Thursday, August 28, 2014

KS News Black-out: "Gang of Ottawa Cops Shoot Unarmed Kid"

M. G. Lee: "FBI Files Reveal That Televangelist Crouch Had Ties To .... Everybody" @ Muckrock News

Mary Clarkin: "Gov Says He Regrets Adversarial Relations With Teachers" @ Hutchinson News

Reporter Clarkin did not quote his "regrets" instead sailed through safe waters, the better to preserve access to the Dear Leader whoring more classroom images for badly needed re-election campaign ads.

Tim Dickinson: "The Biggest Tax Scam Ever" @ Rolling Stone

Sam Stein: "At Koch Retreat, Top GOP Senate Candidates Credit Network for Rise" @ Huffington Post

[Excerpt] ... Levi Russell, director of public affairs at Americans for Prosperity, said, "It is common knowledge that AFP is fighting to advance economic freedom policies in many states around the country. Our staff and grassroots activists have knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors and made millions of phone calls. The comments from Tim Phillips reflect AFP's dedication to fighting for policies that result in more prosperity and well-being for everyone."

None of the three candidates returned a request for comment for this article. But their attendance at the retreat offered both reward and risk.

A few days after Ernst's appearance, Charles Koch, his wife, his son and his daughter-in-law each gave the Iowa candidate the legal maximum contribution of $2,600.

Cotton, meanwhile, took heat for backing out of the local Pink Tomato Festival to attend the Koch affair, with his opponent, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), all but accusing him of lacking home-state sensibilities. A willingness to go against the prevailing winds at home has endeared Cotton to the Koch brothers' crowd, however. At the California retreat, Phillips praised the congressman for voting against the congressional farm bill (on grounds that it was loaded up with corporate giveaways) even though it was popular in Arkansas. ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more at Huffington Post.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Uncle Academic's Big List On Ferguson

A few of these are not directly about events in Ferguson, but are in one way or another connected with issues raised there (a rich variety of toxins in the atmosphere of the land). Unless otherwise indicated, articles are at the Daily Kos. For the latter, the dates under which they are listed are those on which they appeared in the daily bulletin; their original publication is sometimes earlier. Within a given article are likely to be links to further sources worth a look. -- Uncle Academic


25 August


==> Melissa Harris Perry destroys Time's Joe Klein's attempt to malign Michael Brown
'Sir, what's going on? Oh my God! You will terrify my children!'
==> Has the mainstream media just obliterated Darren Wilson along with the entire Ferguson Police Department?
Cartoon: Approved responses
How often are unarmed black men shot down by police?
Clemson student starts campaign for racial reconciliation; Clemson professor calls him a fascist
Ferguson protesters chanted, 'Hands up, don't shoot' Darren Wilson supporters replied, 'Shoot!'
Washington Post: Darren Wilson's previous job was at disbanded PD fraught with racial tension like Ferguson
==>Six Vital Conversations Jumpstarted on the Streets of Ferguson (Bill Moyers op-ed, Nation of Change)
Jelani Cobb: Bullets and Ballots (The New Yorker, online today [1Sept 14 print issue])
NY Times' Dishonesty on Ferguson Called Out on MSNBC, and at Times(ReaderSupportedNews)

23 August


The Uncivil War Escalating Across America (Nation of Change)

From Ferguson to Palestine Occupation is a Crime (Nation of Change)
Ferguson, Missouri: The case of the vanishing fractured orbital bone and journalistic integrity
Cartoon: Post-Racial America Alert

St. Louis County officer suspended after tape of racist, violent speech surfaces

Conservatives literally make stuff up to smear Michael Brown

A woman shot during Ferguson protests says police are not investigating

The Profits of Racism: The coward Darren Wilson who killed Michael Brown has now raised $170,000

Pat Robertson on Ferguson incident: Maybe Michael Brown was on PCP

22 August


CNN reports 'Broken Eye Socket' didn't happen
Police raid Ferguson church for third time. Platoon of cops claim people illegally sleeping there
Keystone Cops or liars? Ferguson police now say there is no incident report on the shooting
Prosecution of Michael Brown's killer may be 'basically impossible'?
Paige Williams: I Love Ferguson (The New Yorker)


21 August
Ferguson PD confirms Officer Wilson shot at Brown as he ran away

Ferguson hired police officer with horrendous history of violence against citizens

Republicans find it 'disgusting' that blacks could vote

I finally 'get' white privilege and I'm sorry
Black Texas gun club stages open carry protest against killer cops
Conservatives to media: Stop covering Ferguson

Graphic video: Apparently, if you ask St. Louis cops to kill you, they will. This is a story of cops gone wild.
Police officer who threatened to kill demonstrator removed and suspended20 August

Officer to protesters: ‘I will f--king kill you!’

