U.S. declares Venezuela a national security threat, sanctions top officials
The White House said the order targeted people whose actions undermined democratic processes or institutions, had committed acts of violence or abuse of human rights, were involved in prohibiting or penalizing freedom of expression, or were government officials involved in public corruption.
"Venezuelan officials past and present who violate the human rights of Venezuelan citizens and engage in acts of public corruption will not be welcome here, and we now have the tools to block their assets and their use of U.S. financial systems," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.
I hope all here will demand that our POTUS began labeling and sanctioning the actors in our government that have done EXACTLY what he's accusing Venezuela of, both past AND present.
Let's expand and review below the fold this latest in hypocrisy and kabuki theater.
No matter what side you fall on in the firearms debate it is clear that dirty tricks and zombie accounts have been created by formerly banned users.
I call for Peterfallow, formerly known as Senilebiker, be banned once again and an apology be issued to those of us that tried to tell you the truth.
Attention Kos - Senilebiker is alive and well and trading under the name of peterfallow
Will this "trusted user with over 100 diaries" be banned once again, as per our site rules?
Will those of you that have mercilessly attacked anyone supporting the 2nd Amendment as an enumerated individual right admit that there was a concerted effort to get us banned and/or run us off the site because of it EVER apologize?
Or is this just a bump in the road to purify DK against us heathens, as was made clear with this poster, just this morning?
Go away, yes? No one wants you. (0+ / 0-)
No one likes you. No one ever will.
Democracy, if done properly, is rude, messy, and loud
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You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.
CISPA is back
, thanks to "A senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.)"
In a unanimous 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court said employers can keep you on the job and not pay you for it.
The court decided by a 9-0 vote that employees of Integrity Staffing Solutions facilities in Nevada, where Amazon merchandise is processed and shipped, cannot claim compensation for time spent undergoing screening - up to half an hour a day, according to the workers - aimed at protecting against theft.
Let's discuss this after the fold.
Just a short diary to point out that Edward Snowden won the Swedish Human Rights Award for his daring and heroic revelations.
Edward Snowden wins Swedish human rights award for NSA revelations
Whistleblower Edward Snowden received several standing ovations in the Swedish parliament after being given the Right Livelihood award for his revelations of the scale of state surveillance.
Snowden, who is in exile in Russia, addressed the parliament by video from Moscow. In a symbolic gesture, his family and supporters said no one picked up the award on his behalf in the hope that one day he might be free to travel to Sweden to receive it in person.
Good Morning All:
Thought you might enjoy some pictures of the snow at my house in Blasdell, NY.
In case you missed the news:
The Thruway Authority says white-out conditions have closed Interstate 90 in both directions Tuesday morning from the Rochester area to Dunkirk, on Lake Erie, 35 southwest of Buffalo. The National Weather Service says a foot to almost 3 feet of snow has fallen on areas south and east of the city.
I am currently under a driving ban. Good thing I got groceries on Sunday.
I saw a diary on this yesterday and thought how absolutely horrible.
A Greensboro City Employee went to a gay bar and ensnared a gay man and beat him and set him on fire in a hotel room to die.
The killer, Garry Joseph Gupton, is not being charged with a hate crime.
Let me first say that my prayers and thoughts go out to Alex Teal, Mr. White's surviving partner and all his friends and family.
This horrendous crime touches us all.
(edited to add link above)
Follow me below the fold for a brief discussion.
Adam B presented us with one of the most recent decisions by the Supreme Court on the reinterpretation of laws regarding "straw purchases" of firearms.
Now many here are well aware of my support of the entire "Bill of Rights" including the 2nd Amendment.
While this case has limited bearing on the 2nd A. It was the "discussion" in his diary that has prompted this diary.
Just a quick placecard among all the election diaries.
Nevada Democrats Chose 'None of These Candidates' in Primary
Voters in the state's Democratic primary for governor were so unimpressed by the eight men on offer that the most popular option on the ballot paper was "none of these candidates," which received 30 percent of the vote, according to figures from The Associated Press.
I ask this simple question because of the recent voting in Crimea to rejoin Russia and our government's response.
John Kerry: Crimea Vote Will Not Be Recognized By U.S., International Community
The U.S. and EU say the Crimean vote violates Ukraine's constitution and international law. If Crimea votes to secede, the U.S. and European Union plan to slap sanctions as early as Monday on Russian officials and businesses accused of escalating the crisis and undermining Ukraine's new government.
More discussion below the fold.
I just saw this news on MSN and did a quick search to find out some background on the story.
Unions angered by Postal Service's Staples outlets
It seems the 4 Governors of the Post Office appointed Patrick Donahoe as the Post Master General and he has gone on to create a partnership with private corporations, specifically Staples, to hire minimum wage employees to do Postal Worker Jobs.
Privatization is king even at the Post Office these days.
Another School shooting:
Colorado shooter was said to be targeting his school debate coach
CENTENNIAL, Colo.—An 18-year-old high school student reportedly frustrated when he was ejected from the school debate club has been identified as the shooter who opened fire at a suburban Colorado high school Friday, wounding another student before killing himself.