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Thursday, July 2, 2015



The retail clothing giant Macy’s became the latest company to cut ties with 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, following his campaign launch speech in which he claimed that some Mexican immigrants are rapists and drug dealers.

In its announcement on Wednesday, Macy’s made a strong statement in support of immigrants — saying that “respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture” and that Trump’s remarks “are inconsistent with Macy’s values” and that his “disparaging characterizations” aren’t an accurate portrayal of Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and Latinos.

“Macy’s is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion,” a statement released to CNN reads. “We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form. We welcome customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation.”
“In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004,” the company concluded.
There was already momentum for Macy’s to end its business relationship with Trump. Over 700,000 people have signed a longstanding petition for the company to cut ties with Trump, a petition that gained steam after his racists remarks. The petition was initially created in the wake of Trump’s involvement in questioning the president’s birth certificate and his stance on climate change, KTLA reported.

Macy’s move to sever its decade-long tie with Trump comes after Univision and NBC canceled their business partnerships with Trump, saying the NBC reality show “Celebrity Apprentice” will no longer support him as host. Mexican billionaire Carlos Slims’ Ora TV has also ended a project with the real estate mogul. And in the fallout of Trump’s statement, Miss Mexico has declined to be in the Miss Universe pageant.

In response to the upheaval, this asshat stated on Wednesday that “clearly NBC and Macy’s support illegal immigration, which is totally detrimental to the fabric of our once great country.”

In another story, the GOP racists have come to trumps aide by making him number two in the GOP clown car. You can't make this shit up. 

[h/t thinkprogress]

Roger West

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


A Colorado police officer pleaded guilty to attempted third degree assault after he was recorded on body camera video repeatedly beating a handcuffed man.

Video of the December incident obtained by KMGH shows Federal Heights Officer Mark Magness appearing to punch and kick a suspect while pulling him from a patrol car at the police station. A minute later, Magness slams the man into a concrete wall.

Video later shows Magness flying into a rage after the man lunges at him inside a holding cell. Another officer reminds Magness that he is being recorded by body cam video, but Magness continues to beat the suspect.
“I’m sorry sir,” the bloody man says as he is thrown into a chair. Magness ignores him, pressing his fingers into his eyes and temples.
Although the man appears to be pinned into the chair, Magness accuses him of resisting and straps him down.
“We’re going to need medical,” the second officer calls out.
“I don’t care, strap him to the chair,” Magness says as the second officer again points to his body camera.

Dennis Discua told KMGH that Magness also used excessive force on him in 2009. The officer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and paid $517 in fines in that case.
“When I saw [this video] I remembered when he just grabbed me and I didn’t resist or nothing and he just pushed me and throw me all the way down,” Discua recalled. “The police are supposed to help people, not hurt people.”
The Federal Heights Police Department had not responded to a request for comment from KMGH. It was not clear if Magness had been suspended from the force.

Roger West

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Jim Jeffries takes a hard comedic look at guns in the United States.

Hey ammosexuals, gun huggers, NRA wing nuts and “responsible gun zealots”, watch the video until you get it.

Jim Jefferies US Gun Control

This is by far the perfect perspective – a clear leans of the mentality of the gun totting ammosexual.

Roger West

Monday, June 29, 2015


Since nine people were gunned down in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina allegedly by a 21-year-old white man tied to white supremacist groups, there have been a string of arson attacks on other black churches in the South.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, at least six predominantly black churches in four Southern states have been damaged or destroyed by fire in the past week. While some may have been accidental, at least three have been determined to be the result of arson.

The first arson fire was on Monday at the College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Knoxville fire department has said that the arsonist set multiple fires on the church’s property and the church’s van was also burned. On Tuesday, a fire in the sanctuary of God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia was also blamed on arson, although the investigation is ongoing. And on Wednesday, a fire at the Briar Creek Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina was determined to be caused by arson, destroying an education wing that was meant to house a summer program for children, impacting its sanctuary and gymnasium, and causing an estimated $250,000 in damage.

The cause of a fire that destroyed the Glover Grover Baptist Church in Warrenville, South Carolina on Friday is unknown, while lightning is suspected in a fire that destroyed the Fruitland Presbyterian Church in Gibson County, Tennessee on Wednesday and a tree limb that fell on electrical lines is suspected in a fire at the Greater Miracle Apostolic Holiness Church in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday that destroyed the church and caused an estimated $700,000 in damage.