Artist Mary Engelbreit vilified on Facebook for Michael Brown donation

A cop’s take on Ferguson
In solidarity with Ferguson, here is how you can support the fight

Cartoon: Fear of a black victim

Actor gets real on CNN about the dehumanization of black men

Paul Ryan thinks it’s the police’s job to shoot unarmed teens

Killing four people while white gets you probation

No, Capt. Ron Johnson was not ‘flashing gang signs’

Former Ferguson police officer accused of brutality is now on the City Council

St. Louis Police releases incident report from yesterday’s shooting. On Michael Brown, still nothing.

Don’t lecture people on ‘due process’ when you’re pointing guns at their heads19 August

PHOTO: The photographer who captured the iconic image of Ferguson was arrested last night

What could possibly go wrong just did. Georgia's Carry Protection Act in action
CNN's Don Lemon gets a little taste of Ferguson

The seamy underbelly of Ferguson starts to appear

Cartoon: It's the excessive force, stupid

90-year-old Holocaust survivor, Hedy Epstein, arrested in Ferguson protest

Ferguson officers arrest Getty photographer, others

Arrested at gunpoint for smoking cigarette in aunt's driveway during Ferguson curfew

Tear gas, stun grenades flying in Ferguson after ... uh ...18 August


So Darren Wilson has a clean record?

Nurse on site was not allowed to tend Mike Brown

Three paragraphs from Charles M. Blow hit the nail firmly on the head

Chief Jackson contradicts Chief Jackson on details of robbery, shooting of unarmed teen

Study from 1953 sheds light on Michael Brown Killing
Large protest in support of Darren Wilson policed by five cops on bikes

Ferguson, Clive Bundy, and the Second Amendment

'Show Me' Missouri racism

WSJ: Joseph Epstein whitesplains all that's wrong in Ferguson

Michael Brown autopsy released, children tear gassed and people injured in Ferguson last night

Latest from Ferguson: Brown was shot six times, reporters being threatened, National Guard called in17 August (Sunday)

16 August


Dumbest Police Chief in America
Captain Ron Johnson unhappy with Ferguson press conference

Ferguson police beat a man and then charged him with 'destruction of property' for bloody uniforms

The demonization of a dead, unarmed teenager is well underway ...
15 August

Ferguson is not just about Michael Brown, it's about the America we were promised, yet still denied

Tonight Ferguson MO is a different place and not alone

Let's give credit where credit is due: Captain Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol
Head of Missouri Highway Patrol walks with protesters

Executive director of Fraternal Order of Police takes a poke at Obama over Ferguson comments

Michael Brown's killer identified

Demonizing suicide victims and those who mourn them is NOT acceptable

Rep. Steve King notes Ferguson protestors all have the same 'continental origin'

Ferguson, Missouri, demilitarized, peaceful protests ensue. Go figure.

ACLU files suit to obtain St. Louis County police records related to the Michael Brown shooting 14 August

Ferguson Police Department releases statement asking residents to protest only during daytime

Family of man gunned down in Walmart still seeking answers

Overnight, all hell broke loose in Ferguson, Missouri

PHOTO: Am I next?
Ferguson police tear gas reporters then disassemble their TV equipment

Police in tank with megaphone says 'Your right to demonstrate is not being obstructed'

Remember: If some white right-wing a**hole aims a high-powered rifle at a cop ...

White guy starts fight, black guy gets pepper sprayed

No, it's not Baghdad, it's in America last night

Todd Starnes laments President Obama sent condolences to murdered teen but not to his murderer
Jelanie Cobb: What I Saw in Ferguson (The New Yorker)

Rick Dean: "Libertarian's pitch for spot in radio debate falls on deaf ears" @ Topeka Capital Journal


[Excerpt]  ... WIBW Radio's decision, Umbehr said in his statement, "denies thousands of Kansas voters the opportunity to hear the exchange of ideas on the serious issues facing the state of Kansas, such as: the governor’s discriminatory income tax plan, school finance and the denial of due process for teachers, RPS funding, the SEC complaint against Kansas, and governmental accountability and transparency — just to name a few.”

Even so, Umbehr added, he appreciates that a radio station is free to set the standards for a debate it is organizing. “This is what liberty is about,” he noted.

Umbehr said he meets the station's other criteria for inclusion, including the stipulation that a candidate poll at 5 percent or better in an independent pre-election poll. Nine percent of respondents to a Public Policy Poll said Umbehr would be their choice as governor, the polling agency announced recently. ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more at the Topeka Capital Journal

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Center for Media & Democracy Targeted by Attack-Dog "Journalists


August 22, 2014
Dear CMD/Progressive supporter,

 



 

At the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) there is an awful lot of good fortune coming our way.

