Thursday, July 30, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Real Thing
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Two sisters from Indianapolis
Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz are making their mark with tunes like "Devil We Know" from their eponymous first album.
The truth about Donald Trumps hair
It harbors a hideous secret beyond the imagination of moral and mortal man, as revealed by Tom Tomorrow.
That old rugged cross
Ted Cruz shits where he eats
And the Republican Senate caucus has moved to put him in the doghouse.
The Senate’s Republican leadership rhetorically took Sen. Ted Cruz to the woodshed Sunday for calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar last week on the chamber’s floor.Orrin The Mormon's statement is the Senate equivalent of "Reading the Riot Act". And, as Ted The Cuban Heel found out, he does not have any support from his colleagues in that chamber. Ted The Cuban Heel may have been reaching for his "Trump Moment" but he ended up finding his "Icarus Moment".
Cruz was unbowed, firing back soon after leaving the Senate floor and accusing Senate Republican leaders of marching in lockstep with Senate Democrats on such things as funding the Affordable Care Act, funding Planned Parenthood and refusing to tie an Iran nuclear deal to Iran’s recognition of Israel’s right to exist.
“They operate as a team, expanding Washington and undermining the liberty of the people,” the Texas Republican said of Senate Democratic and Republican leaders.
“We’ve just seen something extraordinary on the Senate floor. The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party, the Washington party.”
The admonishment of the 2016 Republican presidential candidate came as a prelude to a series of votes that advanced language to revive the Export-Import Bank, moved the chamber closer towards passing a highway funding bill, and once again rejected a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate opened the rare Sunday session in a highly unusual manner: with a warning.
“The chair reminds all senators of the following paragraph from Rule 19 of the Standing Rules of the Senate … ‘No senator in debate shall directly or indirectly by any form of words impute to another senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator,’” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chamber’s president pro tempore, sternly read.
One cure fits all?
Mandatory minimum sentences suck
And John Oliver explains so well why that is.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Her godmother was Billie Holliday
Her father was jazz writer Leonard Feather and her mother Jane was a Big Band singer. It was no surprise she became a jazz singer. She should be a better known singer. "You're Outta Here" from her New York City Drag album.
This 2009 film was based on Fats Waller's stride classic "The Minor Drag." It was directed by New York animator George Griffin, produced by jazz singer/lyricist (and 2011 Grammy nominee) Lorraine Feather. The short was accepted to 37 festivals worldwide and won several awards, including Best Music Video at the South Beach International Animation Festival.
Trying to Trump the Trump.
R.I.P. George Coe
Thank you for making the best Ingmar Bergman film ever.
The GOP War on America's Infrastructure
And make no mistake, the GOP is making war on the framework of this country. You would be hard put to find an admitted enemy of our country who could plan a more effective attack. And that attack is best illustrated by the GOP offensive against the rail infrastructure in the Northeast.
These troubles have become all too common on the Northeast Corridor, the nation’s busiest rail sector, which stretches from Washington to Boston and carries about 750,000 riders each day on Amtrak and several commuter rail lines. The corridor’s ridership has doubled in the last 30 years even as its old and overloaded infrastructure of tracks, power lines, bridges and tunnels has begun to wear out. And with Amtrak and local transit agencies struggling to secure funding, many fear the disruptions will continue to worsen in the years ahead.But our elected GOP officials know exactly what the problem is, Amtrak.
These troubles have become all too common on the Northeast Corridor, the nation’s busiest rail sector, which stretches from Washington to Boston and carries about 750,000 riders each day on Amtrak and several commuter rail lines. The corridor’s ridership has doubled in the last 30 years even as its old and overloaded infrastructure of tracks, power lines, bridges and tunnels has begun to wear out. And with Amtrak and local transit agencies struggling to secure funding, many fear the disruptions will continue to worsen in the years ahead.
