the Coalition of Out-of-Shape White Shitty Idiots with Tiki Torches (Or C.O.W.S.H.IT.T.)
The Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky announced that they'll be removing all of their confederate monuments, maybe because these statues seem to basically be turd magnets these days. Y'know, like fly-zappers, only attracting the shittiest white people in the world. Like, Night of the Living Dead, only with shambling fucksticks in MAGA hats.
Buzzfeed August 13, 2017, at 7:24 p.m. Updated 7:37 p.m. Jim Dalrymple II BuzzFeed News Reporter
Spurred by a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one person dead and dozens more injured, thousands of people took to the streets Sunday for massive demonstrations in cities across the United States.
The violence in Charlottesville Saturday culminated when James Alex Fields Jr., 20, allegedly drove a Dodge Charger into a crowd of people who had gathered to protest against a white supremacist rally held earlier in the city. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old Charlottesville native, died in the crash, and 19 others were injured.
During Sunday's protests, many people cited the carnage in Charlottesville the previous day, stating that they were demonstrating to take a stand against racism and bigotry.
I've been a bit unsettled today because of a minor illness and the medication I'm taking for it.
But what I meant to say in my previous post about those statues in Estonia, as well as the Confederate statues, is that maybe equally large or larger statues of their VICTIMS should be placed next to them, with appropriate educational plaques, to show the misery and slaughter they represent.
My parents came from Estonia, my dad fleeing the Nazis, my mom later fleeing the Soviets. Neither lived to see Estonia regain its freedom in 1991.
Estonia and other former Soviet captive nations have grappled since 1991 with what to do about memorials to Lenin, Stalin and other hated Russian oppressors. It's a delicate issue, given that the USSR shipped numerous Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, etc to gulags, forced labor camps, Siberia, etc. and settled huge numbers of Russians in those countries in its program of "russification" to try and destroy their ethnic groups and traditions and language. About 23% of Estonia's population is ethnic Russians, many of whom retain close ties to Moscow.
A few years ago, Estonian authorities in the capital, Tallinn, wanted to move a bronze memorial statue of a Russian soldier away from a busy downtown bus stop and heavy traffic to a less central location. Not to tear it down, melt it, or anything like that. But the Russians protested vehemently. One night city officials moved the statue to a peaceful cemetery site where many WW2 Russian soldiers were buried. Russians living in Estonia responded with destructive violence, smashing store windows and looting the downtown. As far as I know, that statue remains in the cemetery and things seem to have settled down.
In my opinion, it sucks for the Estonians to have to deal with a loud, potentially violent minority that has loyalty to the enemy of Estonia's independence. Estonians lived for 700 years under serfdom and actual slavery - particularly during Russian rule in the 18th and 19th centuries when Estonians could be sold or traded like dogs, beaten on a whim, separated from families. Why should Estonians be forced to live with statues and memorials of their most recent oppressors? But they don't dare piss off Russia, because it could happen all over again.
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Richmond Times-Dispatch The Daily Progress staff reports 1 hr ago
Charlottesville officials on Sunday said Heather D. Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, was killed Saturday afternoon when a car plowed into a crowd of protesters as they crossed the road at 4th and Market Streets downtown.
The incident injured 19 other protesters, when a dark grey 2010 Dodge Challenger sped down 4th Street where it crosses the Downtown Mall before slamming into a crowd of pedestrians and two cars sitting at the intersection.
Heyer was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, according to the release.
Police stopped the Challenger on Monticello Avenue, and arrested the driver, identified as James Alex Fields, Jr., 21, of Maumee, Ohio. Fields has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run.
Huffington Post By Carla Herreria 08/13/2017 02:31 am ET | Updated 2 hours ago
A number of solidarity rallies were announced across the country on Saturday night in the aftermath of the chaotic white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Indivisible Project, a nonprofit that connects advocacy groups, organized a searchable database filled with more than a hundred events scheduled for Sunday in a dozen or more states. These counter-events are being held in response to the violence that broke out at Saturday’s so-called “Unite The Right” rally, which was attended by thousands of white supremacists, armed militia groups and Ku Klux Klan members, as well as anti-racist counter-protesters.
“This weekend, hate groups and domestic terrorists of all stripes went to Charlottesville, VA to push their hateful message of white supremacy, fascism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry,” the organization said in a statement.
