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NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, refuses to take Stephanopoulus Bait on Eric Garner GJ Decision

What is wrong with George Stephanopoulus? Why was he baiting Mayor de Blasio who has refused, rightfully, to endorse the Eric Garner GJ Decision?

He sounds more like one of those Right Wing talk show hosts playing 'gotcha' with one of NYC's best Progressive Mayors in a long time?



New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the podium during a press conference on Thursday to discuss the retraining of police. Photograph: UPI/Landov/Barcroft Media

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Refuses to endorse Eric Garner GJ Decision

Appearing on ABC, de Blasio three times refused to respond to the question of whether he respected the decision by a grand jury not to bring charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who put Staten Island resident Eric Garner in a chokehold during an arrest attempt. The decision led to large-scale protests in the city and across the country, which on Sunday continued into a fifth day. On Saturday night, violence broke out at one such demonstration, in California.

After de Blasio had deflected the question, saying “as an executive in public service” he respected “the judicial process, but …” host George Stephanopoulos interrupted to ask: “So you respect the grand jury’s decision?”

De Blasio replied, with emphasis on the last word: “I respect the process.” He went on to talk about initiating a “systemic” retraining of police officers in New York, in order to “fix the relationship between the police and the community”.

Stephanopoulos countered: “So you respect the process but not the decision?”De Blasio gave the hint of a smile but did not reply.


Who need Rush Limbaugh with supposedly liberal hosts like this?

The Police Union has been attacking de Blasio for his comments about the decision which were honest and very personal to him. He is the father of a son who is Black and he expressed his and his wife's concerns over HIS safety every time he goes out.

The Cops are not used to a NYC Mayor not being totally on their side. I guess they have to learn the new rules, which are, when something is so blatantly WRONG sometimes you get a Mayor who has the guts to say so.

Bloomberg would have completely defended his 'army'. Giuliani always defended their crimes.

Now we have a Mayor who is actually doing his job.

Not only has he not backed down, he repeated the comments he made that have caused the cops to have apoplexy even more strongly on several other shows.

I am very proud of him for not backing down.

These bullies thought they OWNED NYC. And they did, getting away with murder literally.

The Police Union Chief whined that the Mayor had 'thrown the police under the bus'.

What bus would that be? His cops have been abusing their power for so long now it is hard to recall a time when they didn't, especially wrt to minorities.

Mayor de Blasio has all the right people upset. I hope he gets all the support he needs to finally reign in these cops which is long overdue.

Where did the notion come from that City Mayors only represent Cops btw?

Social Security Kept 27 Million Americans Out of Poverty in 2013

I posted this article in GD http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025915356

The New Deal programs are not as popular on DU as they used to be.

I believe any Populist movement MUST fight strongly those who are attempting to dismantle the New Deal Social Safety Net.

Social Security Kept 27 Million Americans Out of Poverty in 2013

Government programs can effectively reduce poverty in the United States. Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM)—a more comprehensive measure of economic security than traditional poverty thresholds—the figure below illustrates the strength of the government to mitigate the incidence of poverty.

Social Security is, by far, the most effective anti-poverty program in the United States.
Without Social Security, an additional 8.6 percent of Americans, or nearly 27 million, would fall below the SPM poverty threshold. Refundable tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, kept 2.9 percent of Americans, or 9 million, above the SPM poverty threshold. Other programs, such as SNAP (food stamps), Supplemental Security Income, housing subsidies, and unemployment insurance, also have a significant impact on the ability of families to stay afloat.


Thanks to the Democratic Party, led by FDR, the party that cared about the people enough to initiate these Social Safety Nets, now under attack, not only from the Right, but also sadly from some in our own party.

The Chained CPI would cut SS benefits.

The Chained CPI was 'taken off the table' during election season. Probably with the hope it would not be a liability for Democrats, which it certainly would and should be.

I suppose they think that we won't remember these things if they just hide them when they need our votes.

FDR's work for the American people is almost unprecedented.

I cannot imagine anyone calling themselves a Democrat wanting to touch these programs other than to make them even better.

But sadly as we know, it was a Democrat who put SS 'on the deficit table'.

Would FDR have done that? Or LBJ even?

Not in a million years.




