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West Memphis 3

It was ever thus that the prosecutors refuse to acknowledge that the entire system is corrupt, and that these cases are not unusual.


Not without a campaign contribution, you don’t, missy!

Staffers for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called police on Thursday evening to disperse unemployed protesters staging a sit-in at his Kenosha, Wis., office, according to the protesters and police.

Two protesters told HuffPost they’re unhappy with Ryan’s proposals to gut social programs and also his new policy of not holding free public meetings with constituents during the congressional recess.

During the summer of 2009, Ryan hosted some 17 town halls. Admission to Ryan’s one town-hall style event in his district this summer will cost $15, according to the Whitnall Park Rotary Club, which is hosting the Milwaukee-area event on Sept. 6.

“People don’t realize that they have every right to stand up and talk to their congressman,” Shanon Molina, 31, told HuffPost on Friday.

Surveillance state

Oh, this shit really makes my head hurt. Glenzilla points out the amazing info grab in the bill supposedly targeted to stop child pornography:

Economic suffering and anxiety — and anger over it and the flamboyant prosperity of the elites who caused it — is only going to worsen. So, too, will the refusal of the Western citizenry to meekly accept their predicament. As that happens, who it is who controls the Internet and the flow of information and communications takes on greater importance. Those who are devoted to preserving the current system of prerogatives certainly know that, and that is what explains this obsession with expanding the Surveillance State and secrecy powers, maintaining control over the dissemination of information, and harshly punishing those who threaten it. That’s also why there are few conflicts, if there are any, of greater import than this one.

I agree. And it’s astounding to me that more people don’t see it.

Pay per view

Republican town halls! Boy, they sure hate being accountable to voters, don’t they?

Meanwhile, up in my old stomping grounds, the unemployed demonstrate outside Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick’s office.

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I’ve always heard completely opposite stories about Bill Ryan and his corruption. Some people say he wouldn’t fix cases, others say he’s crooked as hell. But since he was the Delaware County DA, I have to assume he plays ball with the politicians.


Arab spring in Israel

Again, I’ll note that we’re not seeing this on our corporate media, mostly because the government keeps pouring money into the military and the expansion of illegal settlements — kind of like what we face here:

Woo hoo

I’m liking this NY attorney general — a lot!

God’s away on business

Cookie Monster and Tom Waits:

Mark Warner

In yet another episode of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” we learn that Mark Warner is still a right-wing douchebag!

Sen. Mark Warner is hoping to form a bipartisan, bicameral post-Gang of Six group to pressure the already bipartisan, bicameral supercommittee to “go big or go home,” his spokesman told POLITICO Thursday.

The Virginia Democrat, who first spoke of his vague plan during a Virginia Beach meeting Wednesday of the local Filipino American Community Action Group, said his new group would build on the efforts of the Gang of Six, a group of which he was a member.

“I’m not going to give up the fight. This problem is not going to go away,” Warner said, the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported.

Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said Thursday the idea is for the nascent group to serve as a cheerleading corps for the 12-member supercommittee “to speak out to encourage the new supercommittee to ‘go big, or go home.’” Hall said Warner has not developed details of the new group, which he called a “very preliminary concept.”

Warner told the group Wednesday that “$2.2 trillion is not enough” deficit reduction and warned that any new plan will likely include both more taxes and higher fees for services like the Tricare military health care plan.

Yeah, because I was just thinking the men and women in the military haven’t quite sacrificed enough! Or at least, nowhere near as much as the amazing millionaire ($65M to $238M) Mark Warner.

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