“Tonight and tomorrow, we will join our fellow Americans across the country to hold events to show solidarity with those who bravely stood against the white supremacists in Charlottesville, and for all those who stand to lose under the hateful, bigoted agenda they push.”
I am so furious that I went outside for an hour or so to rip crabgrass out of the lawn. My daughter came out to tell me someone died. This is the kind of shit that terrorists do, and make no mistake, these fascist bastards ae TERRORISTS.
Washington Post By Joe Heim, Ellie Silverman, T. Rees Shapiro and Emma Brown August 12 at 2:50 PM
CHARLOTTESVILLE — This picturesque college town devolved into a chaotic and violence state on Saturday as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members — planning to stage what they described as their largest rally in decades to “take America back” — clashed with counterprotesters in the streets.
As the two sides traded blows and hurled bottles and chemical irritants at one another, police evacuated a downtown park, putting an end to the noon rally before it even began. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency shortly before 11 a.m., blaming the violence on “mostly out-of-state protesters.”
Despite the decision to quash the rally, clashes continued on side streets and throughout downtown. In the early afternoon, three cars collided in a pedestrian mall packed with people, injuring at least 10 and sending bystanders running and screaming. It was unclear if it was accidental or intentional.
CHARLOTTESVILLE -After a morning of violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protesters, police ordered hundreds of people out of a downtown park - putting an end to a noon rally that hadn’t even begun.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency shortly before 11 a.m.
Using megaphones, police declared an unlawful assembly at about 11:40 a.m., and gave a five-minute warning to leave Emancipation Park, where hundreds of neoNazis, Ku Klux Klans members and other white nationalists had gathered to protest the removal of a Confederate statue. They were met by equal numbers of counterprotesters, including clergy, Black Lives Matter activists and Princeton professor Cornel West.
But fighting broke out way before the noon rally, starting Friday night and then again Saturday morning.
Why aren't the police arresting the fascists? Hmmmmmm. From same article: "A large contingent of Charlottesville and Virginia state police in riot gear were stationed on side streets and at nearby barricades but did nothing to break up the melee. "
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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov warned Washington on Friday against trying to meddle in next month's Russian regional elections.
"I do not know what plans the U.S. embassy has, but there were many episodes when American diplomats were seen in illegal activities," Lavrov said, the state-owned TASS news agency reported. "The relevant services should take appropriate measures."
Lavrov, who was on a visit to Russia's Vladimir region, said the American embassy employs many Russian citizens. According to the Vienna Convention, he noted, the embassy staff in Russia can only employ technical workers, like drivers, typists, stenographers, and cannot engage in "diplomatic activities, including political aspects."
"But it was not uncommon for U.S. embassy staff to travel to different regions on the spot, conduct public inquiries: how they relate to the governor, in general to the federal center," he said. "In such situations, we politely ask our American colleagues to terminate these people’s contracts."
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un become one in world media
Newsweek via RawStory 10 Aug 2017 at 12:42 ET
The French public found a sinister sight on their newsstands on Thursday: The front cover of the left-leaning newspaper Libération, featured a photoshopped image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un superimposed on the face of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Kim Jong Un’s smiling “chubby face”—as it was once described in a scathing remark by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte—was clearly recognizable despite Trump’s trademark blond hairdo and flaming red tie.
The newspaper’s headline referred to a “special affinity” between the two leaders, making wordplay from the French expression atomes crochus, which means to have chemistry with someone but literally features the word atom, in reference to the escalating nuclear threats.
Team Shart shot back, riding McConnell's withered reptilian ass for failing to deliver on a 7-year promise to provide thousands of fresh souls to his Vengeful Tortoise God, because nobody's bothered to tell him that his inevitable impeachment trial will take place in the United States Senate.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. growing season entered its peak this summer, farmers began posting startling pictures on social media: fields of beans, peach orchards and vegetable gardens withering away.
The photographs served as early warnings of a crisis that has damaged millions of acres of farmland. New versions of the herbicide dicamba developed by Monsanto and BASF, according to farmers, have drifted across fields to crops unable to withstand it, a charge authorities are investigating.
