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Emails Reveal How GOP Consultants Secretly Gerrymandered Florida

....newly released emails published Sunday shed light on the lengths those political consultants went to tweak the state's congressional districts in favor of the GOP despite a gerrymandering ban.

The emails, which were obtained by the Naples Daily News and the Miami Herald, detail how "paranoid" consultants with the GOP consulting firm Data Targeting kept their efforts to redraw some of the state's congressional maps under wraps. Earlier this month the Florida Supreme Court ordered that the documents, which were a part of the original lawsuit accused Republicans of manipulating Florida's political map, must be unsealed. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas upheld that order on Friday, according to the Naples Daily News.

One exchange showed that the consultants discussed a map proposal that would kick longtime U.S. Rep. Bill Young (R-FL), who died last November, out of his seat.

"If you have to have a minority-majority seat, this does it," Anthony Pedicini, a Tampa-based political consultant, wrote of a redistricting plan that he said would also "retire Bill Young," according to the Naples Daily News.


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/emails-detail-florida-gop-gerrymandering-effort
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/politics/see-the-exclusive-redistricting-documents-map-florida_58588708

Sí se puede

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/24/1347114/-Latino-voters-overwhelmingly-support-Obama-s-immigration-actions

Ta-Nehisi Coates dissects Mayor 9/11: "The real problem is American-on-American crime"

The Gospel of Rudy Giuliani
Why is no one talking about American-on-American crime?
TA-NEHISI COATESNOV 24 2014, 11:28 AM ET

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I demand a TSA checkpoint at every shopping mall to shield Americans against Americans. I demand drones to kill Americans before they kill other Americans. I demand that American leaders stop pretending that American morgues and American cemeteries are full of young men because of jihadis. The evidence is clear—American-on-American violence is a silent killer that only Americans can stop. American criminality is now so rampant that it must always be the only topic of any conversation. Let us not speak of any act of international terrorism until American terrorism has been wholly vanquished.

I realize that uttering these hard truths will find me ostracized from an America where my brave stand and incredible courage will not be appreciated. But this great truth, this high principle, must be spoken in every corner of our country. To the limit the Gospel of Giuliani to black people would imply that we regard them as separate category of humanity, fit to be judged by a separate standard. And we wouldn't want that.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/11/the-gospel-of-rudy-giuliani/380498/

A friend writes:


All you people who, in light of recent events, feel like your childhood
memories have been destroyed - cheer up! Here is a list of 80s icons
whose lives have not been engulfed in scandal: Mr. T, Dirk Benedict, the
other guy from Wham, Cameron from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, pretty much
the entire Breakfast Club, all of the Ghostbusters, both Eurythmics,
Devo, The Talking Heads, Duran Duran (yeah, that surprised me too), The
Bangles, the Go-Go's (Jane Wiedlin was always like that. It's not a
scandal if you've always been like that. God, I adore her), Howard
Jones, Tom Selleck, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Gibson, the Karate Kid, Max
Headroom, and Pac-Man
http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/11/hagels-out.html#comment-1709852250



Kuntsler: 'Wall Street is 1 of several Financial Roach Motels in giant slum of the global economy'

Buy the All Time High
24th November 2014

Guest Post by Jim Kunstler

Wall Street is only one of several financial roach motels in what has become a giant slum of a global economy. Notional “money” scuttles in for safety and nourishment, but may never get out alive. Tom Friedman of The New York Times really put one over on the soft-headed American public when he declared in a string of books that the global economy was a permanent installation in the human condition. What we’re seeing “out there” these days is the basic operating system of that economy trying to shake itself to pieces.

The reason it has to try so hard is that the various players in the global economy game have constructed an armature of falsehood to hold it in place — for instance the pipeline of central bank “liquidity” creation that pretends to be capital propping up markets. It would be most accurate to call it fake wealth. It is not liquid at all but rather gaseous, and that is why it tends to blow “bubbles” in the places to which it flows. When the bubbles pop, the gas will tend to escape quickly and dramatically, and the ground will be littered with the pathetic broken balloons of so many hopes and dreams.

