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  This will be short. I just finished watching a segment on All In with Chris Hayes which featured the attorney for Levar Jones, the man shot by SC police officer Sean Groubert for an alleged seat belt violation. In the closing seconds of the story he revealed that Mr. Jones remained in handcuffs for hours after Officer Groubert shot and then cuffed him. It was around midnight before someone realized that the handcuffs were missing, at which point someone finally went to the hospital where Mr. Jones had been treated and released him from the cuffs. Obviously he couldn't be released from the hospital until his hands were free.

   Words fail.

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  My neighborhood is pretty close-knit. A couple of times during the year, there will be a “Girls’ Night Out” or a “Boys Night out”, and we are not referring to all of our children.  “Boys will be boys”, “You go girl!”, or “OK, boys and girls. Let’s get this done!” are applied to grown men and women as much as to underage teens and grade school children.

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This will be a short diary.

I have been watching Meet the Press with David Gregory, and am troubled by something Gregory asserted in his interview with Fort Lee, NJ mayor Mark Sokolich. He asked the mayor to comment on the fact that Governor Christie's people were, in fact, trying to find out what really happened with the GW Bridge fiasco, by introducing an email that he claimed was written by Bill Baroni to Regina Egea and quoted, "I will get to the bottom of this abusive decision which violated everything this agency stands for." The graphics on the screen showed a copy of the "To" and "From" portion of the email, which was as he asserted. But he then simply put the disembodied quote up on the screen, without showing the actual e-mail.

I am not a journalist but I have been following this story avidly. I would think anyone who claims to be a real journalist as Gregory does, and who is interviewing someone directly connected to the story, would be well-enough versed in the background material to know that the particular email Gregory was referring to was originally sent to Baroni, as well as others overseeing the Port Authority, by Executive Director of the PA Pat Foy, and that Baroni was simply forwarding the email to Egea for her information.

To Mayor Sokolich's credit, he immediately corrected Gregory and went on with his answer. Gregory said nothing and continued his show. My reaction was "WTF?" Maybe he was truly confused, in which case he is as bad a journalist as we think, or he was deliberately misleading his viewers, in which case he is an even worse journalist than we thought. In any event, he has sunk to Fox News lows in his desire to manipulate the facts.

As an aside, at the end of the show they put up "pictures of the week"' one of which showed a frozen Niagara Falls. A little research would have revealed that the photo was not from the most recent polar vortex, but was from several years ago

Just saying...


The Republicans want the President and Democrats to negotiate with them? Fine. Here's the only thing the President and the Democrats should be willing to negotiate:

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Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 05:20 AM PDT

Dear Anti-Gun Control Fellow Citizens

by marleycat

It occurs to me, watching all the first responders in Boston---all the police officers and EMS crews and national guard members who worked WITH the countless citizens who rushed in to help those who needed help; all the first responders at the Texas blast, many who have lost their lives; all the first responders on 9/11; and all the first responders who put their lives on the line every single day in service to their fellow citizens---that these are the people that Wayne LaPierre and his cronies are ginning up fear against when they say the government wants to take away our "freedoms". And yet he and the anti-gun control crowd are the same ones who insist that we not cut our military spending even though we spend more on the military than the next 13 countries combined. These are the same people who cheered on the passage of the Patriot Act, which allows for warrantless searches of anyone the government deems suspicious, and allows for monitoring of virtually every phonecall you make and allows for collection of all your emails and all cloud information without a warrant.

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Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:54 PM PDT

Out of here in 3...2...1....

by marleycat

I've spent the last hour reccing all the boycott diaries and realized I need to take time out to post my own. Boycott! That's it.


Dear Senator Whitehouse:

I am writing to thank you for your speech to the Senate on June 17 regarding corporate influence in government. However, I do not think you went far enough in your proposals.

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    This doesn't seem to have gotten a lot of publicity, but Kos small business owners who are struggling to make payments on outstanding debt should be aware of a provision in the 2009 Recovery Act that allows them to borrow up to $35,000 from SBA lenders interest free. I'm not sure why this hasn't gotten more press: I checked the Chamber of Commerce website and don't see anything there; ditto with the National Association for the Self-Employed. I certainly haven't heard much about it in the main-stream media.

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 I have had the TV tuned to MSNBC while doing some computer work this afternoon, so I wasn't paying close attention, but I caught Mitch McConnell blathering about health care reform.  My ears pricked up when I heard him say that the playing field isn't level.  Imagine that!

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