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Tea Party Zealot Posting About ‘Liberal F*ggots’ And ‘Muslim’ Obama Gets Secret Service Visit

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This shouldn’t bother me but as long as President Obama occupies the White House, it will always bother me…

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Drew Walker loves America – his version, anyway. This angry Tea Party zealot has been posting insane rants on Facebook for quite some time, ranting about liberal “f*cking f*ggots” and our Muslim President Barry Soetoro.

“We aren’t here to appease your f*cking Muslim beliefs. We aren’t here to pffh-ugh appease your f*cking African beliefs. We are here to believe in our American Constitution,” Walker said in another of his increasingly hysterical and hateful rants. “Our freedoms. Our liberties. And that’s goddammit what I f*cking support,” he continued. “Not you, you piece of sh*t.”

At one point, he posted images of himself and his daughter which were used to convey threats to the President – something that, when the Secret Service came knocking, fulfilled the old “Chinese curse”:

May you live in interesting times.

May you come to the attention of those in authority.

May you find what you are looking for.

The images in question depict him (and his daughter) aiming a gun with indicators that he likely intends to harm the President.

 

Apparently, coupled with his disturbing videos, the Secret Service felt the images Walker chose to post might be something to check out.

“Alright, patriots, so like I said yesterday the Secret Service visited me all p*ssed off about that f*cking meme that had me holding a double-barreled Derringer saying ‘Hey, Obama, smile motherf*cker.’ And the thing that p*sses me off the most about it is the fact that they’re busy investigating me when so much sh*t’s going on in this country.”

“They should be stepping up and doing their f*cking job, and arresting Obama for treason,” Walker explained to his rabid viewers. “But yet they’d rather come f*ck with a regular U.S. citizen like myself. for an opinion, nothing more. Not a threat. An opinion. So, I can’t see where their reasoning is.”

Walker actually asked the Secret Service agents who visited him why they are doing nothing about fictitious “Muslim training camps here in the United States.” Walker said that, unsurprisingly, “They looked at me like I was crazy.”

“They seemed to think I had no clue what I was talking about. They seemed like they were genuinely shocked that I knew this,” he said. Walker says he also asked the agents about Barack Obama’s birth certificate “because a Kenyan national should not be in office.”

These questions, coupled with the threats and his unhinged ravings caused the agents to ask if Walker has “ever had any mental health issues.” Oddly, he said “no.” Then they asked him out the guns he used to threaten Barack Obama, or Barry Soetoro if you’re a moron. “That’s where I draw the line,” he said.

“It’s just sickening. Obuttf*ck’s sitting there in the office creating treason every day,” he said.

“I am a 100 percent United States patriot,” Walker explained in the video. I will fight for this country till the bitter end. And all those who oppose me – I mean, if that means the government’s gonna come after us to try to silence us patriots, well, then, our fight’s with them.”

However, he did clarify that he would never kill Barack Obama – because he would be labeled a racist in prison. He was clear that he wants President Obama, his family, and all other “liberals” he hates to die.

“I hope to god that when you fall asleep you just quit breathing. That’s not a threat. That’s a, that’s a f*cking heh, that’s a dream and a wish that, f*ck, I’ll throw a thousand quarters in a wishing well if that will come true.”

But it’s not a threat. Perhaps the Secret Service needs to take another look at this guy. [*Emphasis are mine]

After Second Attorney Quits John Boehner Can’t Find A Lawyer Who Will Sue Obama

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For the second time in two months, a law firm has dumped Speaker of the House John Boehner and refused to represent House Republicans in their lawsuit against President Obama.

Politico reported,

Attorney Bill Burck and the Quinn Emanuel firm halted preparations for the proposed suit in recent weeks, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Last month, the lawyer originally hired to pursue the case, David Rivkin of Baker Hostetler, made a similar abrupt exit.

A spokesman for Boehner declined to discuss the status of the House’s relationship with Burck and Quinn Emanuel. However, spokesman Kevin Smith said Wednesday evening that House leaders are considering having the lawsuit filed by lawyers already on the House payroll.

