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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ex-FBI chief James Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterm elections

This SOB knows what he’s talking about. He is so "patriotic" he tried to rig an election for a Democratic.

Former FBI director and long-time Republican supporter James Comey is urging American voters to support Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

“This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘Ambition must ... counteract ambition,’” Comey said in a tweet late Tuesday.

[“All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.”]

Comey’s tweet comes as tensions continue to boil over in Washington, following President Donald Trump’s extraordinary press briefing alongside his Russian counterpart in Helsinki on Monday. 

Speaking next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump repeatedly rejected the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence agencies and failed to publicly condemn Russia for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election.

“They said they think it’s Russia,” Trump said of the U.S. intelligence community, before adding: “I have President Putin … he’s just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

On Tuesday, however, Trump said he misspoke in Helsinki, and that he had, in fact, meant to say he didn't see "any reason why it wouldn't be Russia," thereby tilting the scales in favor of the assessment reached by his own intelligence agencies, and not the denial issued by Putin.

Comey vs. Trump

Comey, who has frequently criticized the U.S. president since being fired in May 2017, had spoken out against Trump’s comments in a separate tweet on Monday.

“This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president,” Comey said via Twitter on Monday.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Hanoi Jane" says US is in 'an existential crisis,' revisits past controversies

Jane Fonda said she believes the United States is in an "existential crisis." Fonda is pictured here at The National Commie Award Center in 2017 (AP)

Indisputably the United States is the greatest county in the world. So how is it we're a Capitalist society, not Communist, how does she square the two? Not many benefited from Capitalism more than her... now she bites the hand which served her well.

Jane Fonda is using her celebrity status to encourage citizens to vote in the upcoming midterm elections because, according to the actress, the United States is in an "existential crisis."

"I can’t remember in my 80 years a more important election. I mean 2020 is going to be important but what happens in November, in terms of who’s going to be elected, is going to determine not just the foreseeable future — but for generations — what this country is going to look like," Fonda told People, speaking about her involvement with Swing Left, a grassroots effort to elect Democrats in swing states. 


Democratic response

The actress was also asked about the backlash she faced for being an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War in the '70s. Fonda's anti-war activism at the time earned her the nickname "Hanoi Jane."

"As for the controversies that have followed me, [they're] just starch in my spine — and the reason I keep at it is because, why not? I don’t know — I just don’t see any other way to live," Fonda explained. "We’re in an existential crisis, you know, our democracy has been challenged very, very gravely, and I’m scared.

"I have grandchildren, and when I die I want them to be able to say to themselves that Grandma did everything she could to save democracy and make the world a safer, better, place for us. Whether I’ll succeed — I’m not alone — that’s what’s important."

The 80-year-old, with her "9-5" and "Grace and Frankie" co-star Lily Tomlin by her side, said she is privileged to be able to use her public persona to promote her cause.

"Well, the disdain for Hollywood arises because it’s an effective effort: when celebrities speak out, our voices are heard," Fonda explained. "The fact is that when celebrities speak out for those whose voices are less heard it is effective, and that’s why Trump is attacking us."

This is hardly the first time Fonda has expressed disappointment in the United States. In October, the actress told the BBC she is not proud to be an American.

During the interview, Fonda was asked, "Are you proud of America today?"

The actress was very quick to reply with a hard "no."

"But, I’m proud of the resistance," she elaborated. "I’m proud of the people who are turning out in unprecedented numbers and continue over and over and over again to protest what Trump is doing. I’m very proud of them, that core."

The core:


Keith Ellison slams ‘disturbing’ neo-Nazi merchandise on Amazon in letter to Bezos

The pride and joy of the Democratic party... and God's gift to Conservatives.

Can you tell the difference?

But wait... this time he has a point!!!

Check out the hateful merchandise:


As Amazon moves ahead with its annual Prime Day sale, the company is still facing criticism for selling hateful merchandise on its platform, and is now facing scrutiny from a prominent lawmaker. 

Earlier this month, a report published by two advocacy groups found numerous examples of white supremacist and neo-Nazi merchandise available on Amazon, from a burning cross baby onesie to a neo-Nazi Pepe the Frog fidget spinner. The report also noted that several white supremacist writers’ works were available on Kindle. The company removed the offending material, but it was only the latest example of a criticism the company has faced for years. 

But Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) has some questions for the company. In a letter provided to The Verge and sent today to CEO Jeff Bezos, the lawmaker says “there appear to be a disturbing number of groups with hateful, racist, and violent agendas making money using Amazon’s platform.”

“Historically, Amazon has not responded effectively to this issue,” Ellison writes, “and continues to allow hate groups and SPLC-identified neo-Nazis and white nationalist writers to make money using its platform.”

The letter raises several questions for the company. Among them: How much money has Amazon made from the sale of hateful material? How does Amazon enforce its policies? And can it commit to stop publishing hate groups’ material within three months? 

“Third party sellers who use our Marketplace service must follow our guidelines and those who don’t are subject to swift action including potential removal of their account,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. 

Ellison is requesting answers to the questions by July 31st.


The Resistance

On a tip from Ed Kilbane

Wonder what the hell they do on Halloween?

Donald Trump Jr.

“If this is the ‘resistance’ I’m really glad I’m on the non-batshit crazy side.”


Monday, July 16, 2018

Protest after Chicago cops fatally shoot armed black man

On average 2 blacks are shot every day in Chicago. Repeat every day.

But this is the only one that matters. 


A large crowd chanting "murderers" and some hurling bottles pushed back against Chicago police guarding the scene where a man was fatally shot by officers Saturday evening in the South Shore neighborhood.

Paramedics responded to the 7100 block of South Chappel Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. and took the victim, an adult male, to Jackson Park Hospital, where he will be pronounced dead, said Larry Merritt, a fire department spokesman.

No police officers were injured, said head police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who used 2098 E. 71st St. as the address of the shooting.

The incident began when patrol officers on foot saw a man exhibiting characteristics of an armed person.

"He looked like he may have something on him," Guglielmi said. "They go to question him and at that point, a confrontation ensues and he is shot."

The man, who was armed, was taken to an area hospital where he died, Guglielmi said.

 Scott Olson/Getty Images Police investigate the scene of a shooting on May 27, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago police have added more than 1,000 officers to the streets over the Memorial Day weekend, hoping to put a dent in crime, during what is typically one of the more violent weekends of the year. In 2016, 6 people were killed and another 65 were wounded by gun violence over the Memorial Day weekend. About 7:30 p.m., a chaotic scene unfolded as more than 100 people cordoned off behind a police tape began chanting: "Murderers!" as they pushed, flipped police off, and threw bottles. As officers dealt with the crowd, pushing back, some of them pulled out their batons and held them horizontally.

One man suspected of throwing bottles was arrested, Guglielmi said.

"There were some members of the community who were upset," Guglielmi said. "This is a tragic situation, where an individual lost his life."

Officers on the scene began working with the crowd, many of whom had "a false sense of what occurred," Guglielmi said. "There was a lot of bad information out there. (I could almost smell Al) We have cops out there, community affairs officers, trying to give them as much information as we can."

As of 8:40 p.m. the crowd remained.

In other Saturday shootings:

Two people were wounded about 6:20 p.m. in the 6800 block of South East End Avenue, also in the South Shore neighborhood, police said.

One male was shot in the back and the other in the groin area, police said.