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  • GOP's hell-bent on tearing us apart:decades-long (southern) strategy to win by divisiveness...

    11/29/2015 4:51:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | November 29, 2015 | Heather Cox Richardson, .....a professor of history at Boston College
    Republican candidates for the presidential nomination claim that Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell them, insist the U.S. is at war with an "evil state of consciousness," compare Muslims to rabid dogs, and call for closing mosques and registering Muslims. These are not fringe candidates. They are the front-runners. American politics has descended from principle into tribalism. The descent began in 1968. That year's presidential election looked to be a principled fight, with Democrats Hubert Humphrey and Robert F. Kennedy articulating a vision of an inclusive America in which the government expanded efforts to guarantee equality. For...
  • Defense lawyer takes a base on balls in Twin Peaks pitchers’ duel [Waco]

    07/25/2015 9:20:10 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | July 23, 2015
    Six Shooter Junction – A Big D barrister assured his client will get a chance to have the probable cause of the charges against him examined at trial prior to a Grand Jury’s scrutiny. In a favorable ruling on a motion to remove the magistrate who charged Matt Clendennen with the capital conspiracy charge of engaging in organized criminal activity that lead to murder, F. Clinton Broden furthermore assured his client that a new assignment of his case to a court of record for the purpose of an examining trial will be under the control of the Third Judicial Region...
  • Hearing set to address JP’s potential recusal from biker case [Waco]

    07/22/2015 1:48:55 PM PDT · by don-o · 36 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | July 22, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    A recusal hearing to address a complaint against McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson related to the May 17 biker shooting at Twin Peaks will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday and be presided over by a Bell County judge, legal documents show. The complaint, filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct by Dallas attorney Clinton Broden, alleges Peterson violated several judicial ethical canons when he set the initial $1 million bonds for the 177 jailed bikers. Broden has said his complaint is based on comments Peterson made to the Tribune-Herald after the shooting. “I think...
  • Waco Is Suppressing Evidence That Could Clear Innocent Bikers

    07/21/2015 7:49:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 81 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 21, 2015
    Why is Waco, Texas, fighting to suppress multiple videos of the shootout that killed nine bikers at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17? Why are some attorneys in the case now prohibited from talking to the press? And why haven’t Waco officials revealed how many of the nine victims were killed by bullets from police officers’ guns? snip Here are two theories. One is the official explanation. Authorities say that this is a complex investigation that takes lots of time and that suppressing video evidence and issuing gag orders is necessary to prevent prospective jurors from being influenced by...
  • Waco Is Suppressing Evidence That Could Clear Innocent Bikers

    07/21/2015 9:06:18 AM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 20 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 21 Jul 2015 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    The city is fighting to keep videos of the May shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant out of the press, and still hasn’t confirmed how many victims were shot by police. Why is Waco, Texas, fighting to suppress multiple videos of the shootout that killed nine bikers at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17? Why are some attorneys in the case now prohibited from talking to the press? And why haven’t Waco officials revealed how many of the nine victims were killed by bullets from police officers’ guns?
  • Police detective heading grand jury reflects badly on local justice, ... [WACO]

    07/14/2015 5:32:40 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 35 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | July 14, 2015 | LARRY KARSON
    Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature passed a law outlawing what is known as the “pick-a-pal system” for grand jury selection. Unlike the trial juries we are all familiar with, in which the jury is picked randomly with attorneys questioning possible jurors for bias or prejudice, many grand juries had been picked by judges by offering friends or associates in the justice system the license of nominating prospective jurors or even serving as grand jurors themselves. Research has shown that probation department employees, police officers, bail bondsmen and even court bailiffs decided who served on the grand jury. The problem?...
  • What We Learned About Waco This Weekend

