NJ Governor Chris Christie Stuck in Traffic Jam Scandal

January 16, 2014

Snarled in a jam of his own making, Governor Chris Christie really wishes he could move on. But daily there are new revelations about his involvement in blocking lanes on the George Washington Bridge in order to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, NJ. Not only that, the jokes keep coming, keeping the issue in the minds of people far away from New Jersey.

This video is the latest.


Exposing War Crimes Is Not Espionage

August 1, 2013

Bradley Manning

 AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Bradley Manning was cleared of “aiding the enemy,” but found guilty of 20 counts, six under the Espionage Act, for leaking documents and video to WikiLeaks (including video of US military officers killing Reuters journalists in Iraq).

Here’s a statement from the Center for Constitutional Rights:

“While the ‘aiding the enemy’ charges (on which Manning was rightly acquitted) received the most attention from the mainstream media, the Espionage Act itself is a discredited relic of the WWI era, created as a tool to suppress political dissent and antiwar activism, and it is outrageous that the government chose to invoke it in the first place against Manning. Government employees who blow the whistle on war crimes, other abuses and government incompetence should be protected under the First Amendment.

“We now live in a country where someone who exposes war crimes can be sentenced to life even if not found guilty of aiding the enemy, while those responsible for the war crimes remain free. If the government equates being a whistleblower with espionage or aiding the enemy, what is the future of journalism in this country?  What is the future of the First Amendment?

“Manning’s treatment, prosecution, and sentencing have one purpose: to silence potential whistleblowers and the media as well. One of the main targets has been our clients, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, for publishing the leaks. Given the U.S. government’s treatment of Manning, Assange should be granted asylum in his home country of Australia and given the protections all journalists and publishers deserve.

“We stand in solidarity with Bradley Manning and call for the government to take heed and end its assault on the First Amendment.”

Lest we forget, here’s the video of US soldiers killing journalists and civilians in Iraq.

Matt Taibbi Exposes More Lies About the Big Bank Bailout

January 15, 2013

In the latest edition of Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi breaks down what really happened during the bank bailout, and how the government is helping the banks lie about their balance sheets to prevent “panic.” In Taibbi’s analysis, the bailout was never about jump-starting the economy. Ultimately, the banks took tax-payer money to keep them from going out of business, and now get deferred tax credits, so that they don’t have to pay anything into the economy. Sound like a raw deal?

The seventeen minute video above by Democracy Now! is worth every minute.

There’s also the transcript.

And here’s the Rolling Stone article: “Secrets and Lies of the Bailout: The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy – it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come.”

Mitt Romney Is As Mexican As Elizabeth Warren Is Native-American

September 1, 2012

photo: Mexican Mitt

During the final day of the RNC Convention, a video was shown touting Mitt Romney’s “Mexican Roots.” Wow, what a surprise! Mitt is Mexican? Well, no.

Mitt Romney’s white, American great-grandparents fled to Mexico in 1885 to escape anti-polygamy laws because his great-grandfather was married to four women. At the time, polygamy was legal in Mexico, and lots of Mormons moved there together.

According to ABC news, “It was there in Mexico that Mitt Romney’s grandfather, Gaskell Romney, grew up and where his father, George Romney, was born. Gaskell and George Romney moved back to America before Mitt Romney was born to avoid the violence of the Mexican Revolution.”

Mitt admitted, way before the RNC Convention, that his family never assimilated enough during a couple generations of living in Mexico to even pick up the language.

He has as much Mexican in him as Elizabeth Warren, another white person who claims some exotic ethnicity to gain a few points/votes – in her case in academia, where this blond, blue-eyed lady had the balls to call herself a “minority woman of color.”

Why do they do it? It’s just so bizarre.

In her case, her Native-American roots might be real, and a DNA test might even prove it. Warren says she never used it to get a job; however, Harvard and Penn used the information to make their faculty look more diverse. She listed herself as Native-American in staff directories, although she never said it during her campaign to gain points. A reporter found the information in her employment history.

I don’t want to deride oral history, but if all you have are some family stories, why make the claim? Family lore is unprovable. 1/32 Cherokee? 1/64th? C’mon. If my great-great-grandfather was a red-headed Albanian—which he was—it might be true, but I’m not going to put it on official employment documents. That’s just weird.

In Mitt’s case, he’s not one drop Mexican. Till now, he has never said he was Mexican. But he’s letting his campaign say it; he’s letting his Spanish-speaking son imply it, anything, anything to get elected.

The contradictory element of this story is the guy doesn’t even want to talk about his Mormonism. But his Mormonism is why his ancestors fled to Mexico. His great-grandfather had four wives and 30 children. He was breaking the law. Does Mitt really want to say he’s proud of it?