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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, Breitbart's "Big Journalism. Roger's breadth of experience, engaging style, and cultivation of loyal readership - over 92 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 Donald J. Trump Corporate Malfeasence We are for: Global and Econmoic Security Social and Economic Justice Media Accountability THE RESISTANCE

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


Thursday, June 11, 2015



Sean Toon, who called police to complain about group of black teenagers trying to enter a party on Friday, was jailed for violent behavior and animal torture

The man who called 911 to complain about a group of black teenagers at a pool party in Texas, and defended the controversial police response as a “good amount of aggression”, is a convicted felon who spent time in jail for violent behavior and torturing animals.

Sean Toon was sentenced to more than nine months in jail after pleading guilty to killing and maiming prize farm animals and covering them in paint, according to court records in Texas. He was separately sentenced to two and a half months for an assault.

Toon, 33, called police on Friday to allege that a group of predominantly African American young people were climbing over fences to get into a party and cookout at a community pool in his neighborhood of Craig Ranch in McKinney, a suburb of Dallas.

Corporal Eric Casebolt resigned from the McKinney police department on Tuesday amid a growing outcry from protesters and activists over video footage showing him roughly manhandling a black teenage girl and pointing his handgun at two black teenage boys.

His attorney is expected to give a press conference shortly.

In an interview with Fox News this week, Toon defended Casebolt’s actions. “It was chaos when he arrived there and he kind of had to match that situation with a good amount of aggression to kind of calm the crowd down,” he said.

Toon said the teenagers had started the dispute by accusing residents of racism for alerting a security guard to fence jumpers. He also accused the crowd of intimidating his seven-year-old child.

Toon complained that the neighborhood had a problem with “out of control kids”.

As a teenager, Toon had two serious encounters with the criminal justice system. He could not be reached for an interview. Asked whether he had any comment about his past crimes, his wife said in a text message: “In the end you will get what you deserve.”

In November 1999, aged 18, Toon and three high school friends were arrested and expelled from school after vandalizing the agricultural center of a rival high school district and attacking animals housed there, many of which were owned and cared for by school children.

“Cows and pigs were cut and bruised, apparently beaten with wooden boards. And baby turkeys were slain, their limbs torn apart,” the Dallas Morning News reported at the time. Dale Gardner, a teacher in the school district’s agriscience and technology program, told the newspaper: “It was brutal. There’s no way to describe it. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

About a dozen prize turkeys, which were reportedly being bred by a student aiming to win money for his scholarship fund, were feared killed.

Animals and buildings were covered in green and gold paint, according to reports. These were the colors of Toon’s high school, Newman Smith, whose football team rivaled that of RL Turner High, whose students used the agricultural center.

Sean Toon, you are this worlds worst person of the day asshat, congratulations Einstein! 

Roger West

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


News host Sean Hannity and conservative radio host Kevin Jackson tried to paint Ferguson activist Deray McKesson as a “professional protester” during a contentious interview on Tuesday.

“You haven’t been to the funeral of any cop that was killed in the line of duty, I’ll bet you that,” Jackson told McKesson. “I bet you haven’t saved up for that. I bet you haven’t been to the celebration ceremonies of cops who protected many, many black people for decades. I bet you haven’t been to the funeral of any of the kids that are killed that aren’t in these types of scenarios where race-baiters and race pimps like you appear.”
Jackson also accused McKesson of traveling around the US “starting problems” in the hopes of gaining notoriety.
“So, Kevin, have you been to the funerals of all the victims of Sandy Hook?” McKesson responded. “Or all the victims of Katrina? Do you not care about those, Kevin? Do you not care, Kevin?”
As McKesson went on, Jackson yelled at him, repeating his accusations.

“You should stop yelling,” McKesson said. “You want me to feed into this narrative. I’ve answered the question many times, and I’ll say it again to you: I’m going to places like many others, where the police have killed people.”
Before McKesson could continue, however, Hannity began chiming in on top of Jackson’s yelling.
“Do you believe cops are innocent until proven guilty?” the host asked.
McKesson responded by citing the attack on 15-year-old Dajerria Becton by former McKinney, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt. Casebolt resigned his position on Tuesday after video of the incident spread online.

“What I believe is that that girl should not have been abused, and Mike Brown should be alive,” McKesson said. “Freddie Gray should be alive.”
Hannity — who argued earlier this week that Casebolt could have been “shanked” by black teenagers during the encounter — began the segment by bemoaning the increase in “anti-police protesters” focusing on “select incidents,” and scoffed at McKesson’s intent to organize a 501 (c)(3) group to continue his work.

