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BREAKING: Lead Investigator in Trayvon Martin Case Wants Manslaughter Charges Brought Against George Zimmerman, But Was Overruled By District Attorney Who Recused Himself From The Case

ABC News reports that the lead investigator in Trayvon Martin shooting wanted manslaughter charge against Zimmerman. The lead investigator, Chris Serino, stated he was unconvinced by Zimmerman’s version of events. His recommendation for a manslaughter charge was overruled by state attorney Norman Wolfinger, who subsequently removed himself from the case. Read everything you should know about the case here.

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow, via sarahlee310)

Filed under Treyvon Martin Chris Serino Florida Norman Wolfinger news

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underthemountainbunker:

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Dems To GOP: No Cover From Us On Medicare Privatization Plan - When House Republicans unveil[ed] their 2012 budget on Tuesday, they are expected to include a Medicare privatization plan endorsed by one Democrat — Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). That, Republicans will claim, proves their controversial overhaul proposal has bipartisan support. Leading Democrats say they won’t let the GOP get away with it. “We don’t see a difference in principle between the original Ryan plan and the so-called Wyden-Ryan plan,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) a party surrogate on health care issues, told reporters on a conference call Monday morning. “It’s equally bad or only marginally different but still would end Medicare as we know it.”

underthemountainbunker:

Dems To GOP: No Cover From Us On Medicare Privatization Plan - When House Republicans unveil[ed] their 2012 budget on Tuesday, they are expected to include a Medicare privatization plan endorsed by one Democrat — Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). That, Republicans will claim, proves their controversial overhaul proposal has bipartisan support. Leading Democrats say they won’t let the GOP get away with it. “We don’t see a difference in principle between the original Ryan plan and the so-called Wyden-Ryan plan,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) a party surrogate on health care issues, told reporters on a conference call Monday morning. “It’s equally bad or only marginally different but still would end Medicare as we know it.”

(via sarahlee310)

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“Self-defense is now used more widely than it was under the old law in the State of Florida,” said William Eddins, the state attorney in Pensacola and the president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. “It is a very broad law in terms of the availability of the defendant to try to take advantage of this law. It has created more litigation for the state in cases involving violence and in murder cases, in particular.”

The state attorney in Tallahassee, Willie Meggs, who fought the (Stand your Ground) law when it was proposed, said: “The consequences of the law have been devastating around the state. It’s almost insane what we are having to deal with.”

It is increasingly used by gang members fighting gang members, drug dealers battling drug dealers and people involved in road rage encounters. Confrontations at a bar are also common: Someone looks at someone the wrong way or bothers someone’s girlfriend. The cases are sometimes successfully argued, and sometimes not.

…Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, says that his organization tracks laws in 21 states that extend the self-defense doctrine beyond the home. The usual label for such laws — “stand your ground” — is politically charged, he said, suggesting that a more apt label would be “Shoot first, ask questions later.”

Laws like the one in Florida allow situations like the Trayvon Martin killing, he said. “We’re heartbroken, but we’re not surprised.”

Combining broader boundaries of self-protection while weakening gun-control laws and promoting the “paranoid mentality” that people need guns for self-protection is “a mentality that leads to tragedy,” he said.

The New York Times, “A Florida Law Gets Scrutiny After a Teenager’s Killing” (via inothernews)

Filed under trayvon martin george michael zimmerman racism stand your ground guns nra florida news

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A gunman had pulled up on an expensive motorbike with a big engine, dismounted and pulled out two high-calibre handguns. He fired at “everything in front of him, children and adults,” the state prosecutor said.

He shot dead Jonathan Sandler, a 30-year-old French-Israeli rabbi who had recently joined the staff to teach Yiddish, and Sandler’s two sons, aged six and three. Then he stepped over the bodies and chased children into the school courtyard where witnesses said he pursued a child, the 10-year-old daughter of the principal, grabbed her by the hair, pulled her to him and shot her at close range.

“My sons saw the bodies, there was blood everywhere,” said Guedj as she stood crying, face contorted in horror, outside the school. “My son was saying, ‘We were praying, Mum, but our prayers didn’t work’. “

France is in a state of shock and revulsion after the rabbi and three children were killed in the most brutal attack on the French Jewish community in decades, which also left another 17-year-old boy fighting for his life in hospital.

The mood, described as “blind panic” by one witness to the shootings, is heightened by a fear that France has been struck by a serial killer on the loose who is targeting minorities.

One of the biggest manhunts in modern French history is under way after prosecutors confirmed that the gunman, who sped off on the motorbike, used the same stolen bike and same powerful high calibre handgun as was used in two “ride-by” motorbike shootings last week which targeted soldiers of north African and black Caribbean origin.