Officer Who Shot 12 Year Old Tamir Rice Had Been Judged Unfit For Duty in 2012

Officer Who Fatally Shot Tamir Rice Had Been Judged Unfit For Duty in 2012



Tomiko Shine holds up a picture of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy fatally shot on 22 November by a police officer, during a protest in response to a grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri. Photograph: Jose Luis Magana/AP

A police officer who shot a 12-year-old dead in a Cleveland park late last month had been judged unfit for police service two years earlier by a small suburban force where he worked for six months, according to records released on Wednesday.

Officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed Tamir Rice on 22 November, was specifically faulted for breaking down emotionally while handling a live gun. During a training episode at a firing range, Loehmann was reported to be “distracted and weepy” and incommunicative. “His handgun performance was dismal,” deputy chief Jim Polak of the Independence, Ohio, police department wrote in an internal memo.

The memo concludes with a recommendation that Loehmann be “released from the employment of the City of Independence”. Less than a week later, on 3 December 2012, Loehmann resigned.

In March of this year, Loehmann was hired by the Cleveland police department. It is unclear whether the department had seen the Independence memo at the time of Loehmann’s hiring.


The report on Loehmann concluded with the recommendation for his dismissal:

“Due to this dangerous loss of composure during live range training and his inability to manage this personal stress, I do not believe Ptl Loehmann shows the maturity needed to work in our employment. For these reasons, I am recommending he be released from the employment of the city of Independence. I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct these deficiencies.”


They gave him a choice of being fired, or resigning. He chose to resign.

Social Security Kept 27 Million Americans Out Of Poverty In 2013

Social Security Kept 27 Million Americans Out of Poverty in 2013

Government programs can effectively reduce poverty in the United States. Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM)—a more comprehensive measure of economic security than traditional poverty thresholds—the figure below illustrates the strength of the government to mitigate the incidence of poverty.

Social Security is, by far, the most effective anti-poverty program in the United States.
Without Social Security, an additional 8.6 percent of Americans, or nearly 27 million, would fall below the SPM poverty threshold. Refundable tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, kept 2.9 percent of Americans, or 9 million, above the SPM poverty threshold. Other programs, such as SNAP (food stamps), Supplemental Security Income, housing subsidies, and unemployment insurance, also have a significant impact on the ability of families to stay afloat.


Thanks to the Democratic Party, led by FDR, the party that cared about the people enough to initiate these Social Safety Nets, now under attack, not only from the Right, but also sadly from some in our own party.

The Chained CPI would cut SS benefits.

No Democrat should even consider it.

No Democrat WILL consider it.

Democrats must fight hard to protect these Social Programs.

Enough! Local Grand Juries, When it Comes to Cop Killers, Need to be Abolished!

Everyone knows the old saying, 'when it comes to GJs, a prosecutor can indict a Ham Sandwich'!

Looking at the available stats, that is certainly true.

EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO COP KILLINGS!

For statistics on GJs see here:

It's Incredibly Rare For a GJ to do What Ferguson's GJ Did

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.


Except when it comes to Cop Killers:

A recent Houston Chronicle investigation found that “police have been nearly immune from criminal charges in shootings” in Houston and other large cities in recent years. In Harris County, Texas, for example, grand juries haven’t indicted a Houston police officer since 2004; in Dallas, grand juries reviewed 81 shootings between 2008 and 2012 and returned just one indictment. Separate research by Bowling Green State University criminologist Philip Stinson has found that officers are rarely charged in on-duty killings, although it didn’t look at grand jury indictments specifically.




With these kinds of stats, it is clear that no local prosecutor is going to try to get an indictment when a cop murders a US Citizen.

So, rather than waste words, let's just go straight to a solution.

In cases of Cop Killings, GJs should be Federal.

Investigations should be Federal.

Independent Prosecutors need to be put in charge of these cases and they too should be Federal.


The corruption of the process at the local level is clear for anyone to see.

No local elected prosecutor is going to alienate the police with whom s/he is generally very close.

Both the Ferguson case and the NY case now need to be thoroughly investigated, NOT by the foxes themselves, by at a Federal Level.



