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When Roger West first launched the progressive political blog "News From The Other Side" in May 2010, he could hardly have predicted the impact that his venture would have on the media and political debate. As the New Media emerged as a counterbalance to established media sources, Roger wrote his copious blogs about national politics, the tea party movement, mid-term elections, and the failings of the radical right to the vanguard of the New Media movement. Roger West's efforts as a leading blogger have tremendous reach. NFTOS has led the effort to bring accountability to mainstream media sources such as FOX NEWS,CNN and Andy Breitbart's "Big Journalism. Roger's breadth of experience, engaging style, and cultivation of loyal readership - over 45.7 million visitors - give him unique insight into the past, present, and future of the New Media and political rhetoric that exists in our society today. What we are against: Radical Right Wing Agendas Incompetent Establishment Public Coruption Corporate Malfeasence We are for: Global and Econmoic Security Social and Economic Justice Media Accountability Healthy Communities

Friday, August 22, 2014



On Thursday, Governor Bob McDonnell took the stand in his own defense. It was Day 19 of his corruption trial, and the time had finally come for him to tell his side of the story.

As one Politico reporter said, "He didn't simply throw his wife, Maureen, under a bus to keep himself out of prison. He laid her down gently on the road, with a pillow and blanket."

All indicators point to - that Transvaginal Bob did a wonderful job of playing the sad song for the jury about his marriage - yet this "probe" specialist wasn't so successful when it came to explaining his acceptance of gifts, trips and airplane rides.

Transvaginal Bob is contending that Maureen was the one who instigated the plethora of gifts befalling him, and since they were not speaking at the time, he couldn't couldn't possibly have conspired with her because they weren't husband and wife any longer.

If Transvaginal Bob was indeed as astounded by the loans and inappropriate gifts that he is portraying on the stand, then why did he not give them back immediately, instead of waiting to see if he was caught?

"Conservative Christian values"...maybe not so much.

Roger West

Thursday, August 21, 2014



Shortly after officers shot and killed another St. Louis-area man on Tuesday, the police department announced that Kajieme Powell—the 25-year-old involved in the incident—was menacing police officers with a knife. St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson said the man was charging toward officers while holding the knife in “an overhand grip.” [In the video you shall see unequivocally that this police chief is completely wrong in his "assessment" of what transpired]

On Wednesday evening, the police department released a video of the incident. Apparently filmed on a cell phone, the video shows Powell walking erratically and demanding officers shoot him. A few seconds later, as Powell walks toward the officers, they oblige his request, firing a barrage of bullets into his crumpling body. Officers continue shooting, even as Powell, whose arms were by his side when the shots began, begins falling to the ground. The sound of at least nine shots can be heard on the video. Police then handcuff Powell - who was clearly dead.

Speaking to CNN on Wednesday night, Dotson defended the actions of his officers:

“The officers did what I think you or I would do, they protected their life in that situation,” Dotson said." Certainly a Taser is an option that’s available to the officers, but Tasers aren’t 100 percent. So you’ve got an individual with a knife who’s moving towards you, not listening to any verbal commands, continues, says, ‘shoot me now, kill me now.’ Tasers aren’t 100 percent. If that Taser misses, that individual continues on and hurts an officer.”

Kajieme Powell shooting captured cell phone camera shows St Louis PD have some explaining to do. [CAUTION VIDEO IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC

Yesterday Attorney General Eric Holder to visited Ferguson, where he spoke movingly of “the mistrust” between the public and the police.

Holder described two incidents in which he felt profiled:
I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man. I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over. . . ‘Let me search your car’. . . Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me. 
I think about my time in Georgetown—a nice neighborhood of Washington—and I am running to a picture movie at about 8 o’clock at night. I am running with my cousin. Police car comes driving up, flashes his lights, yells ‘where you going? Hold it!’ I say ‘Woah, I’m going to a movie.’ Now my cousin started mouthing off. I’m like, ‘This is not where we want to go. Keep quiet.’ I’m angry and upset. We negotiate the whole thing and we walk to our movie. At the time that he stopped me, I was a federal prosecutor. I wasn't a kid. I was a federal prosecutor. I worked at the United States Department of Justice. So I've confronted this myself.
“The dispute over the facts in the Michael Brown case offers the hope that there is a right answer—that Wilson either did clearly the right thing or clearly the wrong thing,” Ezra Klein wrote. “The video of the Powell case delivers a harder reality: what the police believe to be the right thing and what the people they serve believe to be the right thing may be extremely different.”

