Your government wants you stoned, then in prison – perfect!

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Unlike previous drug scourges in U.S. history, American’s love of opioids is one spread via perfectly legal channels.

DEA officials told the Washington Post they were heavily lobbied by drug wholesalers, which include some of the biggest corporations in the United States.

Millions of people were introduced to addictive pain-killing medications by doctors’ prescriptions, filled at pharmacies, ultimately supplied by pharmaceutical manufacturers.

All of this went on in one of the most heavily regulated sectors of the U.S. economy — health care — which is supervised by a veritable army of officials working for dozens of agencies, state and federal.

Americans get stoned, then go to jail. The healthcare and prison industies get rich. Perfect!

Americans love drugs.

Source: Is the DEA partly to blame for the opioid epidemic? – The Washington Post

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The money train may be about to derail as the courts get set to spike pensions

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In a potentially huge win for advocates of cutting government pensions, a San Francisco-based appeals court in August declared that public retirement plans were not “immutable” and could be reduced. The three-judge panel said the law merely requires government to provide a “reasonable” pension.

That unanimous ruling, now before the California Supreme Court, could be a vehicle for reducing a shortfall amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars in state and local pension systems.

Source: Generous pensions: Will the courts give government a way out?

Ruthless #PoliceState thugs continue to brutalize Native American protesters

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Hundreds of Native Americans staged a peaceful march up a North Dakota highway Saturday, renewing their vow to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline in the wake of violent clashes this week.

On Thursday, the Police State used pepper spray, rubber bullets and Tasers on hundreds of unarmed protesters to clear them from a camp they set up on the path of the oil pipeline, which is under construction. More than 50 people were treated for injuries.

Mekasi Camp-Horinek, a camp coordinator who was among those arrested, said the fires were set in self-defense, out of fear that the police would surround protestors and not let them retreat.

Plans call for the pipeline to eventually carry 570,000 barrels of a oil each day from the Bakken Oil Field in North Dakota to southern Illinois nearly 1,200 miles away.

In North Dakota, the pipeline would stand adjacent to Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Opponents say the construction will destroy ancient burial sites and warned that an oil spill could contaminate the water supply for 17 million people.

More than 300 tribes in North America have come out against the project. Many of their members were reportedly headed to North Dakota to join the demonstrations, which started this spring.

Source: After violent clashes, Native American protesters vow to continue their fight against the Dakota Access pipeline – LA Times

Asian-American voters are really starting to hate #Republicans

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Though they are regarded as the most conservative of Asian-American voters, the Vietnamese are increasingly shifting their support to Democrats.

That reflects a broader shift among Asian-Americans from being majority Republican supporters to overwhelmingly Democrat.

Despite what the media says, it isn’t all because of Donald Trump

That shift could have an effect on the presidential race. Though Asian-Americans represent only about 4 percent of the electorate and tend to have low turnout, they are a potentially significant bloc in battleground states like Nevada, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Source: Asian-American voters, once Republican, are turning Democrat

Election Time in a One-Party State

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Republicans have been fading away in California for some time, but as the 2016 general election approaches, it’s clear the party is becoming a hazy memory.

Hillary Clinton probably will beat Donald Trump by 20 percentage points here.

Trump’s unpopularity in California could help Democrats regain legislative supermajorities. There’s nothing much to do except watch in detached amusement and make a few cynical observations:

Source: Election Time in a One-Party State – The American Spectator

#Islamics brutally murder German teen

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The Islamics have claimed responsibility for a knife attack on a young couple in Hamburg, which claimed the life of a teenager and left his girlfriend injured.

The incident, which has pretty much been covered up by the media, happened late in the evening of October 16 when the victim, 16, and his girlfriend, 15, were sitting down beneath the Kennedy Bridge in the Germany port city.

The Islamic murderer remains at large and his identity is unknown.

Source: IS claims responsibility for a knife attack in Germany that left a boy, 16, dead and his teenage girlfriend injured – Daily Mail Online

California voters set to reject decades of @CaGOP racism

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Culture wars engineered by white racist conservatives dominated California politics during the 1980s and 1990s.

It was a winning formula for Republicans. Just ask George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson who were the overseers of one of the nation’s biggest police states.

How times have changed. This year it looks like voters are going to be making amends for many past injustices.

In the long run, the California Republican Party’s trashing of African-Americans, Latinos, and LGBTs probaby wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Source: As California turns left, conservative culture war victories erased – The Sacramento Bee

White “experts” see parallels in protests of Dakota pipeline, Oregon refuge

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On the same day seven defendants celebrated their acquittal in the armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear and firing bean bag rounds arrested nearly 150 oil pipeline protesters camped out in North Dakota.

That’s how the American Police State works. White people get a pass and Native Americans get beat up by the police.

Great…just great.

“How is it that people who were seen on national media with guns having a standoff with police officials were acquitted … and we’re being treated like we’re terrorists?” said Cody Hall, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and a spokesman for the pipeline protesters.

We’d like to know the answer to that question too.

Yet white racist “experts” on public land policy who have watched both situations unfold cautioned it is too soon to draw conclusions about either protest’s outcome — and pointed to broad yet important themes that underlie movements otherwise separated by hundreds of miles and an ideological chasm.

Really?

Enjoy your Police State.

Source: Parallels seen in protests of Dakota pipeline, Oregon refuge

The Biggest Loser: Dumping on #DonaldTrump could cost #SpeakerRyan his job

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What was he thinking?

House Speaker Paul Ryan is under fire from fellow Republicans upset with his messy political divorce from Donald Trump.

Ya think!!!

It’s a fresh round of discord that has some GOP lawmakers threatening an effort to oust him.

He’s got it coming.

Republicans seem certain to lose seats in the Nov. 8 election. That means it wouldn’t take many disgruntled conservatives to prevent Ryan from keeping his job.

And that’s a good thing.

Source: House Speaker Ryan pressured by conservatives, Trump backers

Trump isn’t the cause of the @CaGOP’s blatant racisim, he is the net result

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With election day around the corner, Republican legislative and congressional candidates are struggling to break the surface after the Donald Trump tsunami, and Democrats are invoking the presidential nominee in every contest they can.

Perhaps the starkest view of the party’s problems comes from a poll last week by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. In short, the Republican brand has become radioactive.

Of the state’s likely voters, 72% have an unfavorable opinion of the GOP. That’s eight points higher than two years ago, 14 points worse than four years ago and a massive 21 points above the party’s unfavorable rating six years ago.

And then there’s this: 50% of registered Republicans have an unfavorable opinion of their party.

Even more eye-catching is the erosion of the Republican brand among fast-growing subgroups of voters. Two-thirds of millennials surveyed said they have an unfavorable view of the GOP, a view shared by 70% of unaffiliated “independent” voters, 72% of women and 75% of middle-class voters.