Bernie Sanders Unveils A 12 Point Economic Plan To Break The Koch Oligarchs (cross-posted from GD)

This sounds like a populist platform:

Bernie Sanders Unveils A 12 Point Economic Plan To Break The Koch Oligarchs

Sanders detailed a 12-point economic program to,

- Invest in our crumbling infrastructure with a major program to create jobs by rebuilding roads, bridges, water systems, waste water plants, airports, railroads and schools.

– Transform energy systems away from fossil fuels to create jobs while beginning to reverse global warming and make the planet habitable for future generations.

– Develop new economic models to support workers in the United States instead of giving tax breaks to corporations which ship jobs to low-wage countries overseas.

– Make it easier for workers to join unions and bargain for higher wages and benefits.

– Raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour so no one who works 40 hours a week will live in poverty.

– Provide equal pay for women workers who now make 78 percent of what male counterparts make.

– Reform trade policies that have shuttered more than 60,000 factories and cost more than 4.9 million decent-paying manufacturing jobs.

– Make college affordable and provide affordable child care to restore America’s competitive edge compared to other nations.

– Break up big banks. The six largest banks now have assets equivalent to 61 percent of our gross domestic product, over $9.8 trillion. They underwrite more than half the mortgages in the country and issue more than two-thirds of all credit cards.

– Join the rest of the industrialized world with a Medicare-for-all health care system that provides better care at less cost.

– Expand Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and nutrition programs.

– Reform the tax code based on wage earners’ ability to pay and eliminate loopholes that let profitable corporations stash profits overseas and pay no U.S. federal income taxes.


I don't see anything there that any Democrat could disagree with.

The Ferguson Prosecutor, McCullough, 'Failed' to get a GJ Indictment. How rare is this?

According to Nate Silver's Blog, author Ben Casselman, failure to get a Grand Jury Indictment is statistically very, very rare!

It's Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson's Just Did

A St. Louis County grand jury on Monday decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the August killing of teenager Michael Brown. The decision wasn’t a surprise — leaks from the grand jury had led most observers to conclude an indictment was unlikely — but it was unusual. Grand juries nearly always decide to indict.

Or at least, they nearly always do so in cases that don’t involve police officers.

Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” The data suggests he was barely exaggerating: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.

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“If the prosecutor wants an indictment and doesn’t get one, something has gone horribly wrong,” said Andrew D. Leipold, a University of Illinois law professor who has written critically about grand juries. “It just doesn’t happen.”


This is true, in fact, the frequency with which Prosecutors get indictments from GJs has been the topic of controversy for a long time.

Except in the cases of Police Officers. Why are GJs less likely to indict Police Officers?

There are at least three possible explanations as to why grand juries are so much less likely to indict police officers. The first is juror bias: Perhaps jurors tend to trust police officer and believe their decisions to use violence are justified, even when the evidence says otherwise. The second is prosecutorial bias: Perhaps prosecutors, who depend on police as they work on criminal cases, tend to present a less compelling case against officers, whether consciously or unconsciously.


Iow, the system itself is responsible for the lack of justice in cases of cop killings.


A Grand Jury Indictment is Extremely Common

"A riot is the language of the unheard." - Martin Luther King, Jr.



Justice was unlikely in the case of Darren Wilson and Michael Brown. This is a world where hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised to support the man who shot to death an 18-year-old boy and left his body in the street. But that Darren Wilson won't even go to trial - that we won't even get the rote, mechanical illusion of justice - demonstrates precisely what black lives are worth to our judicial system.

Stop calling the protests in Ferguson "riots." These are the protests of those who have gone unheard, who deserve justice and receive tear gas. These are the protests of people who know that what happened to Michael Brown - and Trayvon Martin, and Oscar Grant, and Amadou Diallo, and Sean Bell, and Kendrec McDade, and so many others - will happen again and again, and that no one will be brought to justice for the killing of their sons, fathers, husbands, brothers, friends.

Black lives matter. The people of Ferguson deserve to be heard. Hear them.

Read the statement from Michael Brown's family, and follow the fight to require all police officers to use body-worn cameras.


They 'system' did work. The Prosecutor, McCullough was acting as a Defense Attorney for Wilson from what I heard from him.

So who was representing Mike Brown?



A Plea to Riot Police, Robo Cops, the National Guard and to Governor Nixon tonight.

We are asking that you refrain from violence against US Citizens when the verdict from the GJ is announced tonight.

