Archive for September, 2011

September 30, 2011

PBS Prohibition Documentary – Conservative Nanny State at its Worst

by Ben Hoffman

PROHIBITION is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.

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Right-wingers are for small government when it comes to business, but for big BIG BIG government when it comes to our personal lives.

September 30, 2011

Clarence Thomas To Be Investigated For Tax Evasion – Plans To Appeal To The Supreme Court

by Ben Hoffman


WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers on Thursday called for a federal investigation into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ failure to report hundreds of thousands of dollars on annual financial disclosure forms.

Led by House Rules Committee ranking member Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), 20 House Democrats sent a letter to the Judicial Conference of the United States — the entity that frames guidelines for the administration of federal courts — requesting that the conference refer the matter of Thomas’ non-compliance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to the Department of Justice.

The letter outlines how, throughout his 20-year tenure on the Supreme Court, Thomas routinely checked a box titled “none” on his annual financial disclosure forms, indicating that his wife had received no income. But in reality, the letter states, she earned nearly $700,000 from the Heritage Foundation from 2003 to 2007 alone.

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September 30, 2011

Anthony Bologna (aka Tony Baloney) – Wall Street Pepper Spray Incident

by Ben Hoffman

Watch video here.

Hopefully his co-workers are making his life hell. 🙂

September 29, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage

by Ben Hoffman


WASHINGTON—Brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols, Republicans of the 112th U.S. Congress took a class of visiting schoolchildren hostage today, barricading themselves inside the Capitol rotunda and demanding $12 trillion dollars in cash.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has emerged as spokesman for the right-wing extremist group, informed FBI negotiators this morning that the ransom was to be placed in stainless-steel suitcases and left on the Capitol steps by 4 p.m. sharp. If their demands are not met in full, the 11-term representative announced, “all the kids will die.”

“Bring us the money and we let the children go, simple as that,” said Boehner, appearing in the East Portico with a serrated switchblade held to one of the fourth-grader’s throats. “If you want to play games and stall for extra time, we’re going to shoot one kid an hour, starting with little Dillon here.”

“Tick tock,” he added, vanishing back into the building with the terrified child in tow.

Arlington gun shop confirms Rep. Eric Cantor bought 6 semi-automatic handguns, 3 rifles & 600 clips of ammo last month.

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September 29, 2011

Cowardly Cop, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, Under Investigation For Pepper-Spraying Peaceful Women

by Ben Hoffman

Raymond W. Kelly, commissioner of the New York Police Department, said Wednesday that its Internal Affairs Bureau would look at the decision by the officer, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, to use pepper spray, even as Mr. Kelly criticized the protesters for “tumultuous conduct.”

At the same time, the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has opened an investigation into the episode, which was captured on video and disseminated on the Internet, according to a person briefed on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry is continuing.

Inspector Bologna was identified on Wednesday in another video spraying others in the Occupy Wall Street demonstration with pepper spray. Recordings of the episodes show Inspector Bologna striding through a chaotic street scene along East 12th Street, where officers arrested some protesters and corralled others behind orange mesh netting.

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September 28, 2011

Park(ing) Day This Friday – Rent A Piece Of Downtown

by Ben Hoffman

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

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September 27, 2011

Cowardly N.Y. Police Officer Who Maced Peaceful Protesters is Anthony Bologna

by Ben Hoffman


The Guardian is reporting that Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna also stands accused of false arrest and civil rights violations in a claim brought by a protester involved in the 2004 demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Then, 1,800 people were arrested during protests against the Iraq war and the policies of president George W Bush. Alan Levine, a civil rights lawyer representing a protester at the event, told the Guardian that he filed an action against Bologna and another officer in 2007.

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September 26, 2011

Police Brutality in N.Y.C. — Time To End Police Unions and the Protection of Rogue Cops

by Ben Hoffman

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The police are out of control in many parts of the country including Denver. They’ve murdered people in cold blood and beat kids just hanging out downtown. They occasionally get fired, but then are rehired because of the unions. It’s time for reform.

