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Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Promised IRS It Would Spend ‘Limited’ Money on Elections

Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Promised IRS It Would Spend ‘Limited’ Money on Elections | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Crossroads GPS, which has spent tens of millions from secret donors on elections, told the IRS in its 2010 application that its efforts would focus on education, policy-making and research.
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Karl Rove lied. Stop the presses. Who would have thought it? Seriously, is anyone surprised?

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Video Shows NYC Plainclothes Cop Punching Young Black Suspect

Video Shows NYC Plainclothes Cop Punching Young Black Suspect | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The New York Daily News reports that the NYPD is investigating an incident recently caught on video in which a plainclothes police officer can be seen punching a black boy who is being held by three other officers. An onlooker can be heard yelling "He's twelve! He's twelve" and identifies...
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If this isn't criminal assault under cover of police authority, what the hell is? By the way, the kid who had been attacked by juveniles was very clear to the cops that this kid who is being punched wasn't one of the perpetrators. Can anyone say Central Park Five?

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Stray bison which charmed rural village in Poland shot dead by local farmer who feared it was seducing all of his cows

Stray bison which charmed rural village in Poland shot dead by local farmer who feared it was seducing all of his cows | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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There is a message here about the brutishness of man and the loneliness of the animals we humans consider ours. How sad and how pathetic. Oh, well, at least this gang of thug-farmers can say their collective pricks were larger than a buffalo's.

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U.S. terrorism insurance bill killed by objections in Senate

U.S. terrorism insurance bill killed by objections in Senate | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By David Lawder and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to extend an expiring federal terrorism insurance program effectively died on Tuesday when the U.S. Senate failed to reach an agreement to hold a vote before Congress wraps up its business for the year. The program, created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that provides a federal insurance backstop for owners of skyscrapers, sports stadiums and other large projects that could face terrorism threats, is now expected to lapse at y
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I have to question the role of the federal government in providing insurance to businesses, especially to those that sell insurance. It seems to me that such insurance support should only go to businesses that pay federal taxes. How about limiting the amount the government would pay in the case of an attack based on the portion of the building that housed tax-paying businesses? Also, where local governments (and state) have given tax or other incentives to allow a structure to be built, perhaps those local governments should be partly responsible for the costs. It just seems to easy for the federal government to be taken advantage of in this.

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Afghanistan Watchdog Pushes Pentagon on Lavish Spending

Afghanistan Watchdog Pushes Pentagon on Lavish Spending | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The top American watchdog for Afghanistan's reconstruction is investigating whether a Pentagon task force charged with juicing Afghanistan’s moribund economy misspent millions of taxpayer dollars…
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The only industry that seems to have flourished is the opium trade, which the Taliban had almost destroyed. Yay, us. Aren't we just a splendid creator of Democracy? (Hell, no) of bureaucracy. While the Bush-Cheney administration created this mess, the Obama administration has been way to slow in correcting it. And this report doesn't even begin to take into account the money the military wasted in creating facilities they never used.

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Supreme Court Rules Traffic Stop OK Despite Misunderstanding Of Law

Supreme Court Rules Traffic Stop OK Despite Misunderstanding Of Law | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The court has upheld a cocaine conviction that began when police stopped a car with just one brake light, even though state law in North Carolina requires only one brake lamp.
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It is time for the courts to take a serious look at the word reasonable when applied to the police. Too many reasonable causes for suspicions, searches, and simple violations of privacy.

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The shocking truth about law enforcement’s most self-serving myth

The shocking truth about law enforcement’s most self-serving myth | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The reason it's so hard to prosecute cops who use deadly force is the same reason minorities are so often targeted
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Do decisions by law enforcement actually get made in a split second? Not if they are programed to think in particular ways. This is an important contribution to the discussion of police and race.

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‘Twin’ from ‘Nobody’s born gay’ billboard: I am gay and I’m not a twin

‘Twin’ from ‘Nobody’s born gay’ billboard: I am gay and I’m not a twin | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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Obviously nobody ever told this so-called Christians that it was against their faith to bear false witness. So much for their credibility.

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In 2003, U.S. experts doubted key Iraq war claim: cable

In 2003, U.S. experts doubted key Iraq war claim: cable | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A CIA cable disclosed on Thursday showed that U.S. counter terrorism officials in 2003 discounted reports that a leader of the Sept. 11 attacks met an Iraqi intelligence official in Prague just before the attacks, further undermining a Bush administration argument for the invasion of Iraq. Senator Carl Levin released a newly declassified section of a March 11, 2003 cable that undercut administration statements that Mohammed Atta and Iraqi agent Ahmad al-Anian had met in th
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The question in my mind for some time was how much of the lying that led to the foolish invasion of Iraq came from the military-industrial-espionage complex and misled the administration and how much was it the White House leading the way in the face of information. This document appears to make it clear that the administration was calling the shots, all in the wrong direction.

