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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 28 2011

Miami Police Beat Up Man With Down Syndrome

Another appalling story of police brutality: Gilberto Powell, 22, was stopped by officers in the area of Southwest 111th Place and Southwest 138th Street around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a Miami-Dade Police report. The report said officers spotted a bulge in Powell’s waist band and when they tried to pat him down, he tried …

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Sep 27 2011

Why Palin Hasn’t Announced Her Non-Run

It’s summed up perfectly in this fundraising letter from Sarah PAC, which promises that she’s still thinking about running and will continue to do so if you’ll just send her money now. As you may know, Gov. Palin is on the verge of making her decision of whether or not to run for office. It’s …

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Sep 27 2011

Romney Disappears Past Statements on Health Care Reform

Not only does Mitt Romney flip flop on pretty much every issue in existence, he even tries to make his past statements disappear. After the Republican presidential debate Thursday night, a senior advisor to Mitt Romney acknowledged that a line about spreading health care reform throughout the country was changed in the paperback version of …

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Sep 27 2011

Sally Kern Brings the Crazy Again

Sally Kern continues to display her authoritarianism and ignorance with statements like this, from an interview with Peter LaBarbera: LaBarbera: I believe the organized homosexuality movement is an evil movement, its organized sin. It’s taking what God says is wrong and pushing it literally as a right, as a civil right. Kern: Well I think …

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Sep 27 2011

Perry Gets Another Insane Endorser

The list of lunatics to endorse Rick Perry for president continues to grow. Rick Perry snagged the endorsement of 27 New Hampshire state legislators on Wednesday, passing fellow GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has endorsements from just 9 Granite State lawmakers. The Texas governor’s campaign was quick to brag about this ally-recruiting coup. “We …

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Sep 27 2011

Jail or Church in Alabama

This is clearly unconstitutional: Non-violent offenders in Bay Minette now have a choice some would call simple: do time behind bars or work off the sentence in church. Operation Restore Our Community or “ROC”…begins next week. The city judge will either let misdemenor offenders work off their sentences in jail and pay a fine or …

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Sep 27 2011

Another Reason to Love the First Amendment

If the information in this article is correct, England’s got a real free speech problem. It may be false or distorted, of course; it comes from a fundamentalist group and they’ve got a long history of exaggerating and distorting reality in order to make themselves look like martyrs. But if this is true, it’s very …

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Sep 27 2011

Officer Charged in Fatal Beating of Schizophrenic man

You may remember the case in Fullerton, California where police officers beat a schizophrenic homeless man to death. Surprisingly, the two officers have actually been charged in the case. Prosecutors charged officer Manuel Ramos with second-degree murder on Wednesday, saying he initiated the lethal beating of Kelly Thomas with the words, “My fists … are …

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Sep 27 2011

Republicans and Debt

Here are some fascinating numbers from the most recent Harper’s Index: * Seventy-one percent of current U.S. debt was accumulated during Republican presidential terms. * Two-thirds of debt-ceiling elevations since 1960 have been signed into law by Republican presidents. * In 1961 the percentage of corporate profits paid in taxes was nearly forty-one; now it …

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Sep 27 2011

750,000 People Arrested for Marijuana Possession

The latest figures are out and they’re appalling: If these statements are true, then how do they justify the arrests of more than 853,000 people for marijuana-related violations in 2010? That’s one person arrested every 19 seconds! The Drug Czar maintains that law enforcement protocols are still considered a useful tool for eliminating suppliers and …

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Sep 27 2011

Ellis Washington Projects About Projection

Here’s one of the funniest things you’ll read this week. Our old friend Ellis Washington writes about Richard Dawkins, the wingnuts and their ignorant stance on evolution in his latest column. Dawkins, in ablog entry, attacked Perry: There is nothing unusual about Gov. Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every …

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Sep 27 2011

Online Poker Bust: The Government’s Fault

The legal complaint against Full Tilt Poker is worth reading. It’s pretty obvious that the company was guilty of bank fraud and money laundering, as all the online sites doing business in the United States were, and that was obvious years ago. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act forced them to set up hundreds and …

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Sep 26 2011

Creationism on Dallas School Website

The Dallas Observer reports on creationist material found on a teacher’s online bulletin board in the Dallas public schools: Turns out, Rick Perry was right after all. What you see at right is a slide I received last night from a fellow Dallas Independent School District parent. It was, until this morning, available on the …

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Sep 26 2011

Bachmann Continues to Lie About Gardasil

Being a politician means never saying you ever got anything wrong and nothing demonstrates that as perfectly as Michele Bachmann’s continued tap dance on Gardasil being dangerous. During the most recent debate she was asked whether she had reconsidered her claims about how dangerous the vaccine is and she simply lied. Here’s the question that …

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Sep 26 2011

Barton: Impeach Judges I Disagree With

To give you an idea of just how crazed David Barton is, look at what he said on a recent radio show. He says Congress should impeach any judge who issues a ruling they don’t like. And he starts with this illogical argument: Barton: Well, the first part is they’re not appointed for life. That’s …

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