Moving forward, the incident report on Powell’s killing lists the officers — who were completely unharmed — as the “victims” in the incident. Eric Holder told Americans that he understands why communities may sometimes distrust the police that are tasked with protecting them - a point that two St. Louis officers have just severely underscored with them at a minimum, pulling the trigger eleven [11] times!


Ferguson Cop Who Killed Mike Brown Shot More Bullets Than The Entire British Police Force Did

Roger West

Wednesday, August 20, 2014



Photo-Journalist James Foley was beheaded yesterday by the Islam ['religious"] group named ISIS.

In typical ISIS rogue Islamic troglodyte fashion, Foley's killer wore a mask.


On November 22, 2012, James Wright Foley, a freelance photo journalist, was taken by an organized gang after departing from an internet café in Binesh, Syria. Foley had employed a translator to help him travel across the Syrian-Turkish border. The translator was also taken, but later released.

ISIS has released a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley, who had been missing for almost two years. The video, which also threatens to do the same to a man identified as American journalist Steven Sotloff, will not be linked to on this blog.

Foley had gone missing in northwest Syria in November of 2012, and Sotloff, a reporter for Time, had disappeared in mid-2013, perhaps in Libya. ISIS accompanied the video with a message that:
…U.S. President Barack Obama’s authorization of strikes against the group places the United States “upon a slippery slope towards a new war front against Muslims,” according to BNO. 
“Any attempt by you, Obama, to deny Muslims liberty & safety under the Islamic caliphate, will result in the bloodshed of your people,” the ISIS person added.
Foley also speaks in the video, saying: “I call on my friends, family members and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the U.S. government.”

There is a longer version of Foley’s statement here.

Apparently he was reading it, and it is difficult if not impossible to know whether he meant his words or not. Perhaps Foley thought that if he read the statement his captors might spare his life, although his words indicate that he fully expected them to kill him. If the video is for real—and so far there is no indication whatsoever that it is not—his statement would have to have been made while he was under an extraordinarily extreme form of coercion and dread.

Ever since the video of the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl was released in early 2002, the world has known that Islamic terrorists are fully capable of such things and are extremely eager to brag about them.

The purpose of such acts and the publicity that follows is manifold: to inspire other jihadis with the extremity of their savagery, and to intimidate the west by sowing widespread horror and fear and ultimately capitulation—and, if not capitulation, then retaliation, which can then be used to fire up even more terrorism, in an ever-increasing spiral of blood and gore.

This is barbaric evil, and although it has the purposes described in the previous paragraph, it cannot be really “understood,” only fought:

If it were necessary to fully understand evil in order to fight it, World War II would have never been won by the Allies. What is necessary is to be able to recognize evil and see it for what it is quite early in the game. Those are the important first steps. The next steps are finding the will and the tools to fight it. Evil is very strong, because it doesn’t know the same restraints and limits as morality or good.

To the family of James Wright Foley, deep and heartfelt condolences. To the family of Steven Sotloff, hopes and prayers that he will not meet the same fate. But ISIS is not just their enemy. It is an enemy to all civilized people.


NFTOS will never post the video and or photos of Mr. Foley immediately prior to, or after his death. We believe that this gives in to the terror that this shitty group ISIS wants.

Having seen the ISIS video a few times, ir-regaurdless of what his killers told him to say, James Foley was both bold and brave until his death.

Roger West

Tuesday, August 19, 2014



CNN's Jack Tapper comparing Ferguson to Bagran Afghanistan

Get ready, everyone: This is your government's vision for every city in the U.S., Police occupation. Obama's good intentions mean nothing. Public speaking and marching means nothing. The U.S. Constitution means nothing.

All that matters is, is that the Military-Industrial Complex has decided that the U.S. police forces need to be armed like battalions in the Army. And when the cops are indeed equipped like soldiers, they see every one of us as an insurgent, not as a community.


Jonathan Gentry - "his own words"

I do not post Mr. Gentry's rant because I agree with him.

I would imagine from his rant, that he wakes up every morning and wishes he was white.