“Is this what you do for a living, you want to set up a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization?” Hannity asked. “Is this your profession now?” 
“I’m somebody who’s focused on justice,” McKesson told him. “Is this a question you’re asking me because I’m a person of color? Would you ask white people this, too?” 
“It has nothing to do with race,” Hannity replied after stammering. “It has to do with, is this your profession? You’re tweeting out that you’re a professional protestor.” 
Later, Hannity asked if McKesson had been involved in any “rioting” or “looting,” adding, “A lot of minority store owners lost their life’s possessions in these riots.” 
“There has been property damage in some cities, and I’ve not participated in that,” McKesson said. 
“Do you still believe that false and proven false narrative of ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’?” Hannity asked. 
“I think that Michael Brown should be alive today,” McKesson replied. “And that he was murdered by a cop who used his power because he knew that power would be protected.”
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Roger West

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Appearing on Fox4, a former McKinney police officer blasted the conduct of Officer Eric Casebolt, who threw an unarmed teenage girl to the ground, before saying local police authorities need to nip their race problem in the bud before it grows.

According to former officer Pete Schulte, Casebolt was over the line when he roughly pulled 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground, saying, “I don’t care what she was yelling at that officer. Anything would not have justified throwing her to the ground and pushing her down and throwing her face into the concrete like he did.”

Commenting on Casebolt drawing his service weapon as spectators came to help the screaming girl, Schulte called it “crazy,” before noting that one of the fellow officers who came to Casebolt’s aid grabbed his arm as if pulling the weapon down.

Schulte, who is now an attorney, had advice to the McKinney Police Department, saying they needed to get the fallout from the viral video “under control,” due to the racial implications.
“There is an indication based on watching the video that the white people who were around the officers weren’t talked to, they weren’t pushed away, they weren’t told to get on the ground, they weren’t put in handcuffs. The only individuals McKinney police were doing that to were those that were African-American,” he said.

“McKinney police have got to get this under control before tomorrow,” he stated “At this point in America, in policing, there’s too much out there right now with Ferguson. They got to get out there in front of this and make sure that citizens, even outside of the city of McKinney, understand that they’re going to do the right thing and take corrective action and that this was not racially motivated.”

Watch the video below from Fox4: | Dallas-Fort Worth News, Weather, Sports

Roger West

Monday, June 8, 2015



A video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday shows predominantly white cops detaining, handcuffing and, at one point, physically holding down black teenagers at a neighborhood pool. At one point, an unidentified white officer grabs a black teenage girl in a bikini by the hair and wrestles her to the ground. When other black teenagers try to intervene, that cop draws his weapon and briefly chases after two black young men. After these two African American young men flee, the cop returns to the girl in the bikini, forcing her face into the ground and then sitting on her in an apparent effort to prevent her from standing up.

This cop may face disciplinary charges. A statement issued by the McKinney, Texas Police Department says that “McKinney Police later learned of a video that was taken at the scene by an unknown party. This video has raised concerns that are being investigated by the McKinney Police Department. At this time, one of the responding officers has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.”

The statement also claims that police responded to a “disturbance at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool” regarding “multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave,” and that “Police received several additional calls related to this incident advising that juveniles were now actively fighting.”

It’s unclear whether some or all of the teens were actually at the pool without permission, but it appears likely that they believed that they were attending a pool party that was open to the public. Zahid Arab, a reporter for a local Fox affiliate, reported that a party at the local pool was advertised on social media.

The police department’s claim that “juveniles were now actively fighting” may also be literally true, but subsequent reporting suggests that white adults who lived in the neighborhood bear the lion’s share of the blame for this fighting. According to teens interviewed by BuzzFeed News, “the police were called after a fight broke out between adults and youths at the pool after the adults made racist comments telling the black children to leave the area and return to ‘Section 8 public housing.’” One white teen added that “when she and her friends objected to the racist comments about public housing an adult woman then became violent.”


[h/t thinkrpogress]

The police’s brutal treatment of black teens attending a pool party in McKinney, Texas has sparked a nationwide outrage. The video shows Officer Eric Casebolt grabbing 15-year-old Dajerria Becton, unarmed and wearing a bikini, by the hair and wrestling her to the ground. The seven-minute clip, posted Saturday, has already been viewed over 1 million times on YouTube and the incident was the number one trending topic in the United States on Twitter for much of Sunday.