First, a mysterious Middle East millionaire wanted to give us a boatload of money to produce a documentary on fracking and global warming (we declined).

Then our Lisa Graves was showered with compliments on our investigations into undisclosed election spending as a team repeatedly tried to get her on film at a recent Netroots Nation conference. When she asked them for their contact information, they claimed to have no email or Twitter accounts (at Netroots? Really?). The duo followed her to a private party and one stalked her down a hotel hallway at 2:00 in the morning, prompting another writer to intervene.

Now another deep-pocketed mystery funder wants to bankroll us to help with a film about the impact of dark money on the African American community -- a great idea frankly as the Koch-fueled attack on health care is resulting in governors, like our own Scott Walker, rejecting federal funds for expanded health care coverage.

But alas, we fear that the film idea is yet another scam designed for another phony "gotcha" moment.

When I met with the film maker it quickly became clear she knew very little about the topic of undisclosed dark money in campaigns and elections. She had no candidates, races or specific issues in mind. She did seem willing, however, to send us money to help her with her film. The incident has all the hallmarks of a James O'Keefe stunt.

If you don't know Mr. O’Keefe, he first hit Fox News wearing pimp garb and peddling a distorted video targeting ACORN, a nationwide association of community groups which had a long track record of effectively registering low income Americans to vote. That effort was followed up by more video lies about USDA official Shirley Sherrod, plus hatchet jobs on NPR and Planned Parenthood. And how can we forget O'Keefe's effort to “probe” U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu’s office? A spectacular move that got him arrested by the FBI.

It was O’Keefe who was behind the fantasy Middle Eastern millionaire. He attempted, but failed to sting "Gaslands" producer Josh Fox with that one.

Now O'Keefe or one of his ilk appears to have CMD in his sights.

Will you take action now to support our investigations that these groups are trying to suppress?

O’Keefe is known to get some portion of his funding from the Koch-funded Donor’s Trust and Donor’s Capitol. The twin donor-advised funds were specifically designed to allow politically motivated right-wing individuals and corporations to remain hidden when "funding sensitive or controversial issues.”

CMD is an expert in these type of dark money flows and we have profiles of all the major groups (and O'Keefe) in our Sourcewatch wiki.

We can't continue to be independent and report on the undisclosed money undermining our democracy with out your help. Will you consider a $25, $50 or $100 dollar donation today?

Thank you for all you do to make our democracy stronger!

Sincerely,

Mary Bottari and the whole team at CMD and The Progressive

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rick Dean: "Statewide Radio Network Hosting Gubernatorial, Senate Debates" @ Topeka Capital Journal

KANSAS DEMOCRACY, THE PRICE OF PORK BELLIES

A single debate next to a carnival, broadcast from a station owned till the mid-nineties by Gov. Brownback's in-laws, and "moderated" by commodity market announcers sponsored mostly by agrochemical advertisements.

[Excerpt]   The Kansas gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidate debates, both scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, will be broadcast live over a statewide radio network, officials at WIBW 580 Radio announced Wednesday.

The debate among candidates for Kansas governor is scheduled for 10 a.m., with the U.S. Senate debate to follow at 11. The debates will be conducted in the Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena, according to the official Kansas State Fair schedule. ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more at the Topeka Capital Journal.




Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lisa Lambert: "US SEC Charges Kansas Did Not Tell Investors Of Pension Problems" @ Reuters

Flyer Ed. note: On the same day a televised report has Gov. Brownback threatening funding cuts of the "poor" school districts, faulting a teachers' lawsuit against legislation depriving them of job
Sneak release of Richard Crowson's latest poster courtesy Kansas Voices.
security and abolishing a due process procedure before terminating employment. A portion of the Reuters article follows, below.

[Excerpt] ... Kansas, which was under investigation for four years, has already implemented reforms in how it discloses its pension liabilities and has agreed to settle the charges for its prior incomplete disclosures, without admitting or denying the charges, the SEC said.

According to the SEC, the Kansas pension system was so poorly funded that it created a repayment risk for investors holding the state's bonds, but in bond offering documents the state did not explain the existence of "the significant unfunded liability."

Kansas also should have described how the state legislature could have to appropriate funds to cover the pension liability, thereby making less money available for spending in other areas, including debt service payments, the SEC said.

"Kansas failed to adequately disclose its multi-billion-dollar pension liability in bond offering documents, leaving investors with an incomplete picture of the state's finances and its ability to repay the bonds amid competing strains on the state budget," said LeeAnn Ghazil Gaunt, chief of the enforcement unit on municipal securities and public pensions. ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more at Reuters.

