The lesser evil

Bruce Dixon of the Black Agenda Report:

The fact is that 120% evil Republicans offer the only justification for our support of 100% evil Democrats. And with the dissolution of what used to be the black consensus for equality, civil liberties, full funding for public education, and opposing war spending and corporate privilege, Obama-era Democrats continue to flee rightward toward war, privatization and austerity.


This deformed puzzle is not the political logic of free and responsible people. It’s the cramped and twisted reasoning of someone trapped in a box urgently trying to convince himself that it’s not really a box, that pragmatic acceptance of the box as the whole of the great and free universe is really all that can be hoped, struggled and strived for. It’s not. Only a beaten, cowed and enslaved people can imagine their forbears sacrificed and struggled for them to choose among greater and lesser, but both still monstrous evils.


We at Black Agenda Report spend more time denouncing Democrats because they act like and enable Republicans. We don’t spend as much time denouncing the party of white supremacy because Republicans rarely bother to pretend to be anything else. African Americans haven’t voted Republican in 50 years. But we’re more unemployed than we’ve been in seventy years, and more imprisoned than we’ve ever been.
That’s what choosing “lesser evils” has earned us. It’s time to chuck the fake choice between evil Republicans and slightly less evil Democrats. It’s time not just to think, but to climb outside the two-party, lesser-evil box, to breathe the free air and get ready for something new.

He raises some important issues. Obama has made only a handful of gestures toward black voters (I was happy to see the penalties for crack cocaine moved somewhat more in line with cocaine, an issue that disproportionately affects black Americans), but as I keep saying, I see him as the friendly face of our transition to a Third World economy. It doesn’t seem that business as usual will cut it this time.

Well ex-CUSSSEEE me!

In today’s episode of Cops Gone Wild, another cop shoots an innocent bystander and blames her for her injuries:

A retired U.S. Navy veteran and her family are asking their local sheriffs department to own up to their role in a shooting of the servicewoman in her backyard.


According to KSWB-TV, San Diego County Sheriffs Deputy Luke Berhalter shot 36-year-old former Air and Sea rescue team member Jennifer Orey in her home Sunday at point-blank range while searching for a suspect.


Orey’s brother, Jim Morgan, said Tuesday Orey asked Berhalter why he did it.


“The cop said, ‘Well, I’m sorry, you startled me,’” Morgan said.


KGTV-TV reported that the Sheriffs Department subsequently issued a statement making her injuries sound relatively mild.


“The female was shot in the arm,” the report said. “She is in good condition and expected to be released from the hospital today.”


On Tuesday, Morgan went into detail on how hurt she actually was.


“The bullet went through her left breast, through the bottom, going right through her nipple, into her bicep, and then out her pinky,” Morgan said. The family also revealed photos showing Orey’s various wounds. She is currently in stable condition and expected to recover.

Must. Hit. Head. On. Wall.

This is the kind of mortgage fraud our Democratic administration decides to target. Yes, it’s only the fault of the individuals who got dicey mortgages, and not the mortgage companies who marketed them so aggressively:

BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Timothy McCabe, 47, and Theresa Morales, 48, both of Hypoluxo, Florida, were indicted by a federal grand jury for bank fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, or both.


Assistant U.S. Attorneys Maura K. O’Donnell and Kathleen A. Lynch, who are handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, the defendants submitted a fraudulent loan application to a financial institution, JPMorgan Chase Bank, to obtain a $560,000 mortgage on a property in Lewiston, New York. The defendants, who are husband and wife, provided false information in the loan application as to employment, salary, and residency. The defendants conduct resulted in foreclosure on the property.


This law enforcement action is part of President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. President Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. The task force includes representatives from a broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local law enforcement who, working together, bring to bear a powerful array of criminal and civil enforcement resources. The task force is working to improve efforts across the federal executive branch and with state and local partners to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes, combat discrimination in the lending and financial markets, and recover proceeds for victims of financial crimes.

These people make me sick.

When you wish upon a rape

Maureen Dowd:

There’s something trying about an unforgiving man suddenly in need of forgiveness.


Yet Todd Akin is right. He shouldn’t have to get out of the United States Senate race in Missouri simply for saying what he believes. He reflects a severe stance on abortion that many in his party embrace, including the new vice presidential candidate.


“I talk about one word, one sentence, one day out of place, and, all of a sudden, the entire establishment turns on you,” Representative Akin complained to the conservative radio talk-show host Dana Loesch on Tuesday as he spurned pleas from Mitt Romney and other G.O.P. big shots to abort his bid. He continued: “They just ran for cover at the first sign of any gunfire, and I think we need to rush to the gunfire.”

Oops

Looks like we have a little secret of our own!

Democratic Party officials say they will not release the names of donors to next month’s political convention before the event, despite an earlier pledge that they would regularly disclose the contributors.


In its marketing materials, the party promises that the “people’s convention,” set to begin Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C., will be the “most open and accessible ever.” But the names of donors, some of whom are giving up to $100,000, will remain secret until federal disclosure documents are filed Oct. 15, six weeks after the parties have ended and public attention has shifted to Election Day.


Democrats have made transparency a central theme of the campaign, pushing for legislation requiring groups to disclose donors. In a recent e-mail to supporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina asked for signatures on a petition calling for conservative interest groups to reveal the names of contributors.


“They have a vested interest in being able to spend millions anonymously to influence our elections,” Messina wrote.

I actually think they’re doing this because they haven’t gotten enough donors yet to cover their costs. A lot of the unions are holding back because they picked non-union Charlotte.

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