But a reporter for Fox4 in Dallas, Zahid Arab, interviewed local homeowners who witnessed the incident and defended the officers’ conduct. These homeowners, according to Arab, say they believe the “officers’ safety was at risk.”

One of these homeowners appeared on camera, but allowed only her hands to be filmed. “I feel absolutely horrible for the police and what’s going on… they were completely outnumbered and they were just doing the right thing when these kids were fleeing and using profanity and threatening security guards,” she said.

Officer Eric Casebolt:
Officer Eric Casebolt was identified Sunday afternoon as the McKinney Police Department employee who was suspended after appearing in a viral video showing him roughly arresting teenagers at a Texas pool party, KDFW-TV reporter Zahid Arab reported.

Sources confirm:McKinney Patrol Supervisor Cpl. Eric Casebolt placed on admin leave following conduct at pool

รข€” Zahid Arab (@ZahidArabFox4) June 7, 2015

Casebolt was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into this incident. According to a LinkdIn profile in his name, Casebolt has worked as a police officer in McKinney since August 2005. He was named Officer of the Year in 2008, and his duties included neighborhood patrol, community policing and crime prevention.

Roger West

Sunday, June 7, 2015


The Duggar family put locks on their children’s doors and put a stop to games like hide-and-seek after they found out that oldest child Josh Duggar had sexually molested four of his sisters, two of the sisters revealed Friday.

Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard revealed to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Friday that they were two of Josh’s victims. The sisters spoke about the steps their parents took to try to minimize the risk of another molestation after they learned of Josh’s actions.
“My parents said, OK, we’re not going to do this hide and seek thing where two people go off together,” Jill said. “As a mother now, I look back and think my parents did such an amazing job…Not only taking care of Josh, but us girls.”
The sisters said that revealing themselves as Josh’s victims “wouldn’t have been our first choice,” but they chose to tell their story to Fox News after the story of Josh’s actions broke “to come out and set the record straight.”

Last month, news broke that Josh, the oldest of the family’s 19 children, had admitted to his parents that he’d inappropriately touched five girls. Josh committed the acts back in 2002 and 2003, when he was 14 and 15 years old, but the family’s patriarch, Jim Bob Duggar, waited for more than a year to report the incident to authorities. Josh resigned as head of the conservative Family Research Council’s lobbying arm late last month.

In the interview, Jill and Jessa said they didn’t know about the molestation's — which they said happened while they were about 12 and 10 years old — until their parents told them what had happened. Jessa said that the molestation amounted to “mild inappropriate touching on fully clothed victims, most of it while girls were sleeping.” She said that Josh’s actions were “very wrong” and “not permissible,” but she also defended her brother against some of the media’s claims.

“I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist…I’m like, that is so overboard and a lie really,” she said. “In Josh’s case, he was a boy — a young boy in puberty, and a little too curious about girls. And that got him into trouble.”
Jill said that Josh also asked each girl to forgive him, and that she made the choice to do so.

The sisters’ interview came a few days after parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also spoke to Megyn Kelly. In that interview, Jim Bob minimized the actions of his son, saying that what Josh did “was not rape or anything like that.”
“He had gone in and just basically touched them over their clothes while they were sleeping. They didn’t even know he had done it,” Jim Bob said. He added later that there “were a couple incidents where he touched them under their clothes, but it was like a few seconds.”
The Duggars have been strongly criticized for not reporting Josh immediately to the police and for downplaying Josh’s actions. Questions have also been raised about the Duggars’ homeschooling curriculum, the Advanced Training Institute (ATI). ATI has a lesson on Counseling Sexual Abuse, which includes a section titled “Why did God Let It Happen?” and lists “Immodest dress, Indecent exposure, Being out from protection of our parents, Being with evil friends” as potential reasons why the “defrauding” occurred. It’s not known whether or not the Duggars used ATI’s handout on sexual abuse to counsel their daughters.

[h/t thinkprogress]

Roger West

Saturday, June 6, 2015


Bill Maher is getting tired of conservatives and Wing-Nuts complaining about Christians being persecuted in America, despite Christians being a significant majority of the American population.

He ran through a series of quotes from 2016 candidates and conservative pundits decrying Christian persecution or attacks against the right. Bill O’Reilly said a few weeks ago that it’s open season on Christians and white men in America; Maher sarcastically pointed to “all those recent videos of police shooting unarmed white clergymen” as evidence.


And what set Maher off the most about these cries of Christian persecution is that he’s the only one they can really argue is doing it, and doesn’t want the credit going to anyone else for his efforts.