Black churches have frequently been targets of violence. Since 1956, there have been at least 91 incidents of shootings, bombings, arson, or vandalism against black churches, according to a tally by the Huffington Post. One particular incident stood out during the Civil Rights Movement, when four young girls were killed and 22 were injured at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

That’s likely a vast undercount, however, given that records from the 1970s and 1980s are scarce. There was a spike in violence in the 90s, with more than 30 black churches burned within 18 months in 1995 and 1996. That led to the passage of the Church Arson Prevention Act in 1996, which gave federal authorities more oversight of such crimes, increased sentencing, and reauthorized the Hate Crimes Statistics Act.

Violence continues today. In 2004, two men admitted to vandalizing the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Roanoke Virginia and causing $77,000 in damage. In 2008, three white men were convicted of burning down the Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts to protest President Obama’s election. In 2010, a white man firebombed the Faith in Christ Church in Crane, Texas to get in with a white supremacist gang. And in 2013, two white teenagers started a fire at the New Holy Deliverance Outreach Ministry in Axton, Virginia.

The Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston has its own long history of violence. It’s the oldest A.M.E. church in the South, dating back to 1791 when it was formed by free blacks and slaves. But in 1822, it was burned to the ground after one of its founders attempted to plan a slave revolt

[h/t thinkprogress]


Sunday, June 28, 2015


Texas pastor who thundered that he would “Burn, if necessary” to stop the Supreme Court from legalizing gay marriage, claims he was only quoting from an old spiritual and that he has no intention on setting himself on fire, reports the Advocate.

In — literally — a ‘fire and brimstone‘ proclamation, Pastor Rick Scarborough said he and his fellow pastors should band together to halt the growing threat of same sex marriage, saying, “We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and if necessary, we will burn.”

Twenty-four hours after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage, Scarborough explained that he wasn’t really going to set himself on fire — he was just using the words of a Christian spiritual to rally the troops.
“I made that comment to paraphrase a spiritual song, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in which the three were given a choice—to bow to the image of Nebucahdnezzar or burn in a furnace,” Scarborough explained .” ‘We will burn’ means that we will accept any sanction from the government for resisting [Friday’s] Supreme Court decision. We do not support any violence or physical harm.”
In Scarborough’s earlier speech, he also said:
 “The preachers need to get out front, the leaders need to get out front, in front of these ordinary citizens and say, ‘Shoot me first.'”
Scarborough did elaborate on whether there would be a march against gay marriage and his comments condemning “violence or physical harm,” would seem to indicate that he may be no more willing to take a bullet for traditional marriage than he was to set himself on fire.

Just like a Conservative Family Values Christian, never can tell the truth and never ever follow through with their threats

Roger West

Saturday, June 27, 2015



Real Time's Bill Maher thinks he's found the perfect slogan for the Republican party.

Maher laid into Republicans for their recent vote in the House, which would remove country-of-origin labels on beef, pork and chicken sold in the U.S. during his New Rules segment this Friday.

In America you can be armed, just not with facts.

Roger West

Friday, June 26, 2015



Columnist Dan Savage pointed out on Thursday that Bristol Palin’s announcement regarding her second pregnancy will likely be treated more favorably by conservatives, compared to their usual rhetoric regarding single mothers.
“If Bristol Palin’s last name was ‘Obama,’ the whole Hee Haw gang at Fox News would spend half of every day for the next nine months telling us that Bristol Obama has terrible parents — ‘Maybe Michelle should be less concerned with what your kids are eating and more concerned with what her kids are doing!’ — and the other half of the day pretending to fret over the terrible example that Bristol Obama was setting for other African American women and girls,” Savage wrote.
Palin, who has made thousands of dollars as a pro-abstinence speaker, made the announcement on her Patheos blog, saying she was forced to do so by “constant trolls.”
“When life gets tough, there is no other option but to get tougher,” she stated. “I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you.”
Savage argued that Palin’s announcement exposed her hypocrisy regarding marriage equality, since she has criticized President Barack Obama for not explaining to his daughters that “in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home.”

“Both probably have friends with gay and lesbian parents — they live in the White House, after all, and they go to Sidwell Friends — but seeing as Obama was for marriage equality all along, it was Obama who shaped his daughters’ views on marriage equality and not the other way around,” Savage said. “So, hey, it looks like Obama was doing what you wanted him to do, Bristol: He wasn’t listening to his kids. He was shaping their worldview. Happy now?

It’s all fun and games until you’re the numbnutz breaking your own “Christian values”.

Roger West

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Wednesday’s Daily Show started off by picking apart people defending the Confederate battle flag by saying it reflects their “heritage,” arguing that no matter how they choose to remember their ancestors; the nation at large will remember them for fighting to preserve slavery.

