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Who Profits From Plans to Lock Up More Immigrant Families? Private Prison Companies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Who Profits From Plans to Lock Up More Immigrant Families? Private Prison Companies
From: Zoë Carpenter

Human rights groups are alarmed by the administration’s proposal to dramatically expand family detention for undocumented women and children.

The Pretense of Balanced Debate: Behind the Media’s Blackout of Antiwar Views
From: Eric Alterman

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the two-party debate that has only one, pro-war side.

Congress’s Sorry Dereliction of its War Powers Duty
From: Katrina vanden Heuvel

The founders would not have been shocked at the executive seeking to claim the war power, but they would be astounded at Congress voluntarily giving it up.


The Silly, Selective “War on Women”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The Silly, Selective “War on Women”
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post

Will GOP Wave Take Down Mark Warner?
Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard
I had the sense a week and a half ago, when I wrote this, that things could break big for the Republicans. For an interesting analysis along these lines, see Sean Trende’s recent piece at RealClearPolitics. And now there’s more evidence at the state level to back up my hunch. In the “Romney seven” states–states that Romney carried in 2012 where Republicans are seeking to pick up a Democratic Senate seat–the Republican has a pretty clear lead in six, with only North Carolina lagging (and even that’s closing).

Our Lying President and Press Secretary
Peter Wehner, Commentary
White House press secretary Josh Earnest has a problem. In a misguided effort to protect his boss, the president, he is continuing to lie.I use the word lie advisedly but, I believe, correctly. Here’s why.

How to Game Obamacare

The Global Threat of Militant Islam
Benjamin Netanyahu, United Nations
Distinguished delegates, I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I’ve come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we see. I’ve come here to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and against the brave soldiers who defend it.


Many Minors at Site of Miami Nightclub Shooting

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Many Minors at Site of Miami Nightclub Shooting
Miami police are investigating why so many underage people were present at a nightclub during a pre-dawn shooting early Sunday that left 15 people wounded. Among those hit by gunfire early Sunday morning at The Spot were five girls ranging in age from 11 to 17. “What was very surprising to the responders was that these were kids that were out at 1 a.m. in the morning in a club and this type of violence took place where a bunch of kids were gathering,” Carroll said. “It’s very disturbing to see that.”

Woman Jailed 30 Days for SpaghettiO Spoon
A Florida woman may pursue legal action against police and prosecutors after she spent more than a month in jail for possession of SpaghettiOs. Police say they arrested 23-year-old Ashley Gabrielle Huff after they found a spoon covered with a suspicious residue inside the car she was riding in. From the beginning Huff insisted that she wasn’t using, selling, or making methamphetamines. The woman spent more than a month in jail while her attorney tried to arrange a plea bargain. That’s when the crime lab report came back confirming the spoon was encrusted with spaghetti sauce. She was then released from custody.


Number of US kids in foster care up after long dip

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Number of US kids in foster care up after long dip
After dropping for seven straight years, the number of U.S. children in foster care rose slightly last year, according to new federal figures released Monday.

‘Children of a Lesser God’ heads to Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) — The romantic story “Children of a Lesser God,” which has been a hit already onstage and on film, is heading back to Broadway.

45 dogs dead, 48 alive after North Las Vegas fire
At least 41 dogs died and 52 survived in a weekend fire at a small home owned by a city councilman in a suburb of Las Vegas, authorities said Monday.


Rep. Paul Ryan: Obama’s ISIS strategy the “right policy”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Rep. Paul Ryan: Obama’s ISIS strategy the “right policy”
Wisconsin congressman says there were “a couple of colossal mistakes” in Obama’s policy that led to ISIS emergence

John Boehner “happy” to have Congress vote on anti-ISIS mission
House speaker says the president already has the necessary authority to strike jihadists, but critics say Obama should have consulted Congress

Obama: U.S. underestimated rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria
The U.S. had expected the Iraqi army to do more against extremists, president says in acknowledgment of intelligence shortcomings


“Distinctly Unappealing” And “Half-Bright”: National Review ‘s Personal Attacks On Lena Dunham

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

“Distinctly Unappealing” And “Half-Bright”: National Review ‘s Personal Attacks On Lena Dunham

National Review Online launched an ad hominem attack on actress Lena Dunham for writing a piece for Planned Parenthood Action Fund that encourages people to vote, continuing NRO’s pattern of denigrating women who advocate for reproductive rights.

In a September 28 post headlined “Five Reasons Why You’re Too Dumb To Vote,” NRO’s Kevin D. Williamson responded to Dunham’s piece, published on the Women Are Watching blog, a project of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. In her post, clearly targeted to young women, Dunham asserted that every vote counts and urged young women to vote to protect their reproductive rights.

Williamson started his response by levying a personal attack at Dunham, calling the actress “distinctly unappealing” and describing her piece as “a half-assed listicle penned by a half-bright celebrity and published by a gang of abortion profiteers,” directed toward Dunham’s “presumably illiterate following.” He claimed that “cultural debasement” is the “only possible explanation” for Dunham’s career.

The NRO columnist echoed a previous infantilizing attack on feminism, casting Dunham’s view of voting as “nothing other than a reiteration of the original infantile demand: “I WANT!” Williamson also took issue with Dunham’s encouraging young women to vote on issues that directly affect them, framing an interest in reproductive rights as an “‘all about me!’ attitude”:

Miss Dunham’s “all about me!” attitude toward the process of voting inevitably extends to the content of what she votes for, which is, in her telling, mostly about her sex life. Hammering down hard on the Caps Lock key, she writes: “The crazy and depressing truth is that there are people running for office right now who could actually affect your life. PARTICULARLY your sex life. PARTICULARLY if you’re a woman. Yup.”