Why should African Americans always be the ones to "humble" themselves before white people? Why can't both sides treat each other as equals and just be humane in treatment of each other?

Why would Mr. Gentry mock his own kind in front of the world?

I say it to haters of my blog daily in emails - its easy to be bold and brazen from behind a computer screen, or your back yard, from your self tapped video from your smart phone alone - its another to stand for your convictions in the heat of the battle, where the line in the sand is drawn, between Militarized police and angry citizens.

All of the poverty and the income inequality in America today towards African Americans could probably be traced and or attributed to racism and slavery. The police and other state apparatus underpin the very system that is building more prisons than schools. Economics, racism and the history of this country explain many of the things that are happening in Ferguson today.

African Americans in the US are suffering from social exclusion and institutionalized racism - and have been since their arrival to America. American history is filled with hatred and discrimination, just ask the native Americans. Our founding fathers raped slaves and their pictures are embossed in our currency. How can this country not be racist nation - when the very fellows we coddle and attribute our countries foundation to, where deeply entrenched in racism. It would appear to this blogger that Gentry's African American view is shaped by fox news.

This turmoil in Ferguson should embolden those calling for the transparent treatment by police on African Americans.

Only when the police stop "occupying" both Ferguson and African Americans, can we start to move forward.

I am truly in the belief, that Michael Brown's death is a defining time stamp in this country - where a line in the sand for this country is drawn. Where enough is enough. 


Three days after Michael Brown's death St. Louis Robber breaks policeman's hand and he lives to tell about it. Shame that Michael Brown didn't get the same treatment and have the right to tell his side of the story.

Why didn't Michael Brown get the same treatment?

If there is one thing we could implore to officer Darren Wilson, if indeed Michael Brown was fighting for your gun - One shot keeps Michael Brown from grabbing your gun, five more shots, keeps him from telling his side of the story.

Jared Lee Loughner killed six people, shot a judge and Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner was taken into custody without being shot or killed.

James Holmes, the Aurora Colorado movie shooter who killed 12 movie goers - was taken into custody without being shot or killed.

I [we] expect better from our police - both the murder of Michael Brown, and the aftermath, the occupation of this militarized police zone that has now gone on for ten days, needs to stop now.

Rightly so, we hold officers of "peace" to a higher standard, and in this instance alone, they are not meeting the measurements required.

If you are a police department in the United States of America, let the Ferguson fiasco be a training lesson in what not to do!


Fox News can't get KKK to speak on Ferguson, so they get the next best thing -Mark Furman

Roger West

Monday, August 18, 2014



......As spoken by Ferguson police chief.

See 48 seconds into video


Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.

One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.

Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.

The bullets did not appear to have been shot from very close range because no gunpowder was present on his body. However, that determination could change if it turns out that there is gunshot residue on Mr. Brown’s clothing, to which Dr. Baden did not have access.




Faux News Defends

What happens today? Only God knows. The only thing we are 100 percent confident about is - that Michael Brown is still dead via six bullets to his body, two to the head and the only people paying for it seems to be the citizens of Ferguson.

As a police department, if you want to know what not to do in situations like this, watch Ferguson MO.

Roger West

Sunday, August 17, 2014


For those with eyesight issues we post the quote below:
"There's a reason why we separate the military from the police, one fights the enemies of the State, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people" ~ Admiral William Adama Battlestar Galatica

Roger West

Saturday, August 16, 2014



"Awesome" dipshit Rick Perry, Texas’ longstanding tea bagging wing nut governor and a 2012 presidential candidate, is now under indictment. The indictment lays out two counts against the Texas governor, one for “Abuse of Official Capacity” and the other for “Coercion of Public Servant.”

As the Texas Observer explains, this indictment arises out of a dispute over who will hold one of the few Texas offices with statewide power that is still controlled by a Democrat. Rosemary Lehmberg is that Democrat, and she is the District Attorney for Travis County, Texas. Because Travis County includes Austin, the state capital, her office controls a Public Integrity Unit that investigates alleged ethical breaches by state-level politicians. Among other things, that unit investigated the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, which is accused of improperly distributing grant money — including some grant money that was given to people with close ties to Governor Perry.

