Jan Slithers Back Under Her Rock — Dreamers Free to Dream

Brfewer Bitch WP

After years of bigoted hate inflicted on the people of Arizona, Jan Brewer is stepping down.

At every turn, Brewer attempted to deny human rights to members of her community, representing only the pastiest citizens around her.  She tried her best to build giant walls and crocodile-infested moats at the border Arizona shares with Mexico.  She attempted to make it a felony for people without proper papers to be in Arizona.

Arizona SB 1070
http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_SB_1070

Even the Right Wing Supreme Court Court struck her crazed and bigoted laws down as embarrassingly unconstitutional.  Her soulmate, the psychotic Sheriff Arpaio, did everything he could to support her in her goal of a glorious Final Solution to her obsession of ridding the desert landscape of all Latinos.  But, even he was impotent to challenge justice and the promise of liberty and the American way.

brewer assaules obama WP

Brewer may be best known for confronting and assaulting US President Barack Obama on the tarmac of the airport he touched down on while visiting the people of Arizona, screaming at him for opposing her Racist anti-Latino law, SB-1070, disrespectfully shoving her clawed finger in his face.

MSNBC: Jan Brewer’s Infamous Finger Wag At Obama Was Racist
www.mediaite.com/tv/msnbcs-jonathan-capehart-jan-brewers-infamous-finger-wag-at-obama-was-racist/

Her final plot to exterminate Latinos from Arizona was her attempt at denying Dreamers the right the President gave them to obtain driver’s licenses.  You know?  So they can legally drive to work with insurance, like the respectable human beings they are?  The Supreme Court slapping her down this time  was her final straw.

Gov. Brewer loses again in bid to deny driver’s licenses
www.azcentral.com/story/laurieroberts/2014/12/09/appellate-court-immigrant-drivers-licenses-arizona/20154409/

She was done embarrassing herself and making Arizona look bad to the country and the world.  She would take her smoker’s cough and crawl back under the rock from which she crawled so that Dreamers could dream and work to become the good US citizens they aspire to be.

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Obama Speaks About Normalization With Cuba

Viva la Ciba WPPresident Barack Obama Spells at his end-of-2014 press conference about the meaning of the events taking place in #Cuba.

President Barack Obama Spells at his end-of-2014 press conference about the meaning of the events taking place in #Cuba.

The negotiated release of American contractor Alan Gross in a prisoner swap and policy shift brokered by Pope Francis, President Obama, and President Raul Castro.

Pope Helped Broker U.S.-Cuba Prison Release, Policy Changes (VIDEO)
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/u-s-cuba-relations/pope-helped-broker-u-s-cuba-prison-release-policy-changes-n270156

Alan Gross Wife Baby Bump

And, on to top of all of it — the cherry on the icing on the cake, Alan Gross’ wife is pregnant.A gift from the US, Cuba, and the Vatican for negotiating it.

Jailed Cuban Spy’s Wife Is Pregnant — With A Little Help From The U.S.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/22/372525940/cuban-american-not-so-immaculate-conception

The Cold War appears to finally be over. Fifty years of failed policy is over, the embargo soon to be a ridiculous memory, and normalization with our island brothers and sisters a future we can all look forward to.

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Obama Lays It Out On Keystone XL

NO XL WP

In his end-of-year press conference, President Barack Obama explained to the press that he wasn’t playing up the “negatives” about #KeystoneXL, just explaining how it is, reality-style. It’s Canada’s oil; their money; and it won’t be providing us but a couple jobs. Not enough to bother with up next to the risks to our environment and greater global climate change. #NOKXL

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Texas A&M to Name Historic New Outhouse After Ex-Gov. Perry

Perry the Bookess IdiotThis is so classically romantic. Texas A&M is considering naming a vintage outhouse after disgraced former Governor Rick Perry.

This will be the first time since 1872 that a college has named an outhouse for a former governor. It sounds kind of stinky, but it’s a really big outhouse, ‘cos it’s Texas.  In his honor, they will be making the “Perry Shitter” the University Political Library, in a move that will be safe for the books, as in a Perry Library, very few books are required.  (See how many books in the photo above?  It’s like that).