Yup? Nope.

NRO has continually launched sexist and infantilizing attacks on women like Sandra Fluke and Wendy Davis who defend reproductive rights.


War on Women 2.0

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

War on Women 2.0
Rich Lowry, RealClearPolitics
The “war on women” is back, and more tendentious than ever. Democrats are replaying one of their greatest hits of 2012 in their furious battle to minimize their midterm losses in a political environment defined by an unpopular president and general unease. And why not? The war on women has a proven record of success — in mobilizing Democratic women and trumping what would otherwise seem much more important issues — and it is so simple that any idiot can run on it. The recipe is one part taking offense where clearly none was intended, and one part discerning new…

The Latest War Will Not Be Free
Steve Chapman, RealClearPolitics
Young people may find it hard to believe, but going to war used to be a big deal. When the United States started bombing Iraq in January 1991, Americans somberly watched President George H.W. Bush address the nation, followed by live video of Baghdad being bombed. The Bush address drew the biggest audience TV had ever had. This past week, by contrast, life went on normally as U.S. warplanes and Tomahawk missiles destroyed targets in Syria and Iraq in a new war, which has no clear goal or time limit. As our leaders took us into a conflict fraught with peril, most people yawned. We’re at war…

Peterson or Sacramento Business as Usual
Debra Saunders, RealClearPolitics
“Yeah, I have an ‘R’ next to my name,” California secretary of state hopeful Pete Peterson shrugged when addressing the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board Monday. In a state where a modest 28 percent of registered voters are Republicans, Peterson’s GOP affiliation isn’t exactly a big draw. And it may not mean much to learn that his day job is executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. But then, Peterson winked, his rival, Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla, has a title that may turn off some voters, as well. Quoth Peterson: “He’s got ‘state…

Real Reasons Behind Holder’s Resignation
Dick Morris, RealClearPolitics
Eric Holder’s resignation, just 40 days before the midterm elections, shows how jittery Obama is about losing control of the Senate this November. While Holder likely is getting out of Dodge before federal judges weigh in and order the release of documents showing he covered up the Fast and Furious and IRS email scandals, the timing of his resignation suggests that Obama wants to be sure that he has time for a Democratic lame duck Senate to confirm a replacement. With so much dirty laundry stacked up in the closets of the Justice Department, Obama didn’t dare let in an attorney general who is…


Maude: End to ‘outdated’ union rules

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Maude: End to ‘outdated’ union rules
Francis Maude restates the Conservatives’ pledge to outlaw strike action where fewer than half of eligible members vote.

VIDEO: Tory coalition choice: UKIP or Lib Dem
Conservative delegates are asked if they would pick UKIP or the Liberal Democrats in a future coalition.

MP to complain over tabloid sting
An MP complains about the Sunday Mirror over a story that led to the resignation of minister Brooks Newmark.


White House: Obama wasn’t passing buck with ISIS comment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

White House: Obama wasn’t passing buck with ISIS comment
Josh Earnest said Obama “takes responsibility” for dealing with the ISIS threat.

Police In Ferguson Lock Up Peaceful Daytime Protesters By Mistake, Chief Testifies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 29th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Police In Ferguson Lock Up Peaceful Daytime Protesters By Mistake, Chief Testifies
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who helped oversee last month’s aggressive response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, said Monday that communications failures led police to lock up peaceful citizens during daytime hours.

Belmar testified in federal court about the so-called five-second rule that police in Ferguson allowed protestors before enforcing Missouri’s law against refusing to disperse. Though the statute only applies to individuals who refuse a police order to leave an “unlawful assembly, or at the scene of a riot,” police in Ferguson repeatedly demanded crowds disperse during protests last month of a police officer’s fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, who was unarmed.

Police applied the rule to everyone, from protesters and journalists, to children and a 73-year-old woman. Even during daylight hours, officers arrested people who stopped moving for a few seconds, and threatened those who didn’t keep in motion. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is suing both St. Louis County and St. Louis Highway Patrol over the enforcement of the law on behalf of protesters, seeking an injunction forbidding police from arresting protestors who are standing still.

Belmar testified that the five-second rule was only supposed to be applied at night. Yet the rule was enforced during daylight. Even a news photographer was arrested during a peaceful daytime protest, apparently because he stopped on the sidewalk to take photos and wasn’t inside the designated media area.

Belmar said the “keep moving” instructions were applied by mistake by officers. He said there had been a breakdown in communication.

“I don’t think we were clear enough as commanders,” Belmar testified, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Some instructions, he said, “confused” the officers. “We understand that now, but I didn’t understand it then,” he said.

ACLU attorney Grant Davis-Denny testified that the rule was so inconsistently enforced that it was unconstitutional, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

“It gives citizens absolutely no idea when their activity is lawful or unlawful. It also gives police officers way too much discretion,” Davis-Denny testified, according to the report. “And it’s particularly problematic that all this occurs in a place where people are exercising their First Amendment rights.”

Protester Johnetta Elzie said that she testified about how she felt when she was out on the street in Ferguson.

“I told him I’m afraid for my life, basically, because at any given moment I could be snatched away,” Elzie told The Huffington Post of her testimony.

DeRay McKesson, another protester who testified, said he talked about how the rule was was inconsistently enforced.

“It depended on where you stood on West Florissant. Some people were like ‘You gotta keep moving,’ some people didn’t care,” McKesson said.

A federal judge is likely to rule on the ACLU’s request for a permanent injunction sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Eight people were arrested outside the Ferguson police department on Sunday night following the weekend shooting of a police officer. Tensions heated up late Monday as well.