    07/12/2015 5:43:25 PM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 46 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | July 12, 2015 | The Aging Rebel
    The Twin Peaks Massacre has always, clearly, been an ATF or FBI operation gone terribly wrong. The Waco police and most of official Waco have been lying about it since May 17. A couple of pieces of evidence became generally available this weekend that shine a little light into this black hole of deceit. First, it is now absolutely inarguable that at least 182 people were arrested on May 17 and that five of them were “unarrested” by 5:28 a.m. the next morning. In an early morning fax from Waco Detective Sam Key to lay Justice of the Peace “Pete”...
  • Surveillance Video of Biker Shooting Leaked

    07/11/2015 4:17:32 AM PDT · by don-o · 7 replies
    KCEN-TV ^ | July 10, 2015
    Surveillance video from the Twin Peaks shooting has been leaked. The video from Don Carlos, the restaurant next door to Twin Peaks, was obtained by KCEN late Friday afternoon through an anonymous email sent to various local and national media outlets. The email contained a web link and a password to a section of, the law firm of Clint Broden who represents Matthew Clendennen, a local biker arrested in the shooting. The password takes you to a YouTube page for the law firm. KCEN notified Mr. Broden of the email and password late this afternoon, and hours later, access...
  • Michele Obama, Wooing The First Dresser

    02/12/2012 7:53:41 PM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 12 replies
    sunday times ^ | 21212 | By BEE-SHYUAN CHANG
    HE designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, known professionally as Cushnie et Ochs, have been critical darlings ever since starting their business in 2009, just a few years out of college. They have been prominently featured in WWD and Vogue, have won prestigious honors, like the Ecco Domani Foundation Award, and were one of 10 finalists for last year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. But even with that acclaim, they were still having trouble getting some prominent retailers to buy their clothes or even grant them a showing. Then Michelle Obama was photographed in one of their designs: a forest-green crepe...
  • Lady Gaga's 'borderline positive' comment sheds light on lupus

    06/03/2010 9:19:44 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 35 replies · 1,130+ views
    CNN ^ | 06.03.10
    Addressing rumors that have circulated about her health, Lady Gaga told CNN's Larry King this week that she doesn't have lupus, but has tested "borderline positive" for the condition. It may sound contradictory, but doctors say this can occur with lupus. Like many autoimmune diseases, lupus is a mystifying condition. It's often hard to diagnose because of its vague and varying symptoms. No two cases are alike, according to medical experts. The disease can come and go without explanation, and its severity varies from mild discomfort to death.
  • Could Ron Paul Beat Obama for President?

    04/20/2010 4:59:10 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 77 replies · 1,027+ views
    The New American ^ | April 20, 2010 | Mary McHugh
    According to a recent Rasmussen poll, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) and President Barack Obama would be virtually tied if the 2012 presidential election were held today. The poll result is perhaps surprising, considering that during Ron Paul's 2008 presidential bid for the Republican nomination the major media cast him as a dark horse with no chance of winning. But that was before the financial meltdown in the fall of 2008, the Obama Presidency, and the Tea Party movement of the past year. Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 “likely voters” by phone over April 12 and 13 to gauge the current public attitude...
  • Barack Obama to write Newsweek cover story on Haiti

    01/14/2010 9:10:04 PM PST · by mimi from mi · 66 replies · 1,619+ views
    I don't believe I can post a link to Huffington Post, but click on their site and read the remarks to this latest revelation and see the magazine cover. President Barack Obama will write the cover story for next week's Newsweek magazine. The Wall Street Journal's Russell Adams reports that Newsweek editor Jon Meacham asked Obama's senior advisor if the President would write for the magazine, and he agreed. The magazine will hit newsstands on Monday. When Newsweek unveiled its redesign in May 2009, the magazine also turned to Obama; Meacham interviewed Obama for that issue. Developing...
  • The Obamas: Icons of the decade (BARF ALERT)

    12/21/2009 4:31:33 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 22 replies · 755+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | 12/21/09
    Barack emerged as the inverse of everything that had gone before. Michelle ensured his feet were kept on the ground
  • George McGovern: Barack Obama Is a 'Second Lincoln'

