"The sanctity of life doesn’t seem to apply to cancer cells, does it ? You rarely see a bumper sticker that says ‘Save the tumors‘. Or ‘I brake for advanced melanoma’. No, viruses, mold, mildew, maggots, fungus, weeds, E. Coli bacteria, the crabs. Nothing sacred about those things. So at best the sanctity of life is kind of a selective thing. We get to choose which forms of life we feel are sacred, and we get to kill the rest. Pretty neat deal, huh ? You know how we got it ? We made the whole fucking thing up ! “ .. (George Carlin)

White people can’t be terrorists.

We’ve been told this for years. Not directly, perhaps, but when a white person bombs a church or massacres a school or flies a plane carrying 150 people into a mountainside, killing everyone on board, it’s hard to draw any other conclusion. Disturbed? Yes. Mentally ill? Probably. A troubled outcast? Of course. But “terrorist”? That term is reserved for a special type of person, someone with brown skin, a foreign-sounding name, roots in the Middle East or North Africa and a progressively anti-Western Internet history — probably typed in Arabic.

Terrorists, we’re told, are Muslim. And if anything happens to disrupt that notion, we have a really hard time explaining it.

Details are still emerging in the case of Andreas Lubitz, the 28-year-old Germanwings co-pilot who allegedly locked his captain out of the cockpit and ran Flight 9525 into the French Alps on Tuesday. We don’t know his motive. We know very little about him at all. Yet the media coverage and testimony around his actions suggest something remarkable: a clear, almost desperate effort to avoid calling Lubitz what, for a Muslim in his position, would likely be a foregone conclusion.

Under the guise of “religious freedom” Indiana’s Republican governor, Mike Pence has legalized discrimination against LGBTQ people. 

And filed under: No, “both parties are NOT the same” - the nearby Republican governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, is about to pass a similar anti-gay bill. Yes, that would be the same Arkansas that refused to pass the Martin Luther King holiday and eventually acquiesced, but not before giving confederate “hero” Robert E. Lee Day a state holiday…on the same day as MKL Day.

Finally, but no less important, it should be noted that Indiana also has a “FETICIDE” law (which only applies to women) that imprisons a woman if she “endangers” a fetus, or gives birth to a stillborn child.

Jerningham Wakefield, a New Zealand politician , was such a notorious drunk, his friends in his party would lock him in Parliament overnight to keep him sober enough to vote the next day. However, this failed in 1872 when his political enemies got smart and began lowering bottles of whisky down the chimney!

voeu-a-l-univers asked:

Palestines don't want peace. They shouldn't get a state. Long live Israel.

You’re thinking backwards. 

Your starting point should be the fact that the state of Israel is built on stolen Palestinian land, founded on terrorism and genocide. It should not exist.

“Palestines don’t want peace”? Right of course, because they absolutely love living under Israeli occupation, constant terror and starvation. 

*Palestinians

Earlier this week, the Obama administration issued a ruling calling for the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows people to take time off work to care for their sick spouse, to extend to people in same-sex marriages nationwide. 

But the George W. Bush-appointed U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has blocked the change from going into effect, citing “irreparable harm” that would take place in Texas, which filed a lawsuit against the new policy. 

“The Court concludes that all of the plaintiff states have met their burden of alleging that the Final Rule will require the states to violate their own laws,” O’Connor writes. “Moreover, as the final rule is scheduled to take effect on March 27, 2015, Plaintiffs allege a sufficiently immediate threat of harm.”

The judge cites the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Texas as a reason for why a preliminary injunction placing the rule on hold is appropriate as litigation continues.

Although numerous judges have interpreted the Supreme Court’s ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act as a precedent for striking down bans on same-sex marriage, O’Connor writes the ruling and the Full Faith and Credit Statute of DOMA — which remains standing — prohibit the Obama administration from affording FMLA benefits in non-marriage equality states.

“The Full Faith and Credit Statute affirms Congress’ intention to reserve the power to define marriage and accompanying rights and benefits to the states, and Windsor cabins Congress’ authority to aggrandize that power,” O’Connor writes. “Congress could not have delegated to the Department the power to define marriage in a way as to override the laws of states prohibiting same-sex marriages.”

Because allowing a person to take care of their sick spouse would cause irreparable harm to the state of Texas. Okay. Sure. 

Gowdy: Hillary Clinton Permanently Deleted All Emails from Her Personal Server

Hillary Clinton permanently deleted all emails from her personal server, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi said he was informed Friday.
“We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in a statement.

another episode in the apparently never-ending horror show of out-of-control police brutality in the USA. In Detroit Floyd Dent, a black auto-worker, was allegedly dragged from his car by two white cops one night, choked, beaten and Tasered. As seems to be standard practice, the police then charged the man they had attacked with ‘resisting arrest’. A video appears to contradict police reports of the incident .. (story here)

Hillary Clinton wiped her server’s drive AFTER the government requested her emails

At this juncture, the Hillary Clinton email scandal is far beyond simply a lack of transparency.  We’re well into a case of criminal destruction of evidence. 

from Politico:

Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday.

“While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement.

Clinton was under a subpoena order from the panel for all documents related to the 2012 attacks on the American compound there. But David Kendall, an attorney for Clinton, said the 900 pages of emails previously provided to the panel cover its request.

Kendall also informed the committee that Clinton’s emails from her time at the State Department have been permanently erased.

“After seeking and receiving a two week extension from the Committee, Secretary Clinton failed to provide a single new document to the subpoena issued by the Committee and refused to provide her private server to the Inspector General for the State Department or any other independent arbiter for analysis,” Gowdy said.

Clinton previously said she decided to delete the emails after her lawyers reviewed the server for work-related correspondence. She said the deletion of private emails occurred “at the end” of that review.

In a letter provided to the committee, Kendall said Clinton would not be turning over the server to a third-party for review and that the emails no longer exist on the private server located in her New York home.

Gowdy said that Clinton’s response to the subpoena means he and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will now contemplate new legal actions against Clinton.

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The criminal penalty for this kind of violation of the Federal Records Act is 3 years in prison per count.  Hillary Clinton now faces a separate count for each email she deleted, potentially enough to put her in prison for a very long time. 

As we’re still seething over Indiana’s just-signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a similar move could be coming in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Senate has approved a “religious freedom” bill with language almost identical to Indiana’s law, opening the door to legal religion-based discrimination against LGBT people. The Arkansas House already passed the measure last month, and the governor has said he’ll sign it. 

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, who is from Arkansas, on Friday reiterated his previous calls for Hutchinson to veto HB 1228.

“This bill is a poison pill for jobs and investment in the state of Arkansas, and Gov. Hutchinson has a duty to veto it,” said Griffin in a statement. “If he does not, his reputation will be forever stained and the people of the state of Arkansas will suffer for his willingness to cater to a small political faction whose sole intent is to discriminate against their fellow Arkansans.”

Griffin on Thursday announced HRC will run a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News in California’s Silicon Valley that highlights the fact HB 1228 targets “LGBT people and religious minorities.” Apple and the Arkansas-based Walmart are among the companies that publicly oppose the controversial measure.

Religious freedom does not mean the freedom to discriminate. These bills are toxic, and now that one of them has made it through, we’re going to see so many more of them. Stay loud, Arkansans.