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Cheney Throws Bush Under The Bus On Torture Program

Cheney Throws Bush Under The Bus On Torture Program | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Dick Cheney discussed the newly released Senate torture report Wednesday on Fox News, and in particular challenged a finding that former President George W. Bush hadn't been briefed on the CIA's harsh interrogation methods until years after they'd already been in use.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

So Bush was either a dupe or knowingly involved in committing unthinkable and certainly un-American acts. And Cheney was just despicable. Can anybody say Nixon-Agnew? Somehow the GOP comes up with some of the most reprehensible and un-American leaders. How can John McCain be involved with them? Or any decent person for that matter?

Perhaps we need something like the Nuremberg Trials to find out who was in this loop of evil.

 

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Eric Garner, criminalized to death

Eric Garner, criminalized to death | Upsetment | Scoop.it

It is rare that George F. Will aLawmakers creating new crimes means more chances for law enforcement to become violent.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

It is rare that George F. Will and I agree, but on this I share his position. Our legislatures have run amok passing too many criminal laws, especially minor ones. Our police are running amok trying to enforce all those small-minded laws and becoming the strong-arm method of government instead of the strong arm of the people. It is time to put a limit on both.

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Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home

Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A first-grader's quick doodle can tell researchers plenty about what's happening — or not happening — at home.
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My mother was so overprotective that she didn't let me use crayons; I might poke myself in the eye. Which reminds me of the kid who always came home with pictures done only in black. He sat at the back of the room. By the time he got to the crayon box, that was the only color left. Enough joking, the interesting thing about drawings by little kids is that they do reflect the child's emotions and sense of reality, which is why once an artist is well trained they often want to allow themselves to regress, for it is the child's art that tells truth.

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Police union: Protesters cheered when car hit officers

Police union: Protesters cheered when car hit officers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Students walked out of class Wednesday to protest the Ferguson grand jury decision.
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Why is this on USA Today? That is the real question. At worst a small group, certainly not a significant one, most likely not even part of the actual demonstration, behaved horribly. BUT that is what the media leads with. How about all those young people standing up for what is right? How about the police department of a major city helping to protect that protest. That isn't the news? Well to me it is. Shame on the way this station reported the story. Shame on U.S.A. Today for it's presentation. Could we have responsible media?

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India 'hate speech' MP keeps job

India 'hate speech' MP keeps job | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has refused to sack a minister who used an abusive term to refer to non-Hindus.

Niranjan Jyoti had told crowds at a rally in Delhi that they faced a choice between a "government of followers of Rama and a government of bastards".

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Is it enough for a government official to apologize for overt bigotry? Is this the beginning of the feared anti-Muslim bias of the Modi government or just a moment of stupidity. Can the world's largest democracy get beyond sectarian hatred and rise to greatness?

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Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered

Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered | Upsetment | Scoop.it
GAZA (Reuters) - Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, U.N. and other officials say barely 2 percent of the money has been
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A sad reality is that the political groups within the Palestinian population are so busy fighting one another that they can and will not do what is necessary for the people. And the other Arab countries are sadly sitting back and waiting.

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I may be the last, says Dalai Lama

I may be the last, says Dalai Lama | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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Of course, according to the Tibetan belief system the soul of the Dalai Lama will continue to be passed in this world. However, the political/cultural title most likely will disappear or become a farce. Perhaps that is best in this materialistic world.

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Why Police Unions Are Lashing Out Against Cop Critics Like Never Before

Why Police Unions Are Lashing Out Against Cop Critics Like Never Before | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As the backlash continues against police violence in the aftermath of multiple African-Americans being killed by officers, one wrinkle in the ongoing debate has been the aggressive reaction of law enforcement itself to the public criticism and protest.

Among the recent examples, a New York City police union has urged members to ban Mayor Bill de Blasio from their funerals if they die in the line of duty, saying it would be "an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice" after the mayor's han
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The police may be lashing back, but does that mean they have forgotten they are public servants? Of course they have as have most civil service employees. It is time for a serious rethinking of the laws that protect such jobs, including teachers, police,  bureaucrats, even firemen. No form or part of government should be outside the purview of the voters, of the citizenry.

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NASA’s $349 million monument to its drift

NASA’s $349 million monument to its drift | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In June, NASA finished work on a huge construction project here in Mississippi: a $349 million laboratory tower, designed to test a new rocket engine in a chamber that mimicked the vacuum of space.

Then, NASA did something odd.