Not surprisingly, the party’s hardest sales pitch — the one to California’s Latino voters — must compete with the fact that 80% of Latinos surveyed view the Republican Party unfavorably.

Republican apolgists lay all the blame at the feet of Donald Trump. They of course are completely wrong. Trump isn’t the cause of the GOP’s blatant racisim, he is the net result.

Source: Political Road Map: The California Republican brand has become radioactive – LA Times

Rat developer easily buys off L.A. politicians with phony contributions

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More than 100 campaign contributions came from people with a direct or indirect connection to Samuel Leung, a Torrance-based developer who was lobbying public officials to approve a 352-unit apartment complex.

Those donors gave more than $600,000 to support Hahn, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other L.A.-area politicians between 2008 and 2015, as Leung was seeking city approval for the $72-million development in L.A.’s Harbor Gateway neighborhood, north of the Port of Los Angeles.

The fundraising effort is a case study in the myriad ways money can flow to City Hall when developers seek changes to local planning rules. The pattern of donations from unlikely sources, some of whom profess to have no knowledge of contributions made in their name, suggests an effort to bypass campaign finance laws designed to make political giving transparent to the public.

In short, this guy Leung look like a major crook operating in a rigged system. Sound familiar?

Many of the contributions were reported on the same day, in the same amounts, for the same politician, contribution records show. They came from the handymen who fixed Leung’s buildings; the landscaper who tended his gardens; the chef who prepared meals in a hotel run by his company.

By the time the contributions stopped, Leung had overcome stiff opposition from city planners, winning approval of a project that had divided neighborhood businesses and residents. His victory came as City Hall faced mounting criticism that campaign cash drives such decisions.

What a rat!

Leung and his representatives declined requests from the Los Angeles Times to discuss his development and campaign contributions.

Naturally.

Approached by reporters at the Department of Building and Safety, Leung said he did not reimburse any donors but refused further comment. Yeah right.

We’re calling Leung a liar.

Source: A $72-million apartment project. Top politicians. Unlikely donors. Who wrote the checks to elected officials weighing approval? – Los Angeles Times

This pervert could cost #HillaryClinton the White House

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Once a hard-charging young congressman, Anthony Weiner lost his career and his marriage to a habit of trading sexually explicit messages that he couldn’t shake — a lurid tale of personal self-destruction that’s suddenly found its way into the race for president.

Weiner is separated from Huma Abedin, the vice chairwoman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and one of the Democratic nominee’s closest aides. It’s the federal investigation into his sexting habits that is the “unrelated case” that led the FBI to a new batch of emails, which agency director James Comey told Congress on Friday may be “pertinent to our investigation” into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.

captureAnd that has once again cast a spotlight on Weiner, one-time rising Democratic Party star whose very name has become a punchline.

Weiner was forced to resign his seat in Congress in 2011, after accidentally posting a picture of himself in his underwear — a private message intended for a woman who was not his wife — to his Twitter account.

Abedin stood by him, and he had the audacity to ask for the voters’ forgiveness and run for mayor two years later. He spent time atop the polls, until fresh evidence emerged that he hadn’t given up his sexting habit and destroyed his campaign.

When Weiner was caught again sending racy messages last summer, Abedin left him. Federal investigators started a probe in September into whether he had sexted with a 15-year-old girl.

Source: Weiner’s tale of self-destruction rocks race for president

#Islamics and LA #Democrats downplay terrorist threat

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In the face of growning anger towards home-grown terrorists here in America, members of the religious, political and police communities joined together Friday at the Islamic Center of Southern California for a weekly prayer service.

Hassan Zeenni, chair of the Islamic Center’s religious committee, tried to reassure parishioners as they gathered for Friday prayers.

“God is telling us that you cannot repel hate with hate,” Zeenni said as he addressed the threat against the community. “Evil cannot be repelled with evil. People of God should repel evil with goodness.”

True. Maybe if his fellow Islamics stopped killing people and blowing stuff up, they wouldn’t be in the mess in the first place.

About 700 people attended the service at the center, located at 434 S. Vermont Ave.

Source: Islamic Center in LA unites with community members after terrorist threats

#POS billionaire Vinod Khosla continues legal fight to steal Martin’s Beach

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Ocean lovers have long been drawn to the tranquility of Martin’s Beach, a sweeping crescent of sand just south of Half Moon Bay.

But a tsunami of litigation began building soon after POS billionaire Vinod Khosla, a co-founder of the pioneering tech company Sun Microsystems, bought the secluded property for $32 million in 2008.

The family that sold Martin’s Beach had, for almost a century, allowed surfers, fishing enthusiasts and others to reach the sand on foot or by car via an access road. Eventually the family provided public restrooms, a parking lot and a general store.

Khosla posted “do not enter” signs, hired security and shut the gate.

Since the closure, attorneys have filed at least four lawsuits.

Khosla has sued the California Coastal Commission, the State Lands Commission and San Mateo County, including its building and planning department.

His latest lawsuit, filed Sept. 30 in San Francisco federal court, accuses the state and local agencies of harassment, singling out his land for unfair treatment and trying to force him to surrender his property rights in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Source: A wave of lawsuits follows a billionaire’s effort to keep the public off a Northern California beach – LA Times

Oakland PD thugs terrorized family

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A probation officer and her husband filed a lawsuit against this city and five police officials Friday, claiming they were “terrorized” by officers during a drunken home invasion followed by “an attempted multi-level cover up” by the police department.

The incident occurred the evening of Dec. 7, when Officer Cullen William Faeth was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and assault. He is suspected of attacking Nemesio and Olga Cortez, a probation officer for Alameda County.

A second man, identified in the lawsuit as an Oakland police official, ran up the couple’s driveway, gesturing that he had a gun before he ran away from the house.

Oakland police visited the residence twice later that evening. The Cortezes said the police tried to persuade them to downplay the incident.

The lawsuit named four police officials who were placed on paid leave after the incident: Faeth, Sgt. Joe Turner, Officer Trevor Stratton and Officer Bryan Budgin. One of them is suspected of running from the the scene and the other two were in the vehicle that helped him flee.

Source: Oakland: Family sues city, claims officers ‘terrorized’ them – The Mercury News

Despite the #Republican led disaster at the #SCAQMD, Barry Wallerstein remains upbeat

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For a man who lost his powerful job earlier this year in a political takeover of Southern California’s air quality agency, Barry Wallerstein appeared upbeat and comfortable.

The former executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District smiled frequently during his 90-minute presentation Thursday night at UC Riverside about the challenges of the region’s smog problem and the strategies needed to curb it.

If he harbored any bitterness over his sacking in March the day Republicans gained a one-vote majority on the air district’s governing board, he showed no hint of it.

