Democratic Party, I Aint Marching Anymore!

By MIKE SPINDELL

I have been a registered Democrat for 50 years. During that time I have voted in every DemocraticLogoelection, whether Federal, State or Local. All of this time I have voted for the Democratic candidates.  However, I’ve reached the point where I not only no longer believe that the mainstream Democratic Party represents me, or the majority of the American people. but also that the people running the party are corporate tools. Because I both donated to and worked for Barack Obama’s elections in 2008 and 2012, I am literally on every liberal “E” mail list in the country. Each day I receive 30 to 50 “E” mails from people requesting donations, for some candidate or cause. As we near this mid-term election the headlines of the “E” mails have become more dire, threatening disaster if I don’t respond. Today, for instance, I got “E” mails from James Carville and Sharon Stone among the many, but since I deleted them without opening them, I have no idea what they were about.  I’m reaching the point where I’m going to begin sending them all to “spam”. Here’s one from today:

“Michael, we’ve asked, we’ve begged, we’ve pleaded. This last week alone …– President Obama
— Vice President Biden
— Hillary Clinton
— and Nancy Pelosi

… have all asked you to fight Boehner’s TV ad blitz — THE LARGEST OF THE YEAR. It’s that critical. They know we’re drowning. And we’re nearly out of time

The federal fundraising deadline hits in 24 hours. And we’re STILL falling short. At this point, we’ll need 39,OOO donations.

Michael Spindell
Answered President Obama’s Call-to-Action?
NO DONATION

Please — chip in whatever you can to President Obama’s call-to-action immediately.”

I don’t care what any of those people think because they all have been terrible disappointments to me and are what I see as “Corporate Democrats.” To my mind these  Democrats are “right wing centrists”, the equivalent of let’s Dwight D. EisenhowerEverett Dirksen and Richard Nixon. I grew up loathing those people, why would I want to support them now in “Democratic Guise”? Let me elucidate on why I’m so fed up.

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Tim Dickinson of “Rolling Stone” Looks at the Koch Brothers’ “Toxic Empire”

Charles & David Koch

Charles & David Koch

By Elaine Magliaro

Tim Dickinson has an interesting article about the billionaire siblings Charles and David Koch over at Rolling Stone. Dickinson’s piece is titled Inside the Koch Brothers’ Toxic Empire. He notes below the title of his article that the Kochs “control one of the world’s largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system.” He adds that what the billionaire brothers don’t want people to know is “how they made all that money.”

Excerpt from Inside the Koch Brothers’ Toxic Empire:

The enormity of the Koch fortune is no mystery. Brothers Charles and David are each worth more than $40 billion. The electoral influence of the Koch brothers is similarly well-chronicled. The Kochs are our homegrown oligarchs; they’ve cornered the market on Republican politics and are nakedly attempting to buy Congress and the White House. Their political network helped finance the Tea Party and powers today’s GOP. Koch-affiliated organizations raised some $400 million during the 2012 election, and aim to spend another $290 million to elect Republicans in this year’s midterms. So far in this cycle, Koch-backed entities have bought 44,000 political ads to boost Republican efforts to take back the Senate.

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John Oliver Provides the Most Thorough “News” Coverage on America’s Predator Drone Strikes to Date on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”

By Elaine Magliaro

It seems to me that we get much of our best coverage of news stories from comedians/comedy programs these days. I’m a big fan of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Last Week Tonight—which is hosted by John Oliver. On Sunday, Oliver did a segment on American drone strikes that beats most news stories on the subject that we’ve gotten from the mainstream media. That said, I have to acknowledge intrepid investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill. Scahill has done his part to cover the subject of drone strikes over the course of several years. Yet, we rarely see journalists like Scahill being interviewed on the Sunday morning “news” shows.