Three soldiers were killed, including two Muslims, and another is in a critical condition after the gunman opened fire on a soldier in Toulouse eight days ago and then targeted three paratroopers at a cashpoint in the nearby town of Montaubun on Thursday.

“Everything leads one to believe that these were racist and antisemitic acts,” said the mayor of Toulouse, Pierre Cohen.

The Guardian, “Manhunt In France For Racist Serial Killer as Four Shot Dead at Jewish School.”

The utter, blind hatred that must exist in this killer’s heart and soul.

(via inothernews)

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motherjones:

“Professional wrestling matches, as bizarre as they were and are, at least began as morality plays,” Rick Santorum wrote in his 2005 book, It Takes a Family. “Good guys, literally wearing white, fought bad guys, literally wearing black.” And as in any good morality play, Santorum argued, there had been a Fall: “Today, professional wrestling is more about titillation than ever. The violence has been sexualized.”
What Santorum doesn’t bother to acknowledge, however, is how he helped make that happen.

motherjones:

“Professional wrestling matches, as bizarre as they were and are, at least began as morality plays,” Rick Santorum wrote in his 2005 book, It Takes a Family. “Good guys, literally wearing white, fought bad guys, literally wearing black.” And as in any good morality play, Santorum argued, there had been a Fall: “Today, professional wrestling is more about titillation than ever. The violence has been sexualized.”

What Santorum doesn’t bother to acknowledge, however, is how he helped make that happen.

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Turning the tables on an advocacy group that has long supported victims of pedophile priests, lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church and priests accused of sexual abuse in two Missouri cases have gone to court to compel the group to disclose more than two decades of e-mails that could include correspondence with victims, lawyers, whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists.

The group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, is neither a plaintiff nor a defendant in the litigation. But the group has been subpoenaed five times in recent months in Kansas City and St. Louis, and its national director, David Clohessy, was questioned by a battery of lawyers for more than six hours this year. A judge in Kansas City ruled that the network must comply because it “almost certainly” had information relevant to the case.

The network and its allies say the legal action is part of a campaign by the church to cripple an organization that has been the most visible defender of victims, and a relentless adversary, for more than two decades. “If there is one group that the higher-ups, the bishops, would like to see silenced,” said Marci A. Hamilton, a law professor at Yeshiva University and an advocate for victims of clergy sex crimes, “it definitely would be SNAP. And that’s what they’re going after. They’re trying to find a way to silence SNAP.”

Lawyers for the church and priests say they cannot comment because of a judge’s order. But William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, a church advocacy group in New York, said targeting the network was justified because “SNAP is a menace to the Catholic Church.”

Mr. Donohue said leading bishops he knew had resolved to fight back more aggressively against the group: “The bishops have come together collectively. I can’t give you the names, but there’s a growing consensus on the part of the bishops that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good lawyers to get tough. We don’t need altar boys.”

The New York Times, “Church Puts Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group.”

William Donohue, that fucking attack dog and pig incarnate, speaks his defense of the Catholic Church with no irony whatsoever.  What a vile dirtbag, just as vile as priests who sexually assault children.

(via inothernews)

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Memo to those who truly believe that President Obama and President Obama alone is responsible for the rise in oil and gasoline prices:

inothernews:

  • Get out of your car
  • and empty the contents of your gas tank into a canister
  • and take that canister to the nearest refinery
  • and have them convert your gasoline into the petroleum it previously was
  • and have them transport said petroleum back to its point of origin
  • (if it came via pipeline, have the pipeline operator reverse flow and send it back that way;
  • if it came via cargo ship, have them place your petroleum into one of the tanks aboard and send that ship back)
  • and once at point of origin, have them transport your oil back to the well from which it was extracted
  • (if said well is beneath the ocean surface and under the sea floor, then please ensure the re-introduction of your petroleum to said well is done carefully so as not to upset the already endangered ocean environment — just ask the Gulf of Mexico, sigh!;
  • if said well is the oil sands region of Canada, ensure you mix said sand and other particulates well into the petrol for that nice, non-sweet crude viscosity;
  • if said well is in a region of the world that is currently under threat of governmental instability and / or war, then, um, make sure your oil crew is wearing bulletproof vests, we guess?  That’s up to you)
  • and oh yeah, beware of the ability of major natural disasters like the earthquake / tsunami that struck Japan to upend whatever domestic energy policies your and other countries may have and cause a ripple effect on oil prices worldwide
  • not to mention those pesky speculators trading in commodities like oil — those guys are greedy bastards who don’t actually USE the oil they buy and hoard!  But shhhhhhh, no one needs to know that
  • and then and only then should you feel free to blame any one individual on the face of the Earth for the rise in oil and gas prices, but make especially sure it’s the current President of the United States
  • okay, dumbass?