Republican House aides are saying that Herbert Walker’s baby boy idiot son is fuming mad he got snubbed for the toilet honor.  But, as it turns out, Texas Tech is one giant outhouse of a glorified junior college, and they’re planning on changing the “underwater basket weaving” degree to the “Dubya Fuckoff Certification” to make him feel better just in time for his brother’s announcement that he’ll be accepting the Republican losing ticket bid for the 2016 Presidential race.

Texas Board of Regents to Weigh Renaming Academic Outhouse for ex-Gov. Rick Perry
www.theeagle.com/news/local/texas-a-m-university-system-board-of-regents-to-weigh/article_8e6daaec-995c-5bcc-9568-2424f24dad0b.html

The only thing that could hold up the decision is the impending corruption charges Perry is facing.  Oh, and the possibility that Dubya may be prosecuted for the torture charges that he and Cheney may be facing.  Life’s complicated for confederate carpet baggers in the Lone Star State.

Texas A&M Rick Perry Library

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[UPDATE] NBC Announces Media Meme: Warren to be Democratic Ted Cruz

whac a mole WP

US media has announced how they will be characterizing progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren over the course of the next two years. It’s a vital period of time for the gilded right, as the national mood has announced itself a distinctively populist one in reaction to years of anti-worker, anti-woman, anti-minority, anti-student; anti-midde class and poor, anti-peace.  The national mood is a fierce disgust toward the Republican obstruction to everything the people had voted for in supporting the dark-skinned agent of change, Barack Obama.

They have a majority in both the House and the Senate.  They will be viscious toward any trouble-making Democrat who dares stand in the way of their new Reich.

Like the electric car, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, Howard Dean, Senator Elizabeth Warren came out swinging for progressive change.   The right wing will attempt to make an example of her and any opposition to their Republican party’s new absolute legislative majority. Like the nail that dares stick up, the right-wing corporatist media had to nail change flat before it spread to the coveted center.

NBC anchors jump to the challenge, telling us that a very real “senior House Democrat aide said that “thuggishly large Lizzy Warren” is the new Ted Cruz.

“Yeah, She is the Democrat Ted Cruz,” said NBC’s absolutely real person they didn’t just invent.

According to NBC, this very, very real insider person really really told them that Warren was definitely a Ted Cruz, because she’s “totally hard line like Cruz when he was all like

“Hey, y’all, were shuttin’ down the government. Yep, everyone around the House is saying she’s really, really just like that.”

This very real Democratic aide said that “Warren might stand on principle, but she’s totally fringe and will be the Ted Cruz to the adult table majority.”

The article below is the news release that NBC spilled the right wing’s PR intent in.

Democrats Tried To Shut Elizabeth Warren Up So She Fought Even Harder
http://www.politicususa.com/2014/12/14/democrats-shut-elizabeth-warren-fought-harder.html

Remember:

not liz FB

I’m kind of paraphrasing, here, but this is a press release on how Senator Warren will be treated for the next two years by media – FOX, CNN, and yes, even MSNBC in their own defensive posturing style.

Remember, MSNBC is just a subsidiary of General Electric’s NBC — to make advertising dollars from the peasants they take for the spin that pleases their pocket books.

It was inevitable this would be the case. Like the electric car, Warren represents a serious threat to the corporate right’s hard-won domination of our electoral system. They have spent billions of board dollars getting things like the Patriot Act, Citizens United, anti-voting rights laws; job exporting free-trade agreements, and union-busting measures enacted.  They’re not about to submit to one person.

They sure as shittin’ shinola aren’t backing down now.  No ma’am.  You are about to see just how the all-powerful, gilded corporate overlords engage in political whac-a-mole.  This happens with predictable regularity, but not so predictable that you notice it until it’s already well into the 2nd act.  With their campaign on the super-dangerous Elizabeth Warren, you will be able to say you saw it happen  from the very first swing of the bat. Elizabeth Warren will be characterized by corporate media as the Democratic version of Ted Cruz.  And, with any luck, the the Right Wing corporatist think tanks will be able to count on the fact that the American people will continue to show their willful ignorance and predictability, refusing to help those who would most benefit from the help:  that being pretty much 98% of them.

With just a little bit of luck on their part, the power the banks just granted themselves will bear them their well-deserved low hanging fruit.  They will be able to go back to the rules that allowed them to rape and pillage the Treasury with will continue without a hitch. The police will continue to militarize, and all this Democracy nonsense will obediently go away as the GOP steals yet another Presidential election to complete their trifecta.

