Conservative actor Kevin Sorbo ranted on Facebook this week that African-American protesters in Ferguson had shown themselves to be “animals” and “losers” following the death of slain teen Michael Brown.“Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man,” he wrote. “It is an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are.”“It is a tipping point to frustration built up over years of not trying, but blaming everyone else, The Man, for their failures. It’s always someone else’s fault when you give up.”Sorbo argued that Brown’s death should be a “reminder to the African Americans I always thought we just Americans. Oh, well. that their President the voted in has only made things worse for them, not better.”The former “Hercules” said that the way to end unrest in the city was to “ban” all media who are “nothing more than agitators.”“The media promotes chaos to boost their pathetic ratings. We should shut them all off and watch clips on the internet only when republished under fair use by a conservative media watchdog group.”Update: Kevin Sorbo told TMZ Live that he was “stupid” to post remarks calling African-American protesters “animals.” He apologized to “anyone who was offended.”
By now most people have heard about Texas Governor Rick Perry being indicted on two felonies for abuse of power and coercion of a public servant.If convicted, Perry faces anywhere from 5-99 years for the first count and between two and ten years for the second.Naturally, Perry has denied these allegations. He’s claiming that his actions were within the law when he threatened to, and ultimately did, veto $7.5 million in funding to the Travis County Public Integrity. He did so because District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign from her position at the TCPI following a DUI conviction.And as it just so happens, Ms. Lehmberg was investigating Perry’s office for possible corruption charges during the time of her DUI.Which is where the real heart of this entire story lies. Because had she resigned from her position at the TCPI, Rick Perry would have been the person who chose her replacement.Pretty convenient, right? Nothing like being able to handpick the replacement for the person investigating you for corruption.The “reasoning” Perry is using is that her conviction for a DUI made her unfit to hold her position.
It’s a scenario that has become all too familiar. You’re frustrated with the gridlock in D.C. You’re sickened by the burgeoning national debt. You think the country has gone to “hell in a handbasket” under the current administration and party leadership.And then you get a direct mail piece, or an email, or see an ad on the web that promises change by supporting candidates who embrace your ideals.Hopeful and excited to learn that there are organizations willing to fight for what you think will “fix this country,” you grab your credit card and fire off a donation, confident you have contributed to a worthwhile cause. If only it were so!The reality may well be far from what you believe, and have a right to expect; in fact, you may be sickened to learn the truth about how little of your money actually goes to directly or indirectly supporting candidates and their campaigns.
“It seemed like Mrs. Elliott was taking our best friends away from us.”These are the words of a third-grader from Riceville, Iowa. Her schoolteacher, Jane Elliott, had just put her class through an exercise that showcased the viciousness and injustice of white supremacy in the late 1960s. Jane Elliott has since replicated this exercise countless times, but her original lesson remains a groundbreaking insight into the mechanisms of supremacy as depicted in the documentary A Class Divided. By labeling the blue-eyed students in her class smarter and better, and giving them more privileges than the brown-eyed students, Jane Elliott instantly creates division and hostility between the two groups. She constantly reinforces the superiority of her blue-eyed students who suddenly feel more confident and perform better at tasks than their now demoralized and dejected brown-eyed classmates. This division creates conflict between the students, which greatly upsets them and even leads to physical fights. Jane Elliott is stunned by the results of her exercise, saying: “I watched what had been marvelous, cooperative, wonderful, thoughtful children turn into nasty, vicious, discriminating little third-graders in a space of fifteen minutes.”Jane Elliotts exercise clearly illustrates how simple it is to ignite conflict between people once a group of individuals is elevated above another. It also demonstrates how supremacy creates powerlessness in the “inferior” group and that the loss of personal power eventually leads to hostility and violence. This is the system we live under today – a hierarchy that ranks people based on their “worth” and socio-economic status.
Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted Friday on charges of abuse of power—a first degree felony—and coercion—a third degree felony. The charges stem from a 2013 scandal that has been quietly rumbling in the Lone Star State as Perry has been floated as a viable contender for the Republican nomination in 2016.This is a complex case, which might be why it has not made national headlines the way other recent, state-level scandals like Bridgegate, in New Jersey have. Below, I have outlined a somewhat confusing short version of events, and a longer, more colorful explanation that involves alcohol, police, and masks.
AUSTIN, Texas AP — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his states first indicted governor in nearly a century.A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit, which is run by Travis County District Rosemary Lehmbergs office. Several top aides to the Republican governor appeared before grand jurors in Austin, including his deputy chief of staff, legislative director and general counsel. Perry himself wasnt called to testify.
August 13, 2014 A Colorado state legislator has dismissed concerns about hydraulic fracturing polluting water with methane as “propaganda,” saying that its natural to have methane in water.In fact, state Sen. Randy Baumgardner said that methane actually helped Native Americans.”If you go back in history and look at how the Indians traveled, they traveled to the burning waters,” Baumgardner said in a video posted by the site Right Wing Watch. “And that was methane in the waters and that was for warmth in the wintertime. So a lot of people, if they just trace back the history, theyll know how a lot of this is propaganda.”The comments were made in an interview for the program “Pray in Jesus Name,” which is run by former Navy chaplain and state House candidate Gordon Klingenschmitt at the Western Conservative Summit.In a follow-up email, Baumgardner said that he was referring to “hot springs,” which he said his grandmother called “burning waters.” The bacteria in the geothermally heated hot springs can produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas, but the natural phenomenon is different from the potential to have methane from a gas well pollute a water source.
The FEC has announced that they are investigating Speaker of the House John Boehner for accepting dozens of illegal donations from the coal, energy, and gambling industries.
Commentators reacted swiftly to condemn remarks conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh made Tuesday during a segment in which Limbaugh suggested actor Robin Williams’ “leftist worldview” played a part in his apparent suicide.Liberal-leaning watchdog group Media Matters accused Limbaugh of “exploiting” Williams’ death to attack the political left. Another headline, this one from the site Uproxx, called Limbaugh’s remarks “impossibly stupid.”
As President Obama struggles to deal with the crisis in Iraq, its useful to remember who gave the world this cauldron of woe in the first place: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.Their decision to launch a foolish and unwarranted invasion in 2003, toppling Saddam Hussein and destroying any vestige of the Iraqi state, is directly responsible for the chaos we see today, including the rapid advance of the well-armed jihadist militia that calls itself the Islamic State.Bush has maintained a circumspect silence about the legacy his administrations adventurism bequeathed us. Cheney, however, has been predictably loud and wrong on the subject of, well, just about everything.