In April of 2013, however, Lehmberg was arrested for driving while very, very intoxicated. Hours after her arrest, her blood alcohol level was three times above Texas’ legal limit. She eventually pleaded guilty and spent a few weeks in jail. Yet Lehmberg has refused to step down from her role as District Attorney. According to the Observer, this is because she does not want Perry to have the opportunity to replace her with a Republican.

Perry allegedly crossed the line from an eager partisan hoping to replace a powerful official to a governor who broke the law, however, when he threatened to veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit unless Lehmberg resigned — and then he followed through on this threat. According to one count of the indictment, Perry “by means of coercion . . . influenced or attempted to influence Rosemary Lehmberg - in the specific performance of her official duty” — that duty being her obligation “to continue to carry out her responsibilities” as Travis County D.A.

The indictment lists two state laws which Perry allegedly violated. The first is a vague statute prohibiting public servants from “intentionally or knowingly - misusing government property, services, personnel, or any other thing of value belonging to the government that has come into the public servant’s custody or possession by virtue of the public servant’s office or employment.” The second is a somewhat more specific law prohibiting anyone from using coercion to “influence or attempt to influence a public servant in a specific exercise of his official power or a specific performance of his official duty or influence or attempt to influence a public servant to violate the public servant’s known legal duty.”

Even if Perry’s actions fall within these statutes, however, the special prosecutor bringing these charges may need to overcome a significant constitutional obstacle. In a statement released Friday evening, Perry’s attorney claims that “the veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution.” She may have a point.

The Texas Constitution gives the governor discretion to decide when to sign and when to veto a bill, as well as discretion to veto individual line-items in an appropriation bill. Though the state legislature probably could limit this veto power in extreme cases — if a state governor literally sold his veto to wealthy interest groups, for example, the legislature could almost certainly make that a crime — a law that cuts too deep into the governor’s veto power raises serious separation of powers concerns. Imagine that the legislature passed a law prohibiting Democratic governors from vetoing restrictions on abortion, or prohibiting Republican governors from vetoing funding for Planned Parenthood. Such laws would rework the balance of power between the executive and the legislature established by the state constitution, and they would almost certainly be unconstitutional.

So an important question facing whichever court is tasked with trying Perry’s case, shall be whether a law preventing Perry from using strong-arm tactics to push out a genuinely compromised public official is an unconstitutional restriction on his discretion as governor or a valid means of reigning in corruption. This is not likely to be an easy question for the judges, and potentially, justices, who are called upon to resolve it.

This indictment, whether he is found guilty or not, should eliminate this dipshit from getting to the white house.

You can read the full indictment here.

Roger West

Friday, August 15, 2014



BREAKING UPDATE: 8/15/14 14:20:
Ferguson police Chief says that the cop that murdered Michael Brown, that this officer was not aware that Brown was a suspect in a strong armed robbery incident - "the officer was addressing Brown because he was in the road blocking traffic".

Stay tuned as this story is ever fluid.

Michael Brown, strong armed robber or innocent slaughtered victim, or both?

Michael Brown's killer has been identified for the press and the public. But in the press conference conducted by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, there was scant information about the actual shooting and its immediate aftermath, and an awful lot about Michael Brown being a suspected thug who had allegedly participated in a strong-arm robbery at a convenience store, stealing cigars.

The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery confirms that no information about the shooting was included in the information packets provided to the media:
Info handed out ONLY about alleged robbery. NO info included about interaction with Officer Wilson, the shooting.
Not handed out: a use of force report, any police report written by Officer Wilson, any narrative of shooting

The fact that Ferguson cop Darren Wilson was the shooter was almost an afterthought in this press conference. The main point was to say that Brown stole cigars before the shooting, and that Wilson was apparently on the look-out for him. What also should have been communicated to police from the 911 dispatches, however, was that the cigar store robbery was not an armed robbery.

Wilson, who ultimately found and killed Brown, should have known—even if he was apprehending Brown as the robbery suspect—that he was unarmed. He certainly knew he was unarmed when he shot Brown, according to witness accounts. Brown's empty hands were in the air when he was fatally shot.

The alleged robbery is a red herring. At issue is why Brown was fatally shot. Even if he was a robbery suspect, that doesn't mean it was legal for Wilson to shoot him as he was surrendering.


The police allege that Dorian Johnson was with Brown in the alleged robbery and participated. Why wasn't Johnson taken into custody at the time of the shooting? He was with Brown then, an immediate eye witness.