All of this mighty, tragic effort to prop up a matrix of lies might have gone into a set of activities aimed at preserving the project of remaining civilized. But that would have required the dismantling of rackets such as agri-business, big-box commerce, the medical-hostage game, the Happy Motoring channel-stuffing scam, the suburban sprawl “industry,” and the higher ed loan swindle. All of these evil systems have to go and must be replaced by more straightforward and honest endeavors aimed at growing food, doing trade, healing people, traveling, building places worth living in, and learning useful things.

All of those endeavors have to become smaller, less complex, more local, and reality-based — rather than based, as now, on overgrown and sinister intermediaries creaming off layers of value, leaving nothing behind but a thin entropic gruel of waste. All of this inescapable reform is being held up by the intransigence of a banking system that can’t admit that it has entered the stage of criticality. It sustains itself on its sheer faith in perpetual levitation. It is reasonable to believe that upsetting that faith might lead to war. After all, a number of places organized as nation-states will be full of angry, distressed citizens clamoring for sustenance and easy answers — and quite a bit of their remaining real capital is stored in the form of things that blow up.



MORE:
http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/11/24/buy-the-all-time-high/

Oh, Rudy, I can see your hood



Later in the argument Giuliani argued that while police officers are only present in certain communities because black people are committing crimes.

“It is the reason for the heavy police presence in the black community,” he said. “White police officers won’t be there if you weren’t killing each other 70 percent of the time.”

Dyson shot back at Giuliani and said, “this is a defense mechanism of white supremacy at work in your mind.”


MORE:
http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/11/24/white-mans-burden-3/

Killings by Utah police outpacing gang, drug, child-abuse homicides

Killings by Utah police outpacing gang, drug, child-abuse homicides

In the past five years, more Utahns have been killed by police than by gang members.

Or drug dealers. Or from child abuse.

And so far this year, deadly force by police has claimed more lives — 13, including a Saturday shooting in South Jordan — than has violence between spouses and dating partners.

As the tally of fatal police shootings rises, law enforcement watchdogs say it is time to treat deadly force as a potentially serious public safety problem.

http://www.sltrib.com/news/1842489-155/killings-by-utah-police-outpacing-gang

Charles M. Blow: 'Make No Mistake: This Debate Is NOT About THIS President Or THIS Excecutive Order'

Bigger Than Immigration
NOV. 23, 2014
Charles M. Blow

Don’t let yourself get lost in the weeds. Don’t allow yourself to believe that opposition to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration is only about that issue, the president’s tactics, or his lack of obsequiousness to his detractors.

This hostility and animosity toward this president is, in fact, larger than this president. This is about systems of power and the power of symbols. Particularly, it is about preserving traditional power and destroying emerging symbols that threaten that power. This president is simply the embodiment of the threat, as far as his detractors are concerned, whether they are willing or able to articulate it as such.

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Pay attention to the overall response from all sources, particularly the rhetoric in which it is wrapped

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Make no mistake: This debate is not just about this president, this executive order or immigration. This is about the fear that makes the face flush when people stare into a future in which traditional power — their power — is eroded, and about their desperate, by-any-means determination to deny that future.

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MORE:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/opinion/charles-blow-bigger-than-immigration.html?_r=1

Fox host mocks Ted Cruz’s new govt. shutdown: ‘It didn’t work very well with Obamacare, sir’

“But you’re willing to shut down departments, and you’re willing to take the backlash?” the Fox News host noted. “I mean, it didn’t work very well with Obamacare, sir.”



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During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Cruz explained his plan defund the Department of Homeland Security if President Barack Obama refuses to rescind an executive action that grants legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.

“The problem is that’s almost exactly what you did with the government shutdown across the entire government in October of 2013 in Obamacare, and it backfired badly on your party,” Wallace observed.

“We should use the checks and balances that we have to reign in the abuse of power of the executive,” Cruz insisted, adding that step one of his plan was for the Senate to stop the confirmation of any of the president’s nominees for the rest of his term if they were not “vital” to national security.

“Are you saying that the Senate should refused to confirm Loretta Lynch, the president’s new nominee for attorney general?” Wallace wondered. “And, thereby, leave Eric Holder, who you don’t like very much, in that position even longer.”




the rest:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/fox-host-mocks-ted-cruzs-new-govt-shutdown-it-didnt-work-very-well-with-obamacare-sir/

The Emperor Has Clothes.....



sorry, i probably should have posted a crack warning...http://editorialcartoonists.com/#top
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