He was ousted in a 7-6 party-line vote with all Republicans voting to fire him. At the time, GOP leaders said their goal was to institute a more business-friendly approach to clean-air strategies.

The decision ended Wallerstein’s 32-year career at the air district. During his 16 years at the helm, emissions were reduced in the South Coast air basin, which stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the San Bernardino Mountains, even while the region’s economy and population grew.

Now a senior policy fellow with UCR’s School of Public Policy, Wallerstein said achieving clean air — as defined by meeting federal health standards — is certainly doable.

More at: Los Angeles Daily News

Why the #NRA is staying out of the #Prop63 fight

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With the total collapse of the hapless California Republican Party, gunowners have had to rely on a incompetent cast of misfit advocates in Sacramento. The results have been devastating.

Because of this, the NRA is actually a relatively minor political player in Sacramento. Why would they throw their money away, right?

The NRA has contributed just $95,000 to the campaign against Proposition 63, a mere fraction of the nearly $5 million it has poured into neighboring Nevada to fight a background check proposal.

And it has reported only $120,000 so far in direct contributions, outside spending and communication costs in California legislative and congressional races, according to state campaign finance filings and federal data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics.

The organization has spent more than $4 million in North Carolina alone trying to prevent Democrat Deborah Ross from winning a U.S. Senate seat.

It wasn’t always this way. When California had a more moderate balance of power between Democrats and Republicans, the NRA could be a lethal foe.

But now, the NRA is keeping these losers arm’s length, and for good reason.

Source: National Rifle Association political donations Proposition 63 CA – The Sacramento Bee

Democrats and their media allies switch to damage control mode after #FBI announcement

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News of Comey’s letter sent the stock market falling and Republican candidates rewriting their stump speeches. The Clinton campaign was caught off guard, as the letter emerged while the candidate and her entourage, including Abedin, were flying on a campaign plane with no working Wi-Fi en route to a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The news media, which is solidly behind Clinton, immediately went into damage control mode.

Clinton expressed confidence that whatever might be in the newly discovered emails “will not change the conclusion” Comey reached in July when he announced he would not recommend criminal charges.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, excoriated Comey’s timing.

“The FBI has a history of extreme caution near election day so as not to influence the results,” she said in a statement. “Today’s break from that tradition is appalling.”

The review could take weeks and will not be completed by election day, a law enforcement official said.

Democrats who had praised Comey’s handling of the email investigation this year, when he declared he had reviewed the evidence and found it did not merit criminal charges against Clinton and her staff, are now questioning his judgment.

Naturally.

Source: FBI says emails found in Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal may have links to Clinton probe – LA Times

#PoliceState crushes Dakota pipeline protest: #Racist media covers-up brutality

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142 people were arrested after a brutal Police State showdown in North Dakota.

After a violent clash that ended with arrests and the clearing of a new camp on land owned by the builders of the Dakota Access pipeline, protesters erected a blockade on a bridge just south of the most recent confrontation.

The burnt shells of two large trucks, an SUV and a highway sign served as the backdrop for a new face-off on the bridge just after noon. Dozens of law enforcement officers in riot gear and with guns drawn faced off with dozens of protesters.

What’s the rush to protect this corporate land? Where else in America would this happen when you have a peaceful protest?

It is obvious, based on the recent Bundy trial verdict, that there’s no white privilege going on here. Disgraceful America…disgraceful.

Source: Racist media says protests at Dakota Access pipeline site draw to a peaceful close after day of clashes

Embarrassed #FBI reviewing new evidence in #HillaryClinton email scandal

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The FBI dropped a bombshell on Hillary Clinton’s campaign less than two weeks before Election Day, announcing that it is reviewing new evidence in its investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

In a letter to several congressional committee chairmen, FBI Director James Comey wrote that, “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to this investigation.”

Comey said he was briefed on those emails on Thursday and that he “agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”

In July, Comey created a firestorm across the nation when he said the FBI was not recommending charges against Clinton. The FBI has put lots of ordinary citizens in jail for doing much much less.

Clinton’s campaign appeared blindsided by the news. When asked by NBC News to respond to the revelation, a top Clinton campaign spokesperson said, “No idea.”

Donald Trump immediately celebrated the FBI’s move.

The revelation comes less than two weeks before Election Day and has the potential to change the dynamic of the race.

Not good news for Glenn Beck and his “Principled Conservative” friends is it?

Source: FBI reviewing new evidence in Clinton email probe – POLITICO

Bundy kooks expect the same preferential treatment in Nevada court

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If they were African-American or Latino they’d already be dead.

However the white leaders of an armed group who seized a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were acquitted of charges in the 41-day standoff that brought new attention to a long-running dispute over control of federal lands in the U.S. West.

Jurors in Oregon found brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty of possession of firearms in a federal facility and conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 300 miles southeast of Portland where the trial took place. Five co-defendants also were tried one or both of the charges.

White people tend to stick together on stuff like this.

Despite the acquittal, the brothers are expected to stand trial in Nevada early next year on charges stemming from another high-profile standoff with federal agents over unpaid grazing fees.

Authorities rounded up cattle in 2014 near the Bundy family ranch but later released the animals as they faced armed protesters.

Cliven Bundy faces criminal charges stemming from the April 12, 2014, armed standoff with law enforcement near his ranch. Sixteen other defendants, including Ammon, Ryan and two other Bundy sons, are charged with him. Trial in the Nevada case is set for Feb. 6 before Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro.

Environmentalist Kieran Suckling said the acquittal of the leaders of the Oregon wildlife refuge takeover will embolden extremists.

We can’t say we disagree here. Expect more white people with guns to start going crazy.

At trial, the case was seemingly open-and-shut. There was no dispute the group seized the refuge, established armed patrols and vetted those who visited.

But hey, they’re white, so they got off…expect the same in Nevada.

Source: Leaders in armed standoff at Oregon wildlife refuge found not guilty – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Bigot whack-job San Diego judge needs to go…the sooner, the better

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San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep says the state’s judicial discipline agency has been on a “campaign of harassment and intimidation” against him in hopes he will quit the bench.

The judge’s lawyer, James A. Murphy, filed a 40-page response late Thursday to 11 charges of misconduct brought against Kreep by the California Commission on Judicial Performance. Murphy contends the charges, filed on Oct. 14, are without merit.

They stem from a three-year investigation of the judge by the judicial watchdog agency. The charges cover conduct during Kreep’s successful 2012 campaign for a seat on the Superior Court bench, and a string of comments he’s made to and about lawyers, defendants and court staff in the three-plus years he has been a judge.

Kreep was best known before his election for taking on far-right conservative legal cases involving same sex marriage and anti-abortion causes, and as a leader in the “birther” movement that unsuccessfully questioned whether President Barack Obama was a citizen.