Ofc Wilson should have known that the alleged robbery wasn't an armed robbery, but that doesn't necessarily mean that cops knew that the suspect didn't have some kind of weapon on him going into the situation.

Six days later the Ferguson police decide that Brown was a suspect in a robbery - shouldn't they have been required to disclosed this immediately to squelch the masses?

One last question for now, does the robbery justify the shooting of an unarmed teen, multiple times?

Roger West

Thursday, August 14, 2014



Unless you have been living under a rock the last five days, you have to be cognizant of the deplorable actions that have been conducted under Ferguson Missouri's police - abd their invoked martial law.


Why was the Bundy ranch incident not treated in this manner, you know when white "militias" threatened to kill federal agents? I cannot recollect ever seeing any police-state, never seeing tear gas shot at assemblers, nor rubber bullets shot at them.

Tea baggers, Guns Over People, Gun Huggers scream bloody murder daily about the only right they know of - the right to tote a gun - yet last night, rights violations where a plethora:

Freedom to assemble Denied
Freedom of speech, Denied and;
Freedom of press Denied

Seriously readers, is there even a tiny segment of the population that feels that these police are doing good work here?


The good news is, I now can tell my grand children that I experienced the 1950's without actually living during the time.

Questions, why is the governor sleeping at the wheel, and if he doesn't act, why doesn't the local council enact a curfew instead of a police state - we are gassing humans, beating up and arresting the press, and shooting rubber bullets?

Bill Maher Police State


I've been saying for years, arm the cops with body cameras and microphones:

Its time now to stop the freaking charade. Its time to hold police accountable, no matter what the price! 


Anonymous, a loosely organized global network of activists and hackers, has a history of targeting large corporations and governments in the wake of what it deems injustice. Its targets have included everyone from companies such as VISA, MasterCard and PayPal after they prohibited donations to WikiLeaks to the Israeli government in retaliation for its military intervention in Gaza. Amid this week’s mayhem in Ferguson, a group claiming to be associated with Anonymous set up a Web site to organize cyber protests as well as a Twitter account. It released a video and put out a press release, in part addressing police:


Another witness has emerged in the shooting of Michael Brown:

Mitchell told News 4 she saw a door close on a police car. An officer was inside and Brown, Jr. was on the outside. She said the two were arm wrestling through the car window. Mitchell said she then tried to pull out her phone to record. Shots then rang out.
“It just didn't look right for them to be arm wrestling,” Mitchell said. “The first gun shot came from the window, so I just started getting out of the way.”
According to Mitchell, Brown, Jr, began to run away after the first shot was fired.
“After the shot, the kid just breaks away. The cop follows him, kept shooting, the kid’s body jerked as if he was hit. After his body jerked he turns around, puts his hands up, and the cop continues to walk up on him and continues to shoot until he goes all the way down,” Mitchell said.

Tiffany Mitchell tells KMOV what she saw:

Your "PROTIP" for the day readers: That tear gas is banned by the Geneva Convention. But yet we subject our own citizens to something that was deemed wrong after the Nazi regime. What the fuck are we becoming as a country, would it be that we are indeed becoming a "Police-State"?

Let's be kind to each other people, I get it, your angry, I am as well. Do this the right way, so we, those on the other-side of this police state, come out on top of this issue. 

Roger West

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Ferguson, Missouri has erupted in anger after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by a police officer on Saturday.

Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis -- as of the 2000 census, the ninth most segregated city in America -- was mostly white until school desegregation, when white families moved further out.

Today, the town of 21,000 people is two-thirds black, yet the town's leadership and police force are mostly white.


The Los Angeles Times surfaced some alarming statistics about racial divisions in the town that help to put that anger in context:

Ferguson’s police chief and mayor are white. Of the six City Council members, one is black. The local school board has six white members and one Latino. Of the 53 commissioned officers on the police force, three are black, said Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson.

Blacks in Ferguson are twice as likely to be stopped by police as whites, according to an annual report on racial profiling by the Missouri attorney general. Last year, 93% of arrests following car stops in Ferguson were of blacks. Ninety-two percent of searches and 80% of car stops involved blacks, the report said.