In other words, Boehner can’t find an outside attorney, so they are going to force the attorneys that are already on the House payroll to file the lawsuit.

Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded the news that another Boehner lawyer has quit, “Speaker Boehner cannot find a single lawyer in the entire country – even at $500 dollars an hour in taxpayer money – to file a lawsuit that is so totally devoid of any legal merit.”

The lawsuit is bogus that House Republicans can’t find decent legal representation for $500 an hour. There are lots of terrible lawyers who would be willing to file the lawsuit for that kind of money, but no law firm who values their reputation will touch it.

Any private law firm that would represent the House Republicans would be destroying their credibility. The lawsuit against the president has absolutely no legal merit, and Republicans may not be able to find a court that is willing to hear it. Even if House Republicans can find a court willing to hear it, the lawsuit is expected to be laughed out of court.

Instead of wasting taxpayer money on an outside firm, House Republicans will waste the time of those who are being paid by the taxpayers by forcing them to work on their lawsuit against President Obama.

The reason Boehner’s lawsuit hasn’t been filed is that he can’t find a law firm that is willing to take the case. Much like everything else that the House Republicans touch, Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama was full of talk, but completely lacking in action.

Penn. coroner auctioning firearms from suicides: People pay more for ‘guns that took a life’

Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha (WTAE)

Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha (WTAE)

The Raw Story

A Pennsylvania coroner said this week that the state’s law required him to auction off guns that were used in suicides and other accidental violent deaths, even though his county has not held a similar auction in 30 years.

Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha told WTAE that his office planned to sell 97 guns during the Nov. 8 auction. He said that families of the deceased are given one year to claim the weapons, and then Pennsylvania law required them to be sold.

And Bacha said that the violent history of the guns could actually inflate their value.

“Most of these firearms that are going to be auctioned were non-homicide firearms,” he explained. “In other words, accidental deaths, but most of them were suicides.”

“Now as we’re a week and a half away, we’re getting more phone calls, several today. I talked to the auctioneer today, and he’s getting a lot of hits on his website, and a lot of calls to his website.”

Bacha said that people calling about the weapons wanted to know about the deaths connected to them.

“I know when my dad had an auction back in the 80s, there were guns that were valued at a $100 brand new that were selling for $200,” he noted. “Is it just the novelty of it, that this gun took a life? I’m not really sure.”

Watch the video HERE from WTAE, broadcast Oct. 29, 2014.

10 things you need to know today: October 30, 2014

Madison Bumgarner completed a pitching performance for the ages on Wednesday night. 

Madison Bumgarner completed a pitching performance for the ages on Wednesday night | (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Week

The Giants win the World Series, the Fed ends its bond-buying stimulus, and more

1. Giants win their third World Series in five years
The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in a hard-fought Game 7 to win the World Series on Wednesday night. The Giants were the first team to win their third Major League Baseball championship in five years since the New York Yankees did it in the late 1990s. Giants ace and Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, who had already earned two wins in the Series, pitched the last five innings and held onto the team’s narrow lead by allowing just two hits, getting the final out with the tying run on third. [San Jose Mercury News]

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2. Fed ends its bond-buying stimulus
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday ended its longstanding effort to stimulate the economy bypurchasing bonds, citing improvement in the job market. The end of the six-year program — called quantitative easing — marked a significant milestone in the nation’s recovery from the Great Recession. The program contributed to a long-running bull market for stocks, and helped businesses and individuals by keeping borrowing costs low. Fed policymakers said that they still planned to keep short-term interest rates near zero for the foreseeable future. [The New York Times]

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3. Nurse tests Maine’s Ebola quarantine policy
Maine Gov. Paul LePage late Wednesday sent police to enforce the state’s Ebola quarantine on nurse Kaci Hickox, after she threatened to sue if the state didn’t let her leave her home by Thursday. Hickox said the policy was “not scientifically nor constitutionally just,” and vowed not to “sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public.” Maine’s Ebola protocol calls for Hickox to remain isolated at home for 21 days after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. [Reuters]