In short, he’s a whack-job.

After becoming a judge, the commission said Kreep repeatedly made inappropriate comments to women and racially charged comments about lawyers and staff.

He’s a bigot too.

This loser just needs to go. The sooner, the better.

Source: Judge Kreep says judicial watchdog agency targeted him, wants him to quit – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Fresno County’s feckless judges deserve only scorn for lying about spending

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While Fresno County Superior Court officials won’t say how much it cost to investigate county probation Chief Rick Chavez, the Fresno Bee has learned that the court spent more than $175,000 for legal bills to conduct the five-month-long inquiry.

Good for the Bee, bad for the rats in the courthouse who wouldn’t come clean with all the facts.

That amount, on top of the $188,000 spent by Fresno County on the matter, in opposing the court’s efforts, means the investigation cost taxpayers about $365,000.

The investigation ended last month with Chavez being retained after a 25-18 vote by Fresno County’s judges, who decided the accusations against Chavez didn’t merit his dismissal.

The monthslong controversy over Chavez pitted Fresno County supervisors and county officials against the court, and pushed supervisors to get Measure T on the Nov. 8 ballot. The measure would give supervisors and the county administrative officer the hiring and firing control over the probation chief, instead of the judges.

Fresno County’s feckless judges deserve only scorn for lying about spending.

Source: Fresno County Superior Court billing in Rick Chavez investigation – Expense into six figures – Fresno Bee

Hyundai and Kia settle fuel economy scam with state regulators

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South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. are to pay $41.2 million to California, 32 other states and the District of Columbia to settle an investigation into their fuel economy ratings.

California gets the largest share of the settlement money: $3 million, according to state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris’ office.

The fine is the latest in the ongoing fallout from misstated mileage numbers on more than 1.2 million vehicles in the United States.

According to the EPA, the automakers had overstated the fuel economy by one to six miles per gallon, depending on the vehicle.

Hyundai and Kia — sibling companies whose U.S. headquarters are in Fountain Valley and Irvine, respectively — paid $300 million in penalties to the U.S. government in 2014. They say they have also reimbursed about 75% of customers.

A class-action lawsuit remains subject to an ongoing appeal.

Face it, businesses operating in America routinely lie. These two companies are no different.

Source: Hyundai and Kia reach $41-million settlement with California and other states – LA Times

Classroom pervert heading to the slammer…

captureA 22-year-old former teacher’s aide could get up to two years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.

Gustabo Rodriguez pleaded no contest to two counts of oral copulation with a minor in exchange for the possible sentence, which ultimately will be decided by a judge.

He was initially charged with four counts.

Rodriguez, who remains in custody in lieu of $300,000 bail, is scheduled to return to court for sentencing in January.

Source: Redwood City: Teacher’s aide pleads no contest to molest charges

Leaked memo describes Clinton’s RICO scheme

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A 2011 confidential memo written by a longtime Bill Clinton aide during Hillary Clinton’s State Department tenure describes overlap between the former president’s business ventures and fundraising for the family.

The former aide also described free travel and vacations arranged for the Clintons by corporations.

The 13-page memo was released by WikiLeaks.

The aide describing the former president’s management of “Bill Clinton Inc.,” laid out the “unorthodox nature” of how he and other aides ran the racketeering operation.

The Clinton Foundation has been among the biggest vulnerabilities in Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the White House.

Clinton calendars and emails released by the State Department showed ongoing coordination among Clinton’s top aides and Bill Clinton’s top aides at the foundation and his private office.

Hillary Clinton met with or spoke to representatives of at least 15 companies and organizations that paid her husband for speaking engagements during her tenure as secretary of state, according to a review of her planning schedules from the State Department.

Clearly this was a pay-to-play scam. It’s what they do in Washignton…and no one will go to jail for this. Enjoy your Police State.

Source: Associated Press.

 

Another #EpicFail by the California GOP is on the way

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President Obama has thrown his support behind three Democratic candidates running in races the party is targeting for the California Assembly.

Obama endorsed Democratic challengers Cheryl Cook Kallio, Abigail Medina, and Al Muratsuchi.

All are running against Republicans.

All three races present key opportunities for the Democrats to capture Republican-held seats in their quest to build a super-majority in both houses of the Legislature.

Another epic failure by the California GOP is on the way.

Source: In rare move, President Obama endorses three California Democrats for Assembly – LA Times

Alabama’s prisons almost as bad as California’s

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David Bonner, an inmate at Alabama’s Holman prison, went on strike from his job last month at a factory on prison grounds where inmates manufacture state license plates.

They’re among a growing national movement of prisoners who have staged work stoppages or hunger strikes this fall to protest dismal wages, abusive guards, overcrowding and poor healthcare, among other grievances.

Prisoners’ rights activists say the coordinated effort is one of the largest prison protests in modern history, drawing in at least 20,000 inmates in at least 24 prisons in 23 states.

Corrections officials have confirmed inmate protests in Michigan, South Carolina and Florida since early September. In California, at least 300 inmates have been involved in hunger strikes at jails in Santa Clara and Merced counties.

In several states, including Virginia, Ohio and Texas, officials have denied claims by activists that strikes have occurred.

Amid the protests, the U.S. Department of Justice announced this month that it was launching a civil rights investigation into prisons across Alabama to determine “whether prisoners are adequately protected from physical harm and sexual abuse at the hands of other prisoners” and “from use of excessive force and staff sexual abuse by correctional officers.”

Source: ‘This is slavery’: U.S. inmates strike in what activists call one of the biggest prison protests in modern history – LA Times

Los Angeles County’s war on women

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Skid row’s encampments, enduring for decades, still have the power to astonish. But the women who live there are a new and eye-popping phenomenon.

One in three homeless people in Los Angeles County are women, according to government figures released this year. The total of more than 14,000 women is a 55% increase from 2013. The number of women camped out in RVs, tents and lean-tos doubled in the last three years.

Homeless women face staggering levels of violence, in shelters and homeless housing as well as on the streets. Nearly half of skid row women had been attacked in the previous 12 months; more than a quarter of them were sexually assaulted.

A Rand Corp. study, nearly a quarter of skid row women reported being attacked while they were living in shelters.

Local elected officials say they are responding strongly to the homeless women crisis. Yeah, right.

If the County cared about homeless people, especially women and children, they’d actually do something besides sponsoring studies. The fact is, County leaders and the LAPD are on a rampage to exterminate the homeless as quickly as possible.

There’s no money in poor people. Enjoy your Police State.

Read more details at: Women now account for 1 in 3 homeless people in L.A. County – Los Angeles Times

Oakland’s stadium fantasy – they won’t compete with Vegas

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Look at Nevada. It had few qualms about raising taxes for a football stadium.