Please remember that the US Citizens assembled, not just in Ferguson, but across the country, are exercising their 1st Amendment Rights to peacefully assemble to air their grievances against actions they believe taken by those who work for them, are not in their best interests.

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And remember that these protesters are not armed. They are American Citizens who have every right to be where they are tonight.

We ask you also, to stop arresting Reporters for doing the job Journalists in a Democracy are expected to do.

We noted the arrest of such a journalist last night after a ruling that made it illegal for you to inhibit journalists in the course of their duty:

Anonymous @YourAnonNews · Nov 22

.@stlcountypd your arrest of @TreyYingst directly violates of yesterday's federal court ruling which prohibits inhibiting media. #Ferguson
0 replies 166 retweets 116 favorites

Reply Retweeted166 Favorite116


Yes the ruling came down yesterday. And from the ACLU who are tireless in their efforts to ensure the rights granted in the US Constitution to the citizens of this country:



Sad that it was needed, isn't it, since we thought we already had the right to a free and open press.

So, to all the Riot Police, Robo Cops, Military Personnel sent out to, well, whatever it is you are being sent to do, let's not have a repeat of the violence you engaged which caused the near deaths of two US Veterans and thousands of illegal arrests during the OWS protests.

The world will be watching tonight. Please try, hard though it may be, to control the violence against US Citizens that is becoming all too familiar to those watching all over the world.

ღ Alexis ღ ‏@ColeLaShea 10m10 minutes ago
Why is #Ferguson important? Because war torn countries are sending messages of hope to US citizens.











New Grassroots Climate Change Group Endorse 17 Candidates in 2014 Midterms - Wins 11 races, loses 6!

Climatehawksvote 2014 endorsements

I had not heard of this, apparently new, Grassroots Group.

They seem to be doing what we are interested in doing, identifying and/or choosing candidates which they then support, who are 'hawks' on Climate Change.

The website linked above, explains how they went about accomplishing their goals in this last election, so I thought it might interesting to this Group.

Btw, I do recognize the author of the Home Page as a long time member of Daily Kos.

From the Site's Homepage, after the 2014 election where they, imo, scored a major victory, 11 out of 17 candidates endorsed, that seems like a 'win' to me.

http://www.climatehawksvote.com/2014

The work for 2016 begins now. We're hatching an entirely new flight plan for 2015-16, and we need your help in shaping it - take our short survey.

Our goal remains steadfast: to elect climate hawk leaders - those who prioritize and speak on the climate crisis. Simply put, climate change is the greatest threat facing the next few generations of humanity, not just another Democratic issue, but too many politicians are afraid to talk about it.

Waffling on carbon pollution and voting for fossil fuels should be as unacceptable as voting against a woman's right to choose. We don't tolerate elected officials and candidates taking money from tobacco companies who profit from human suffering and death; we shouldn't tolerate them taking money from coal, oil, and gas companies whose business plan is to cook the planet.

We're proud of every candidate we endorsed, no matter what the result - whether solar solutionistas or energy efficiency evangelists, all our candidates were no-compromises climate hawks. We're a grassroots-funded organization seeking to elect only those politicians who show leadership on climate change.



It is well worth reading their Endorsement link, especially the analysis of the races they lost , because even the losses show that a small group like this who are committed to changing the way the system works, CAN change the numbers.

More from the link where I found them on Daily Kos. What is interesting is that they used the SOCIAL MEDIA to great effect, and very little MONEY:

We Won The Final Tally For Climate Change Hawks Votes 2014 Races

Primaries:

Endorsed Brian Schatz and Stanley Chang in Hawaii-Senate and Hawaii-01. Local organizers registered voters, made thousands of calls, hosted debate watch parties, appeared at candidate events. Schatz won by 1600 votes (later won general election); Chang came in 3d in a 7-way primary.

Endorsed Ruben Gallego in Arizona-07. Local organizer appeared at candidate events, organized a rally, outreach to environmental groups. National blogging work to expose opponent's dependence on coal money became a race meme. Collected hundreds of local signatures on petition to local newspapers to cover candidates' climate position. Won primary (later won general election).