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4. Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s ‘proud to be gay’
On Thursday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook came out of the closet. In an op-ed for BusinessWeek, the man who took over the helm of America’s storied tech company from Steve Jobs said “let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay.” Cook explained that while his sexual orientation wasn’t a secret at Apple, coming out publicly could “inspire people to insist on their equality.” [BusinessWeek, The Verge]

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5. Mudslide buries more than 100 people in Sri Lanka
At least 10 people were killed and as many as 190 remained missing, apparently buried alive Wednesday by a landslide on a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. Survivors and rescue workers dug by hand searching for victims immediately after the disaster. Crews used heavy excavating machines on Thursday expand the search. More than 300 people survived the mudslide, which was caused by torrential rains, but authorities said the hope of finding more people alive was slim. [Bangkok Post,Bloomberg]

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6. WHO reports Liberia’s Ebola rate appears to have slowed
World Health Organization officials said Wednesday that the rate of new Ebola diagnoses appeared to have slowed in Liberia for the first time since the epidemic started. Liberia is at the heart of West Africa’s outbreak, which has killed an estimated 5,000 people. WHO has warned that if the rate continued to rise as it had been there could be 5,000 to 10,000 new cases per week by December. The slowing pace doesn’t mean the worst is over, said WHO’s Bruce Aylward. “It’s like saying your pet tiger is under control,” he said. [The Washington Post]

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7. NATO fighter jets turn back Russian military planes
NATO scrambled jets to intercept at least 26 Russian military aircraft flying over Western Europe and the Black Sea on Tuesday and Wednesday. The unauthorized flights further strained relations already damaged by Russia’s support of separatists in Ukraine. NATO said the violations of its members’ airspace also put civilian planes at risk, partly because the military planes don’t use transponders. The flights came days after Sweden staged its biggest naval mobilization since the Cold War to hunt for a suspected Russian submarine. [ABC News, Bloomberg]

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8. Palestinian suspected in assassination attempt killed by Israeli police
Israeli security forces early Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man — identified as Muatnaz Hijazi, 32 — suspected of shooting a prominent American-born right-wing Israeli activist. Police said Hijazi fired first. The activist, Yehuda Glick, was seriously wounded Wednesday night in a drive-by shooting outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem after a conference promoting Jewish presence at the Temple Mount. Two employees at a restaurant where Hijazi worked were arrested. [Haaretz]

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9. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies at 87
Poet Galway Kinnell died of leukemia this week at his Vermont home. He was 87. Kinnell won both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award in 1983 for his collection Selected Poems. He won a MacArthur Genius Fellowship the following year. Galway, often compared to Walt Whitman, was known for his unique lyrical style, and his ability to evoke everything from urban streetscapes to pastoral scenes in his home state of Vermont, where he was the first person since Robert Frost to hold the title of state poet. [The New York Time, Burlington Free Press]

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10. First piece of Amelia Earhart’s lost plane identified
Researchers say they are highly confident that they have identified a battered piece of aluminum as a fragment of Amelia Earhart’s plane, which disappeared in the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, as she attempted a record flight around the world at the equator. The fragment was found in 1991 on the uninhabited atoll of Nikumaroro, where researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery believe Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, crashed landed, then lived and died as castaways. [Discovery News]

Jim Crow Returns: Millions of minority voters threatened by electoral purge

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Al Jazeera – Greg Palast

Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voters from the rolls. Millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters, are at risk. Already, tens of thousands have been removed in at least one battleground state, and the numbers are expected to climb, according to a six-month-long, nationwide investigation by Al Jazeera America.

At the heart of this voter-roll scrub is the Interstate Crosscheck program, which has generated a master list of nearly 7 million names. Officials say that these names represent legions of fraudsters who are not only registered but have actually voted in two or more states in the same election — a felony punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison.