Ellen Brown: "Cry for Argentina: Odious Debt, Fiscal Mismanagement or Pillage?" @ Max Keiser (Guest Blog)


[Excerpt] ... Besides impossibility of performance, there is another defense Argentina could raise in international court – that of “odious debt.” Also known as illegitimate debt, this legal theory holds that national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation should not be enforceable.

The defense has been used successfully by a number of countries, including Ecuador in December 2008, when President Rafael Correa declared that its debt had been contracted by corrupt and despotic prior regimes. The odious-debt defense allowed Ecuador to reduce the sum owed by 70%. ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more at Max Keiser.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Kansas Academics: Posters for Harmony, Loyalty and Discipline @ Nine Kinds of Pie

Under the Kansas Board of Regents‘ brave new social media
Click to enlarge.
policy
, the faculty and staff of Kansas universities must make sure that their speech is harmonious, loyal, and conducive to discipline. So, the Kansas Board of Regents’ Committee for Harmony, Loyalty and Discipline is here to help you monitor speech. Our staff artist, Comrade Warner, has created these four handy visual aids — all designed to be printed as 24″ x 36″ posters. These come to you under Creative Commons: so, please print, make posters, put on t-shirts, remix, distribute.

Remember: Report speech that may promote disloyalty. Report suspect faculty immediately. Surveillance is freedom!

Exclusive Michael Daly: "The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught In A Bloody Lie" @ The Daily Beast

A 2009 incident is exposed.

The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms. How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down.  Read more, click here.

John Grant: "Community or Warzone: Warrior Cops Lose Round In Missouri" @ This Can't Be Happening!

Image Hat Tip: TCBH! Ferguson, MO, top right, murder victim, Michael Brown
On Monday, I decided to spend my evenings flipping back-and-forth between Fox News and MSNBC as the two cable channels dealt with the dueling stories of the United States tiptoeing into a third war in Iraq and the sudden appearance of what appeared to be a police state in a little town outside St Louis. From Monday to Friday, the Ferguson, Missouri story has gone from that of a bizarre and dangerous war zone to one of a relief-filled carnival in the streets.

MSNBC dove headfirst into the Ferguson, Missouri story. An unarmed 18-year-old African American named Michael Brown had been killed by an unnamed police officer. Furious, unarmed African American citizens were confronted with determined cops dressed in camouflage battle fatigues, wearing helmets with plastic face masks, brandishing automatic weapons and backed up by huge, armored-up vehicles topped with officers pointing sniper rifles at them. It was a full-bore manifestation of the militarization of community police equipped by the Pentagon with millions of dollars worth of surplus Iraq and Afghanistan war weaponry. The stated purpose of all this military weaponry in our towns is to fight the War On Terror at the local level. It seemed to aggravate an already terrible situation.

Over at Fox, the heavy focus was on Iraq and ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or in another version, ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (The Levant refers to the eastern end of the Mediterranean, which of course includes Israel.) ISIS in western Iraq has declared itself The New Caliphate. Over and over, Fox showed excruciating video of the desperate Yazidi people trapped on a barren mountain on the edge of the Kurdish area of northern Iraq. US and Kurd forces dropped desperately needed supplies. A US military team was dropped into assess the situation. Sean Hannity fulminated at his most vigorous trying to establish fundamentalist Islam as the living resurrection of the Nazis from World War Two. President Obama was the cause of everything. George W. Bush was never mentioned. History was absent. ... 


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Bryan Lowry: "Brownback Says Stegall Has No Inside Track To Kansas Supreme Court" @ Wichita Eagle

The quiet Neo - Confederate Koch "libertarian" coup in Kansas is revealed.


[Excerpt] ... “Caleb Stegall’s going to be on the Supreme Court,” said Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, an attorney. “And that gives the governor another pick on the Court of Appeals.”

Brownback denied that Stegall has an inside track among the three nominees chosen by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission earlier this month.

“I have to interview three people here,” Brownback said. “That’s what I’m going to be doing. Nice try. But I’m interviewing three people here. I want to see who everybody is that they send.”

The governor also said the opportunity to make another pick for the Court of Appeals carried no extra value.

The age limit for a Supreme Court justice in Kansas is 75. Stegall is 42, so if chosen, he could serve on the court for more than 30 years.

Before becoming the governor’s chief counsel, Stegall had worked under former Attorney General Phill Kline and as counsel for the influential conservative group Americans for Prosperity, which was founded by the Koch family.... [End of Excerpt]

Read the complete article at the Wichita Eagle here


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An additional article on Stegall's possible appointment by Topeka Capital Journal reporter Andy Marso is here.  The posted comments are very insightful.