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Rand Paul: Garner Chokehold Death Cop Shouldn’t Be A Cop Anymore

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) | AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis

Why do I feel that Rand Paul’s statement is nothing more than political pandering for his 2016 Presidential bid? Oh, because that’s exactly what it is…

TPM LiveWire

Paul made the comments during a fundraiser for Mississippi Republicans on Monday. Paul had previously blamed the entire incident that resulted in Garner’s death on a New York City cigarette tax (a point that Jon Stewart lampooned on the Daily Show).

On Monday Paul, according to the Clarion-Ledger, said he was “horrified” by Garner’s death.

“While the grand jury has made its decision, whether or not a policeman who accidentally kills someone while stopping them from distributing cigarettes, that’s probably a lack of discretion and you probably shouldn’t have the power to be a policeman any more, at the very least,” Paul said according to the Clarion-Ledger.

He did note that he’s been criticized for the tax remark.

“Over the half price of cigarettes in New York City is taxes, so you’ve criminalized behavior that really the police shouldn’t be involved with to begin with…I’m not even sure that Garner had any individual cigarettes on him,” Paul said.

Sunday Talk: Finger on the pulse

attribution: Ayn Rand

Daily Kos

This week, self-certified ophthalmologist Rand Paul, the undisputed Congressional champion of minority rights, formally announced that he’s running for reelection to the Senate in 2016. Left unsaid was that he’s also planning to run for president in 2016.

Now, it may be true that, under Kentucky’s (existing) election laws, simultaneously running for two offices isn’t allowed—but so what!?

The fact is, Rand ain’t your father’s brand of Republican; he isn’t even his father’s brand of Republican.

Whereas Ron Paul subscribes to all kinds of far-out conspiracy theories, Rand has both of his feet planted firmly in the real world—and from there, he can see that the biggest issue facing the black community is that the taxes on cigarettes are too damn high!

Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Widow of Eric Garner Esaw Garner; Rev. Al Sharpton; Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D); Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D); Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance; Texas Attorney General/Gov.-Elect Greg Abbott (R); Others TBD.Face The Nation: New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton; Camden County, NJ Police Chief J. Scott Thomson; NAACP President Cornell William Brooks; Former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell; Roundtable: Charles Blow (New York Times), Gerald Seib (Wall Street Journal), David Ignatius (Washington Post) and Jeanne Cummings (Bloomberg Politics).

This Week: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D); Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA); Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, Rich Lowry (National Review) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez(D-CA).

Fox News Sunday: Radio Host Rush Limbaugh; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), George Will(Washington Post) and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Former President George W. Bush (R); Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Julian Castro; Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Lynn Good, the CEO of Duke Energy (preview); a report on billionaire doctor Patrick Soon-Shiong, who is using nearly a billion dollars of his fortune developing an unconventional method of fighting cancer that he hopes will make it a chronic, treatable disease instead of a death sentence (preview); and, a report from Cremona, Italy, the birthplace of Stradivarius violins (preview).

Rand Paul Proposes Unusual Strategy On Voter ID To Help Republicans Court Black People

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) | CREDIT: AP PHOTO/JOSE LUIS MAGANA

Think Progress

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Sunday that he supported voter ID laws — but didn’t think Republicans should make the issue part of their campaign platform because it alienates black voters.

“I’m not really opposed to [voter ID laws]. I am opposed to it as a campaign theme,” Paul told CBS’ Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer. “Republicans, if you want to get African American votes, they think that this is suppression somehow and it’s a terrible thing.”

But contrary to Paul’s analysis, African-Americans are right to think voter ID laws mainly affect their communities. Laws mandating voters to show government identification disproportionately affect people of color and the poor, while reducing voter turnout. Those laws also carry racial tensions and reinforce stereotypes: A recent study showed that white Americans were more likely to support voter ID laws if they were shown pictures of African-Americans voting.

