August 19, 2013 at 12:17 am #94992
Sybrina Fulton speaks to Meet The Press
As you begin a new week, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate.
Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.
Voter Suppression & Racism: Rand PaulAugust 19, 2013 at 12:17 am #94993
Good Morning, EveryoneAugust 19, 2013 at 12:20 am #94994
3CHICSPOLITICO Reviews Lee Daniels’ The ButlerAugust 19, 2013 at 12:24 am #94995
Good Lord, I love me some Spandan.
Spank them, Spandan.
Professional Left’s Professional Pimp Julian Assange Comes Out as Far Right Extremist
Sunday, August 18, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 12:21 PM
For some time now, the pragmatic Left has been warning that Wikileaks, its Founder Julian Assange, and their cohorts in The Guardian (think Glenn Greenwald) are nothing more than right wing libertarian moles trying to fool the Left in America, just as Ed Snowden did. That truth came into some stark relief yesterday:
The strong turn of Julian Assange and Wikileaks toward partisan electoral politics continued this weekend, as Assange told an online audience that he’s “a big admirer of Ron Paul and Rand Paul for their very principled positions in the U.S. Congress on a number of issues” and insisted that the libertarian wing the Republican Party represented the “only hope” for reform in American politics.
But but but, you say. It’s not like Assange was celebrating the entire political ideology of the Pauls; he was merely speaking approvingly of Rand Paul’s crusade against domestic surveillance programs of the NSA. Well, beyond completely ignoring the fact that nothing is being done by the government that is illegal, abusive or unchecked, the idea that Assange is merely advancing the libertarians’ anti-surveillance agenda is devastatingly incorrect. In Assange’s own words:
“The position of the Libertarian Republican, or a better description Right, coming from a principle of non-violence which is the American Libertarian tradition. That produces interesting results.
“So, non-violence: well, don’t go and invade a foreign country. Non-violence: don’t force people at the barrel of a gun to serve in the U.S. Army. Non-violence: doesn’t extort taxes from people to the federal Government with a policeman. Similarly, other aspects of non-violence in relation to abortion that they hold.”
Isn’t that great? The Professional Left’s Great White Hope and worshiped hero is not only avoiding extradition on sexual assault charges (because for some reason, it is appropriate to be outraged over sexual assaults in the military – and it is – and at the same time rank-canonize a man who is accused of sexual assualt of multiple women), but is also takes extreme anti-tax positions and believes that abortion is “violence.”August 19, 2013 at 8:41 am #94996
- – -☺@sherifffruitfly
get detained at the airport i feel bad for you son – but i got 99 problems and using my spouse as a document mule ain’t one. LOL –
– – -☺Charles Johnson
Has anyone noticed
that Julian Assange is supporting the Australia First Party, an openly
fascist group allied with Greece’s Golden Dawn?
@sherifffruitfly @NerdyWonka @BobCesca_Go Pretty soon we’ll be down to “I can bust that story in 3..2..1 minutes” LOL
- — -☺@Smartypants32
@JamesFallows @ioerror So now its overreach to detain & question someone who is traveling internationally with stolen classified documents?August 19, 2013 at 8:56 am #94997
@psddluva4evah @AngryBlackLady It’s all about generating outrage. This was INTENTIONAL by GG and partner. If GG wanted to xfer dox…
@psddluva4evah @AngryBlackLady He would have used Secure FTP/TOR or any number of other highly secure technologies.
@soonergrunt @AngryBlackLady I’m not nearly as computer saavy as some, but even I know there are “stelthier” ways to exchange docs nowadaysAugust 19, 2013 at 9:00 am #94998
I honestly believe that this entire NSA “expose” Guardian/wikileaks crew are completely, utterly, batshit crazy who are living out some sort of spy fantasy and whose lunacy involves copious amounts of Obama Derangement Syndrome:
First, we learned from The New York Times that The Guardian financed Miranda’s trip to Germany and back. This means Miranda was conducting some sort of official business for the publication. Around the same time, Amnesty International referred to Miranda as “a Guardian newspaper employee.” Combined with the Laura Poitras detail, it’s obvious that Miranda was commissioned to do some serious leg-work on the Snowden/NSA reporting, the extent of which was unknown at the time.
And then, late in the evening east coast time, The New York Times revealed the purpose of Miranda’s trip to Berlin:
Mr. Miranda was in Berlin to deliver documents related to Mr. Greenwald’s investigation into government surveillance to Ms. Poitras, Mr. Greenwald said. Ms. Poitras, in turn, gave Mr. Miranda different documents to pass to Mr. Greenwald. Those documents, which were stored on encrypted thumb drives, were confiscated by airport security, Mr. Greenwald said. All of the documents came from the trove of materials provided to the two journalists by Mr. Snowden.
They’re nuts. And if ANY of them were black, their ass would be in jail already. This is some bullshit. These people are quite literally dealing in stolen intel and transporting it back and forth to foreign countries but we quite literally have a race-based regime of collective punishment in NY and no one in the beltway media could give that true hero and stop and frisk whistleblower the time of day. This is really some bullshit.August 19, 2013 at 9:04 am #94999
Far-right ‘ready to erupt’ over health care?
By Steve Benen
Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:45 AM EDT.
President Obama’s weekly addresses tend to be pretty tame, at least as far as political rhetoric goes, but over the weekend his latest weekly message included some fairly pointed language about Republican efforts to sabotage the federal health care system.
Some congressional Republicans, Obama said, are “working hard to confuse people, and making empty promises that they’ll either shut down the health care law, or, if they don’t get their way, they’ll shut down the government…. A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me. But they’d just be sticking it to you.”
