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As a result of an investigation by the Orange County District Attorney, police officers involved in the fatal beating of a homeless man are sentenced.

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Kelly Thomas was a homeless schizophrenic man who was mercilessly murdered by Fullerton, California, police officers on July 5. To their credit, the Fullerton Police Department immediately put the six officers involved on leave and requested that the Orange County District Attorney’s Office conduct a thorough and impartial investigation. Eleven-weeks later, after a review of 151 witness statements, videos of the beating, medical reports and police statements, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas filed charges against two of the six officers: Manuel Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, and Jay Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force. Rackauckas said the other four officers were not charged because they were unaware of the statements and threats made by Ramos.

If convicted, Ramos faces up to 15 years to life in prison. Cicinelli, who left the Los Angeles Police Department on disability after losing an eye in a South L.A. shooting in 1996, faces up to four years in prison.

The criminal charges revealed that Ramos stood over Thomas and taunted him in a menacing way by putting on Latex gloves, holding his fists in front of Kelly and saying …

Read full article here: Gangbanger Police Officers Who Murdered Kelly Thomas Are Sentenced

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It looks like it may require anarchy, an overthrow of government to bring change that benefits all Americans and not just a select few. Nothing seems to be working for the indigent, low- or middle-class, only for wealthy Americans and Wall Street.

On Monday, a combative President Obama announced a plan to reduce the nation’s debt by $3 trillion above what was called for under the debt ceiling deal enacted in August of which he has requested the “Super Committee” to include $447 billion to pay for his American Jobs Act of 2011. What he called a “balanced” plan would include entitlement cuts, tax increases, and war savings resulting from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dubbed the “Buffett Rule,” he also proposed that millionaires and billionaires pay the same tax rate as the middle class.
Obama, knowing that it’s anathema to Republicans, nevertheless, has once again called for the Bush-era tax cuts to expire as scheduled for wealthier taxpayers, while extending them for individuals making less than $200,000 a year and families making less than $250,000, vowing, “[He] will not support any plan that puts all the burden for closing our deficit on ordinary Americans. And [he] will veto any bill that changes benefits for those who rely on Medicare but does not raise serious revenues by asking the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share. We are not going to have a one-sided deal that hurts the folks who are most vulnerable.”

However, whatever President Obama proposes will be a nonstarter.

Republican Representative Paul Ryan, chair of the House Budget Committee, said that House Republicans would oppose the “Buffett Rule calling it “Class warfare.” While in the same breath he said that the Bush-era temporary tax cuts should be allowed to expire on those earning less than $106,000 per year, which would amount to a 50 percent tax hike on the low-and middle-class while millionaires and billionaires are left untouched.

In Ryan’s view …

Read full article here: Wake-up America! Racial, Social, Political, and Economic Change Is Imperative

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Lacking fair-mindedness, conservatives are irrationally provoked by a simple give and take between President Obama and his supporters, grasping at any opportunity no matter how small as a setup for a put-down.

Back on Saturday, January 17, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland, President-elect Barack Obama stopped on his way to Washington for his Tuesday inauguration. As Obama spoke, someone in the crowd of cheering admirers shouted, “We love you, Obama!” Obama answered, “I love you back.”

This past Wednesday, President Obama, promoting his Jobs Plan to a crowd of North Carolinians, said, “I love you back” to an audience member who shouted, “I love you.” With an astute follow-up, he said, “But if you love me you’ve got to help me pass this bill.”

In the first instance, there was only jubilation, enthusiasm, and excitement for the newly elected President. There was no sense …

Read full article here: President Obama: I Love You Back

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Ron Paul has demonstrated a lack of compassion by a failure to understand why neighbor helping neighbor is not sufficient in helping those who can least help themselves and so does the Republican Party.

The political philosophy of compassionate conservatism stresses that the policies of Republican politicians should be motivated by caring for people and the way to accomplish that is a free marketplace that improves the general welfare of society.

At Monday night’s Republican Tea Party debate, moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the lack of Republican compassion exposed itself front and center. And the question of whether a free market benefits society’s welfare was answered by Ron Paul.

Wolf Blitzer asked Paul a hypothetical question about a young man who elects not to purchase health insurance. The man has a medical crisis, goes into a coma and needs expensive care. “Who pays?”

Paul answered, “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks.”

Interrupting the applause, Blitzer continued: “But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?”

Paul said, no. He continued by saying when he was a physician at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, “We never turned anybody away from the hospital. We have given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves, assume responsibility for ourselves … that’s the reason the cost is so high.” In Paul’s vision of America, neighbors, friends, and churches” should choose to assume the care of those who cannot pay for their healthcare, not government. Therefore, a free market does not benefit society’s welfare but the effort of volunteers in a free society.

Paul’s libertarian view is nothing new. He has …

Read full article here: There Are No Bleeding Heart Republicans

 

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The argument has been made that for nearly 150 years, civil liberties in this country have been on the upswing. The fact is that nothing could be further from the truth.

Jeff Jacoby, in an article for the Boston Globe, asks the question, was the 9/11 decade a disaster for individual freedom?

Jacoby’s opinion is “Congress and the president may restrict political liberties during wartime or a crisis, but when the crisis eases liberty rebounds – and then some. The balance between security and freedom shifts back not to where it was, but to even greater liberty and expanded individual rights. Thus, after the Civil War ended, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments made the United States an even freer country than it had been before. Following World War II, FDR’s internment of the Japanese was rescinded – and is now so reviled that no mainstream political figure would dream of defending or emulating it. For nearly 150 years, civil liberties in this country have been on the upswing. Ten years after 9/11, they still are.”

There is one big problem with Jacoby’s assessment: he is wrong!

Read full article here: A Disaster for Individual Freedom

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Paul Krugman views the decade after 9/11 as The Years of Shame. Is he right that 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned?

Paul Krugman in his New York Times blog post titled The Years of Shame posits that “The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame.”

As one would anticipate, Krugman’s Blog Post Stoke[d] Controversy, and in response he followed-up his post with More About the 9/11 Anniversary.

Now, if anyone should need more on why Krugman stated 9/11 has been poisoned or why it is an occasion for shame needs to read Tom Engelhardt’s …

Read full article here: The Day That Changed America

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The overdone job creation rhetoric has been useless. There has been no action taken on putting America’s unemployed back to work, and because of all talk and no action, Obama and Congress have lost credibility on the issue.

President Obama repeatedly has promised he would prioritize jobs, that it was his main goal. Just a few examples: November 22, 2008 — Obama outlines job-creation plan; July 15, 2009 — Creating jobs is biggest challenge; January 27, 2010 — “jobs must be our number one focus in 2010, and that is why I am calling for a new jobs bill tonight.”

Congress’ speechifying has also incessantly preached the need to put America back to work. And they have not taken any steps to make that happen.

Now, Obama, again, is going to give us more job creation rhetoric, and essentially the same old political and nice sounding words and phrases will be repeated. It will be packaged differently, but he will say the same thing he has been saying right along. For example, he will stress the need to invest in building America’s infrastructure; tax cuts and incentives for businesses so they will start hiring; one-year extension of a payroll tax cut for workers and an extension of expiring jobless benefits, among some other to-do’s  of the same old talk.

Therefore, if his and Congress’ history on this issue is any measure, Obama’s jobs plan cannot be taken seriously?

You see, whatever Obama says …

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