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Obama Praises LeBron James For Wearing 'I Can't Breathe' Protest Shirt

President Barack Obama applauded basketball star LeBron James for wearing an "I Can't Breathe" protest T-shirt before a game last week.

"You know, I think LeBron did the right thing," Obama told People magazine in an interview published Friday. "We forget the role that Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe and Bill Russell played in raising consciousness."

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But the President told People that he'd like to see more athletes speak out on social and other issues the way James did.

"We went through a long stretch there where well-paid athletes the notion was: just be quiet and get your endorsements and don't make waves," he said. "LeBron is an example of a young man who has, in his own way and in a respectful way, tried to say, 'I'm part of this society, too' and focus attention."


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama-praises-lebron-james-i-cant-breathe-protest-shirt

If Torture Was Categorically Wrong When Hitler Did It, Then Why Is the CIA Excused When They Do It?

We knew it was wrong when Hitler did it—but when Dick Cheney committed the same heinous crimes—it’s excused by the corporate network media pundits.


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I would like to ask the corporate network media defenders of the Bush-Cheney administration if they believe that the techniques of torture committed by the S.S. paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler should be discussed as a “controversial” and “debatable” issue? That is to say, if Hitler defended his S.S. torture operations in the name of “national security” would that make torture under Nazi Germany justifiable? If the answer is “no” then when the CIA commits the same heinous crimes of torture, why is that up for debate? If they agree that it is plainly wrong when Hitler did it—then why is it excusable when the CIA does it?


Ironically, we were told by the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein “had to go” because he “tortured his people.” Once again, I must raise the question: if the US media condemned Saddam Hussein for torturing or executing those whom he believed were traitors, if it was wrong when Saddam Hussein did it, then why is it acceptable when the CIA does the exact same thing? And if that’s the standard-justification that the Bush administration used to hang Saddam Hussein, then the same standard should also be used for every member of the Bush administration and the CIA torturers as well as the lawyers who attempted to make the gruesome act of torture—legal.

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We knew it was wrong when Hitler did it. Categorically wrong. There was no debate about it. It was wrong. Period. It was so wrong that it led to the signing of the Geneva Conventions that made it exceedingly clear to world leaders that the brutal, insane practice of torture is illegal, immoral and a crime against humanity.

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It was wrong when the Romans did it, it was wrong when the Church did it, it was wrong when the Nazis did it and it is wrong when the CIA does it.

MORE:
http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/if-torture-was-categorically-wrong-when-hitler-did-it-then-why-is-the-cia-excused-when-they-do-it

Dog Shoots Man


Dog Shoots Man: Accidental Shooting Injures Man
Date Posted: December 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has released its findings on the shooting of a man Monday on Murphy Gulch Road.

Sheriff Steve Kozisek said Richard L. Fipps, 46, of Sheridan had driven to Murphy Gulch Road with two employees to move a vehicle that had become stuck. Fipps was standing beside his truck as chains were being removed from the front of it when he was shot.

Kozisek said Fipps told a dog in the front seat of the truck to get into the back seat. Among other personal items laying on the back seat was a .300 Winchester Magnum with the safety apparently turned off. The dog managed to discharge the weapon, which fired through the cab of the truck.

The round struck Fipps in the left arm, traveled past his back and clipped his right sleeve without touching his right arm.

- See more at: http://thesheridanpress.com/?p=29004#sthash.yEvJquVd.dpuf

Marco Rubio says Pope Francis isn’t for “freedom”

Rubio expressed his rather lengthy scolding of the Catholic pontiff today after President Obama revealed a Pope-brokered plan for the United States to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba.

“I would also ask His Holiness to take up the cause of freedom and democracy, which is critical for a free people — for a people to truly be free,” Rubio told reporters, according to TPM.

“I think the people of Cuba deserve the same chances to have democracy as the people of Argentina have had, where he comes from; as the people of Italy have, where he now lives. Obviously the Vatican’s its own state, but very nearby. My point is I hope that people with that sort of prestige on the world stage will take up the cause of freedom and democracy.”


(But this is my favorite part of the article):

While growing up initially Catholic, Rubio then became a Mormon, then switched back to Catholicism, then became a Southern Baptist and a Catholic, then left the Baptists and simply became a Catholic, then he became a Baptist again, then a Catholic again, all the while technically remaining a Mormon.



MORE:
http://americablog.com/2014/12/marco-rubio-says-pope-francis-isnt-freedom.html

Let It Go, Let It Go

"Made In China"

‘This Is Barack Obama, Formerly Of Somerville’

‘This Is Barack Obama, Formerly Of Somerville’

December 18, 2014By Taegan Goddard4 Comments
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) got a surprise caller on his monthly WGBH radio show:

Jim Braude: “Hello, sir. Yes, you’re on with Gov. Deval Patrick.”

Barack Obama: “Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville. I’ve got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I’ve moved down South since that time…”

Deval Patrick: “You’re kidding, Mr. President. Who is this impersonator? You’re very good. Who is this really?”

Barack Obama: “I want to find out how it is that you got Massachusetts so strong and moving in the right direction.”


http://politicalwire.com/2014/12/18/this-is-barack-obama-formerly-of-somerville/

LOL - "America Smokes A Cuban"


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/18/tabloids-cuba-us-react-to-deal_n_6348482.html

The Top Secret Files Of Dick Cheney

& thanks for pointing out (once again) that BUSHCO did NOT keep us safe from 9/11
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Bushco ignored several warnings about Osama bin Laden. On August 6, 2001, White House intelligence presented to him a brief titled, “Bin Laden determined to strike in the US”. Of course, Bush ignored his duties as chief executive and failed to heed the warnings, paving the way for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda to attack us on 9/11.
http://aattp.org/george-w-bush-top-20-ways-he-destroyed-america/


KEEPING US SAFE????
Hardly:
http://aattp.org/george-w-bush-top-20-ways-he-destroyed-america/

Black pastor slams Hasselbeck’s willful race ignorance: ‘Someone white would make that argument’




On Thursday, Hasselbeck told Reverend Jacques Degraff, a Democratic strategist, that she couldn’t understand why Michelle Obama had joked about the incident in an interview with late night television host David Letterman in 2012.

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“I think the interview was in the context of racial experiences in America, and so African-Americans and others have learned how to deal with our pain and put a smile on irritating, annoying or downgrading situations,” Degraff said. “Her inner experience is what she’s talking about this time. Every African-American is familiar with that.”

“So, you’re saying that she’s had some time to think about it and realize that it’s racist?” Hasselbeck pressed.

“I’m saying African-Americans in general all have similar experiences of dealing with ignorance,” Degraff replied.

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“Some would make the argument that it has become more difficult for black Americans under this president,” the Fox News host declared.

“Someone white would make that argument,” Degraff shot back. “The issue is being black in America under a Democratic president and a Republican president.”

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“It’s difficult dealing with ignorance if you’re black in America,”

he added without acknowledging how his statement applied to the current interview.


it sure is...
MORE:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/12/black-pastor-slams-hasselbecks-willful-race-ignorance-someone-white-would-make-that-argument/
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