Last week, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval put his signature on a plan to allow Las Vegas to raise $750 million in hotel tax revenue so it can be handed to Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino mogul who said he’d build a $1.9 billion super stadium for the Raiders.

Source: Who needs public services? Build a stadium, Oakland – San Francisco Chronicle

Mayor #EdLee rushes to protect the #SFPD, quickly vetoes community policing legislation

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San Francisco’s mayor Ed Lee, has to be the Police State’s biggest tool.

Only a day after legislation to create neighborhood property crime units in the San Francisco Police Department passed at the Board of Supervisors, Mayor Ed Lee vetoed it.

Of course he did, he’s a tool of the brutal thugs that make up the San Francisco Police Department.

The legislation was approved 7-4 at the board, with Supervisors Scott Wiener, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell and Katy Tang voting nay.

The legislation, which was authored by Supervisor Norman Yee and also sponsored by Supervisor David Campos, would’ve amended administrative code to require the creation of property crime units in each district.

The mayor thought the measure micromanaged police, who just want to be left alone so they can continue their indiscriminate killing of African-Americans, Latinos, the mentally ill, and the homeless.

Lee also said the measure is “motivated by ballot politics and not public safety” because it restricts the SFPD’s ability to coordinate “internally.” Now we’re getting to the heart of the matter. Lee really opposes any transparency or oversight of the thugs at the SFPD. This is the real issue.

Enjoy your Police State

Source: Mayor quickly vetoes community policing legislation – The San Francisco Examiner

Thankfully, the U.S. Constitution proteced America from this loser

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“If I’d been born in America, I would’ve run,” Schwarzenegger said in an interview for the latest edition of the magazine Adweek. “Because now? This was a very good time to get in the race.”

Thankfully for everyone, the flip-flopping, womanizing Schwarzenegger could not have run under almost all legal interpretations of the U.S. Constitution’s “natural born” clause for eligibility to serve as president.

Schwarzenegger, a Republican elitist,  announced earlier this month that he will not vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. He’s a wholey owned subsidiary of the Washington DC establishment.

Interesting since many of the same womanizing claims about Trump are made about Schwarzenegger. You’d have expected them to want to party together.

Source: Schwarzenegger: ‘I would’ve run’ for president this year (if not for that constitutional problem) – The Sacramento Bee

#PoliceState goes berserk as new poll shows Californians remain ready to legalize weed

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This has to be bad news for the Police State.

A majority of California’s likely voters continue to favor legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

Since the Police State has been running a political terror campaign against the measure, the level of support has dipped from a reported 60% a month ago to 55% this month, according to a new statewide poll.

The latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found 38% of those surveyed oppose Proposition 64 and 6% are undecided. But the basic finding is that the initiative would still pass with a majority vote if the election were held today.

Sorry Police State.

Details at: A new poll shows Californians remain ready to legalize the recreational use of pot – LA Times

Political elites freak-out as Philippines president continues to trash them

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s rhetoric is leaving his audience inside the Washignton DC beltway feeling really nervous.

His latest words delivered on a trip to Japan are the strongest yet on military matters. Duterte is suggesting that five U.S. bases be closed, though their operations were authorized in a treaty negotiated by his predecessor and his military works closely with American counterparts.

If the facilities shut down, the change would sever ties with one of Washington’s oldest allies in the region and disrupt a powerful alliance. An alliance based on American occupation of the Philippines and forced upon the country at the point of a bayonet.

It also could upset Obama’s “pivot” to Asia, a policy shift that brings economic and military attention to a fast-growing part of the globe in the shadow of China. Now we’re getting to the point. China is rolling the U.S.

Along with goading the U.S. with talk of a “separation,’’ Duterte is warming up relations with Beijing, a challenge to the pivot concept. Meaning less money for Washington elites who score big dollars off the Philippines deal.

Read more at: Philippines president gets more reckless by the day – San Francisco Chronicle

#PoliceState slate mailer a fraud

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The Police State politicians who create political campaign mailers probably don’t like people like James Holden. Why? Because the 71-year-old Modesto resident is one of those annoying individuals who actually reads the obligatory fine print. They don’t want you to do that.

Holden, a retired city administrator, said he actually reads the mailers – including the words most difficult to see. “I find them distressing. They just feed into the cynicism so prevalent these days,” he said. The one he received in the mail earlier this week left him shaking his head in disgust. “I find it misleading and dishonest,” he said.

Titled the “COPS Voter Guide” and bearing a badge atop the masthead, it is the type of ad called a “slate mailer.”

It looks really official, giving the impression that all the candidates or propositions listed on the mailer are endorsed by a major public safety organization. In fact, the COPS Voter Guide once was aligned with the California Organization of Police and Sheriffs, hence the acronym COPS. But that association ended years ago, according to The Bay Reporter, an online publication.

COPS Voter Guide now is a pay-to-play mailer run by Kelley Moran of Folsom, who did not return my call, just as a representative of the stated nonpartisan public advocacy organization failed to respond to then-Bee reporter Adam Ashton’s inquiry for a news story in 2008.

The guide rakes in millions of dollars statewide by selling advertisements under the guise of “endorsements,” and is just one of many slate mailers operating legally in the state and targeting specific groups of voters.

Enjoy your Police State.

Read all the pathetic details at: Endorsements for sale; candidates among those propositioned – The Modesto Bee

Despite legalization efforts, the #PoliceState continues its war on marijuana in Calaveras County

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The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23 people after serving search warrants at three locations with illegal marijuana grows near West Point.

About 7,700 pounds of marijuana and other substances were seized and destroyed or taken as evidence, according to a press release from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators located about 1,500 pounds of processed marijuana, several hundred pounds of which were packaged to be shipped or transported.

A total of 1,048 plants were eradicated and just under $13,000 in cash and two guns was seized as evidence.

Other agencies that assisted in the service of the search warrant include the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, California Department of Corrections, Cal Fire Law Enforcement, Calaveras County Code Enforcement. This case is still under investigation.

Enjoy your Police State.

Read the Police State press release that was obviously reprinted verbatim by the Police State at: 23 arrested in marijuana grow in Calaveras County’s West Point – The Modesto Bee

Creepy DC insider #EvanMcMullin doing his best to help sink the #GOP

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Creepy Evan McMullin is a little-known policy wonk turned political sensation who suddenly has a credible shot to win Utah’s six electoral votes. He’s adored by the main stream media because he could play a pivotal role in knocking Donald Trump out of contention for the White House.

Ordinarily the media would mock him for his conservative views…but since he’s taking votes away from Trump he’s become their man in Utah.

McMullin has become the new George Wallace.

Most recently the chief policy wonk for House Republicans, McMullin also worked overseas on counterterrorism operations for the CIA and did a stint as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

So he’s really an elite Washington DC insider doing the bidding of his masters who control the government and hate Donald Trump.