As the crisis intensifies, new details provided to Reuters by independent researchers and regulators, and previously unreported testimony by a company employee, demonstrate the unusual way Monsanto introduced its product. The approach, in which Monsanto prevented key independent testing of its product, went unchallenged by the Environmental Protection Agency and nearly every state regulator.
WASHINGTON — There are only about 30,000 people in Iowa’s 82nd state House district, near Ottumwa, but Democrats are hailing a victory in a special election there Tuesday as another early indicator of a backlash against President Donald Trump that could fuel big wins in next year’s midterms.
The southeast Iowa district has been trending away from Democrats, voting for former President Barack Obama twice before breaking heavily for Trump last year, just like the entire state of Iowa. But Democrat Phil Miller, a veterinarian, carried the district with 54 percent of the vote Tuesday in a race to replace a Democrat who died in office.
“Tonight’s victory in a district Trump won by 21 points just last fall is a testament to Democrats’ strength in deep red districts, and with Representative-elect Miller in the Iowa House we’re one step closer to regaining the chamber,” said Jessica Post, the executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the official legislative campaign arm for Democrats.
Texas Tribune via RawStory 09 Aug 2017 at 09:30 ET
Texas women would have to pay a separate health insurance premium to get coverage for non-emergency abortions — what an opponent dubbed “rape insurance” — under a bill given early approval by the Texas House on Tuesday.
House Bill 214 requires women to pay an additional insurance premium if they want their health plan to cover abortions performed outside of medical emergencies. It does not contain exceptions for instances of fetal abnormalities, rape or incest.
State Rep. John Smithee, R- Amarillo, who is the lead author of the bill, said opponents of abortion should not have to subsidize the procedure through their insurance plans.
“This isn’t about who can get an abortion. It is about who is forced to pay for an abortion,” Smithee said.
Screaming Christ on a crutch, I'd love to smack all these Rethug imbeciles upside the head with a 2 by 4! How about making RAPISTS pay for abortions, if they're so eager to deny coverage for women? Fine convicted rapists a shitload of money and put it into a fund for their victims, ffs. And while we're at it, make every male who has sex pay a tax toward potential abortions. It's not as if women get pregnant all by themselves, damn it. -- gw
Federal agents recently conducted a pre-dawn raid at a house owned by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The Washington Post reports that FBI agents raided Manfort’s home in Alexandria, Virginia, late last month. The agents were armed with a search warrant that they used to seize documents and “other materials,” the Post’s sources say.
“The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records,” the Post reports. “The raid came as Manafort has been voluntarily producing documents to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.”
Manafort, who served for several months as Trump’s campaign chairman before being ousted over his ties to Kremlin-backed political figures in Ukraine, is seen as a key figure in the ongoing investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.
Party loyalty is often cited as the reason that GOP leaders have not been more outspoken in their criticism of President Donald Trump and his refusal to condemn Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Yet there may be another reason that top Republicans have not been more vocal in their condemnation. Perhaps it's because they have their own links to the Russian oligarchy that they would prefer go unnoticed.
Donald Trump and the political action committees for Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich and John McCain accepted $7.35 million in contributions from a Ukrainian-born oligarch who is the business partner of two of Russian president Vladimir Putin's favorite oligarchs and a Russian government bank.
During the 2015-2016 election season, Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonid "Len" Blavatnik contributed $6.35 million to leading Republican candidates and incumbent senators. Mitch McConnell was the top recipient of Blavatnik's donations, collecting $2.5 million for his GOP Senate Leadership Fund under the names of two of Blavatnik's holding companies, Access Industries and AI Altep Holdings, according to Federal Election Commission documents and OpenSecrets.org.
Marco Rubio's Conservative Solutions PAC and his Florida First Project received $1.5 million through Blavatnik's two holding companies. Other high dollar recipients of funding from Blavatnik were PACS representing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at $1.1 million, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham at $800,000, Ohio Governor John Kasich at $250,000 and Arizona Senator John McCain at $200,000.
And some of Mueller's investigators are buying extra insurance in case they get sued.
CNN has learned some of the investigators involved in the probe are buying liability insurance out of concern they could become targets of lawsuits from those who are being investigated, according to one of the people familiar with the probe. The Justice Department covers legal fees for employees sued in the course of their duties, but some of the lawyers want extra protection. The Justice Department and special counsel's office both declined to comment on the liability concerns.
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