"Among controversies featuring Blitzer is an episode during a 2012 elections interview. CNN went live to the Iowa Caucus to speak to Corporal Jesse Thorsen, a US military veteran and adamant supporter of Rep. Ron Paul. Thorsen praised Paul, who was trailing frontrunner Mitt Romney by fewer than 200 votes, for his non-interventionist ideals. But just as Thorsen began to get passionate the feed went out. “Sorry, we lost the signal,” Blitzer said, dismissing it as a technical malfunction. A lot of viewers didn’t buy into the tech-error excuse and cried censorship. "
The Free Thought Project has obtained an exclusive video interview with Benjamin Carr, Eric Garner’s stepfather. The video has the watermark “preview” over the video footage because it is going to be part of a documentary on police misconduct.
Before we get to the video let’s quickly review some of the facts that are widely known regarding this case. First, Eric Garner had been arrested more than thirty times since the mid 80s. Second, the reason for the arrest which resulted in his death was for the “crime” of selling loose cigarettes. Third, the state of New York made more than $1.6 million off of cigarette taxes in 2011. Fourth, the officer who choked Eric Garner to death, Daniel Pantaleo, has been sued three times for allegedly violating the constitutional rights of other black males. Lastly, the cigarette excise tax causes NYC to lose close to $100 million a year in tax revenue due to cigarette tax evasion caused by decrease in retail sale (i.e. what Eric Garner was doing.)
When Mr. Garner’s stepfather is asked if Eric was singled out because of his race, he responds, “I wouldn’t really say [he was killed] because Eric was a black man. It’s due to the fact that they stole money from him and refused to give him his money, and he filed charges against them. This is why they had a vendetta against him.”
TORONTO – Could there be something more sinister behind the little elf sitting on the shelf who returns to the North Pole each night?
Yes, says Laura Pinto, a digital technology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
She recently published a paper titled “Who’s the Boss” on the doll, saying the idea of it reporting back to Santa each night on the child’s behavior “sets up children for dangerous, uncritical acceptance of power structures,” according to insideHalton.com.
From her paper:
When children enter the play world of The Elf on the Shelf, they accept a series of practices and rules associated with the larger story. This, of course, is not unique to The Elf on the Shelf. Many children’s games, including board games and video games, require children to participate while following a prescribed set of rules. The difference, however, is that in other games, the child role-plays a character, or the child imagines herself within a play-world of the game, but the role play does not enter the child’s real world as part of the game. As well, in most games, the time of play is delineated (while the game goes on), and the play to which the rules apply typically does not overlap with the child’s real world.
Australia should not embrace America, writes its former prime minister, but preserve itself from Washington’s reckless overreach.
Malcolm Fraser | December 16, 2014
IT IS time for Australia to end its strategic dependence on the United States. The relationship with America, which has long been regarded as beneficial, has now become dangerous to Australia’s future. We have effectively ceded to America the ability to decide when Australia goes to war. Even if America were the most perfect and benign power, this posture would still be incompatible with the integrity of Australia as a sovereign nation. It entails not simply deference but submission to Washington, an intolerable state of affairs for a country whose power and prosperity are increasing and whose national interests dictate that it enjoy amicable, not hostile, relations with its neighbors, including China.
This was one of the happiest days of my life. Enjoy.
Ron Paul Tea Party 07:
What should we do?
I vote for moving.
Check out the 5:40 mark. Whole thing worth watching.
Rare preacher indeed! No lack of guts here!
Huge win for medical marijuana! Congress prohibits DEA from future raids on marijuana shops and patients.Submitted by Diamond Dog on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 23:05
December 15, 2014
49 Republicans and 170 Democrats approve the historic amendment intended to prevent the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from raiding state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress approved a measure Thursday (219-189) that will prevent the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. The legislation marks the first time in history that Congress has voted in favor of ending the federal government’s war on medical marijuana patients and providers. A record-high 49 Republicans voted in favor of the measure.
The amendment to H.R. 4660, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, offered by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), prohibits the Department of Justice, including the DEA, from spending funds to prevent states from implementing their own medical marijuana laws. The amendment has been offered seven times since 2003. It received a then-record high 165 votes in 2007, which included 15 Republicans.
Rand Paul insulted the business lobby in June; he starred in their ads in October. Here's how it all went down.
The Courtship: How Rand Paul Became a Chamber Republican
National Journal | December 15, 2014
Rand Paul had screwed up, and he knew it.
It was June and the Kentucky senator was in Texas speaking to a group of tea-party activists when he got loose with his words. "Chamber of Commerce is fine, I was a member of the Chamber of Commerce," Paul told the state's Republican Liberty Caucus. "But a Chamber of Commerce Republican is not going to win a national election."
It was a bold statement for a Republican plotting his own path to presidency. Too bold, he and his advisers realized almost immediately. While Paul has nurtured an iconoclastic libertarian image—stomping across Washington in cowboy boots and jeans, casting himself as a rare Republican willing to go to Berkeley, say, or reach out to black voters—he has also methodically courted the power class here in Washington.
I stumbled into this place but I will most certainly not stumble out. It’s all too much anymore. Sometimes I feel the dire need for a place to call my own; a place of brutal and empowering truth; a place where [we] are broken completely free of the pessimistic and languishing disingenuousness of those who have assumed lordship and autocracy over us. This place has given me so much of that, yet now I’m finding such brutal and empowering truth to be amiss here (this is just my interpretation and not meant to be contentious).
BBC Question Time 11/12/2014 Russell Brand Nigel Farage [FYI: the Britons & much of rest of the world cite the day before the month]
Published on Dec 11, 2014
Full episode. David Dimbleby presents topical debate from Canterbury in Kent. Among the panellists are Penny Mordaunt MP, Mary Creagh MP, Nigel Farage MEP, Russell Brand and Camilla Cavendish.
** How the MSM are characterizing the 'debate:'
In today's Beautiful Anarchy, Jeffrey Tucker explains why conservatives need to upgrade by being more consistent with their anti-government ideology. He explains why there is a disconnect among conservatives regarding a police force and the deep government that isn't represented by the people.
Tucker talks about Thomas Hobbes' influence and half a century of contradictory conservatism. He also demonstrates how we have an opportunity to upgrade the mindset of conservatives view toward police.
The Tucker takeaway gives a strong argument for why it is conservative to be part of the anti-police movement.
#FreeChelsea! - Imprisoned 1661 days now.
Why? For exposing #warcrimes!