Republican-run states in particular have been lobbying for voting restrictions like reduced early voting times and voter ID laws, citing that such measures reduce voter fraud. But studies have shown that voter fraud is a non-issue: Voter fraud occurs at aninfinitesimal rate, with only 13 credible in-person cases logged between 2000 and 2010.

Paul went on to say that restoring voting rights for ex-convicts should be given more attention than ID laws. “I want more people to vote, not less,” he explained. “The number one impediment to voting in our country right now, it’s having a previous conviction. That’s where the real voting problem is.”

But voter ID laws actually cause fewer people to vote. The Government Accountability Office reported that such laws suppress voter turnout. Kansas and Tennessee, which have tightened their voter ID laws, had a decreased voter turnout especially among black voters, according to the GAO report.

Paul expressed having “mixed feelings” about the matter, but emphasized that Republicans harping on voter ID laws on the campaign trail pushes needed votes away instead of steering them toward the polls. “The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African-Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans,” Paul said during a campaign stop in Detroit last week.

On Sunday, he reaffirmed that stance, saying “Republicans have to get beyond this perception that they don’t want African-Americans to vote. I don’t think it’s true. I’m not saying it’s true. But by being for all of these things, it reinforces a stereotype that we need to break down.”

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC’s “This Week” —Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., head of the Democratic National Committee.

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NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Kaci Hickox, the nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and contested state-imposed restriction on her in Maine after her return home.

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CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Paul; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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CNN’s “State of the Union” — Paul.

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“Fox News Sunday” — Mitt Romney; Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.

Ebola Scare-Mongerer Rand Paul Wants You to Think You’re Going to Die

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky)

The Daily Beast

What’s with the Kentucky Senator’s ceaseless fear-mongering around the Ebola scare? Because to the GOP, scaring voters is good for business.

Although Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil, has now died of the disease, American public health officials remain confident in our nation’s ability to prevent a widespread epidemic. “The bottom line here is we know how to stop it,” CDC director Tom Frieden told NBC News this weekend. “It’s not going to spread widely in the U.S., for two basic reasons. We can do infection control in hospitals, and we can do public health interventions that can stop it in its tracks.”

His wasn’t the only voice that sought to reassure. “I know there’s a lot of reason to be concerned. It is a serious problem, but in my lifetime, when we have been frightened by this so-called coming epidemic—most of it has never materialized,” said Mr. Paul. Ron Paul, that is, Rand’s dad. “I think sometimes overreaction can become very dangerous as well,” said the elder Paul. Indeed.

Sir, please call your son and tell him that.

Rand Paul, Republican Senator from Kentucky, recently told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that Ebola “could get beyond our control” and speculated: “Can you imagine if a whole ship full of our soldiers catch Ebola?”

Saying “it’s a real mistake to underplay the danger of a worldwide pandemic,” Paul, doing his level best to overplay the danger, told Glenn Beck: “I think I said this the last time I was on your show a couple weeks ago, I said that I’m concerned that political correctness has caused us to underplay the threat of Ebola.” Er, um, because the people dying of Ebola in West Africa are black? I’m confused… Anyway, I thought the reason not to let panic spread was because, you know, panic is bad and we should have a rational and informed public rather than an irrationally fearful one. But speaking of informed…

“It’s an incredibly transmissible disease that everyone is downplaying, saying it’s hard to catch,” Rand said to Beck. “Well, we have physicians and health workers who are catching it who are completely gloved down and taking every precaution and they’re still getting it. So, yes, I’m very concerned about this.” Rand Paul, mind you, is a doctor and should know better than to spread skepticism or downright misinformation about public health issues. But instead, he is using Ebola to not only attack President Obama (as are other Republicans, natch) but to push his extremist anti-government agenda that goes beyond healthy skepticism to tin-foil hat conspiracy land

Though here it’s worth noting Rand’s hypocrisy—the health workers who are contracting Ebola don’t have adequate protective gear, something the United States might be able to help with if we would actually fund public health and foreign aid instead of slashing it. Meanwhile, Rand Paul actually wants to end all U.S. foreign aid. Think of how much worse Ebola would be in West Africa without America’s help.