That report also showed that police were less likely to find contraband on the black drivers they stopped. (Police found contraband on 22 percent of black residents they stopped, compared to 34 percent of white residents.)

There have been conflicting accounts of what happened the night Brown was shot. A witness reports that when an officer opened his car door, it hit Brown and then bounced back on the officer, enraging him. He grabbed Brown and shot him. Brown and a friend ran and the officer then shot Brown in the back. Brown stopped, turned around and put his hands up, before the officer shot him an additional several times at close range, killing him.

Residents told the LA Times that these dynamics contribute to the "racial powder keg" that's developed in Ferguson. (Read the full report here).

It's time to wrangle the police in, its time that all police be suited with cameras with microphones, its time to hold police accountable, and it's time to stop the "police state" that's occurring across our country!

Rachel Maddow's clip should be a stark reminder that, with regards to race and police, we have a long way to go. It's bazaar that in circa 2014, in America, that we are confronted with these types of actions from the police, whether it be Michael Brown, or Eric Garner, this shit has to stop!

Michael Brown was killed for walking in the street, Eric Garner was killed for selling illegal cigarettes, what the fuck is wrong with our police? 

Roger West

Tuesday, August 12, 2014



With the death of Robin Williams.........I think (he) Robin Williams - was that light of comedy and humanity we always thought would be there. His departure is very painful.

If you are sad people, tell someone, trying to ending your life, and when you are successful.....there are no do-overs.

Rest in Peace Robin.

Roger West

Monday, August 11, 2014


Just a few days earlier, Lindsey Graham made the ridiculous assertion that ISIS was coming to "the Homeland" - and now out comes Peter King beating the same drum. Once again the GOP'ers are all working the same memo - creating a meme for the ilk of the Fox news viewers - and its a sure thing they will soon buy it.

Is it just me or is that "homeland" thing a bit creepy? It comes across as Soviet'esqe or like something you would here in Germany in 1936. Why can't ISIS just come to America?

Roger West

Sunday, August 10, 2014


An officer involved shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri has hundreds taking to the streets to protest and many more expressing their outrage on Twitter.

Police fatally shoot man holding an air rifle in Walmart toy aisle:

Relatives of John Crawford, the man shot dead by police at a Beavercreek Walmart, say they’ve contacted civil rights organizations because they believe the shooting was not justified.

They believe he was killed possibly after he picked up a toy gun in the store.

Crawford, 22, of Ridge Drive in Fairfield, was identified as the man Beavercreek police shot and killed Tuesday night.

LeeCee Johnson, who said she is the mother of Crawford’s children, said she was on a cell phone call with Crawford when he was shot by officers. She said Crawford went to the area to visit family members.
“We was just talking. He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him,” she said, adding: “And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”


Attorney General Mike DeWine has since confirmed it was an MK-177 air rifle:

The weapon was an MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/Pellet Rifle, manufactured by Crosman. It is known as a “variable pump air rifle.”

Unfortunately in America, if you are African-American, don't be near anything that resembles a gun while in public, it could mean your life.

Roger West

Saturday, August 9, 2014


...Is a non issue.

In July, Tennessee began a drug testing program for applicants to the state’s welfare program. Since then, just one person has tested positive out of more than 800.

Applicants have to answer three questions about drug use to get benefits, and if they answer yes to any of them, they get referred to urine testing. If the result is positive, they have to complete a treatment plan and then take another test. If the second comes back positive, they get cut off from benefits for six months. Those who refuse to take a drug test in the first place can’t get benefits.

In the month since it began, six people submitted to a drug test and just one tested positive out of the 812 people who applied. Four were turned down for benefits because they refused to participate in drug screening. That means a positive rate of 0.12 percent for those who took part in the screening. That compares to the 8 percent of state residents generally who use illegal drugs.

Despite stereotypes that the poor people who need welfare assistance use drugs at a high rate, other states have had similar results. In Utah, just 12 people tested positive in a year of drug testing applicants. In Florida, 2 percent of applicants failed the tests in 2011 but the state has an 8 percent rate of illegal drug use.

And when Maine’s governor set out to prove that welfare recipients in his state were using their benefits to buy drinks and cigarettes at bars and strip clubs, he turned up next to nothing.