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Plaintiff challenging healthcare law went bankrupt – with unpaid medical bills

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Today in painful irony: A woman who is symbolically fighting against Obama’s health-care law in court (specifically the requirement to purchase health insurance) went bankrupt … partly because her medical bills were too high.

Mary Brown, a 56-year-old Florida woman who owned a small auto repair shop but had no health insurance, became the lead plaintiff challenging President Obama’s healthcare law because she was passionate about the issue.

Brown “doesn’t have insurance. She doesn’t want to pay for it. And she doesn’t want the government to tell her she has to have it,” said Karen Harned, a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business. Brown is a plaintiff in the federation’s case, which the Supreme Court plans to hear later this month.

But court records reveal that Brown and her husband filed for bankruptcy last fall with $4,500 in unpaid medical bills. Those bills could change Brown from a symbol of proud independence into an example of exactly the problem the healthcare law was intended to address.

Brown chose not to buy health insurance … and the result is that she owes thousands of dollars in medical bills that she can’t pay, bills that now have to be absorbed by the hospital where she got the medical care. Yikes.

(via latimes)

Filed under healthcare health politics news

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quickhits:

Limbaugh’s ‘Slut’ Comments Bring Out the Most Self-Destructive Tendencies of the GOP Base Right now, the GOP is in a bit of a tailspin. The base seems to be at the stick and they’re determined to point the nose straight at the ground. They’ll show that stupid planet — they’ll crash this thing right into it and then we’ll see who’s boss! A quick spin through the rightwing blogosphere shows a widespread political tone-deafness beyond any I think I’ve ever seen before. Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” comments and subsequent non-apology have thrown them into a complete frenzy of boneheadedness and mindless rage. It’s really something to see. They’re riding this political loser all the way to the pavement. I don’t want to get too psychoanalytical — mostly because I’m not qualified — but you really have to wonder if the recent death of Andrew Breitbart figures into all this. Breitbart was popular on the right, they have no one to blame for his death, and all that emotion has to go somewhere. So it’s pointed at innocent bystanders; Sandra Fluke and the people who agree with her. Breitbart’s dead, Limbaugh’s “under attack”… It’s not hard to see the fear and rage that’s always there finally boiling over as a result. If you read the comment threads to some of the wingnut blog entries, you’d think it was 9/11 all over again. Of course, an out-of-control base has been the GOP’s problem for a while now. Polling shows that a drawn-out primary season hurting the party. And it’s hurting the party because of all the pandering to the base. The debate has been driven far, far to the right of the average voter, making the candidates’ stated “Republican values” almost alien to most people. And then this past week. Wow, this past week. Republicans had already stumbled twice with women voters — first by backing the Komen Foundation over Planned Parenthood, then by opposing the contraceptive coverage rule. Combine this with the backwards-looking — but high-profile — puritanism of Rick Santorum and you’ve got a party that’s really starting to look very anti-woman. And then Limbaugh doubles down and makes it not only explicitly anti-woman, but anti-contraception. Conservative blogs wondered aloud if contraception was such a good idea and took Limbaugh’s position that women who enjoy sex while avoiding pregnancy are automatically sluts. It was the reactionary tendency of the right gone haywire; liberals have sex and use contraception (just like everyone else), so liberals were wrong. Lost was “religious liberty” argument, which was hardly any better. The banner of “contraception=sluts!” was proudly being carried forward — and still is.
Village Voice: “Rush Calls Some Slut a Slut and Everyone Gets Sand in Their Collective V@g!n@,” said The Alternative Conservative, who apparently found “vagina” offensive but “slut” OK. “Please don’t call Sandra Fluke a slut,” said Ace of Spades. “Respect her for what she is, a shiftless rent-a-cooch from East Whoreville.” “Let’s face it, I’m sure most people, including Liberals/progressives, thought ‘my goodness, how much sex does she have a day? Does she ever study?’” fantasized William Teach. Things were a little different at the classier rightblogs. At National Review, for example, Daniel Foster called Limbaugh’s comments “ungentlemanly’ before explaining why Limbaugh was perfectly within his rights to call the slut a slut. Class will tell!
 These are the people at least one GOP candidate will have to pander to — Mitt Romney. Ron Paul will never get the nomination and when Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum speak these people’s language, they aren’t actually pandering. They’re right at home.  Which means these awful, repellent, vile individuals are piloting this thing — as I said — straight to the dirt. And they’re throwing the parachutes out the window as they go. They’re bound and determined to drive this thing not only into the ground, but under it. Because they’ve somehow become convinced that a big fireball will prove those damned liberals wrong. -Wisco

quickhits:

Limbaugh’s ‘Slut’ Comments Bring Out the Most Self-Destructive Tendencies of the GOP Base

Right now, the GOP is in a bit of a tailspin. The base seems to be at the stick and they’re determined to point the nose straight at the ground. They’ll show that stupid planet — they’ll crash this thing right into it and then we’ll see who’s boss!