Paul isn’t alone in panic-mongering. Other Republicans have joined in, including Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, who mysteriously also blamed “political correctness” for why the United States is sending troops to help in West Africa, troops Gohmert asserts will “get Ebola that they can bring back.

And the former head of the Republican Party in South Carolina recently tweetedthat anyone in the United States who has Ebola should be euthanized immediately, adding a lynch mob dimension to the panic

Why? Partly, it’s the “any excuse to criticize anything on Obama’s watch” mindset. But also just as the news media plays to or even inflames such fears to drive ratings, Republicans stoke fear to drive votes. Simply put, when voters fear for their safety, they vote more Republican. Scaring voters, whether about ISIS or Ebola, is good for the GOP.

As fear about ISIS grew among Americans, so did support for Republican leadership on foreign policy. An October 6 poll found that just 11 percent of Americans are “very worried” they will be exposed to Ebola. If Republican panic hyping continues, aided and abetted by media coverage, look for that number to rise—along with the electoral outlook for Republicans next month

And meanwhile, look for Rand Paul to carve out his own corner of this advantage by stoking anti-government sentiment as well—the same October 6 poll found that 42 percent of independent voters are not confident in government’s ability to handle any Ebola outbreak. As that number grows, so does the potential voting block for a anti-government libertarian Rand Paul presidency.

“Could we have a worldwide pandemic?” Rand Paul asked in another interview. “The Spanish flu in 1918 killed 21 million people, the plague in the 14th century killed 25 million people; I’m not saying that’s going to happen, I don’t know what’s going to happen.” Actually, Rand Paul, despite every reasonable and responsible fact to the contrary, you not only implying a mass pandemic might happen but clearly encouraging the American people to panic.

Your own dad said that’s dangerous. Take his advice.

John Oliver presents: The enduring influence of Ayn Rand, ‘selfish *sshole’

Ayn Rand via Last Week Tonight (YouTube)

The Raw Story

On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver presented an informational segment on the enduring influence of libertarian writer Ayn Rand on politicians and captains of industry, asking, ‘Ayn Rand: How is she still a thing?”

Noting that Rand is popular with conservatives, despite the inability by many of them to pronounce her name correctly, the narrator explains that Rand became famous for her philosophy of objectivism, “which is a nice way of saying, ‘being a selfish asshole’.”

Rand is shown in interview saying, “Why is it good to want others to be happy? You can make others happy and when and if those others mean something to you selfishly.”

Rand is noted for her two novels, Atlas Shrugged and The Foutainhead, “Stories about rapey heroes complaining about how no one appreciates their true genius.”

“Ayn Rand has always been popular with teenagers,” we are informed. “But she is supposed to be something you grow out of, like ska music or handjobs.”

The segment notes that Rand is still popular with “a certain type of adult,” using tech billionaire Mark Cuban as an example, pointing out Cuban’s “287-foot yacht is named ‘Fountainhead,’ because sometimes having a 287-foot yacht just isn’t enough to warn people you’re a douchebag.”

Partucular attention is paid to Rand’s popularity with conservative politicians and commentators such as former vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and TV host Glenn Beck, noting that her views on subjects near and dear to conservative hearts — such as abortion, atheism, and love of Ronald Reagan — are in direct conflict with mainstream conservative thinking.

The segment concludes by wondering why people still love Rand when there are so many “other advocates for selfishness they could choose, like Donald Trump, or Drake, and basically anyone on Bravo.”

Watch the video below, via Crooks & Liars:

http://embed.crooksandliars.com/embed/8z054InY

Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart wants Rand Paul to pick an opinion and stick with it

Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart wants Rand Paul to pick an opinion and stick with it

Screenshot from The Daily Show

 Salon

“You took a position, you should stand by it!” Stewart exclaimed

If Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is to become the GOP’s presidential candidate in 2016, he’s going to have to stick to his opinions, said Jon Stewart on Thursday night. While Paul has sought to end funding to Israel, he has since backtracked on his unpopular opinion. Stewart criticized Paul for flip-flopping on his foreign aid stance, exclaiming, “You took a position, you should stand by it!” Now Paul is off to the Iowa, where he’ll probably say many more unpopular things.