Many other stereotypes about how welfare recipients use their money turn out to be untrue when data is examined. Those who get public assistance spend less than half of what families who aren’t enrolled spend and still put a larger share of those small budgets toward basics like food, housing, and transportation. At the same time, they spend less on luxuries like eating out and entertainment.

Welfare recipients may be spending so much less in part because the benefits have become so meager. Virtually all of them are worth less now than in 1996. And many families who should be eligible aren’t even getting them. In the mid-90s, a little over a quarter of poor families with children didn’t get benefits. In 2012 that number had soared to three-quarters.

Yet a chunk of the program money is being used now to administer these costly drug testing regimes. Utah spent more than $30,000 in the year that turned up just 12 drug users. The purported savings in Florida’s program will be negligible after administrative costs and reimbursements for the drug tests are taken into account. The $1.5 million price tag with just $229,000 in savings for a proposed program in Virginia prompted lawmakers to reject it.

Still, the move has been popular in other states. Eleven of them have enacted drug screening or testing for welfare applicants.

Roger West

Thursday, August 7, 2014



Most humans with an IQ above one hold a firm belief that religion and politics should never be mixed. These are two subjects that by themselves are controversial enough, let alone mixing them together. Our Founding Fathers knew this, which is probably why they didn’t use the word “Christianity” even once in our Constitution.

Our First Amendment clearly states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” and individuals like Thomas Jefferson had several documented instances where they said there should be a strict separation of church and state.

Even within Christianity there are many different denominations, so if we can’t agree within the same faith on what to believe – who in their right mind would believe one faith should rule this country?

Conservatives often make a barefaced effort to inject religion into their policy making as much as possible. When it comes to economic policies they suddenly forget that Jesus Christ spoke out against greed and focused on the responsibility a society has to its poor, needy, sick and elderly - unlike the ilk of the conservative, where the motto is 'me', 'me', 'me' ita all about "me'.

Tin Foil Hat Society members are not actual Christians, they are a mix of political ideologies tossed in with a handful of passages from the Bible. Let’s be realistic — when it comes to the Bible, most of these so called Christians pick and chooses which passages they want to follow and which they don’t - much like the U.S. Constitution.

Listed below are what most intelligent Americans would explicate as - based on what the GOP currently stand for;

The Republican Ten Commandments:

Thou shalt worship no other Americans but Ronald Reagan.

Thou shalt pay no attention to the fact that tax rates have nothing to do with capitalism. Remember, we were in fact a nation based on socialism before 1980 when our savior was elected.

To speak ill of Ronald Reagan means you are not a real conservative.

Thou shalt honor Ayn Rand’s economic ideologies, but ignore the fact that she was an atheist who thought religious people were fools.

Thou shalt respect your mother and father by ensuring that we privatize Social Security and Medicare so that private corporations can profit from these programs.

Guns are the only means of salvation. Thou shalt live in fear every moment that someone is out to get you.

Though adultery and divorce are acceptable and frequent occurrences (especially in “strongly conservative” states), it is same-sex marriage that will ultimately destroy the traditional family and ruin the sanctity of marriage.

Women are to be treated as subservient to men. Their rights will be determined by panels consisting entirely of males as it is clear men know more, and are better suited to determine female equality and how to handle women’s health.

The poor are but leeches on society seeking a handout from everybody else. The rich suffer the greatest burden of all and it is your responsibility to ensure that the rich are properly taken care of, for they are the job creators.

Thou shalt remember that greed is good, the poor are lazy, gays are bad, women are wicked, Rush Limbaugh is a respectable citizen, Sarah Palin is intelligent and George W. Bush was a great president.

These “Ten Commandments” have been sponsored by the Koch brothers, big oil, Fox News, FreedomWorks and the Heritage Foundation. Any attempt to discredit this list of sacred rules is just a liberal conspiracy to destroy the United States of America.

Roger West

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


States with the highest uninsurance rates are Republican led:

The 10 states with the highest percentage of uninsured adult residents all have one thing in common: They’re led by Republican governors or legislatures.

That data comes from the latest polling from Gallup, which confirms the widening gulf between red states and blue states when it comes to health coverage. This divide existed before health reform went into effect; however, it’s only gotten worse under Obamacare, which has helped the national uninsurance rate plunge to record lows but which has been implemented unevenly across the country.