As soon as the work was done, it shut the tower down. The project was officially “mothballed” — closed up and left empty — without ever being used.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Another monument to the idiocy of the American government's bureaucracy the small-mindedness of politicians, and the frustration of trying to lead. We need to set clear and meaningful goals, reach them without political interference, and then above all be ready to limit the inevitability of projects and not require they be finished before recognizing their redundancy. In other words, we need to be rational — now there's a concept, rationality in Washington.

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How Brownback Is Relying On O-Care To Close Kansas' Huge Budget Hole

How Brownback Is Relying On O-Care To Close Kansas' Huge Budget Hole | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is calling all hands on deck to fix his state's huge self-imposed budget crisis, which nearly cost him re-election this year, and the staunch conservative is now receiving an assist from an unlikely source: Obamacare.

The state's well-documented budget troubles came after Brownback's dramatic reductions in taxes since taking office in 2011. With its revenue drying up and cash reserves depleted, Kansas is staring at a $280 million hole in its $6.4 billion FY 2015 bu
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In case you don't get it, what the guy is doing amounts to reducing possible services to the poor who are on medicaid to pay for his tax cuts to the rich. Okay, folks in Kansas, you voted for him, you live with him.

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The CIA torturers should be prosecuted

The CIA torturers should be prosecuted | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The primary international treaty against torture, the Convention against Torture, which the United States ratified in 1994, contains two key requirements. First, it bans torture, without exception, as well as other inhumane treatment. Second, it requires that torturers be prosecuted.  (Picture is CIA Director John Brennan at news conference on Dec 11).

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Can the United States prosecute those who tortured and lied to allow torture while maintaining the increasingly fragile agreement necessary to govern? Are we as a people ready to deal with the evil in our own government? Let me ask the question just a bit differently, are we unlike the Germans in 1933 willing to face the conflagration in the Reichstag, to look at the real culprits? How far up the food-chain should we be willing to take this?

 

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Toronto Man Arrested While Depositing Money Into His own Bank Account

Toronto Man Arrested While Depositing Money Into His own Bank Account | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Frantz St. Fleur has accused Scotiabank of racially profiling him, leading to his arrest in April.
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This is what racism looks like. This time in Canada, but it is so common throughout North America and is so totally wrong. I am not sure how the bank should make amends, but clearly the employee has to be dealt with and the bank has to take some kind of socially meaningful position as well as some form of compensation to their victim. A hundred dollars? That doesn't even compensate him for his time.

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Black Teenager Taken Out Of School And Jailed For A Month Without Probable Cause, Lawsuit Claims

Black Teenager Taken Out Of School And Jailed For A Month Without Probable Cause, Lawsuit Claims | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In September, police took a 17-year-old African-American boy out of high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, and arrested him on the suspicion that he had participated in an armed mugging. There was no evidence connecting him to the alleged crime, his public...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Yet another example of institutional racism in America. Would a white boy have been arrested on such a flimsy case? When do we as a country grow beyond this kind of crap? This was a kid with no history of being in trouble whose family attested he was at home in bed; the cop should never have arrested him. The police no longer understand probable cause, and the courts no longer are setting limits.

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Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue

Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue | Upsetment | Scoop.it
For graffiti on a Georgia school’s walls, two girls were suspended. Then one of them ended up in the criminal justice system.
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This is an example of the racism so inherent and unrecognized in our society. It so often starts with different subjective words so filled with hidden code. The white kid is a free spirit and the black is defiant of rules. The while kid is shy and diffident and the black is secretive and unresponsive. And all of it based on the madness that is American racism. By the way, did you read my piece on race in The Write Room Blog?

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Senate report on CIA program details brutality, dishonesty

Senate report on CIA program details brutality, dishonesty | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A study alleges the agency deceived the White House and others on the effectiveness of interrogation tactics.
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Is anyone surprised. I will say it once more. "Time to rein-in the military-industrial-espionage complex and return America to the pursuit of peace, stability, and individual liberty and well-being.

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Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Republican attorneys general have formed an unprecedented, secretive alliance with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
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Hey voters, this is what corruption is really about. Sadly, it will be our grandkids who reap the consequences. But that's okay because the grandchildren of those energy maggots will have just as hard time breathing as will the folks who say they don't care about politics or that the parties are all the same and don't bother to vote. Shame on us all.

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Putin's Rambling State of the Nation Speech Unnerves Russia's Elites

Putin's Rambling State of the Nation Speech Unnerves Russia's Elites | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The euphoria among the Kremlin elites that followed the annexation of Crimea has faded as economic and security issues pile up
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Bullies seldom have good ideas for the people who fall under their sway or much appeal to those just outside his grasp. It isn't clear who will depose him; but my guess is that having shown his true colors, Putin doesn't have that long to stay in power.

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