Salary
Ken Auletta: Jill Abramson, Arthur Sulzberger, And The New York Times: What Went Wrong?
Marketwatch: Five Times It's Now More Expensive To Be A Woman In America
Daily Meme: The Ugliness Of Being A Woman Boss
Photo Credits: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the New York Times

Communications Breakdown

The FCC Voted On Net Neutrality Rules Thursday. Here's What You Need To Know.
New York Times' Own Internal March Report Painted Dire Picture Of The Grey Lady In The Digital Age
From Bad To Worse: Limbaugh's California Ratings Debacle Deepens
Photo Credits: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Politics & Policy

Republican-Led House Panel Subpoenas Kerry Again Over Benghazi
Greg Sargent: So Republicans Want A #Benghazi Freak Show? Give Them A Freak Show.
Congress Moves To Turn Back Taxes Over To Debt Collectors
Senate Panel Approves Bill To Dismantle Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
David Frum: The Republican Advantage Among Older Voters Won't Last
Photo Credits: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images


Report: Donald Sterling Refuses To Pay Fine, Threatens To Sue NBA
More Signs Of An Improving Economy: Housing Starts Up Sharply; Permits Highest Since 2008
Insurance Company Sues Illinois Cities For Climate Change Damage
Photo Credits: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Randi Rhodes: Same as it Ever Was

All these years, and some things are still the same as they've ever been.

Take the mixed-up right wing projection machine. Fox News and Karl Rove are trying to walk back Karl Rove's assertion that Hillary Clinton has brain damage - while promoting Karl Rove's assertion that Hillary Clinton has brain damage. Rove is not a good one to determine who has brain damage. As a regular on Fox News, most of the people he deals with have it already. It's just that in the case of Fox, the brain damage is self-inflicted. I know this much: If rightwing media is obsessed with Hillary's brain damage that doesn't exist, then they're worried about the effectiveness of their obsession with the Benghazi scandal… that doesn't exist.

Meanwhile, the GOP Civl War keeps going. The Tea Party is now trying to take down Eric Cantor. Cantor is Jewish, and he's being treated just like Israel is treated by the rightwing extremists: They'll only allow him to exist for as long as he serves their purposes. Cantor's Tea Party challenger is named David Brat. It's rare that a name is that appropriate, or Eric Cantor's name would be Eric Schmuck.

They still keep sticking their feet in their mouths too. Tucker Carlson did just this week! Carlson said "All of us should be happy about one thing, and it's that for the first time in human history you have a country whose poor people are fat." Great! They won't die of starvation - they'll all just die of heart disease. That takes longer, right?

They're still blind to reality too. Discussing white privilege this week, Bill O'Reilly said "I'm going to have to exempt myself" from having benefitted from white privilege. Do you know what just arbitrarily exempting yourself from white privilege is? An example of white privilege! If there is no white privilege, then how does Bill explain his success? Is there such a thing as blowhard privilege?

And yes - they still want a theocracy on the right, too. Ben Sasse - the Tea Party nutjob - won the Republican primary in deep red Nebraska, which makes him a virtual lock to win the Senate seat. Sasse declared after winning this week, "Government cannot force citizens to violate their religious beliefs under any circumstances." So after the 2014 elections, America will have a Senator that believes Christians are legally entitled to stone gay people to death. Or to be more accurate, America will have another Senator who believes that.

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Randi`s Homework May 15th 2014



Fox's Tucker Carlson Brags That America's "Poor People Are Fat"
Fox's Bill O'Reilly Falsely Claims Harvard Requiring Class On White Privilege, Calls It "Inherently Racist"
Fox's 'The Five' Congratulates Karl Rove For His Smear Of Hillary Clinton: "He's An Evil Genius"
Tea Party Now Turning On Eric Cantor
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An Audio Lookback Of Randi

Randi From 1989, On Miami Rocker 103 She!
Pre-Air America, Randi Interviews Oliver North - And Hands Him His Ass!
Factual Reminder: Oliver North Was Convicted On Three Counts - With Mug Shot!
Randi's Infamous Air America Interview With Ralph Nader
2008: Randi Smacks Down Bay Buchanan On CNN
2008: Marc Maron And Randi - After Air America; What Really Happened There
September 2013: Randi Schools Caller Bob From Arizona On Deficit Reduction - Oy!
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Workers Stand Up

Fast Food Workers Striking In U.S. Today For Higher Wages
Fast-Food Workers Walking Off Jobs Worldwide Today
Michael Winship: Fast Food Corporations Are Pulling A Fast One On Workers
Fast Food Failure: How CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity Undermines the Industry and the Overall Economy
Photo Credits: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images