Thank you NBC and your “Democratic House Aide” character for saving us from Elizabeth “Ted Cruz” Warren and from ourselves.  Below, enjoy video of Warren blasting the Bank-bribed right and Lindsay Graham blasting Warren as the Ted Cruz psychopath the Corporate media has chosen to characterize her as:

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[UPDATE] Some important clarifications.  First, this is a piece with a lot of sarcasm and parody.  This is important.  No one in the Democratic party is saying Warren is a Cruz.  This is the right wing at Heritage, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), and Dick Armey’s Koch-funded American Enterprise Institute (AEI) planting a story.  A right wing meme.

Secondly, this wasn’t a chance action.  It wasn’t spontaneous.  It’s said often enough that centrist tanks like RANDCORP and left-leaning ones play “multi-dimensional chess.”  Well, so does the right.  Ted Cruz is a prime example.  Don’t think for a second that he is a moron.  That is not the case, as sophomorically funny as it is to think it.   Ted is a player reading off of cue cards that make it easier for him to play the role that he chose to be chosen for.

One of the most lucrative acting jobs in or outside of Hollywood.

He has been playing this fringe teabagger role specifically as a reserve comparison for whatever firebrand took up the populist cause in defiance of the corporate elite.  They have been waiting for years to use this inbred rook when Democrats eventually dared go populist — or as they would term it: “socialist.”  Ted Cruz is as real as Nein Nein Nein.

That this needed to be pointed out means that the right has us in check.

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Attorney General Eric Holder Press Conference: Federal Charges? (TRANSCRIPT)

Holder Ferguson Speech

This afternoon, the United States chief District Attorney, Attorney General Eric Holder gave a press conference to speak to the travesty of justice in Ferguson. He spoke about the pending investigation of the Darren Wilson assassination of unarmed 18 year-old Michael Brown . He discussed both the process of federal charges being filed against Wilson and further, the investigations of scores of other police forces across the United States for civil rights violations and other acts of violence against citizens. Including Murders.

The DOJ didn’t provide a video of the press conference, but I will seek it out and update this story with it if it becomes available.

Until then, here is the transcript:

 Eric Holder

Attorney General Holder Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Pattern or Practice Investigation into Ferguson Police Department

Washington, DC, United States
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

Good afternoon. I am joined today by (Acting) Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Molly Moran and Director Ron Davis, of the Community Oriented Policing Services – or COPS – Office. We are here to announce the latest steps in the Justice Department’s ongoing effort to address the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and the surrounding communities.

As you know, our federal civil rights investigation into the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown remains open and very active. As I made clear during my visit to Ferguson two weeks ago, this investigation will take time. But the American people can have confidence that it will be fair, it will be thorough, and it will be independent.

Over the course of that visit, I had the chance to speak with a number of local residents. I heard from them directly about the deep mistrust that has taken hold between law enforcement officials and members of the community. In meetings and listening sessions – as well as informal conversations – people consistently expressed concerns stemming from specific alleged incidents, from general policing practices, and from the lack of diversity on Ferguson’s police force.

These anecdotal accounts underscored the history of mistrust of law enforcement in Ferguson that has received a good deal of attention. As a result of this history – and following an extensive review of documented allegations and other available data – we have determined that there is cause for the Justice Department to open an investigation to determine whether Ferguson Police officials have engaged in a pattern or practice of violations of the U.S. Constitution or federal law.

This investigation will be carried out by a team from the Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section – some of the same dedicated professionals who have achieved historic results in ensuring constitutional policing from coast to coast. Over the past five years, the Civil Rights Division has prosecuted over 300 individual officers for misconduct. We have opened 20 pattern or practice investigations into police departments across the country. That’s more than twice as many as were opened in the previous five years. And we’re enforcing 14 agreements to reform law enforcement practices at agencies both large and small. With these agreements, we have seen dramatic decreases in excessive uses of force; greater equity in the delivery of police services, including important measures to address bias; and, most significantly, increased confidence by communities in their law enforcement agencies.

As the brother of a retired police officer, I know that the overwhelming majority of our brave men and women in uniform do their jobs honorably, with integrity, and often at great personal risk. The Civil Rights Division’s efforts are simply meant to ensure that law enforcement officers in every part of the U.S. live up to those same high standards of professionalism. In Ferguson, our investigation will assess the police department’s use of force, including deadly force. It will analyze stops, searches, and arrests. And it will examine the treatment of individuals detained at Ferguson’s city jail, in addition to other potentially discriminatory policing techniques and tactics that are brought to light.