“It’d be like saying you support flying the Nazi flag because you’re proud of their robust anti-smoking agenda,” Stewart explained. “But that wasn’t really their thing.”

With Southern lawmakers now openly calling for at least discussing taking down the flag in their respective states, Stewart said, it was getting harder to find people willing to defend their “archaic symbol of racist insurrection.”

Stewart then took on an official from the Sons of Confederate Veterans who said that taking down that flag would lead to a “slippery slope.”
“Let me explain to you how the ‘slippery slope’ argument usually works: usually when you do the ‘slippery slope’ argument, you like to end it in something bad,” Stewart said. “You don’t go like, ‘The next thing, black children don’t have to go to schools named after men who wouldn’t have allowed them to learn how to read.'”
While hoping that the debate surrounding the flag would spur a larger conversation concerning systemic racism in the US, Stewart suggested an alternative all Americans could support — a flag depicting a pig being barbecued.

“That’s how barbecue was probably invented: an ingenious Southerner saw a pig on fire and thought, ‘I can work with this,” he said.

Roger West

Wednesday, June 24, 2015



The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore let the talking heads over at Bullshit Mountain have it for their ridiculous attacks on President Obama for using the n-word to discuss the topic of racism.

Wilmore told his audience about President Obama's podcast with WTF's Marc Maron, and imploring them to please not Google the keywords President Obama and n**ger to find the interview on line, Wilmore just chose to play the portion of the interview that has most of the media worked into a frenzy this week.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015


The Daily Show's Jon Stewart opened his show last night by taking on the hypocrites over at Bullshit Mountain AKA Fox News for their kvetching that President Obama and the left have supposedly "politicized and polarized" the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. Of course after any of these events its "too early" to have a discussion about gun control, or racism – or anything else they'd prefer we not talk about when the fire is burning bright.


Despite the pleas from Bullshit Mountain to not address what has transpired - the public is rising up and demanding that the Confederate flag be removed from the grounds of the state capitol.

Roger West

Monday, June 22, 2015


While the country — and South Carolina, in particular — is once again debating racism in America, NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday offered a video of men in prison expressing regret for their own gun violence. All of the men in the video are black.

The segment was part of Sunday’s show, which focused on the recent killing of nine black people at a bible study group in Charleston, South Carolina. The alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, is accused of making racist statements during the rampage and in an online manifesto that describes black people as “stupid and violent.” He has been seen in photos online holding a Confederate flag and wearing the flags of apartheid-era South Africa and white-ruled Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.
“The circumstances you are about to see are very different from the racist violence in Charleston,”Meet the Press host Chuch Todd said in the introduction to the video.
“But their lessons remain important, and we simply ask you to look at this as a colorblind issue,” he said.

“The last thing we wanted was to cloud the discussion of the topic,” Todd wrote on the NBC website after receiving a wave of negative feedback on social media about the video.
“The original decision to air this segment was made before Wednesday’s massacre. However, the staff and I had an internal debate about whether to show it at all this week. When we discussed putting it off, that conversation centered around race and perception – not the conversation we wanted the segment to invoke,” he said.

In a panel discussion responding to the blowback, Todd said, “It wasn’t meant to be a black and white issue. And I understand maybe it’s one of those moments when people are only seeing through black and white.”

The church where the shooting took place, Emanuel A.M.E., is historically significant for its role in the history of black religious freedom in the South. Among other things, last week’s shooting has raised questions over whether it is appropriate to fly the Confederate flag — a “symbol of racial hatred” outside the South Carolina statehouse. The shootings are being investigated as a hate crime.

Roger West

Saturday, June 20, 2015


Bill Maher ended with New Rules last night expressing concerns about a new brand of politically correct censorship that is threatening to silence comedy. He reiterated what he said last week about the politically correct culture: Jerry Seinfeld is right, people are too sensitive, and kids these days throw words around like “sexist” and “racist” without knowing what they mean.

Maher told these PC ‘idiots” that their “new brand of censorship” doesn’t care if something is offensive, all it takes is for certain words to set people off and they go ballistic.

Maher particularly had some choice words for the writer of “An Open Letter to Jerry Seinfeld from a ‘Politically Correct’ College Student.” Maher called him a “little shit” and gleaned from his letter that the PC police are fine with jokes as long as they’re not made “about a protected species.”

He patiently explained that comedy is never fair and stereotypes are often used, but most people tend to just laugh at get over it rather than freaking out about every single little possible slight that someone might make in a comedy routine.


