[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com

Bill Maher wants to know what happened to Rand Paul. On "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday night, the host took Sen. Paul (R-Ky.) to task, claiming the presidential candidate has recently changed many of his libertarian beliefs. "New rule: You can't have any more Republican candidates for president until you tell me what you did with Rand Paul," Maher said, "who was last seen standing in front of an aircraft carrier setting fire to everything he used to believe." By way of example, he said, "If you want to say, 'I'm a new kind of Republican,' don't do what all the rest of them do and stand in front of the Yorktown … and then suggest adding $190 billion to the defense budget -- the one you used to want to cut."


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CNN - In both cases, a white police officer kills an unarmed black man. But the outcomes so far have been wildly different. So what's changed between the shooting deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina? Here are some of the stark differences in the cases, the lessons learned by both police and the public and concrete changes that could help mend tensions in the future.

Video footage:
It's unlikely North Charleston police Officer Michael Slager would have been fired and charged with murder so quickly if not for video shot by witness Feidin Santana. Even North Charleston's police chief said he was disgusted by the footage of Scott's shooting."I watched the video, and I was sickened by what I saw," Chief Eddie Driggers said. "I have not watched it since."

Not only does the video show Slager firing eight shots at Scott as he is running away, it also shows Slager picking up a dark-colored object that had fallen to the ground and later placing a dark object next to Slager's lifeless body. That could be significant because Slager initially said Scott had taken his Taser stun gun and feared for his life. But if investigators determine the object dropped next to Scott's body was actually the Taser, Slager could be accused of planting evidence.

The takeaway: Ferguson resident Alexis Templeton said what happened in her city helped people across the country to feel empowered to stand up for themselves. And that includes having the courage to film police in tense situations. "Now people have phones," she said. "People aren't scared to hold police accountable."The video of the North Charleston shooting, she said, is vital. If there is no video, folks don't believe it because it sounds so asinine that something like this would ever happen in this country, she said. "But with a video, you can't say it's not happening."

[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com

North Carolina's voter restriction laws are being challenged in court by the North Carolina chapter of the League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the legality of new Republican-backed voting restrictions in North Carolina that were part of a law opponents argued was aimed at making it harder for voters who tend to favor Democrats to cast ballots.The court rejected the state's appeal of an October decision by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found that parts of the 2013 law should be provisionally blocked while litigation continues.

The law put in place a requirement that voters show certain forms of photo identification in order to cast a ballot as well as other provisions. At issue in the current case are the sections of the law that barred same-day voter registration and provisional voting for voters casting ballots outside their normal precincts. The Supreme Court's action has little immediate impact as a full trial on the legality of the law is scheduled for this summer, with a final ruling likely ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The appeals court had said same-day registration and provisional voting for those casting ballots outside their normal precincts, both barred by the law, should be allowed. In October, the Supreme Court allowed the restrictions to go into effect until the justices had time to consider the state's appeal in full, with two of the nine justices dissenting. The law was passed by the state's Republican-led legislature in 2013.

[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com
Regarding Indiana's new law enacted to allow discrimination against gays and lesbians and transgender people, under the guise of "religious freedom," Governor Mike Pence was asked 8 times a simple yes or no question about the law. He couldn't answer the question.

[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com

Christine Weick is Internet famous for her video showing a link to Monster Drinks and Satanism and the Antichrist.

In the video, the woman claims that "M" logo could appear to resemble three instances of the letter Vav, the Hebrew numeral for six, interpreting the logo to mean "666." Later, she references Monster's slogan on a product banner reading "Unleash the Beast," interpreting these two examples as Monster Energy intending to reference "the beast" in the Book of Revelations. "This is not a Christian company at all. So why would they have a cross on the can? here is the message: Anti-christ." The woman claims that a cross in the letter "O" of Monster resembles a crucifix, and says that when the can is held is upside-down when drinking, the symbol in inverted. She believes that this inverted crucifix is meant to symbolize Satanism. "Bottom's up. And the devil laughs," the woman said in the video. "This is how clever Satan is and how he gets into the Christian home and a Christian's life."

On January 30, there was an annual rally at the Texas State Capital, attended by hundreds Texan Muslims. They had speeches, and sang the United States national anthem. But they were hassled by a group of protestors who were trying to interrupt speakers at the rally. Some of the signs they were carrying:

Here is a video clip of Christine Weick interrupting the rally, and saving Texas for Jesus:

[identity profile] jom-art.livejournal.com

I believe in education, as almost the only way how to advance in life.
I don't think there is a conspiracy behind this statistics, like certain party is creating future voters, because the other party usually followed by educated folks. I guess South don't know better.
[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com

A few weeks ago, incumbent Senator Thad Cochran was fighting for his political life. Thanks to large support from Democratic African Americans, Thad Cochran fended off a possible defeat last Tuesday. As the New York Times editorial wrote:

The prospect of electing an intemperate Tea Party candidate who was openly nostalgic for Confederate days was so repellent to many black voters in Mississippi that they did a remarkable thing on Tuesday, crossing party lines to help give the Republican Senate nomination to Thad Cochran, in office for 36 years. Now it’s time for Mr. Cochran to return the favor by supporting a stronger Voting Rights Act and actively working to reduce his party’s extreme antigovernment policies.

In Mississippi, as in many Southern states, politics has become so racially polarized that blacks generally vote for Democrats and whites for Republicans. But after Mr. Cochran came in second during the first round of primary voting earlier this month, he made an unusual appeal for help from black voters in the runoff. Many responded, the precinct results showed, and the reason was clear: Chris McDaniel, who was challenging Mr. Cochran, threatened to return the state to an era they loathed.
[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com

Apologies to anyone in the community who lives in Florida
[identity profile] icelore.livejournal.com
Sen. Buchy, a Republican from OH, while being interviewed about one of the laws he is co-sponsoring, states that his ultimate goal is to make all abortions illegal. The question asked of him after that apparently scrambles his brains. The irony, it burns.

If you look really closely, you can almost see what little bit of a brain he's got leaking out of his ears.

Here's a thought - maybe you shouldn't use the power of public office to legislate against things you admit you don't understand and blatantly admit that you've never given thought to?
[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com
Bill Maher takes on some religious Republicans and conservatives religious justification for gutting social justice programs; and the mean-spirited nature of some Christians.

Mr. Maher mocked the Christian message of “I believe in charity, just not for people who need it” and concluded that “there’s always a good moral Christian to tell everyone they meet to fuck off and die.” Bill Maher ended his show Friday night with a blistering takedown of religious people who would love to do things like take care of the starving and needy if it weren’t always for some personal conflict getting in the way. Maher said these Christians should “just admit you’re selfish” and come to terms with the fact that their actions do not “mirror the spirit of Jesus.” Maher ran the gamut from Republicans pushing for more food stamp cuts to a Christian family that left a homophobic note instead of a tip for their gay waiter. Maher said they repeatedly emphasized the line “not share” to show “they’ve really absorbed the message of Jesus.” Source.

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