One Congressman’s Very Awkward Confrontation With DREAMers: ‘You Are Very Good At English’

Undocumented activist Erika Andiola (left) confronts Rep. Steve King (R-IA) | CREDIT: DRM ACTION COALITION

Think Progress

During an awkward confrontation Monday, two undocumented activists approached Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in a restaurant in Okoboji, Iowa, to tell them that they are undocumented. After shaking hands, undocumented activists Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas told King that they did not want him to kill an executive action that grants temporary legal presence to DREAMers, a colloquial term used to describe some undocumented immigrants illegally brought to the country as children, like themselves.

Andiola asked King to rip up her employment authorization card, a work authorization document issued after she had been approved for a presidential initiative known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But King refused and instead said that their families were not abiding by the laws of the country. When she charged that he had said that undocumented immigrants like her have “cantaloupe calves,” alluding to a characterization he had made on the House floor last year, he said, “You can understand the English language.”

ANDIOLA: I’m actually a DREAMer. I’m originally from Mexico, but I was raised here. I graduated from Arizona State University. I know you want to get rid of DACA. And I wanted to give you the opportunity, if you really want to get rid of DACA, just rip mine. You can go ahead and do that. You take my DACA, you will literally take away everything.

KING: This is not what I do. […] I don’t call you names–

ANDIOLA: I mean, cantaloupe calves?

KING: That’s drug smugglers. You’re very good at English. [Grabs Andiola’s arm] You know what I’m saying. So you can understand the English language. You’re saying something that’s not true. I spoke of drug smugglers… Your ears work too, I was speaking of drug smugglers only.

ANDIOLA: You’re the one who’s trying to get rid of DACA.

KING: And you heard why. I told you why. The president has no constitutional authority to do what he has done.

ANDIOLA: Yes he does. [She turns to Vargas] He’s actually an attorney, he’s a DREAMer. He graduated from law school.

KING: Oh and that makes you an authority. […] You keep your card. I don’t do individual policy. I do national policy for everyone. It troubles me a great deal that you have such disrespect for the laws of the United States of America. You’re telling me that you don’t have to abide by the laws.”

 

For his part, Paul — still masticating on a hamburger — assessed the situation early on and left the table with his aide Sergio Gor. Gor later told the National Journal, “Senator Paul had a media avail after the event and that’s where we had to be. CNN, Buzzfeed, Wall Street Journal and several local outlets attended the media avail.”

In the nearly eight minute clip provided by the advocacy group DRM Action Coalition, King went on to accuse Andiola and Vargas for “not abiding by our laws.” Even after Vargas explained that he wanted to serve in the military and that there wasn’t a system for him to be able to become legal, King kept pushing the claim that President Obama had violated constitutional law and eroded the rule of law. King said, “I don’t want to build a country with people who disrespect the law.” When Andiola explained that her mother had escaped domestic violence, King egged her on saying, “she’s illegally in the United States.” Deep in their uncomfortable argument, a man shouted “Go home! Take care of your own.”

Andiola’s confrontation is not the first, and it is not likely to be the last. Late last year, two teenagers approached House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in a Washington, D.C.-area diner to ask him to stop deportations. Another time, former- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) brushed off a young girl who asked him to help her undocumented father. Activists have also held candlelight vigils at Boehner’s home and have been arrested for holding civil disobedience sit-ins in House Republican offices.

Before they left for August recess, House Republicans voted through two measures that would gut legal protections for DREAMers and unaccompanied Latin American children who are coming across the southern border. They have approved measures in the past that would make it easier to bring civil lawsuits against the executive branch for failing to execute federal law and requiring the attorney general to explain the constitutionality of all enforcement decisions made by federal agencies. The Senate will likely not take up any of these bills and the President has already promised to veto the measures.

