Day: March 21, 2012

Arpaio asks for Obama’s Selective Service card

In my opinion, this guy is in way over his head with his embrace of birtherism…

Arizona Daily Star

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has asked the Selective Service System for help in his investigation into the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The sheriff has asked the federal agency for the original Selective Service card completed by Obama in 1980.

Arpaio says his investigators had concluded Obama’s registration card was likely a forgery.

The sheriff says he trusts that the federal agency will investigate Obama’s card.

No one answered the phone late Wednesday afternoon at Selective Service headquarters in Virginia.

So-called “birthers” maintain Obama is ineligible to be president because, they contend, he was born in Kenya.

Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship.

Obama released a copy of his long-form birth certificate in an attempt to quell citizenship questions.

Courts have rebuffed lawsuits over the issue.

The Blaze, Site Founded By Glenn Beck, Insinuates That Slain Teen Trayvon Martin Was Troublemaker

The Huffington Post

An ugly story may be getting uglier.

The Blaze, a right-wing site started by Glenn Beck, has a post up insinuating that Trayvon Martin may have been a dangerous criminal.

Martin, who was black, was walking back to his father’s house after a trip to the convenience store in Sanford, Fla. on February 26. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch member who was identified by his father as Hispanic, called 911 and told the dispatchers that the teen “looked suspicious.”

Despite being told by the dispatchers not to engage the teen, Zimmerman left his car and approached Martin. Neighbors called into 911 to report a scuffle, some cries for help, and gunshots. When police arrived, Zimmerman admitted to shooting Martin, who was unarmed, but claimed that he acted in self-defense. Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged, and the incident has attracted national attention.

“I can’t for the life of me understand how they can justify not making an arrest!” Sharpton said on a recent episode of his MSNBC show, “Politics Nation.”

But Mytheos Holt, an associate editor at the Blaze, chided Sharpton “for being too willing to exploit racial controversy” and for dismissing claim of self-defense Zimmerman. Holt went further and criticized Trayvon Martin by insinuating that the slain teen was a troublemaker.

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Trayvon Martin case: Sanford commission votes ‘no confidence’ in police chief

This case is too heartbreaking for words but the sadder part is that every Black parent of male children (I had four) has to constantly set rules down about not “upsetting” the police in any way.

Granted a police officer did not gun down young Martin, but in my opinion, he was gunned down because he was “walking while Black”.

Orlando Sentinel

Sanford city commissioners just gave a vote of no confidence in police Chief Bill Lee Jr., who has been publicly lambasted for his department’s handling of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

The vote was 3-2, with Commissioners Randy Jones and Patty Mahany voting against.

Commissioner Mark McCarty made a motion to fire the chief, who has been on the job just 10 months. Lee was hired as chief in May 2011 in the wake of tumult surrounding the beating of a homeless black man by the son of a Sanford lieutenant.

The commission, discussing the topic before a packed house, is taking public comment now.

Commissioners can’t fire Lee because he reports to City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. But their vote tonight sent a strong signal.

Earlier this evening, commissioners decided to move Monday’s City Commission meeting to the Sanford Civic Center to accommodate the hundreds of people expected to attend.

The civic center, 401 E. Seminole Blvd., holds about 600 people, and the staff plans to put speakers in an adjacent park for overflow crowds. The entire meeting will be devoted to the shooting case in a “town hall” style.

Members of Trayvon’s family are expected to speak during the 5 p.m. forum.

Trayvon was killed Feb. 26 by crime-watch volunteer George Zimmerman as he walked through a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman has not been arrested because he claims self-defense, according to police.

But community and civic leaders say the Sanford Police Department has conducted a shoddy investigation and are demanding Zimmerman’s arrest.

 

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Sanford city commissioners just gave a vote of no confidence in police Chief Bill Lee Jr., who has been publicly lambasted for his department’s handling of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Fox News Lies; An Elderly Woman Dies

I read about this on Facebook yesterday.  It’s a shame how Fox News’ core audience, middle age and elderly people, are duped and lied to on a regular basis.  So much so that the following story isn’t limited to one person.