A quick spin through the rightwing blogosphere shows a widespread political tone-deafness beyond any I think I’ve ever seen before. Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” comments and subsequent non-apology have thrown them into a complete frenzy of boneheadedness and mindless rage. It’s really something to see. They’re riding this political loser all the way to the pavement.

I don’t want to get too psychoanalytical — mostly because I’m not qualified — but you really have to wonder if the recent death of Andrew Breitbart figures into all this. Breitbart was popular on the right, they have no one to blame for his death, and all that emotion has to go somewhere. So it’s pointed at innocent bystanders; Sandra Fluke and the people who agree with her. Breitbart’s dead, Limbaugh’s “under attack”… It’s not hard to see the fear and rage that’s always there finally boiling over as a result. If you read the comment threads to some of the wingnut blog entries, you’d think it was 9/11 all over again.

Of course, an out-of-control base has been the GOP’s problem for a while now. Polling shows that a drawn-out primary season hurting the party. And it’s hurting the party because of all the pandering to the base. The debate has been driven far, far to the right of the average voter, making the candidates’ stated “Republican values” almost alien to most people. And then this past week. Wow, this past week.

Republicans had already stumbled twice with women voters — first by backing the Komen Foundation over Planned Parenthood, then by opposing the contraceptive coverage rule. Combine this with the backwards-looking — but high-profile — puritanism of Rick Santorum and you’ve got a party that’s really starting to look very anti-woman.

And then Limbaugh doubles down and makes it not only explicitly anti-woman, but anti-contraception. Conservative blogs wondered aloud if contraception was such a good idea and took Limbaugh’s position that women who enjoy sex while avoiding pregnancy are automatically sluts. It was the reactionary tendency of the right gone haywire; liberals have sex and use contraception (just like everyone else), so liberals were wrong. Lost was “religious liberty” argument, which was hardly any better. The banner of “contraception=sluts!” was proudly being carried forward — and still is.

Village Voice:

“Rush Calls Some Slut a Slut and Everyone Gets Sand in Their Collective V@g!n@,” said The Alternative Conservative, who apparently found “vagina” offensive but “slut” OK.

“Please don’t call Sandra Fluke a slut,” said Ace of Spades. “Respect her for what she is, a shiftless rent-a-cooch from East Whoreville.”

“Let’s face it, I’m sure most people, including Liberals/progressives, thought ‘my goodness, how much sex does she have a day? Does she ever study?’” fantasized William Teach.

Things were a little different at the classier rightblogs. At National Review, for example, Daniel Foster called Limbaugh’s comments “ungentlemanly’ before explaining why Limbaugh was perfectly within his rights to call the slut a slut. Class will tell!

These are the people at least one GOP candidate will have to pander to — Mitt Romney. Ron Paul will never get the nomination and when Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum speak these people’s language, they aren’t actually pandering. They’re right at home.

Which means these awful, repellent, vile individuals are piloting this thing — as I said — straight to the dirt. And they’re throwing the parachutes out the window as they go. They’re bound and determined to drive this thing not only into the ground, but under it.

Because they’ve somehow become convinced that a big fireball will prove those damned liberals wrong.

-Wisco

(via sarahlee310)

Filed under news politics Rush Limbaugh birth control contraception war on women

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"Before the 2009 NFC Championship Game, (New Orleans) Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered any defensive teammate $10,000 in cash to knock then-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of the game. Favre was hit viciously several times in the game."

inothernews:

So Sean Payton knew about this, and the saintly (as it were) Drew Brees probably knew about this, and team owners knew about their team’s “bounty system,” in which players pooled money to pay off colleagues who intentionally hurt opposing players, and nothing was done to stop it.

How fucking pathetic.

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Sadly the propaganda campaign launched in the 1960s has taken root. The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.

Republican presidential candidate RICK SANTORUM, writing in his 2005 book It Takes A Family, essentially saying that women have no role in the workplace.

They’re just good for heterosexual sex, making babies and cleaning up the house, right, Rick?

Amazingly, about half of half of the country is nonetheless prepared to vote for this spiteful dick.

(via the New York Times)

(Source: inothernews)

Filed under 2012 gop politics republicans rick santorum news