Oliver Twist-ed: Child Labor in America

Child Workers As Young As 7 Getting Sick On U.S. Tobacco Farms, Report Says
Big Tobacco's Secret Workforce: Child Farm Workers
The Human Rights Watch Report: Tobacco's Hidden Children
America's Drug Problem Mapped - Which Drug Is Your State Addicted To?
Why Not A War On Child Poverty?
States Where The Most Children Go Hungry
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The Brain-Damaged Right

Washington Times Columnist Says Hillary Clinton Should Have Been Checked Into "Rubber Room" For Her "Psychosis"
Fox Helps Karl Rove Promote 'Brain Damage' Conspiracy Theory About Hillary Clinton's Health – And Pretend Otherwise
Fox Runs Defense For Rove's Brain Damage Smear With Old, Repackaged Lies
Karl Rove's Humiliating Demotion: The Ugly Devolution Of A GOP Troll
Photo Credits: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Communications Breakdown

NYT: The New York Times Replaces Abramson As Executive Editor
Ken Auletta, The New Yorker: Why Jill Abramson Was Really Fired
Shakeup At NY Times Leaves Questions
FiveThirtyEight Datalab: Jill Abramson Wouldn't Be the Only Female Editor to Face a Pay Gap
Amid Protests, FCC To Vote On New 'Net Neutrality' Proposal Today
GOP Lawmakers Urge FCC To Ditch Effort To Regulate Internet
Sen. Bernie Sanders Sends FCC 19K Comments Protesting Unequal Speeds On Internet
Yes, Your Internet Really Is Getting Slower - And Your Service Provider Likes It That Way
Big Cable Threatens To Create Internet Fast Lanes Even If The FCC Beefs Up Net Neutrality
John Nichols: It's Not Complicated. To Maintain A Truly Free And Open Internet, Maintain True Net Neutrality.
Minnesota Passes Nation's First Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Law
Photo Credits: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Policy & Politics

Nebraska Tea Party Republican Senate Nominee Says Religious Beliefs Can Justify Breaking Any Law
Rep. Eric Cantor's Angry New Enemy: Why The Tea Party Wants Cantor Out
Zero Tea Party Candidates Are Ahead In Next Tuesday's Big Primaries. Zero.
Sen. Harry Reid Calling For Constitutional Amendment On Campaign Cash On Senate Floor Today
Norm Ornstein: Yes, The Filibuster Is Still A Huge Problem
Federal Judge Denies Idaho Governor's Bid To Stay Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Arkansas High Court Won't Stay Gay Marriage Ruling
An Update For Caller Bob: U.S. Federal Budget Deficit On Track For Six-Year Low
Photo Credits: Mark Wilson/Getty Images


Jobless Claims Improve To Seven-Year Low
Are Student Loans Really Killing The Housing Market? Yes.
Robert Reich: What We Must Do To Close The Inequality Gap
Strip Club Evacuated In La Suburb After 10K Gallons Gush In "Knee-High" Oil Spill
Bone Dry + Brutal Heat + Gusty Winds = Unseasonably Early Wildfires…And It's Only May!
Obama Joining Families Of 9/11 Victims Today To Dedicate 9/11 Museum In NYC
U.S. Using Drones To Help Find Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Randi`s Homework May 14th 2014

s Homework - Wed, May 14, 2014



Former L.A. Clippers G.M. Elgin Baylor On Donald Sterling's Punishment: Justice Has Been Served
Bill O'Reilly: The Media's Call To Expose Racism Is A 'Vigilante Situation'!
Magic Johnson in CNN exclusive: I'm Going To Pray For Donald Sterling
Rush's Latest Rant: Hillary Clinton And Michelle Obama 'Sympathize With Boko Haram'
Jon Stewart Starts #F*Ckyourush Hashtag Takedown Of Limbaugh For Attacking Michelle Obama Over Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
Jon Stewart And Jason Jones Also Tackle Money, Speech, And Oligarchy In America
Stephen Colbert: Pope Francis's Crusade Against Capitalism
Al Gore On GOP Climate Deniers: It's Not Complicated - Blame The Koch Brothers For The GOP's Climate Change Denial.
Photo Credits:Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Insane Right

Fox News' Psycho-Social #Benghazi World: The Right's Fear Of Facts And The "Reality-Based Community"
Dana Milbank: The Birth Of A New "Scandal" Blaming Hillary Clinton For The Nigerian Kidnappings
Ana Marie Cox: Karl Rove's Comments About Hillary Clinton's 'Brain Damage' Are An Outrage
Cliven Bundy Backs Down: Says God Didn't Ask Us To Sue The Feds After All
GOP Super-Donor On Politicians They Support: "Most Of These People...They're Unemployable"
Polling Confirms: Southern Whites' Loyalty To G.O.P. Nearing That Of Blacks To Democrats
Peggy McIntosh: White Privilege - Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack
Photo Credits: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Fragging Themselves: The GOP's War On the Poor

Poor Kentucky Has No Stomach For Obama, Even If He Backs Programs They Depend On
Boehner Admits Income Inequality Is A Problem, But As Usual, Offers No Solution
Paul Ryan's Approach To Poverty Is Straight Out Of The 19th Century
The Republicans' War On The Poor: Pushing To Decimate Food-Stamp Programs, Punishing The Most Vulnerable Just Out Of Sheer Spite
The GOP Doesn't Want to Admit How Much It Hates the Minimum Wage
One Wal-Mart Worker's Personal Nightmare: What It's Really Like Working At Walmart
Photo Credits: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Losing the GOP Civil War: Is the Tea Party Really Being Defeated?