Crooks & Liars

When I first saw this image on Facebook, I wasn’t sure how on earth Fox News could have killed someone’s mother. And then I read the message that went with the photo. Tracy Knauss posted it on his Facebook page along with a message which said in part:

I know this personally. FOX News killed my precious mother, Hallie. She watched FOX religiously. And when she fell ten days before she died, she refused to go to the doctor because, “I don’t want Obamacare to get all of my information! she declared, recalling the warnings from FOX News “anchors.” She was emphatic. She was not going to consort with the muslim enemy. As she made out her will she told her lawyer, “I don’t want any of my money going to the Muslim Brotherhood!” And her last protestation dealt with “Obama’s death panels.” Mother died just days later. I hold FOX News responsible for my mother’s death.

Hallie Jean Mayes Knauss Culpepper passed away on February 16, 2012. Ten days earlier, she had fallen, but as Knauss says, refused to see a doctor. Her obituary notes that she was a “lifelong, dyed-in-the-wool Republican” who at one time had also been a business owner (TECO Products, now Griffin Products).

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How Does Obama Keep America Safe? By Doing The Job Bush Couldn’t Be Bothered With

Addicting Info

Rachel Maddow had a blockbuster exclusive [Monday] night as she reported on the ongoing efforts of the Department of Energy’s (you know, that department that the GOP wants to get rid of) efforts to secure loose nuclear material all over the world. Her specific report was on all of the highly enriched Uranium in Mexico being transported to the United States in secret for disposal. That means that except for a literal handful of material that is accounted for, there is no weapons grade (or potentially weapons grade) HE Uranium left south of the border.

While we’ve been quietly gathering this material since the Clinton administration, it was only when Obama took office that those efforts received the attention they deserved, particularly in light of the “war on terror.” Remember, the Bush administration dragged us into two wars on the claims that terrorists were out to get us and it might just be with nuclear weapons. Yet, no particular emphasis was made on securing nuclear material that, at the very least, could be made into a dirty bomb. Quite the opposite, the Bush administration outed Valerie Plame, a CIA operative whose entire job was to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material. Why? Political retaliation.

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Day In 100 Seconds: Deja Vu All Over Again

TPM2012

It was all just a little bit of history repeating itself today as Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled last year’s budget, billed as this year’s solution.

And in Illinois, the GOP candidates are still mired in a back-and-forth primary that shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

Watch:

Wednesday Morning Blog Round Up

Mitt Romney Wins: Illinois Primary Results 2012

Trayvon Martin and the fatal history of American racism

Paul Ryan’s Less Terrible 2012 Take on Medicare

What Paul Ryan’s budget actually cuts — and by how much

Viral Eminem parody: ‘Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up’

The unrealistic assumptions behind Paul Ryan’s budget numbers

Noxious Arizona birth control bill pulled for a rewrite under pressure

CNN’s Dana Loesch And The Bullying Campaign Against Sandra Fluke

Romney econ adviser jokes about deporting senile seniors to save money on Soc. Security and Medicare

Supreme Court debates whether young murderers should get life without parole

 

 

 

Ann Coulter Defends Robert De Niro’s First Lady Joke

I’m not an Ann Coulter fan…at all.  On the other hand, Robert De Niro has topped my favorite actor list (he and Al Pacino) for over 35 years, so imagine my surprise when I read that Ms. Coulter defended Mr. De Niro from Newt Gingrich’s outrage, over a joke he told at a fundraiser for First Lady, Michelle Obama…

The Huffington Post

Ann Coulter tweeted her defense for Robert De Niro on Tuesday after the actor came under criticism for a joke he quipped at a fundraiser for First Lady Michelle Obama.

De Niro kicked off a New York City fundraiser in support of the First Lady Monday night by joking about the wives of the GOP candidates. “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney,” De Niro said. “Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”

GOP candidate Newt Gingrich condemned De Niro’s joke, calling it “utterly and totally inexcusable.” Because the satirical remark was made at a fundraising event for the First Lady, Gingrich demanded an apology from President Obama, stating that he should be held “accountable.”

The First Lady’s campaign press secretary Olivia Alair did not apologize but called the joke “inappropriate.”

Coulter, on the other hand, felt differently. “Can we please stop the fake ‘offended’ routine? Pls explain what was allegedly offensive about DeNiro’s joke,” she tweeted.

Coulter staunchly supports GOP candidate Mitt Romney and has railed against Gingrich in the past. She also previously defended individuals who Gingrich publicly criticized. When Gingrich attacked CNN’s John King during a GOP primary debate,Coulter defended King during her an appearance on Fox News.