Roger West

Friday, June 19, 2015


Jon Stewart addressed Wednesday night’s terrorist attack at a historic black church in Charleston.

“I didn’t do my job today. So I apologize,” Stewart told his audience on Thursday. “I got nothin’ for you in terms of jokes and sounds, because of what happened in South Carolina. And maybe if I wasn’t near the end of the run, or this wasn’t such a common occurrence, maybe I could’ve pulled out of the spiral. But I didn’t. And so, I honestly have nothing, other than just sadness.”
Rather than delve into the politics surrounding the shooting inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine people dead, Stewart said, he was stunned by the “disparity of response” surrounding the incident. Had the suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, been an “Islamic terrorist,” the US would have invaded his home country, filled the sky with drones or torture people in the name of safety.

Instead, he argued, people were shrugging their shoulder and saying, “What are you gonna do? Crazy is as crazy is, right?,” as the coverage devolved into “the nuanced language of lack of effort.”
“This wasn’t a tornado. This was a racist,” Stewart said of Roof. “This was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater. I hate to even use this pun, but this one is black and white. There’s no nuance here.”
He also tore into what he described as the prejudice steeped into the culture, noting that several roads in South Carolina are named after Confederate generals, who fought a war to keep black people from being able to use them.
“That’s insanity. That’s racial wallpaper,” Stewart said. “You can’t allow that. Nine people were shot in a black church by a white guy who hated them, who wanted to start some sort of civil war. The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for Confederate generals. And the white guy’s the one who feels like his country’s being taken away from him.”


Roger West

Wednesday, June 17, 2015



 As we all hoped and prayed he would, Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show Tuesday night with the “gift from heaven” that Donald Trump — “Fuckface Von Clownstick” himself — was entering the presidential race.

“Thank you, Donald Trump, for making my last six weeks my best six weeks,” Stewart said. “He is putting me in some kind of comedy hospice, where all I’m getting is just straight morphine

Stewart quips started early, with Trump riding “Stair Force One” to make his announcement at Trump Tower in New York City.
“I haven’t seen an entrance that majestic since my friend met me at The Gap after grabbing an Orange Julius”.
Stewart said, was a half-hour of “beautifully ridiculous jibber-jabber” from Trump that included smearing Mexico for allegedly sending drug dealers and rapists to the US while claiming “no disrespect.”
“It’s amazing! America’s id is running for president. Trump is the part of your brain at 3 a.m. that’s like, ‘let’s go take a shit in a mailbox. Come on, who’s gonna know?'”
Stewart’s final show, slated for Aug. 6, falls on the same night as the first GOP primary debate, which could include Trump if he stays among the top 10 Republicans.


The comedy alone from Fuckface Von Clownstick should be enough entertainment to last for eons. 

Roger West

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Daily Show host Jon Stewart and his team mocked Fox News on Monday for taking the weird story of Rachel Dolezal and feeding it to their “exhausting, 24-hour Benghazi Obamaphone culture war dog whistle Who-gives-a-fuckotron.”

Stewart himself was somewhat befuddled that Dolezal, a white woman of Czech, Swedish and German descent, would go so far as to not only pretend to be black, but become head of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) before resigning amid a hail of criticism after her ruse was made public.



Monday, June 15, 2015



Right wing nut job and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham suggested over the weekend that he would fire military leaders who did not support his plan to send 10,000 troops back to Iraq.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that military officials had cautioned President Barack Obama against sending combat troops to fight the radical Islamic group ISIS in Iraq.
“After the past 12 years in the Middle East, there is a real focus by senior military leaders on understanding what the endgame is,” a military official told the Post.
On Sunday, Graham said that those military leaders might be out of a job under his presidency.
“I’m dying to hear from our military leadership on how we degrade and destroy ISIL with the current strategy,” Graham opined. “So now would be a good time to call [Defense Secretary] Ash Carter and our military leaders to our Capitol Hill and say, ‘If you’ve got a problem with what we’re doing, let me know. But tell me how this is working.'”
“Because if our military leadership thinks we’re on path to degrade and destroy ISIL, they need to be fired.”
According to the South Carolina Republican, President Barack Obama had wasted the lives of Americans because he had refused to leave 10,000 troops in Iraq.
“I’m suggesting that Barack Obama had turned down sound military advice by not leaving 10,000 troops behind as advised in 2011,” he insisted. “He’s wasted all the gains we have fought so hard for… Iraq and al-Qaeda had been defeated, they were on their knees.”
Graham added: “And his decision to withdraw completely from Iraq and not help the Syrian Army three years ago when we could has led to what you see here today.”

