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Coup d’état and Assassination Plan Unveiled in Venezuela -- (including US complicity)

This morning on Thom's radio show he had a very interesting conversation with Dana Frank, professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the author of Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America, About what is actually behind the flood of child immigrants from Central America coming across the US southern border. Apropos of what she had to say about the US being complicit or even directly responsible for much of the violence that's driving the migration I think this document is quite interesting though I cannot vouch

"SCOTUS rules warrants needed for cell phone search"

A victory for privacy:

"The Supreme Court struck a major blow in favor of digital privacy Wednesday by ruling unanimously that police generally need a warrant before searching the cell phone or personal electronic device of a person arrested.

What's Up With Chris Christie and Bridges?

If Chris Christie has harbored a hope of sufficiently rehabilitating his image in time for a 2016 presidential bid that hope has now been shattered on the deck of an altogether different bridge. This new scandal is not about political retribution but political corruption in the form of misappropriation of funds. I suspect that any time he travels from here on out Christie will have to carry antacids with him in the event that he has to pass over a bridge.

Does a Legal Justification Exist for a Military Strike Against ISIS?

As the White House grapples with military options for intervening in Iraq to protect Baghdad from Sunni terrorists, it's also examining how an airstrike can be justified under U.S. law.

It's not a question without significance, especially for an administration that likes to say it holds the rule of law above all else (even as it adopts elastic interpretations to suit its ends).

Messaging 101: How Do We Educate Dittoheads That Corporations Are CREATIONS Of Government

Being rather thick, every now and then someone says something that hits me from a different angle I don't expect... and a light bulb goes off. And so it was with Randi Rhodes some years back when she was talking about same sex marriage. I'd been coming at it from a civil rights angle. But her angle was that marriage was a legal arrangement created by government. Yes, it existed before... but even in church weddings, the person performing the ceremony represents the state. As such the state can define the legal arrangement as it wishes...

Bad guy with guns

In Crooks and Liars:

A bad guy with a gun robbed good guys with guns (of guns and money) outside target ranges near Philadelphia, PA. Got away with 9 guns.

Chris Matthews schooled by Elizabeth Warren

The Republicans had a different vision in the 1980s. Prosperity would trickle down if the wealthiest were given more aid. Helping education, roads and bridges is refused by the Republicans who say there isn't enough money while supporting every subsidy for Big Oil.to hear Elizabeth Warren June 22, 2014, click on

Richard Clark or Glenn Greenwald

Richard Clark - famous for telling us the truth about the futility of invading Iraq - says that Snowden realeased information that 'jepordized' national security and gave help to our enemies.

Greenwald justifies Snowden's release of information, and that nothing that was reveled led the deaths of any agents or harmed our security.

Michele Bachmann Bashes Hillary in Desperate Attempt to Remain Relevant

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) roused a sleepy gathering of social conservatives on Friday with a spirited speech railing against Hillary Clinton, whose record at the State Department "should disqualify her from ever being considered for the presidency."...

Presbyterians to divest as protest against Israel

DETROITThe Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, voting to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.

Video: Moral Mondays Are Back in Business, 7 min

We must raise our moral dissent because that's our calling... to watch the 7-minute video "Moral Mondays Are Back in Business" from June 20, 2014, click on

https://portside.org/2014-06-21/moral-mondays-are-back-business

TX Turds

I am not making this up, I swear. TX gop's reparative therapy for gays suggests taking your poop, putting it in a bottle and sniff it whenever you find yourself attracted to a man. I don't know if you should wear it on a necklace or chain on your neck like a pendant, or maybe a chain like a pocket watch, just don't reach for it when someone asks for the time. Bring me my smelling turds was Stewart's line.

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The GOP war on workers has killed again...

It’s time to stop the conservative's war on working people in America.

Since the birth of our nation, conservatives have always been wary of average working-class Americans having too much political or economic power. John Adams, the second President of the United States and a Federalist (precursor to today’s Republicans), was very wary of the working class, which he referred to as “the rabble.”

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