States that have worked to fully implement Obamacare — which involves agreeing to both accept the law’s optional Medicaid expansion and set up their own insurance marketplaces — have seen the largest drops in their uninsurance rates over the past six months. According to Gallup, the biggest success stories in this area are Arkansas and Kentucky, which have both nearly cut their percentage of uninsured residents in half. In some counties in Kentucky, the uninsurance rate fell from more than 20 percent before Obamacare to just five percent after the law’s provisions took effect.

But the GOP-led states that have resisted Obamacare at all costs aren't experiencing the same gains. Their uninsurance rates are falling at a much slower rate. “The already notable gap between the two groups of states widened through the first quarter to 4.3 points, as states that have implemented these core mechanisms of the Affordable Care Act reduced their uninsured rates three times more than states that did not implement these core mechanisms,” Gallup researchers explain.

To make matters worse, the states that have refused to embrace Obamacare are the same ones that could have benefited from it the most. Those states had higher uninsurance rates to begin with, and they’re home to people who tend to be poorer and sicker than the residents in other states. In that context, it’s not entirely surprising that the 10 states that currently have the highest percentages of uninsured residents — Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alaska, and New Mexico — are led by GOP politicians. Although some lawmakers and grassroots activists in those states have pushed for Medicaid expansion, they've ultimately been blocked by Obamacare opponents, and none of those states are fully implementing health reform in 2014.

Thanks to the ongoing political resistance to Obamacare, about six million people have been locked out of health reform altogether, left unable to qualify for either public insurance or federal assistance to purchase private insurance. States’ refusal to expand Medicaid is disproportionately harming low-income people of color, who stand to benefit most from the policy.

Cross-posted from thinkprogress


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Truth Hurts: Benghazi Report Concludes No Wrongdoing By Obama Administration

The House Intelligence Committee has reported that Obama and his staff did no wrong in Benghazi, but will this stop the Tin Foil Hat Society from wasting more tax dollars on their witch-hunt?

As Media Matters reported, this should change the media's approach to Rep. Trey Gowdy's select committee on Benghazi and the Republicans wasting even more of our tax dollars on their Benghazi witch hunt, but we know that's never going to happen.

From Steve Benen: Yet another setback for Benghazi conspiracy theorists:

The House Intelligence Committee is among the many congressional panels to investigate the deadly attack on the U.S. outpost in Benghazi in 2012, and its findings are reportedly complete. The committee’s report is not yet available, but Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) talked to the San Francisco Chronicle about the results of the inquiry.

The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, said Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, the second-ranking Democrat on the committee. […]

Thompson said the report “confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order (to U.S. forces) was given.”

The committee agreed Thursday to declassify its report, nearly two years in the making, and the findings will reportedly be available to the public once it’s cleared by intelligence agencies.

Just so we’re clear, this is a Republican-led committee, with GOP members outnumbering Democrats, 12 to 9.

And according to the Chronicle’s report, the committee’s findings are consistent with everything reality has told us all along: “There was no ‘stand-down order’ given to American personnel attempting to offer assistance that evening, no illegal activity or illegal arms transfers occurring by U.S. personnel in Benghazi, and no American was left behind.”

What’s more, the Obama administration’s process for developing “talking points” was “flawed, but the talking points reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis.”

It would appear some Republican lawmakers who've spent 23 months screaming the exact opposite owe the public an explanation for why they were wrong.

If history is any indication, Numbnutz Darrell Issa and Trey Gowdy will continue wasting time and money on this until they is no longer a congressman.

Roger West

Monday, August 4, 2014


Much like the dipshit Sean Hannity , the tea bagger from Georgia, Saxby Chambliss told Norah O'Donnell that waterboarding is not torture.

For all those "special" conservatives who claim the same, please come to my humble abode so that I may not torture you....then you can truly tell the country first hand whether it is or isn't, but something tells me your scrotum ain't that big!

Sean, Saxby, please email me, I'll be waiting to hear from you when you're ready!

Roger West

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Liz Cheney accuses President Obama of 'Slandering' CIA agents who tortured prisoners.

Because blood is thicker than water, this blogger expects nothing less from Lizzy than to defend the heartless bastard, named Dick Cheney.

I am sure that Dizzy Lizzy shall find this hard to believe, but the president isn't obligated to cover up her father's war crimes.

Roger West