    12/23/2008 12:25:58 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 83 replies · 2,179+ views
    Few people come as quickly to the defense of George McGovern as McGovern himself. The antiwar senator from South Dakota lost to Richard Nixon in a landslide in the 1972 presidential election, only to see Nixon, caught up in the Watergate scandal, resign in disgrace. For McGovern, though—along with many Democrats who followed him—the damage was done, and the now retired politician has spent decades defending the electability of antiwar liberals, insisting his campaign was undone by dirty tricks and bad luck. In recent years, McGovern, 86, hasn't relinquished the spotlight, condemning the war in Iraq and declaring Barack Obama,...
  • Paparazzi Photog Gets a 'Pec-tacular' Obama Shot

    12/24/2008 9:32:05 AM PST · by marthemaria · 33 replies · 2,280+ views
    More than a dozen photographs of a bathing suit-clad President-elect Barack Obama surfaced online Monday showing the shirtless Chicagoan accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters on the white-sand beach in front of their vacation home. Reporters, photographers and television camera operators traveling with the Obamas have been banned by the Secret Service from approaching the oceanfront estate in nearby Kailua where the family is vacationing. But an enterprising paparazzi photographer wearing a Hawaiian shirt apparently strolled along the beach, saw the Obamas, took out his long-lens camera and started shooting. The photographer was less than 200...
  • Obama's Word's of Hope and Inspiration 2009 Calendar

    11/25/2008 3:33:50 PM PST · by GulfWar1Vet · 23 replies · 822+ views
    Calendar | 25 November 2008 | Gulfwar1vet
  • Obama's Mug on D.C. Subway Cards for Inauguration

    11/20/2008 7:08:51 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 380+ views ^ | November 20, 2008 | Walter Alarkon
    The subway system in Washington, D.C., is making fare cards featuring President-elect Barack Obama's image to commemorate his inauguration as the 44th president. SmarTrip cards with Obama's smiling face will be available in January, Metro spokesman Stephen Taubenkibel told DCist. Regular fare cards marking the Jan. 20 inauguration will be available in late December. Images of the Obama card were shown at a recent Metro Board of Directors meeting. See the mock-up below, first posted on DCist.
  • Obama's Cabinet: Start With Al Gore

    11/11/2008 7:15:49 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies · 273+ views
    Obama's Cabinet: Start With Al Gore __ By Richard Cohen Tuesday, November 11, 2008; A19 If there is a single appointment Barack Obama could make to signal how dramatically things will change in Washington, it would be to name Albert Gore Jr. -- former House member, former senator, former vice president, former presidential nominee and current Custodian of the Planet -- as secretary of state. For all the other aspirants to the job, sorry -- this is an inconvenient truth. Can you imagine a bolder statement about a new direction when it comes to global warming and the general care...
  • Text of Obama's Patriotism Speech - "The America We Love"

    06/30/2008 10:03:12 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 39 replies · 265+ views
    Remarks of Senator Barack Obama The America We Love – as prepared for delivery Monday, June 30th, 2008 Independence, Missouri On a spring morning in April of 1775, a simple band of colonists – farmers and merchants, blacksmiths and printers, men and boys – left their homes and families in Lexington and Concord to take up arms against the tyranny of an Empire. The odds against them were long and the risks enormous – for even if they survived the battle, any ultimate failure would bring charges of treason, and death by hanging. And yet they took that chance. They...
  • God BLESS America, McCain ‘08. (Obama wins Democratic nomination.)

    06/05/2008 8:21:53 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 8 replies · 486+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 06/05/08 | Bill Levinson
    Obama wins Democratic nomination. God damn BLESS America, McCain ‘08 The Democratic superdelegates have seen fit to play a sick practical joke on the American people by throwing their party’s nomination to an individual who is totally unqualified for any position of public trust or responsibility. Barack Hussein Obama’s outstanding speaking voice qualifies him to record books on CD or perhaps serve as a radio personality, but he lacks both the competence and personal character to hold public office. His actions overwhelm any words his powerful, melodic, and mesmerizing voice may deliver to his adoring and adulating groupies, and these...