September 21, 2011

Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole – The Only Entity That Could Have Stayed the Execution of Troy Davis

by Ben Hoffman


Well, it certainly is a diverse board. The question is: why are they allowing a man who’s trial was severely tainted to be executed?

September 18, 2011

Richard Pryor as the 40th President of the United States (before political correctness ruined comedy)

by Ben Hoffman

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yssYKoZRQRs]

September 14, 2011

The Broncos/Raiders Game Analysis (If football was analysed the way right-wingers analyze politics)

by Ben Hoffman

The Broncos played the Raiders on Monday night and horrible is the only word that could be used to describe the Raiders. Or maybe awful. They really stunk up Sports Authority Field in Denver and the stench still lingers.

As with any bad team, penalties hurt the Raiders. They were penalized 15 times for 131 yards.

Raiders quarterback Jacoby Ford couldn’t seem to hold onto the ball. Broncos pass-rusher Von Miller speared the football out of Ford’s arms and strong safety Rahim Moore scooped it up at the Raiders 15. The Broncos scored easily, rubbing salt into the Raider’s wounds.

The Broncos delivered in all areas of the game. A Colquitt punt traveled 65 yards and was downed at the Raider’s 1 yard line, leaving the Raiders in dire straits.

Sebastian Janikowski, who is normally reliable for the Raiders, barely made a routine 63 yard kick.

The Raiders are truly a horrible team and they probably won’t want to show their faces in Denver again any time soon.

The final score was Broncos 20, Raiders 23.

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September 12, 2011

Paul Krugman – The Shame of 9/11

by Ben Hoffman


Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?

Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.

What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?

The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

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Krugman is absolutely right. But what’s really shameful is the lack of interest by the media in how we were allowed to be attacked when there were plenty of warnings. Hell, Bush knew that an attack was coming. Why else would there have been surface-to-air missiles installed on the roof of his hotel in Florida? Why wasn’t the second World Trade Center tower immediately evacuated after the first plane hit? Why did the Air Force not do anything to intercept the hijacked planes? Why would Bush and Cheney only answer questions about the attack behind closed doors — refusing to answer under oath and under the conditions that there would be no transcripts?

There are too many unanswered questions about the attack. Congress spent some $60 million dollars investigating Clinton’s personal life. Compare that to the $3 million to investigate the most deadly attack on American civilians in our history.

September 12, 2011

America’s Favorite Trading Partner Tried To Sell Weapons To Qaddafi

by Ben Hoffman


Three of China’s biggest state-owned arms companies secretly offered to sell Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s army $200 million in weapons to put down the rebellion. The offer, discovered by a Canadian journalist in documents tossed into a Tripoli trash heap, flouted a United Nations embargo on weapons sales to the Qaddafi government — an embargo that China itself had voted for in February.

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So where is the outrage over this? Simple… Big business likes doing business with China. It’s good for profits when they can use slave-wage labor and right-wingers are only outraged over what they’re told to be against, so these stories go nowhere.

September 11, 2011

Support America – Not Your Political Party. Watch “9/11: Press for Truth.”

by Ben Hoffman

or watch full video on Google Videos:
9/11: Press for Truth

September 8, 2011

Religious People Have The Morals of Rats – Rick Perry: “I’ve Never Struggled’ With Risk Of Executing Innocent Person”

by Ben Hoffman

From the debate last night:

BRIAN WILLIAMS: “Governor Perry, a question about Texas. Your state has executed 234 death row inmates, more than any other governor in modern times. Have you…”

[The religious assholes applaud]

“Have you struggled to sleep at night with the idea that any one of those might have been innocent?”

PERRY: “No, sir. I’ve never struggled with that at all. The state of Texas has a very thoughtful, a very clear process in place of which — when someone commits the most heinous of crimes against our citizens, they get a fair hearing, they go through an appellate process, they go up to the Supreme Court of the United States, if that’s required.”

It’s very likely that Perry executed an innocent man, but that doesn’t bother him at all. In case you haven’t heard of the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, read this.

There are other cases where the executed man was proven innocent and one case involved a mentally retarded man. But Perry, with his religious morals, doesn’t have a problem with it. We atheists do.