And while the White House pushes against the GOP shutdown threats, far-right activists continue to push in the opposite direction.
Two right-wing organizations, Tea Party Patriots and a group called For America, are launching online ads this week, and while the above clip goes after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the first wave of far-right lobbying will target 12 Republican senators who have not endorsed the shutdown-the-government-over-Obamacare scheme. The second wave will focus on six more GOP senators and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).
The groups are also kicking off a five-day, six-state tour in key senators’ home states.
It’s not yet clear whether shutdown skeptics within the Republican Party really have anything to worry about from this kind of activism. After all, Tea Party Patriots and For America are not exactly political powerhouses that strike fear into the hearts of their rivals, and the groups are relying on online advertising because they can’t afford more widely seen television spots.August 19, 2013 at 9:25 am #95000
Blooomberg took his bitchassness about Stop and Frisk to the WSJ Editorial Page?
G-T-F-O-HAugust 19, 2013 at 10:40 am #95001
Voting rights are being pushed
back with new GOP Jim Crow style laws but our media worried about
Greenwald’s safety selling NSA data to FSB
The courage of humanitarian workers in #Syria is simply astonishing. Meanwhile our media worried about Greenwald & his Russian spy ring
Glenn Greenwald providing
Snowden’s US Intel data to his FSB handler in Berlin through his
companion is outrageous. What a coward.August 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm #95012
Hillary hype poses risks for a potential 2016 candidacy
Hillary Clinton’s lofty status as the apparent 2016 Democratic nominee-in-waiting has some allies concerned that the hype might be too much, too soon.
This seeming inevitability makes her more sensitive to attacks and risks amplifying any stumble, no matter how minor. And voters may react poorly to a candidate who appears to be waltzing to the nomination with minimal effort.
I think people close to her are more acutely aware than anybody else in the country that there’s no such thing as inevitability,” said a Democrat with ties to Clinton, who requested anonymity to speak more freely about her political calculus.
“The expectations are just so out of whack,” the Democrat added, noting the results of her 2008 candidacy. “If her opponent gets 30 to 40 percent in Iowa – the first time she has to break a sweat, the media will write, ‘Is this The Collapse, Part II?’”
Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY’s List, a Democratic women’s group that was recently in Iowa to promote female candidates for president – not just Clinton – said the former New York senator should be ready for a fight.August 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm #95013
She needs help
Stacey Dash lashes out at Oprah for comparing Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin
by Lilly Workneh | August 19, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Stacey Dash has become known for voicing her political opinions on Twitter — and when it comes to Oprah, the actress isn’t biting her tongue.
In a recent tweet, Dash posted a link to a Fox News article slamming Oprah for her comments comparing Emmett Till to the late Trayvon Martin and her statement that President Obama “shouldn’t be on Fox News every day.”
At the end of her tweet, Dash wrote, “Shame on you @Oprah.”
In the same tweet, the ex-Singles Ladies star published a quote from Malcolm X, which read: “If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
This isn’t the first time the conservative actress has ruffled feathers through her controversial comments on Twitter.August 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm #95014
by Ken Auletta
Early on, the Mayor contemplated endorsing Quinn, calling her “a person of enormous integrity.” He has invited her to join him at press conferences and, at times, to fill in for him at public functions. Some of the Mayor’s friends are convinced that he made a back-room deal with Quinn in 2009, saying that he would endorse her in exchange for her support in amending the City Charter so that he could run a third time. (Both Bloomberg and Quinn have denied any quid pro quo.)
But the relationship between Bloomberg and Quinn is clearly uneasy. Late last year, Bloomberg encouraged several public figures, including Hillary Clinton and the real-estate developer and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman, to run for mayor; they declined. In early June, the Mayor, according to two Bloomberg advisers, was sympathetic to an effort by some of his supporters to draw Ray Kelly into the race. Bloomberg secretly financed a poll by his own longtime pollster, Douglas Schoen, to help convince Kelly that he could win, but Kelly declined.August 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm #95015
The Ed Show’ moves to weekdays at 5 p.m. ET starting August 26
11:25 AM on 08/19/2013
The Ed Show hosted by Ed Schultz is moving back to MSNBC’s weekday lineup starting Monday, August 26.
The Ed Show will air Monday – Friday at 5 p.m. ET. Hardball with Chris Matthews will continue at 7 p.m. ET. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.
“Chris Matthews and the Hardball team have been pulling double duty for years. This move will concentrate the ‘Hardball’ audience to one key time period and enhance the flow of our evening programming,” said Griffin. “Ed Schultz is a force of nature and an important voice to the MSNBC audience. I can’t wait to have him back on weeknights.”August 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm #95016
Confident Biden Team Sows Seeds For 2016
Backers Consider Steps for White House—Even If Hillary Clinton Enters Race
By PETER NICHOLAS
, CAROL E. LEE
and COLLEEN MCCAIN NELSON
Political allies of Vice President Joe Biden have concluded that he can win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination—even if Hillary Clinton enters the contest—and are considering steps he could take to prepare for a potential candidacy.
While Mr. Biden has made no decision about his future, people familiar with his thinking say, he hasn’t ruled out a bid for the White House. If he runs, that could set up a titanic battle between two of the party’s most prominent figures.
One step under discussion by Biden backers is to form a political action committee he would use to funnel money to other Democratic candidates, which could build goodwill for a possible White House bid, people familiar with the talks said. Meanwhile, Mr. Biden is preparing to attend a Democratic event in Iowa, which traditionally holds the first nominating contest, and to raise money this week for the Democratic governor of New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary.
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