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Donald Trump Repeats Call For NFL Boycott To Stop Anthem Protests

Yeah good luck with that, you short-fingered vulgarian!



In a pair of early-morning tweets, President Donald Trump once again encouraged football fans to boycott the NFL if the league does not “fire or suspend” players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racism.

Trump argued that if fans take coordinated action, they “will see change take place fast.”



He went on to argue that the protests were partially responsible for what he asserted was declining public interest in NFL games.



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By Daniel Marans. 09/24/2017 10:26 am ET.

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Backed by Police Unions, Legislators Stand by Laws to Protect Drivers Who Kill Protesters

In the aftermath of the murder of activist Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, state legislators who had previously pushed to shield drivers who killed protesters with a moving vehicle are largely standing by their various efforts, arguing that their legislation would not have applied in this weekend’s attack.

Before the killing on Saturday, a swath of bills had been proposed around the country, largely in the South and primarily in response to Black Lives Matter and Dakota Access Pipeline related protests. The bills targeted leftist demonstrators who have increasingly shut down traffic by blocking roads and highways to bring attention to their cause.

Under the proposed laws, motorists who struck and killed such protesters would have special immunity in certain circumstances, as long as it wasn’t proven that they acted deliberately.
Heyer was struck by a car allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr., a young man who is a supporter of white nationalist causes.

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By Zaid Jilani and Lee Fang. August 14 2017, 5:10 p.m.

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You know; the good ones.

UPI: Boy passes gas on Mississippi weatherman, forecasts 'farts' and 'toots'



A Mississippi meteorologist's live report was interrupted by a young boy who passed gas on the weatherman before forecasting "farts" and "toots" in the area.

Patrick Ellis was delivering the weather forecast Saturday for WLBT-TV when a young boy ran into the camera frame.

"Are you sure?! Are you crazy sure?!" the boy asked as Ellis gave the weather.

"We've got a little bit of, uh, interesting things going on right now," Ellis said.

The young boy ran over to Ellis and lifted a leg to mime the act of passing gas on the weatherman.

Ellis, somewhat flustered, asked if the boy wanted to deliver the weather forecast.

"Yeah, there are farts everywhere and toots, and they are crazy," the boy said, right before being dragged off-screen by an adult.

Ellis explained in a Facebook live video with some colleagues that the boy, Houston, was the son of a local lawyer who was in the studio ahead of a weekly program at the station for residents to call in and ask legal advice.

Ellis said he would be happy to have Houston return to the studio to deliver another forecast.

"Houston is the true MVP and I'm happy the people of the world are realizing it. #NotAllHeroesWearCapes," Ellis wrote on Facebook.

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After Outcry, Arizona GOP Kills Bill That Would’ve Treated Protesters Like Terrorists

“People need to know we are not about limiting people’s rights,” Arizona House Speaker J.D. Mesnard (R) claims.



An Arizona bill that would have let the state government charge protesters the same way it charges terrorists will not get a hearing in the state House, Speaker J.D. Mesnard (R) said Monday.

Last Wednesday, Senate Bill 1142 passed the state’s upper chamber on a party-line vote, prompting an outcry from watchdogs like the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona over its chilling implications for free speech.


Hundreds of people called Mesnard’s office to voice their concerns about the bill, he told The Arizona Republic, leading him to decide against pushing the legislation forward. Regardless of the bill’s intent, the conversation surrounding it had become unavoidably toxic, he said.

“At the end of the day, I think the people need to know we are not about limiting people’s rights,” Mesnard told the paper. “The sponsor is not about it, the governor is not about it, the government is not about that. The most efficient, expedient way to communicate that is to kill the bill.”

Republicans maintain the legislation was only intended to curb the threat of “paid protesters,” despite there being no evidence such a group exists.

Rioting is already illegal in Arizona. But this bill would have greatly increased prosecutors’ ability to pursue rioters, including by redefining what a “riot” is.
As The Huffington Post explained last week:

Senate Bill 1142 seeks to limit political demonstrations by expanding the definition of a “riot” to include actions that damage property, and making rioting an offense that can be prosecuted under racketeering statutes.

The legislation is written in a way that would allow protesters to be charged ― even if they don’t do anything. As the Arizona Capitol Times reports, racketeering laws permit police to arrest people for planning to commit a crime ― before anything has actually happened. Even those who don’t participate in a demonstration could be charged. The bill’s fact sheet explains that “an overt act is not required” to prove conspiracy.


“The purported purpose for this bill isn’t based in reality,” Steve Kilar, the communications director for the ACLU of Arizona, told HuffPost last week. “The bill’s supporters are using the false ‘paid protestors’ argument to connect this bill to what is commonly the purpose of anti-racketeering laws: targeting the financial incentives of criminal enterprises.”

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By Ryan Grenoble. 02/28/2017 05:53 pm ET.

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This, in addition to bills being proposed in red states that will make drivers immune from civil liability if they happen to run over protestors, so long as it's "not intentional".
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Piece of Paper Tells American People It Was Russia. You Can Trust Them!

Corporate Media Sounds Drums of War. Russians Will Greet Us as Liberators!

Declassified US Intelligence Report on Russia: a Critical Review

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently released a declassified report concerning Russia and the 2016 US presidential elections.  The report is titled, “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.” The report is the joint effort of The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and The National Security Agency (NSA).