We have met with the Mayor, City Manager and Police Chief in Ferguson. They have welcomed the investigation and pledged complete cooperation. This investigation will be conducted both rigorously and in a timely manner, so we can move forward as expeditiously as possible to restore trust, rebuild understanding, and foster cooperation between law enforcement and community members. At the same time, I want to make very clear that – as this investigation unfolds and evolves – we will follow the facts and the law wherever they may lead. And if, at any point, we find reason to expand our inquiry to include additional police forces in neighboring jurisdictions, we will not hesitate to do so.

In fact, I can also announce today that – above and beyond our investigation in Ferguson – we are taking proactive steps to engage the St. Louis County Police Department in what’s known as a “collaborative reform effort.” This partnership is being led by the COPS Office, working closely with St. Louis County officials to conduct a comprehensive assessment. The St. Louis County Police Chief has voluntarily accepted the collaborative reform process and has also asked that the COPS Office conduct an After Action Report on their response to recent demonstrations. And already, with the cooperation of St. Louis County leaders, we have identified priority areas for intensive review and technical assistance – including racial profiling; stops, searches, and frisking; the handling of mass demonstrations by police officials; and law enforcement training both at the police academy and at the continuing professional level.

Because St. Louis County administers training programs for officers throughout the area – including members of the Ferguson Police Department – it makes sense to include the county police department as part of our comprehensive approach to confronting the challenges we’ve seen in that region.

I want to be clear: this is not a stopgap or a short-term solution. It’s a long-term strategy, founded on community policing, that will provide a detailed roadmap to build trust; to bolster public safety; to ensure accountability; and to change the way that law enforcement leaders make decisions, implement policies, and forge community partnerships. And our track record proves that such efforts to reform policing practices can be tremendously successful.

For example, in 2012, the COPS Office and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department completed an eight-month review similar to the collaboration we are launching today with the St. Louis County Police Department. The Las Vegas review resulted in 75 findings and concrete recommendations regarding officer-involved shootings and other use-of-force issues. To date, fully 95 percent of these recommendations have been adopted. And police agencies in two other jurisdictions are going through similar processes as we speak.

When I visited Ferguson two weeks ago, I promised that the U.S. Department of Justice would continue to stand with the people there long after the national headlines had faded. Today, with our investigation into the Ferguson Police Department and our reform efforts in St. Louis County, we’re taking significant steps to keep that promise. As these efforts unfold, my colleagues and I will keep working with the people in Ferguson to ensure that a fair, thorough investigation occurs; to see that dialogue can be translated into concrete action; and to facilitate lasting, positive change – that brings together police officials, civil rights leaders, and members of the public – to bridge gaps and build understanding.

This won’t always be easy. But I know that, together, we can and will meet this challenge.

Before we move to questions, there have been court decisions announced today in two separate but very important cases on which I would like to briefly comment.

First, we are pleased that the district court in New Orleans has found that the largest oil spill in U.S. history was caused by BP’s gross negligence and willful misconduct. The court’s findings will ensure that the company is held fully accountable for its recklessness. This case, which was vigorously pursued by the United States’ stellar legal team, marks another significant step forward in the Justice Department’s continuing efforts to seek justice on behalf of the American people for this disaster. And we are confident this decision will serve as a strong deterrent to anyone tempted to sacrifice safety and the environment in the pursuit of profit.

Second, in Ohio, a district court has held that the plaintiffs challenging the State of Ohio’s changes to its in-person early voting rules likely will be able to prove that those changes are unconstitutional. The Justice Department had filed a Statement of Interest in this case. And today’s outcome represents a milestone in our effort to continue to protect voting rights even after the Supreme Court’s deeply misguided decision in Shelby County.

I am pleased to note that today’s decision, and the judge’s analysis, rests on some of the same legal reasoning that underlies the Department’s pending challenges to voting measures in Texas and North Carolina under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. And as we move forward, my colleagues and I will continue to do everything in our power to aggressively defend access to the ballot box and ensure that every American can exercise his or her right to participate in the democratic process, unencumbered by unnecessary restrictions that discourage, discriminate, or disenfranchise.

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