Maher demanded to know where the persecution is coming from. Maher went through a whole list of people and institutions the right claims is persecuting Christians and, one by one, said it’s just not happening.

Roger West

Friday, June 5, 2015



During Wednesday night’s interview with Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar about their son Josh’s history of molesting his younger sisters, Fox News’ Megyn Kelley pressed the conservative couple to justify their advocacy against LGBT equality. Specifically, she asked Michelle about her robocalls against Fayetteville’s LGBT ordinance, in which she smeared transgender people as a threat to the safety of women and children. “How could you unfairly… compare transgender people to child molesters, suggest they are child molesters, knowing what you know about Josh?”

Michelle doubled down on her comments, erasing the very experience of transgender people’s identities by saying, “I think that protecting young girls and not allowing young men and men in general to go into a girls’ locker room is just common sense.”

Kelley insisted, “But this is different because you injected child molestation into it.” Jim Bob interrupted to clarify that Michelle said “pedophile,” which requires the perpetrator to be of a certain age, but Josh was younger — “a child preying on a child,” not a pedophile — so it’s not a fair comparison. Michelle then claimed that they were the ones being victimized by these charges of hypocrisy, explaining, “This is more about — there’s an agenda, and there’s people that are purposing to try to bring things out and twisting them to hurt and slander.”

What Michelle actually said last summer was that Fayetteville’s nondiscrimination order was that men — “yes, I said men!” — would be allowed into “women’s and girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas, and other areas that are designated for females only.” She referred to “males with past child predator convictions” — not “pedophiles” — who might “claim they are female” to enter women’s spaces. “We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child.” A transgender woman is neither a man nor somebody with a “preference,” and there has never been an incident of gender identity protections somehow enabling or protecting such predatory behavior. Since the Duggars waited well over a year to even report Josh’s behavior and because criminal charges were never filed, he has no “past child predator convictions” for his admitted past child perversion.

Kelley missed an opportunity to call out another example of hypocrisy from the Duggars’ past public statements. In 2002, when Jim Bob was running for U.S. Senate, he actually argued that rape and incest “represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes.” As part of his justification for opposing abortion even in cases of rape, he suggested, “If a woman is raped, the rapist should be executed instead of the innocent unborn baby.” Despite the fact that Josh inappropriately touched multiple young girls on multiple occasions, Jim Bob has yet to advocate for his son’s execution.

The Duggar’s are just another example of the hypocrisy that oozes from Conservative Christian Family Values.

Roger West

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Tara Lynn Belcher told police she had just been fired from her job after arguing with and calling customers racial slurs, but a video shot the same day shows she didn’t learn from the experience. Belcher was caught on camera going off on a racist rant in a second, violent incident that led to her arrest.

According to police, Belcher, 28, of Myrtle Beach, was walking to catch a cab after being sacked when an African American man started walking alongside her, asking her questions and filming her with the intention of posting the video online, reported. The video is now on YouTube and has nearly 430,000 views.

The video, posted May 25, starts with the man holding the camera on Belcher and saying, “But you called that man a n**ger for no reason,” to which Belcher responds, “Fuck you. Because he’s a n**ger.”

She then launches into a racial slur-laden rant.

“I call people n**gers if they act like n***ers,” she says into the camera, then to someone on her cell phone she says, “Yeah this filthy n***er is filming me so you need to hurry up.”


She told police the man spit on her, punched her and stole her cell phone.

But the video reveals it’s Belcher who spit in the man’s face. He recoils and slaps her in response. The two then scuffle with each other. Police did not find her cell phone on him.

According to a police report obtained by MyHorryNews, Belcher grabbed the man’s dreadlocks and pulled “a bunch of hair” out of his head.

Belcher was arrested and charged with assault and battery and marijuana possession. She is currently free on $1,401 bond.

The man’s video was downloaded for use as evidence by police and then posted to social media.

According to Supreme Justice John Roberts, racism is dead. Ah, maybe not so much Einstein! 

[h/t the raw story]

Roger West

Wednesday, June 3, 2015



Right-wing nut job and republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee joked that he wished he was young again — so he could pretend to be transgender and watch girls shower in locker rooms.

During his speech at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in February, Huckabee attacked laws to allow transgender students to use facilities that correspond to their gender identity. His speech was posted online by World Net Daily over the weekend, and his comments were highlighted by BuzzFeed on Tuesday.

“For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize that the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your seven-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom cannot be offended and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man,” Huckabee said.
“Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE,” Huckabee continued. “I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?”
He complained that conservatives were ridiculed for “pointing out the obvious.”