On Friday, Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican from Miami and chairman of a House subcommittee on transportation, said Amtrak’s operations were vital, especially in the Northeast Corridor. He said the House measure fully funded Amtrak’s safety and operational needs, although it would trim capital grants and other funding. Mr. Diaz-Balart argued that Amtrak had a “slew of internal financial issues that no level of congressional funding can fix.”So Congress cuts funding year after year, even going so far as to delay necessary safety measures, and Governors divert funding to their friends so they can build failed casinos and malls, but the fault lies with the victim of their short sighted moves. The GOP does love to blame their victims.
“Amtrak’s leadership must reflect and determine how they can better manage their current funding to avoid these types of delays in the future,” he said in a statement.
Amtrak also depends on money from states, and its relationship with Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, soured last week. On Friday, Mr. Christie accused Amtrak of “abject neglect” of its infrastructure. He said he had asked New Jersey’s attorney general to determine how the state could make sure that the nearly $100 million it pays Amtrak each year was being used properly.
A blast from the past
That rings as true today as it did then
Just after Army tells them to piss off
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Bass player and singer
Laura Love has all the important parts covered, as her rendition of "Come As You Are" shows so well.
Birds of Pray
Now that he is running for President
The Outlaw Jersey Whale, Chris Christie is all for new train tunnels under the Hudson River. In a stunning display of hypocritical chutzpah, he promises to seek "a more equitable" spending proposal.
In a radio interview that will be broadcast this weekend, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey made clear his reasoning for blocking the construction of a new tunnel and other infrastructure in 2010 that was intended to increase passenger service capacity between his state and Manhattan. He said it was a regional project that would have left New Jersey taxpayers to bear the brunt of its cost.Obviously the OJ Whale needs some promise of success to divert from the failure of his investment of tunnel funds in an Atlantic City casino, now closed and a yooge mall which has never opened. One has to admit that the scale of the fail of The Outlaw Jersey Whale is equal to his own immensity.
The governor, a Republican candidate for president, added that if he were to make it to the White House, he would push for an equitable solution.
“If I am president of the United States, I call a meeting between the president, my secretary of transportation, the governor of New York and the governor of New Jersey and say, ‘Listen, if we are all in this even Steven, if we are all going to put in an equal share, then let’s go build these tunnels under the Hudson River,’ ” Mr. Christie said in an interview with the radio talk show host Larry Kudlow, which will be broadcast on Saturday on WABC-AM.
“Then, everyone has an incentive to have the project run right, to run efficiently because everybody is on the hook,” Mr. Christie added.
The governor’s comments — and his hypothetical phrasing — has attracted the attention of his critics, who say his statements emphasize how little he has done to help improve transportation.
“This is not a hypothetical issue, this is a real issue, and he could be doing something about it,” said Martin Robins, the founding director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, who was the director of the tunnel project during the mid-1990s. “The question is, what has he done, what will he do in the next 18 months as the governor of New Jersey?”
We have such wonderful friends
The latest Pakistani government may not necessarily love us, but they have suffered to many bombing attacks to allow the Taliban to continue operating in their country.To deal with them, the government has brought down a level of repression unusually severe for a country that frequently gets medieval on segments of the population it doesn't like.
Mr. Muhammad was one of dozens of detainees who have died in military detention in Pakistan in the past year and a half, amid accounts of torture, starvation and extrajudicial execution from former detainees, relatives and human rights monitors. The accusations come at a time when the country’s generals, armed with extensive new legal and judicial powers, have escalated their war against the Pakistani Taliban by sweeping into their strongholds and detaining hundreds of people.Yessir! We do have such wonderful friends.
Critics warn that those gains may be coming at the cost of human rights, potentially weakening Pakistan’s fragile democracy and, ultimately, undermining its counterterrorism effort.
“People live in abject fear of speaking out about what the military is doing,” said Mustafa Qadri of Amnesty International, which received reports of more than 100 deaths in military custody in 2014.
At issue is a network of 43 secretive internment centers dotting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and the tribal belt. Little is known about the centers, formally established in 2011 and given greater powers by a tough antiterrorism law passed last year. Most are based in existing jails and military bases and operate far from public view. The total number of detainees has not been made public.
Relatives of missing people have filed 2,100 cases with the Peshawar High Court, seeking news of their fates.
In many instances, the first news comes when a body is sent home...