John Oliver on Drones

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The Case of the “Houdini Handcuff Suicide”: Young Black Man Supposedly Shoots Himself in Back Seat of Police Cruiser in Louisiana (VIDEOS)

Victor White III

Victor White III

By Elaine Magliaro

Here’s an interesting story about a young black man who was shot while in police custody earlier this year. Twenty-two-year-old Victor White III died in a Louisiana hospital on March 3rd. He was the “victim of a gunshot that police said White fired after being frisked twice, handcuffed and placed in the back of a New Iberia police cruiser.” According to a police press release on the day of White’s death, the young man shot himself in the back. A coroner’s report that was released months later, however, contradicted the police statement. The coroner said that White had been shot in the chest. That would be a difficult thing to do if your hands were cuffed behind your back…don’t you think?

NBC News:

But according to the full final report of the Iberia Parish coroner, which was released nearly six months later and obtained exclusively by NBC News, White was shot in the front, not the back. The bullet entered his right chest and exited under his left armpit. White was left-handed, according to family members. According to the report, the forensic pathologist found gunshot residue in the wound, but not the sort of stippling that a close-range shot can sometimes produce. He also found abrasions on White’s face.

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DIRTY TRICKS?: Koch-Backed Group Americans for Prosperity Mailed Out Incorrect Voter Information to Residents of North Carolina

North_Carolina_svgBy Elaine Magliaro

Americans for Prosperity, a right-wing advocacy group founded by the infamous Koch brothers, is up to its old voter suppression tactics again. This time the group sent out voter registration AFProsperityforms to people in the state of North Carolina where there is a close Senate race between Democrat Kay Hagan, the incumbent, and Thom Tillis. Tillis, a Republican, is the current House Speaker of the Tar Heel State. ABC reported that many people have predicted that this Senate race could become the most expensive in history.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported last Wednesday that hundreds of residents of North Carolina had received “incorrect voter registration information, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.”

One resident said that she even received a voter registration form that had been addressed to her cat!

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Our Corporate Masters Want Us Ignorant and so do some Christians

By MIKE SPINDELL

The following is both a rant and an opinion piece. Elaine Magliaro, my colleague here as ElkmtsEditor/Writer has performed brilliantly in here ongoing series of posts about the attempts to destroy the American Public School System, by replacing it with for profit institutions under the guise of “reforming” our schools. Elaine’s work has been thorough and has tellingly proven her case via facts, not lies of minions of money. All you need do is to click on her name and you will find literally dozens of brilliant articles. Elaine’s work makes it possible for me to merely present my viewpoint, with the knowledge that all I say is underpinned by her exhaustive research.

A controversy has developed in the Jefferson County School District, which is the second largest in Colorado. The five member School Board, recently had 3 “conservatives” elected with the backing of various financial interests. They have proposed curriculum changes in the history department that “recently proposed a curriculum-review committee to promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise and to guard against educational materials that “encourage or condone civil disorder.”  The upshot is that this curriculum would sanitize American History, de-legitimize citizens rights to protest, and incorrectly assert that the Constitution is a document that enshrines the Capitalist System. One would suppose that “blemishes” on American History, such as slavery, “Jim Crow” and Viet Nam, for instance, would be taught with emphasis only on the positive side of things. One can only imagine how the legacy of Martin Luther King would be presented, no doubt seeing him as the leader of a movement to make Blacks capitalists. Though the final denouement of this battle has yet to be played out, my interest is in trying to glean what is happening here and what it means for us all. Continue reading

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Regarding the Killing of John Crawford III in a Wal-Mart Store in Ohio: Should the Police Officer Who Shot Him Have Been Indicted?

John Crawford III

John Crawford III

By Elaine Magliaro

Previously, I wrote a post titled The Killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and John Crawford III: It’s Not about Race…It’s Never about Race!. John Crawford III, an African American, was shot and killed by a white police officer inside a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek, Ohio, on August 5, 2014, “after a caller phoned police to accuse him of brandishing a gun and pointing it at other customers.” At one point during his conversation with the police dispatcher, the caller even claimed that Crawford had “just pointed it at like two children.” Crawford was actually holding a BB gun that he had taken off a shelf in the store. Democracy Now! has reported that newly released surveillance footage “shows major discrepancies between a 911 caller’s account, and what really happened.” Crawford didn’t appear to point the BB gun at anyone in the surveillance footage that was released.

Wal-Mart Surveillance Video of John Crawford III Shooting

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