Watch the video below from CBS’ Face the Nation, broadcast June 14, 2015.

Roger West

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Hillary Clinton kicked off her 2016 presidential campaign with a big rally Saturday in New York City, dedicating her run for president to re-balancing the economic scales for everyday Americans.
“My my mother taught me that everyone needs a chance and a champion,” Clinton said. “Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers; democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations.”
Clinton eschewed the trickle-down economics championed by past presidents and the GOP, favoring the reverse instead and channeling her parents’ humble working class beginnings in hopes to gain the favor of the everyday nurses, farmers, truckers, veterans and small business entrepreneurs.
“It’s America’s basic bargain,” she began. “If you do your part, you ought to be able to get ahead, and when everybody does their part, America gets ahead too.”

The speech, just over an hour, didn’t detail specific policy proposals but touched on key issues centered in her campaign including women’s reproductive rights, citizenship, voting rights, marriage equality, ending LGBT discrimination, equal pay and paid leave, and climate change. Clinton said she would roll out more detailed policies in the coming months.

But the crux of her campaign is aimed at fixing middle and lower class ills — and remaining competitive with fellow candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, a former independent, and ex-Maryland governor Martin O’Malley on progressive issues. Clinton took several jabs at Wall Street and the top one percent for too lenient tax breaks and too few opportunities for people to climb through the social classes and out of poverty.

“Americans have come too far to see our progress ripped away,” she said. “The middle class needs more growth and fairness,” later adding that as president she would re-write the tax law and close loopholes that benefit the rich.

Clinton’s speech built on a strategy of emboldening economic populism, a move that could energize a potentially lagging voter base grappling with widening economic disparity.

Clinton focused her speech on improving the lives of working class families, particularly women. She said they could better live the American dream through more flexible schedules, equal pay, and paid leave. Women working full-time year round make 78 percent of men’s earnings.

Clinton quickly dispelled the notion that these issues were only women’s issues. She said that women’s low pay — especially for African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans of color who are often paid even less — affects the family and can prevent those trying to expand their education or save for retirement.

Economic inequality has been growing for decades, if not centuries, with top fifth of American households controlling nearly 84 percent of the wealth, and the bottom 40 percent owning just 0.3 percent, Scientific American reported.
“You have to wonder, when does my hard work pay off? When does my family get ahead? When? I say now,” she said.


Saturday, June 13, 2015


In Bill Maher's New Rules - he opined about the price we're paying for the lack of privacy in America, whether it's the NSA, or the telecoms or social networking and what should be done about it.


Roger West

Friday, June 12, 2015


A medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana, California plans to sue police for their conduct while raiding the facility last month, after producing footage showing two officers disparaging an amputee woman who was in a wheelchair.

OC Weekly published the footage on Thursday, which shows one officer asking an unidentified female colleague, “Did you punch that one-legged old benita?”

“I was about to kick her in her f*cking nub,” the woman responds, an apparent reference to Marla James, a local marijuana activist who was at the Sky High Collective when the officers conducted the raid. The same female officer is seen walking with James, who uses a motorized wheelchair.

“You know what, I was really nice to that woman,” James said of the officer. “I even complimented her on her hair. I treated that woman with respect and I have no idea why she wanted to kick my stump.”
The video was recorded on cameras secretly installed by the facility’s owners, who were expecting to be raided after Sky High failed to qualify for a lottery held earlier this year that granted 20 local dispensaries permission to operate within the city.

James and her husband said they were at the dispensary because they had been informed by their attorney, David Pappas, about the raid. Pappas said he was tipped off by City Attorney Sonia Carvalho.
“We were there to make sure that the employees did not offer resistance,” she said.“We had trained them what to do, which was not to talk and do exactly what the police told them to do.”
Pappas released a 7-minute clip showing excerpts of the footage, which also shows the officers apparently disabling the dispensary’s security cameras. The video also shows one male officer taking a bite out of what Pappas said was a marijuana “edible,” a

“I don’t know if that’s [a marijuana] edible,” Police Chief Carlos Rojas told Voice of OC after watching the excerpts. “Where did the officer get it?”

While Rojas said his department is investigating the incident, police spokesperson Chris Revere told KTLA-TV that authorities want to see the full recording of the raid.

“We’re obviously concerned about the conduct that we saw in the edited video,” Revere said. “We’re also concerned that the video was heavily edited.

[h/t] the raw story