“The military took care to make the deaths seem to occur in the course of counterinsurgency operations, from natural causes, or as the result of personal vendettas,” said the document, first cited by The Washington Post.
What did you do to make him hate you?
Friday, July 24, 2015
A sweet as Vermont Maple Sirple
Caitlin Canty's alto as she sings her song "Southern Man" from her 2012 Golden Hour album.
Says it all
On the face of it
The death of Kindra Darnell Chapman while in police custody seems like your basic jailhouse suicide. Until you start looking at the facts of the case.
Nine days after Kindra Darnell Chapman, an 18-year-old black woman, was found dead in a police holding cell in Homewood, Alabama, the district attorney’s office released preliminary findings that the death was a suicide. Despite that development, activists and Chapman’s family continued Thursday to question the circumstances of her death.OK, bedsheet, hour and twenty minutes between cell checks, it seems to fit.
At 6:22 p.m. on July 14, Chapman was arrested in Homewood, an affluent suburb of Birmingham, for allegedly stealing a cellphone. She was charged with first-degree robbery, a felony offense, and placed in a holding cell by Homewood police officers. According to local news site AL.com, the police last saw her alive at 6:30 p.m.
According to AL.com, police said she was found unresponsive, hanging by a bedsheet in a holding cell, at 7:50 p.m. Officers took her to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to the press release, his office has received reports from Homewood police officers and video from the night of Chapman’s death and has interviewed someone who was in custody at the jail when she died. He said there is no evidence on any of the videos that she was injured as she was transported or booked into the jail. He said video of her in the jail cell appears to show her agitated and attempting to “damage the contents of the cell.” According to him, the video later showed her taking her own life.Nobody monitoring the video seems a bit disturbing, but this is in Alabama. But there is more.
On Tuesday, Black Lives Matter staged a protest with about a dozen people outside the jail. Local activist and group member Mercutio Southall Sr. and five other activists were arrested and briefly detained. He said the holding cell where he was detained — one of two that he saw in the jail — had two cameras trained on it and was less than 5 feet from the processing office and along a heavily trafficked hallway leading to the department’s back door.How curious is it that Alabama police would be so solicitous of a black woman that they would give her a sheet in the holding cell?
“We were never in there for three minutes without an officer passing by,” he said.
According to him, another activist in the cell, Mark Myles, was using his cellphone, and officers immediately showed up and took it away. While Southall was waiting in the holding cell, he said he could hear protesters in the processing office shouting “no justice, no peace.”
“We heard them. How could the officers not have heard [Chapman]? So how could they not hear the girl hanging herself, but we heard them? How could they not see the girl hanging herself?” he said.
According to Falls’ statement, Chapman was left alone in her cell while officers transported inmates from the jail to the Homewood Municipal Court for hearings.
Southall also questioned why — and even if — there was a sheet in her holding cell.
“The holding cell in Homewood — I am speaking from experience — it’s a cage with a metal bench. There’s no sheets. There’s no nothing.”
At least, it doesn't scare the children
Now that we have all manner of gunhumpers "protecting" our military recruitment centers, to the dismay and annoyance of the Army, it is good to see someone has come up with a solution equal to the stated problem.
Decked out in full Renaissance Faire regalia, a New York man has joined hundreds of patriots who have appointed themselves defenders of U.S. military recruitment centers, reports the Times Herald-Record.Nuisance yes, but he probably won't be considered a security threat like the gunhumpers.
Holding the flag of the Knights Templar and wearing a 10-pound steel helmet, Jeffersonville resident Joseph Frye says he wants to protect personnel at the military centers following the shooting at a Chattanooga recruitment office that claimed five lives.
“Service members should be protected,” Frye said. “They volunteered to protect us, so I’m just trying to put heat on the issue.”
Accompanied by his wife, the former Marine also brought along a bow and a quiver full of arrows, saying he doesn’t have a permit to carry a handgun.
This may come as a small relief to military officials who have asked armed civilian “guards” to stay away from the centers.
Thursday, in Lancaster, Ohio, one man guarding a recruitment center accidentally fired off a round into the asphalt of the parking lot while showing off his AR-15 assault weapon to a passerby.
We have some work to do
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