Utah has backed the Republican candidate for president for more than half a century. But Trump has struggled to win over Mormons, you know, the people who come to California to trash gays and lesbians.

McMullin is a Mormon who was born in Provo and attended Brigham Young University. McMullin framed his campaign as an exploration of principles — a discourse shared between friends and neighbors. Principles like trashing gays and lesbians.

Read more at: Evan McMullin made Utah a presidential battleground. Next he wants to transform conservative politics – LA Times

Violent #HillaryClinton supporter brags about trashing #DonaldTrump’s star

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The man who admitted to taking a sledgehammer and pick-ax to Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is bragging about what he did.

James Lambert Otis, 53, was recorded on video Wednesday at 5:45 a.m. by entertainment website Deadline.com as he battered the emblem on the sidewalk in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard.

The psychopath Otis claims he decided to take action because he was troubled by the accounts of the 11 women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct and the Republican presidential nominee’s subsequent denials.

“The reason why I took the star was to auction it on Election Day, and raise as much money as I can for the women who have been exploited by Mr. Trump,” Otis said by telephone. Sure. As if anyone would really belive this.

Otis will be arrested soon. That’s a good thing. This whack-job claims to be a teacher of non-violent social theory, non-violent direct action and Gandhi.

Otis told reporters he’s a Democrat, a Bernie Democrat. That we figured out on our own.

Source: Donald Trump star’s vandal: Who he is, why he did it

Orange County’s feckless D.A. Tony Rackauckas won’t fill oversight job 

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Police State loving Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will not reinstate a top oversight position that his handpicked investigatory committee said last year could help steer the “rudderless” ship his office had become and that might have helped to prevent its ongoing jailhouse informant controversy.

Transparency and accountability would wreck Orange County’s RICO operations against it’s citizens. No one in the Police State wants that.

Patrick Dixon, a retired Los Angeles County prosecutor who served on Rackauckas’ committee last year, criticized the district attorney’s decision at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

“The D.A. really needs a chief operating officer to watch over the day-to-day operations in their office,” Dixon said. “We felt many of the problems that you have seen in the press – the jailhouse informant problem, for example – could have been corrected if there was the right kind of leadership.”

Enjoy your Police State Orange County.

Source: D.A. Tony Rackauckas won’t fill oversight job urged after jailhouse snitch controversy – The Orange County Register

The #Islamics are destroying all of Mosul’s treasures

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The Iraqi city’s cultural treasures have already suffered a grave toll.

Satellite imagery, eyewitness testimony from escaping civilians and boastful videos from Islamic State have provided clues as to the extent of damage to ancient sites and artifacts in Mosul. But experts say a full reckoning is probably months away, and remaining historical riches are still in danger from fighting.

The world got a dismaying glimpse of Islamic State’s appetite for destruction of antiquities in February 2015, when the group released online footage of sledgehammer-swinging Islamics rampaging through Mosul’s central museum, smashing statuary and toppling friezes. Some were replicas, but others were believed genuine – and priceless.

Prior to capturing Mosul, Islamic State had made a regular practice of wrecking historic sites as it seized swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory – taking particular aim at shrines associated with religious minorities such as Christians and Yazidis, or those revered by Shiite Muslims, all of whom Islamic State regards as heretics.

Experts say the wave of wreckage amounts to cultural cleansing – a deliberate bid to erase the traces of centuries of sectarian coexistence, a notion that is anathema to Islamics.

That’s how Islam rolls.

Source: Why Islamic State wants to destroy the treasures of the ancient world – LA Times

Two hideous cops partnered with drug dealers

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Here’s one of the Police State’s uglier police corruption scandals.

Detective Damacio Diaz and his partner, Patrick Mara, ripped off drug dealers of their methamphetamine during traffic stops.

Now prosecutors are reviewing cases from 2011 to 2014, when the partners were committing crimes.

“If they took statements, seized evidence or wrote reports, we will be sending letters to defense attorneys or defendants that represented themselves,” she said.

The ramifications of the corruption scandal could be large.

Diaz this summer pleaded guilty to bribery, drug trafficking and tax evasion, and Mara admitted to selling methamphetamine. Both are about to begin five-year federal prison sentences for their crimes.

Enjoy your Police State.

Source: Two corrupt cops joined forces with drug dealers. Now, dozens of criminal cases could be in jeopardy – LA Times

#Prop187’s revenge: Democrats saddle California GOP candidates with Trump

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Democratic strategists are confident Trump will be a political boat anchor they can tie to Republicans across the state.

No one is watching those races closer than House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, who knows that flipping two, three or even four Republican seats in California would be an important step toward collecting the 30 seats Democrats need in their long-shot attempt to regain the House majority they lost in 2010.

Scott Jones, Sacramento County sheriff, is one of several California Republican candidates who are in tight races in districts that usually tilt toward the GOP.

It’s a similar situation in the Central Valley, where GOP Rep. Jeff Denham of Turlock (Stanislaus County) has continually refused to say whom he will vote for in November.

No matter. Democrats are willing to help make the Trump connection.

Also in Pelosi’s sights is Republican David Valadao of Hanford (Kings County). In the 21st Congressional District, Democrats outnumber Republicans 47 to 30 percent, and Latinos make up more than 70 percent of the population.

In the Santa Barbara area, Democrat Salud Carbajal and Republican Justin Fareed are squaring off to see who will fill the seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Lois Capps.

In the high desert of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, GOP Rep. Steve Knight of Palmdale (Los Angeles County) is looking to win a second term in Congress.

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista (San Diego County) is running against himself for re-election in Southern California’s 49th Congressional District. After 16 years of easy victories, Issa finished only 5.5 percentage points ahead of Douug Applegate in the June primary, and polls suggest the race has tightened since then.

More details at: Democrats try to saddle California GOP candidates with Trump – San Francisco Chronicle

Wine industry maneuvers to control all the groundwater in Sonoma County

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Vintners and wine industry representatives on Tuesday pressed Sonoma County supervisors to give farming interests a greater say in how California’s new law governing groundwater is put into place on a local level.

As proposed by staff from Sonoma County Water Agency and county administrator’s office, those interests are set to hold an advisory role — but not voting power — on the agencies that will oversee the three local aquifers that fall under the state law. Environmentalists and rural residents who depend on wells for their water supply would also be represented on the advisory groups.

That arrangement, however, has riled representatives of the county’s wine industry and other agricultural interests, who see much at stake in how the new law is imposed. The governing agencies, which must be formed by June 30, will have the ability to register and monitor wells, restrict pumping and prevent drilling of new wells. Agencies would also have the ability to assess new fees and taxes.