It’s an easy read (25 pages). I suggest reading the entire report and forming your own conclusions. I was originally going to dissect the report line-by-line, but instead decided a quick overview would be more useful. Plus, most of the report is redundant and provides virtually no new information, let alone evidence or sources.
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RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! Did I mention Russia?

Russian Dog Hacks Owner's Laptop, Deletes their Homework. Nation Now under Red Hysteria Threat! May 2017 Be Less Nightmarish as 2016! We Are Doomed.

Russia Hysteria Infects WashPost Again: False Story About Hacking U.S. Electric Grid

The Washington Post on Friday reported a genuinely alarming event: Russian hackers have penetrated the U.S. power system through an electrical grid in Vermont. The Post headline conveyed the seriousness of the threat:


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The Onion is Now the Most Trusted Fake News to Be Censored from Epidemic Outbreak.

Government to Regulated Human Stupidity to Keep Us Safe from Our Freedumbs. Corporate Media Celebrates Restriction of Dumb Speech to be Safeguarded in the Confines of DumbTV

A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs

The phrase “Fake News” has exploded in usage since the election, but the term is similar to other malleable political labels such as “terrorism” and “hate speech”; because the phrase lacks any clear definition, it is essentially useless except as an instrument of propaganda and censorship. The most important fact to realize about this new term: Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.
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The Corporate Media’s Assault on Free Speech: an Interview with Jeffrey St. Clair

“One might well ask which foreign government had a larger roll in assisting Trump’s victory over Clinton and more to gain: Russia or Israel. Sheldon Adelson spent a reported $25 million in support of Trump and Netanyahu was publicly campaigning for Trump from Tel Aviv.”

— Jeffrey St. Clair, CounterPunch Editor


Mike Whitney: CounterPunch was listed as one of the 200 websites that, according to the Washington Post, “wittingly or unwittingly published or echoed Russian propaganda”. The shadowy organization that leveled these claims is called PropOrNot, a group of researchers has made every effort to remain anonymous. Rather than wasting our time asking whether or not you are Russian agent (which is too ridiculous to consider) what do you think is driving this group to label and attack the websites on its list?
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49ers QB Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for national anthem in protest of minorities' treatment



San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem before games because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities.

Kaepernick sat on the team's bench Friday night during the anthem before the 49ers played host to the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game. He later explained his reasoning in an interview with NFL Media

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

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[Very apt tweet, cut for use of the n word]
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Oregon Militia Leader is Furious He Can't Have Guns or Facebook in Jail



Ryan Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy and former armed militia cosplayer, is not having a very nice time in jail. According to a status report filed earlier this week, not only is he not allowed to hang out with his (also imprisoned) brother Ammon — the guards won’t even let him have his guns.

In the documents, Bundy claims that his inability to speak to his brother violates his freedom of assembly, while both allege that “despite being presumed innocent, [the Bundy brothers] are treated as harshly and the same as convicted felons with whom they are commingled and housed.”

The injustices don’t stop there, folks. From Ryan Bundy’s report (emphasis added):

"My rights are being violated. My right to life is being violated. All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. My right to freedom of religion is being violated. I cannot participate in religious activities and temple covenants, and wear religious garments. I could wear them at Henderson, but MCDC is depriving me of the right to wear them. My right to freedom of speech is being hampered by monitoring and recording. My right to freedom of assembly is being violated; I am not allowed to see my brother and move about.

Yesterday, I attempted to discuss these issues with the U.S. Marshals, and they said that these were simply the jail rules. I asked them specifically about if there was any reason for the ‘keep separate’ orders. In Henderson, my brothers and father were housed together. Up here, they make efforts to keep us separate. This violates my right to freedom of assembly. My Second Amendment rights are being violated. I never waived that right."


As if keeping firearms out of the hands of prisoners wasn’t bad enough. Apparently, Ryan and Ammon Bundy are also being denied access to Facebook, which they assert they need “given that this is a media case.” But according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, “MCSO has no wi-fi within the jail facility and no ability to provide a hard internet connection.”

And here I thought this was America.

You can read the Bundys’ report in full here.

By Ashley Feinberg. 5/27/2016, 10:13am.

Also: Shocker: Bundy Bros Discover That Jail Inmates Have Fewer Freedoms

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Will Veto State’s Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty' Bill



Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday he will veto the state’s anti-LGBT “religious liberty” bill — the same day the ACLU said it’s launching a lawsuit to stop a similar law in North Carolina.

Deal announced the bill’s death after days of intense protests and nationwide calls for boycotts of the Peach State.

The measure “doesn’t reflect the character of our state or the character of its people,” the Republican governor told media in his Capitol office.

He called the bill an attempt to “legislate something that is best left to the broad protections of the First Amendment.”

House Bill 757 would have allowed clergy to refuse performing gay marriages, under the guise of protecting “religious freedoms.” It also promised protection for churches and religious institutions that refused service or jobs for faith-based reasons.

Backlash came immediately after Republican majorities passed the risible bill. Disney, Coca-Cola and more than 30 Hollywood stars joined the calls for a business boycott in the state if Deal signed the measure.


Last week, North Carolina rushed a similar act into law, which prevents municipalities from passing any LGBT protections. The ACLU said Monday it will sue to block the law, which it called “a disgrace” and “unconstitutional.” The announcement came the day after two transgender men and a lesbian professor at North Carolina Central University filed a suit against Gov. Patrick McCrory over the law.

Dozens of companies, including Facebook, Google and Apple, have spoken out against the law.