Tea Party Bounces Back In Nebraska & West Virginia - But Can It Last?
The Tea Party's Supposed Big Fundraising Problem
The Tea Party Is Falling Fast in Its Battle With The GOP Establishment
Gun Nuts & Tea Party Extremist's "Operation American Spring" March On Washington, DC Promises To Drive President Obama From Office This Friday
Photo Credits: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Sterling: Sound and Fury vs. Real Racism

Hate Sells: Magazine Sales Rise As Coverage Of Ongoing Sterling Racism Story Fills Headlines
William Saletan: The Tragedy Of Donald Sterling - He's Too Horrified By Racism To Recognize It In Himself
Criticizing Racists Doesn't Stop Racism
Killed By Donald Sterling's Racism
Photo Credits:ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Serious Reason For Concern

Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat By Pentagon Military Researchers
Climate Change Warnings: The Big, Scary News About Melting Antarctic Ice Is Just The Beginning...
Polar Vortex Revealed Limits Of Trucking Industry Still Recovering From Financial Crisis
Putting Out The Fire: 3 Reasons Why President Obama's Proposed Reforms To The Wildfire Budget Are Critical For Climate Change & Our Budgets
Not Impossible: Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Energy Needs From Renewable Energy
Photo Credits: Steven Kazlowski / Barcroft Media / Getty Images

Politics & Policy

President Obama Gives GOP A Soft Ultimatum: On Immigration, You Have Three Months
Paul Krugman: What The American People (Don't) Know About The Deficit Is Scary - But Not All That Surprising
The GOP's Incredible Disappearing Quest To Repeal Obamacare
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Longest-Serving African American In Congress, To Challenge Election Law That's Now Keeping Him Off Primary Ballot
Photo Credits: Win McNamee/Getty Images


Federal Judge Strikes Down Idaho's Same-Sex Marriage Ban As Unconstitutional
'Unfinished Receivers,' A Gun Part That Is Sold Separately, Lets Some People Get Around Laws
In Google Case, E.U. Court Says People Are Entitled To Control Their Own Online Histories
Photo Credits: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Like Minded Fools by Randi Rhodes

CNN has released more of their interview with Donald Sterling. If CNN is looking for something to replace the Malaysian plane story, Donald Sterling is even more lost than that airplane! In the interview, Sterling apologizes - and then continuously slams Magic Johnson. Amazing! For Donald Sterling, it’s like one step forward, two steps back...and then shoot yourself in the foot.

Sterling ridiculed Magic Johnson in an interview with Anderson Cooper, asking "what does he (Johnson) do for the black people?" Well, for starters Donald, he doesn’t call them "the black people." Donald, before you call somebody out, you might want to run a quick Wikipedia search on them. Magic Johnson has been honored numerous times for his philanthropic work in the black community and for people suffering from HIV/AIDS. Attacking him for not helping people is like attacking the Koch brothers for not hurting people. Every time you hear this Sterling jerk, remind yourself that Republican economic policies are all designed to let billionaires like this avoid taxes and get even richer.

Meanwhile, back in the tin foil hat brigade, Limbaugh is saying that the reason Hillary Clinton didn’t label Boko Haram a terrorist organization is that "they look like African Americans." Amazing - Rush has managed to say something about Boko Haram that’s almost as offensive as Boko Haram itself.

How offensive is Boko Haram? Even Al Qaeda has condemned Boko Haram for their kidnappings of schoolgirls. When even Al Qaeda says you've gone too far? That's saying something - and it isn't anything good. If Rush keeps up his trash talk, maybe Al Qaeda will condemn him. Everyone else worthwhile has already has.

Speaking of human garbage piles that should be condemned, Karl Rove opened his mouth again - and unsurprisingly, garbage came out. Rove said this week that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage. Hey Karl - if I want half-assed diagnoses of medical conditions from a Republican ideologue, I’ll stick with Bill Frist. And "brain damage" is not an accusation that Republicans should really be throwing around. I have a quick list of two-word rebuttals: "Louie Gohmert." "Sarah Palin." And don't forget "Rush Limbaugh."

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