“Nothing good for farmers in this county … can come from this monitoring,” Jim Bundschu, an owner of Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. “Agriculture needs a larger voice.”

In reality there’s nothing good for anyone else when farmers control all the water.

Source: Wine industry wants greater say in Sonoma County groundwater regulation – The Press Democrat

San Francisco residents know their lives suck, and they blame tech

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Their lives suck…and they blame it on technology companies.

San Franciscans are evenly split on whether the city is headed in the right direction or is on the wrong track, and they view homelessness and housing as the most important issues facing their city.

They blame both the tech industry and thier bought and paid for pals in City Hall.

These findings come from a new poll paid for by Rise SF, an advocacy group formed in September to push for more housing and better public transportation.

Asked whether the growth of the tech industry is to blame for the high cost of housing and traffic congestion, 63 percent said yes.

Note to San Francisco residents…tech doesn’t like you and could care less what you think.

More details on the poll at: SF poll finds residents blame tech, City Hall for problems – San Francisco Chronicle

Hating Latinos isn’t working for #Republican #bigots any longer

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When it comes to connecting with and motivating Hispanic voters, GOP candidates across the country face an exceptional obstacle: their own presidential nominee and their party’s ugly racist past.

Trump’s harsh words about immigrants in the country illegally and his vows to deport them and build a border wall have turned off many of the estimated 27 million Latinos eligible to vote.

Democrats are playing the “Trump” card whenever and wherever they can.

A Republican National Committee autopsy on why Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential race was a discussion about the importance of Latinos, whose backing dropped to 27 percent compared with the 44 percent who’d chosen President George W. Bush in 2004.

Romney was a rich white elitist, Latinos picked up on that right away.

“There is no question that Republicans have failed miserably in the past at connecting with Latinos,” said Daniel Garza, executive director of the Libre Initiative. Funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch, Libre tries to sell Latinos on conservative policies.

Source: Republicans contend with Trump factor among Hispanic voters

#PoliceState Update: #ACLU nails #LAPD over gang injunctions

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Need more proof the LAPD and the city leaders who hold their leash hate African-Americans and Latinos? Well here you go.

The Los Angeles Police Department has violated the due process rights of thousands of city residents by serving them with gang injunctions without first allowing them to challenge those orders in court, according to a federal lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The suit, filed in federal court seeks to stop the department from enforcing injunctions against people who have not been given a chance to show they aren’t gang members.

The city is currently enforcing 46 separate injunctions against approximately 10,000 people in Los Angeles, according to the lawsuit. The enforcement areas combined make up 75 square miles, or 15% of the city, according to the suit.

“They’re basically subject to parole-like restrictions without any hearing on whether or not they are actually a gang member,” said Peter Bibring, director of police practices for the ACLU in Southern California. “That violates any notion of due process.”

Naturally the LAPD and the the city attorney’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In its suit, the ACLU is asking the court to bar the LAPD from enforcing injunctions unless the department can prove that a person subject to an injunction is actually a gang member.

The brutality displayed by the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD is mind boggling. The term Orwellian doesn’t do what’s going on there justice.

Much more at: LAPD gang injunctions deny targets due process, ACLU lawsuit says – LA Times

To the @SFPD, every citizen is the enemy

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Why do police officers attend an annual extreme training exercise and weaponry expo that promotes the latest in military-like techniques and gear?

At a time when local law enforcement agencies should be connecting with the public they serve — and listening to people who feel distrust — they’re training police officers as if they were soldiers readying to fight an enemy on another continent.

However to the SFPD and most other police departments in the U.S., the American public is the enemy.

Every year, Urban Shield holds its annual war games-type gathering of law enforcement agencies in the East Bay. The display of high-tech gadgets, spotting scopes, bomb suits and body armor highlights the root of the problem with policing many communities.

This stuff is designed to kill you, and your family. It is frightening how much the police have lost touch with the people.

The militarization of police became a national epidemic. The push to bolster police is supported by the federal government. In the decade since 9/11, $34 billion in grants have been given to states to purchase military surplus equipment and fund programs like Urban Shield.

Urban Shield is a forum for the police to learn how to kill you. Urban Shield promotes itself on its website as “intense training for intense times.” Like when you get pulled over for a busted tail light.

Urban Shield is funded by the federal government, but approved by the Alameda Board of Supervisors. Obviously they think you are the enemy too.

Source: No one is helped when police officers train for war – San Francisco Chronicle

Exposed for doing crimes, FBI’s second in command is facing pressure to resign

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The FBI’s second in command is facing pressure over donations Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a top Clinton ally, made to the official’s wife who was running an uphill battle against a popular conservative Northern Virginia state senator.

That senator, Dick Black, on Monday called for the resignation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

Let’s be clear, if an ordinary citizen did the same thing he/she would already be in jail. That’s how we roll in Washington.

Black said that McCabe, who later oversaw the probe into the Hillary Rodham Clinton email scandal, should have known McAuliffe was one of Clinton’s closest advisers and friends and recused himself from the probe of the Democratic presidential candidate.

We’re sure McCabe knew all about this. Any reasonable person would believe so.

The FBI, meanwhile, told the Wall Street Journal that McCabe “played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind.”

Yeah, right. As if anyone actually believes this.

Source: FBI No. 2 pressured to resign over McAuliffe donations to wife – Washington Examiner

The @GOP burns LGBT Republicans, again

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Log Cabin Republicans won’t be endorsing Donald Trump. Not because they don’t want to though.

What they did say was: “Mr. Trump is perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party,” the organization said in a statement. “His unprecedented overtures to the “LGBTQ community” … are worthy of praise and should serve as a clarion call to the GOP that the days of needing to toe an anti-LGBT line are now a thing of the past.”

While Trump himself might not say nasty things about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the organization said, he has “surrounded himself with senior advisers with a record of opposing LGBT equality” and opposes same-sex marriage and has backed such anti-gay measures as the “First Amendment Defense Act,” which opponents argue would allow groups and businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians on religious grounds.

At the Republican National Convention in August, Trump brought in Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who told the crowd of GOP leaders, “I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican.”

Trump’s position doesn’t appear to have helped much, however. Polls continue to show Clinton receiving most of the support of LGBT voters.

GOPers still haven’t figured out that the Constitution applies to everyone. LGBT voters know it. Sad, very sad.

Source: Gay Republican group declines to endorse Trump, but reluctantly – San Francisco Chronicle

McConnell the latest member of the @GOP elite to sell-out @realDonaldTrump

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has never had much to say about Donald Trump. But lately, he has fallen completely silent.

So much for his commitment to put a Republican in the White House.

According to the Associated Press, when the Republican leader has appeared publicly in his home state of Kentucky this month, he’s either avoided answering reporters’ questions, or explicitly refused to address the topic he acknowledged was on everyone’s mind: His party’s presidential nominee.