General election, in order purely alphabetical:

Endorsed Shenna Bellows, Maine-Senate. Local organizer registered voters and engaged targeted low-turnout student voters in person; phonebanking. National blogging to expose opponent's policy homeopathy. Lost, but hopeful that Collins won't be considered a moderate environmental Republican any longer.

Endorsed Lois Capps, California-24. Social media. Won.

Endorsed in Michigan: Paul Clements, MI-06 and Gary Peters, MI-Sen. Clements lost; Peters won. Registered voters, voter registration rally in Benton Harbor, phonebanking, national blogging, substantial earned media, coordinated events with local NAACP, boosted turnout in six targeted precincts by nearly 40%; details here.

Endorsed Heidi Hall, CA-01. Social media. Lost.

Endorsed Mike Honda, CA-17. Social media - educated fellow Kossack and local activist Glen The Plumber re Mike's high score on the Climate Hawks Vote scorecard and general record on climate; said local activist cited by Ro Khanna in concession speech. Won.

Endorsed Ted Lieu, CA-33. Social media, local speeches, outreach. Won.

Endorsed Jeff Merkley, Oregon-Senate. Social media. Won.

Endorsed Scott Peters, CA-52. Local organizer targeted low-turnout youth voters: spoke and tabled at all colleges in district; spoke to local climate activists re Peters' political courage; spoke to local Democratic clubs re Peters' climate record; spoke at local movie nights; tabled at farmers' markets, sustainable food businesses, and other public spaces chosen for emphasis on climate-friendly voters; appeared at rallies; leafleted; extensive social media. Won.

Endorsed Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire-Senate. Social media. Won.

Endorsed Tom Udall, New Mexico-Senate. Social media. Won.

Endorsed carbon price in the human forms of Chris Van Hollen, MD-08 and Dave Peiser, CA-49. Social media. Won MD-08, lost CA-49.

Endorsed Rick Weiland, South Dakota-Senate. National blogging; worked with South Dakota NDN PAC to get out the vote on reservations, targeting reservations where opposition to Keystone XL pipeline is strongest. Lost.

grassroots peregrine CHVNow it's time to start planning work for 2015. Do we get involved in Presidential politics? Score bills and alert media, as I did with Mary Landrieu and the Keystone XL pipeline vote? Take on the hard task of recruiting candidates for 2016? and if so, where? Stick to the basics of updating and upgrading our sophisticated scorecard measuring not just votes, but leadership on climate? Something else?


Emphasis mine

Seem like they did this with no Commercial Ads, mostly using Social Media and Activists knocking on doors.

Very impressive work imo. I will follow them on Twitter to keep up with their activities.




The Power of the Minority! The Silver Lining of lost Elections.

I don't know about anyone else, but from the time Dems gained the majority in the House and Senate, and won the WH, putting the GOP in the minority, I remember that we have been told over and over again how POWERFUL the Minority Party was.

We, the people who thought that when a Party WINS, they get to call the shots, were admonished and even attacked at times, for insisting that the point of winning was to get some of what you worked so hard for.

No, we were told, the Minority is so powerful that they will NOT let anything we want, mostly concerning Progressive issues, PASS.

They will stop all of our nominations and they simply won't allow us, the MAJORITY to get ANYTHING done.

Well, we did get two things done without them, Bailing out Wall St crooks and the ACA, which btw we were told we had to compromise on in order to get some of them on board, which never happened airc .... but I am digressing ...

So, looking for a silver lining, I remembered how often I was told of the enormous Power of the Minority and have concluded that the Good News is that Dems will now have all the power of the Minority to Block Every Right Wing Piece of Legislation that THEY had when THEY were in the Minority.


Some possible opportunities for the Minority to use their power:


Will the Majority try to pass the Keystone Pipeline Legislation? No problem, Dems can STOP them!

How about the Chained CPI/Cuts to SS? A GOP Dream?? Again, no need to worry, Dems now have the power of the Minority to get that Piece of Right Wing garbage OFF the Deficit Table.

How about GOP nominees? No problem, Dems can hold them up forever until we get back in power.

Obstruct and prevent any Right Wing legislation. The Minority has the Power to do so!

And now we will get to see who actually USES that power we have been told so much about to stop Cuts to SS eg, and who doesn't!

Am I wrong about this? Will the Minority lose its power now, or take advantage of it?

I guess we'll have to wait and see.





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