It is not the first time that Huckabee has joked about pretending to be transgender to shower with girls. He made similar comments after California enacted a law to allow transgender students to use school facilities consistent with their gender identity.

“And by the way, it is a good thing that that didn’t come up when I was in high school ’cause I’m pretty sure that every boy in my high school would have suddenly felt like that he was just a little more comfortable showering with the girls no matter how uncomfortable the girls might have been with it,” Huckabee said in 2013.

Mike Huckabee, today’s worst sexual predator of the day! Conservative Christian Family Values, something we all shouldn’t have.

Roger West

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Jon Stewart mocked lawmakers and President Barack Obama for trying to scare Americans into supporting the Patriot Act.

He played clips of several senators blasting Sen. Rand Paul, who forced the expiration of some provisions of the legislation passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“I’ve run for president twice, but I would never stoop to something like this,” said Sen. John McCain, in one video clip.
Stewart showed a photo of Sarah Palin and wondered how McCain had not yet learned not to set himself up for jokes about his former running mate.

“I imagine McCain out jogging with an out-of-shape friend, and he’s like, you’re the most useless running mate I’ve ever had – what, why are you laughing?” Stewart said.
To celebrate the break in the collection of bulk metadata by phone companies, Stewart decided to call an old friend – John Oliver.

“Penis, penis, penis,” he shouted into the phone to a bewildered Oliver.

Stewart pointed out that the surveillance provisions had not prevented terrorist attacks at Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, and the anti-Islam comic show in Garland, Texas – even though the government was tracking each of those suspects.

“If the Patriot Act is acting so poorly, why do we have to keep it?” he said.


Monday, June 1, 2015


In an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, Sen. Bernie Sanders , who is running for the Democratic presidential candidacy, said he could back a 90 percent top marginal tax rate.

Harwood brought up that some have likened efforts to combat income inequality to Nazi Germany. Sanders noted sarcastically, “When radical, socialist Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, I think the highest marginal tax rate was something like 90 percent.”

Harwood followed up by asking, “When you think about something like 90 percent, you don’t think that’s obviously too high?” to which Sanders replied, “No.”

He continued, “What I think is obscene…when you have the top one-tenth of one percent owning almost as much as the bottom 90.”


Sanders is right that the top marginal tax rate, that paid by the wealthiest Americans, was around 90 percent under Eisenhower — it was actually 92 percent in the 1950s. Today, the top marginal tax rate is 39.6 percent, although the richest 1 percent end up paying less than that on average and the average rate actually fell for many years.

Republicans have consistently claimed that higher tax rates on the wealthy will hold back economic growth, while lowering rates further will spur it forward.

But that’s not likely the case. Last year, economists found that the point at which the top tax rate is high enough to maximize government revenues but not so high that it discourages the rich from trying to earn more is quite high: about 95 percent for the 1 percent. History bears that out. Economists have pointed out that post-war American growth has been higher during periods with much higher top marginal tax rates and lower when tax rates were substantially lower. When the top rate was more than 90 percent in the 50s, economic growth averaged more than 4 percent a year. But recently when the top rate has been closer to 35 percent, growth has been less than 2 percent a year on average.

The point of higher tax rates isn’t just to penalize the rich, of course. They would need to serve a policy function. For Sanders, that’s combating income inequality. “If you have seen a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the top tenth of one percent, you’ve got to transfer that back,” he told Harwood.

A 90 percent top tax rate could achieve that goal. The same economists who found that the rich can swallow a 95 percent rate also found that a 90 percent tax rate for the 1 percent could significantly reduce the Gini index, a measure of income inequality. It would also help lower wealth inequality. Meanwhile, everyone’s well-being would improve, rich and poor alike.

So far, many Republican presidential candidates have proposed a radically different approach: a flat tax. Sen. Ted Cruz , Sen. Rand Paul , and Ben Carson have all backed this idea. The details of each proposal differs, but the basic premise is an attempt to simplify the tax code by only having one rate that everyone pays, rather than the current system in which rates increase as income increases. Analysis is of one flat tax plan put forward by Texas Gov. Rick Perry found that it would raise taxes for those at the bottom of the income scale by between $102 and $462, while the tax bill for those making more than $1 million a year would decrease by about a half million dollars.

It would also lower government revenue by between $500 billion and $1 trillion a year. If a candidate wanted to maintain the current level of revenue, it would require taxing everyone, rich or poor, by at least 25 percent.

[h/t thinkproress]