McConnell’s silence is especially notable in light of Trump’s recent complaints that the election is rigged and he might not ultimately accept the results.

The 74-year-old McConnell has always proven to be clueless, especially when it comes to helping anyone other than himself and his pals in Washington, so we’re not surprised at all by this report.

In McConnell’s world, there is little upside in doing anything that isn’t directly profiting him or his friends.

Source: On Trump, Sen. McConnell has gone from quiet to mum

Wow! @HillaryClinton campaign’s bias against working women exposed

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Senior staff members on Hillary Clinton’s nascent campaign were conscious about diversity in the top ranks two months before the Democratic presidential candidate formally announced her bid, according to hacked emails from the personal account of a top campaign official.

In February 2015, Clinton lawyer and chief of staff Cheryl Mills sent a list of potential hires to campaign chairman John Podesta. Among the suggestions was “Political Director-Hispanic Woman.” They eventually hired Amanda Renteria, who is Latina.

Mills sends “Robby’s List of the top 10 or so positions,” referring to Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook.

The email breaks it down: “four ‘POC,’ or people of color, four women ‘assuming COO is a white woman’ and six white men.” So, the email says, that is “33% diverse, 33% women, 50% white men.”

The campaign officials’ focus on diversity came in the same month that Clinton’s advisers circulated data collected from her family’s foundation that found only three of the foundation’s 11 highest paid employees were women — and a Democratic consultant expressed concern about the political fallout from the gender discrepancy.

White guys rock in the Clinton operation.

Emails released last week about the Clinton Foundation highlighted a large disparity in the median salaries of the top-paid men and woman working for the organization.

According to the emails, the median salary of the highest paid men at the foundation was $346,106, while the median salary of the highest paid women was $185,386 — roughly a $160,000 difference. The numbers came from the foundation’s 990 tax forms for 2013, according to the emails.

“There are huge discrepancies, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they (the media) went here next,” Ian Mandel, a Democratic consultant, wrote.

So they knew what they were doing all along. An amazing betrayal of the trust women have put in the Clinton campaign.

At the time of the email exchange on salaries, the foundation was already under fire by Republicans for accepting large donations from foreign governments, including while Clinton was secretary of State. Republicans said the foreign donations created an unacceptable conflict of interest if Clinton were elected president.

So you can clearly see where their priorities are.

Source: Clinton campaign carefully considered staff diversity

Feckless Congress knew for TWO YEARS about reenlistment bonus clawback…did nothing

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The California National Guard told the state’s members of Congress TWO YEARS AGO that the Pentagon was trying to claw back reenlistment bonuses from thousands of soldiers.

The Guard even offered a proposal to mitigate the problem, but Congress took no action, according to a senior National Guard official.

CalNews.com has learned that in fact, improper bonuses had been paid to National Guard members in every state, raising the possibility that many more soldiers may owe large debts to the Pentagon.

So far attention had focused on California because it was the only state that audited bonus payments at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Pentagon has been demanding repayment of enlistment bonuses — which often reached $15,000 or more — from thousands of California Guard soldiers, many of whom had served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Audits completed last month concluded that 9,700 California Guard members were not entitled to the payments or that there had been errors in their paperwork.

Army Master Sgt. Toni Jaffe, the California Guard’s incentive manager, pleaded guilty in 2011 to filing false claims of $15.2 million and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. Three officers also pleaded guilty to fraud and were put on probation after paying restitution.

So this problem has been around for a long time. Lots of soldiers have been screwed, and Congress is just now starting to pay attention. Another sad and pathetic example of the lack of leadership by elected officials in Washington.

Read more at: Congress knew for at least two years about Pentagon efforts to take back bonuses from veterans – LA Times

Team @HillaryClinton raking in plenty of cash from the brutal #Islamics in #SaudiArabia

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If I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent on the Saudi government’s payroll, you’d probably think I was a Trump-thumping, conspiratorial nutcase. But it’s true.

The lobby firm created by both Tony and John Podesta in 1988 receives $140,000 a month from the Saudi government, a government that beheads nonviolent dissidents, uses torture to extract forced confessions, doesn’t allow women to drive, and bombs schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods in neighboring Yemen.

The Podesta Group’s March 2016 filing, required under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, shows that Tony Podesta himself oversees the Saudi account.

At the same time, Tony Podesta is also a top campaign contributor and bundler for Hillary Clinton. So while one brother runs the campaign, the other brother funds it with earnings that come, in part, from the Saudis.

Source: Hillary Clinton, The Podesta Group And The Saudi Regime: A Fatal Menage A Trois | Huffington Post

Police terrorize Native Americans at North Dakota pipeline protest site

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Since August, the tribe’s assertion that sacred tribal sites have been desecrated and fears that the pipeline could contaminate the nearby Missouri River have galvanized American Indian tribes and their supporters more than any struggle in decades.

The Standing Rock tribe has attempted to block construction in federal court, but on Oct. 9, an appeals court in Washington denied the tribe’s petition. The next day construction on the pipeline resumed despite a request from the Obama administration for a voluntary halt. Though the administration has suspended permission — for now — for the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River, Energy Transfer and the state of North Dakota appear determined to build right up to the water’s edge.

Native peoples are determined to take back the lands in the path of the pipeline.

On Saturday, during a prayer meeting at the encampment, North Dakota police arrested 126 people, using Mace and batons to disperse the group, and shot down a drone protesters were apparently using to scout authorities.

The response from North Dakota officials has been forceful. Gov. Jack Dalrymple called in the National Guard. Sheriff’s deputies have been brought in from as far as Wisconsin. Police man a concrete checkpoint north of the protest sites. Demonstrators are regularly met with dozens of police in riot shields, along with paddy wagons and armored personnel carriers.

No Bundy kooks to be found anywhere. You might call that situational liberty.

Source: Clashes, arrests and fears — North Dakota pipeline protest at a boiling point – LA Times

Orange County scam artist nailed for bilking Medicare out of millions

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An Orange County man faces decades behind bars after being convicted of using his rehabilitation clinics to submit millions of dollars in false Medicare claims.

A jury at the U.S. District Courthouse on Wednesday convicted Simon Hong, 54, of 19 felonies, including healthcare fraud, making illegal kickbacks and identity theft.

Hong ran several medical clinics in Los Angeles County, including Hong’s Medical Management, Inc., CMH Practice Solution and Solution Inc.

Authorities believe Hong “recruited” Medicare beneficiaries for massage and acupuncture treatments.

Since those type of services aren’t eligible for Medicare reimbursement, prosecutors allege that Hong’s clinics falsely claimed that the patients had received physical therapy.

He stole millions.

More at: Brea man convicted of multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud – The Orange County Register