Rand Paul To MSNBC: When Your Network Stops Lying, Then We Can Chat

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MSNBC Screenshot

Most GOP lawmakers avoid MSNBC like the plague.

I have my issues with MSNBC in general but Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow represent the best of that network.  Notice that Rand Paul went on a program from MSNBC’s afternoon lineup which happens to include several anchors one of which is the daughter of a former GOP politico.

Therefore, I suspect Rand Paul means Hayes, Maddow and O’Donnell.  Those three have a “no holds barred” approach to their network broadcasts.  By the way, it’s a known fact that virtually all GOPers stay away from anything resembling “truth”.   Just sayin’…

TPM LiveWire

In the interview on “The Cycle,” host Ari Melber probed Paul to discuss his apparent change of heart on the Civil Rights Act. Melber brought up the senator’s comments from 2010 in which he said he would have modified the act’s rules for private businesses. Paul responded to Melber by saying that he had always been in support of the act and that MSNBC had treated him unfairly.

“I learned my lesson: To come on MSNBC and have a philosophical discussion, the liberals will come out of the woodwork and go crazy and say you’re against the Civil Rights Act, and you’re some terrible racist. And I take great objection to that,” Paul said.

Paul went on to say he took “great offense” to people skewing his viewpoint, saying he was the biggest advocate in Congress for getting back people’s voting rights and “mak[ing] the criminal justice system fair.”

“The honest discussion of it would be that I never was opposed to the Civil Rights Act,” Paul interrupted as Melber continued to push for discussion on the senator’s past comments. “And when your network does 24-hour news telling the truth, then maybe we can get somewhere with the discussion.”

Watch the interview via MSNBC here…

Sunday Talk: The daddy party – 07-27-2014

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Daily Kos

If, as is widely expected, Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz should both decide toseek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, the race will be a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican party.

And, more importantly, it will deliver themost epic campaign surrogate match-up in American history.

Rand, a self-certified ophthalmologist, is the son of conspiracy theorist/Russiaapologist Ron Paul, MD—himself a two-time primary loser.

The good doctor’s experience with direct mail would certainly be a boon to Rand’sminority outreach efforts; and he’d need all the help he can get on that front.

After all, Ted’s outspoken father, Rev. Rafael Cruz, hails from Cuba (and later Canada), which makes Ted a bona fide minority—unlike Rand, who just plays a minority in urban settings.

 

Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Chris Gunness (United Nations Relief and Works Agency); Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY); Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Roundtable: Judy Woodruff (PBS), David Brooks (New York Times), Nia-Malika Henderson (Washington Post) and Ruth Marcus (Washington Post).

Face The Nation: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin; Roundtable: David Leonhardt (New York Times), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report), Anthony Salvanto and John Dickerson (CBS News).

This Week: Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX); Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), S.E. Cupp (CNN) and Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA); Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi; Roundtable: Brit Hume(Fox News), Kirsten Powers (USA Today), George Will (Washington Post) and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Sen. Lindsey Graham(R-SC); Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT); Former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley; Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA); Julia Ioffe (The New Republic).

 

Elsewhere:

A Florida state senator was so impressed by convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza’s latest “documentary” that he wants it shown in every school statewide.

Republican Alan Hays, inspired after seeing the movie in theaters, said he now plans on introducing a one-page bill in November which wouldrequire all 1,700 Florida high schools and middle schools to show the movie to their students, unless their parents choose to opt them out. The documentary film is a conservative-spin on American history focusing on elevating the “essential goodness of America” while discrediting criticisms about American’s checkered history with civil rights and social justice. It’s not completely inconceivable for the bill to pass the Republican-controlled Florida legislature and be signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Scott.”I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, ‘Wow, our students need to see this.’ And it’s my plan to show it to my colleagues in the legislature, too, before they’re asked to vote on the bill,” Hays said.

 

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