Until now, state elections officials have refused to turn over their Crosscheck lists, some on grounds that these voters are subject to criminal investigation. Now, for the first time, three states — Georgia, Virginia and Washington — have released their lists to Al Jazeera America, providing a total of just over 2 million names.

The Crosscheck list of suspected double voters has been compiled by matching names from roughly 110 million voter records from participating states. Interstate Crosscheck is the pet project of Kansas’ controversial Republican secretary of state, Kris Kobach, known for his crusade against voter fraud.

The three states’ lists are heavily weighted with names such as Jackson, Garcia, Patel and Kim — ones common among minorities, who vote overwhelmingly Democratic. Indeed, fully 1 in 7 African-Americans in those 27 states, plus the state of Washington (which enrolled in Crosscheck but has decided not to utilize the results), are listed as under suspicion of having voted twice. This also applies to 1 in 8 Asian-Americans and 1 in 8 Hispanic voters. White voters too — 1 in 11 — are at risk of having their names scrubbed from the voter rolls, though not as vulnerable as minorities.

If even a fraction of those names are blocked from voting or purged from voter rolls, it could alter the outcome of next week’s electoral battle for control of the U.S. Senate — and perhaps prove decisive in the 2016 presidential vote count.

“It’s Jim Crow all over again,” says the Rev. Joseph Lowery, who cofounded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King, Jr. Lowery, now 93, says he recognizes in the list of threatened voters a sophisticated new form of an old and tired tactic. “I think [the Republicans] would use anything they can find. Their desperation is rising.”

The Interstate Crosscheck list, as viewed on a mobile device, left. Parishioners at the historically black Ebenezer Baptist Church register to vote, right. (Click to enlarge images)

The Interstate Crosscheck list, as viewed on a mobile device, left. Parishioners at the historically black Ebenezer Baptist Church register to vote, right. (Click to enlarge images)

Though Kobach declined to be interviewed, Roger Bonds, the chairman of the Republican Party in Georgia’s Fulton County, responds, “This is how we have successfully prevented voter fraud.”

Based on the Crosscheck lists, officials have begun the process of removing names from the rolls — beginning with 41,637 in Virginia alone. Yet the criteria used for matching these double voters are disturbingly inadequate.

Is your state in the Crosscheck program?

See a table of participating states and the election officials responsible for running Crosscheck.

Millions of mismatches

There are 6,951,484 names on the target list of the 28 states in the Crosscheck group; each of them represents a suspected double voter whose registration has now become subject to challenge and removal. According to a 2013 presentation by Kobach to the National Association of State Election Directors, the program is a highly sophisticated voter-fraud-detection system. The sample matches he showed his audience included the following criteria: first, last and middle name or initial; date of birth; suffixes; and Social Security number, or at least its last four digits.

According to this presentation by Crosscheck’s Kris Kobach, the program would match possible double voters on multiple points: first, middle and last name; date of birth and the last four digits of Social Security numbers.

That was the sales pitch. But the actual lists show that not only are middle names commonly mismatched and suffix discrepancies ignored, even birthdates don’t seem to have been taken into account. Moreover, Crosscheck deliberately ignores Social Security mismatches, in the few instances when the numbers are even collected. The Crosscheck instructions for county election officers state, “Social Security numbers are included for verification; the numbers might or might not match.”

In this March 2013 document explaining the Crosscheck program to county election officers, the instructions explicitly say Social Security numbers “might or might not match.” In the lists obtained by Al Jazeera America, alleged double voters were matched on first and last name only.

In practice, all it takes to become a suspect is sharing a first and last name with a voter in another state. Typical “matches” identifying those who may have voted in both Georgia and Virginia include:

  • Kevin Antonio Hayes of Durham, North Carolina, is a match for a man who voted in Alexandria, Virginia, as Kevin Thomas Hayes.
  • John Paul Williams of Alexandria is supposedly the same man as John R. Williams of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Robert Dewey Cox of Marietta, Georgia is matched with Robert Glen Cox of Springfield, Virginia.