August 21, 2014

A PASSIONATE SPEECH

Which asks a great question: Why are these police shooting to kill if there is no need for it?

THIS LOOTING IS LEGAL


AT LEAST HE'S HONEST!

Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has a suggestion for victims of police violence searching for someone to blame: Look in the mirror.

In a column published Tuesday in The Washington Post titled, "I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me," Dutta responds to mounting criticism of the policing tactics on display in Ferguson, Missouri, amid the hyper-militarization of law enforcement and accusations that officers have violated the First Amendment rights of both demonstrators and journalists covering the events. In a particularly telling passage, Dutta argues that citizens could deter police brutality if they were simply more cooperative, even when they're unjustly targeted.

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MICHAEL JACKSON TAKES THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE!




DO THE EDM DANCE!




ARE YOU GOING TO CALL OBAMA OUT ON HIS BULLSHIT AFTER HE LEAVES OFFICE?

Barack Obama took time off from his vacation to issue a statement on Ferguson claiming that "“Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs." Meanwhile, the hypocritical president has been working overtime throughout his administration to silence the press. And this is the guy who campaigned with promises of greater transparency than the hideous George W. Bush administration, which was notorious for limiting the press's access to the White House so that the press feared it would lose access if it asked tough questions. Obama has carried on Bush's work and even expanded it--in direct contrast to his campaign promises. Here's how the White House is putting it's full force behind prosecuting Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times journalist James Risen. Obama doing exactly what he claims shouldn't be done in Ferguson. But none of the sheep who support Obama will be bothered to question his blatant hypocrisy. It's all right there if you care to see the truth. This administration counts on you not connecting the dots and most of us are happy to oblige.

Columbia Journalism Review: "Just minutes after the president finished his remarks (about reporters in Ferguson), a coalition of journalism organizations at the National Press Club in Washington began a news conference condemning the Obama administration’s attempt to compel James Risen, a New York Times reporter, to identify a confidential source. The menagerie of groups this morning presented a petition, signed by more than 125,000 people, calling on the Justice Department to end its six-year effort to force Risen to testify against his source.

In June, the US Supreme Court turned down a last-ditch appeal from Risen, removing the final legal barrier for federal prosecutors who want him to take the stand.

The coincidental timing puts a spotlight on a White House that has repeatedly defended its claim as the most transparent administration in history. In the past five years, however, the Obama administration has been decried repeatedly for both its secrecy and its aggression toward the press. What’s more, it has pursued more criminal leak investigations than every previous White House combined."

MORE:   http://www.cjr.org/the_kicker/obama.php

CONFESSIONS OF A COFFEE HAG!

Spending a month in Provincetown has been quite an adjustment for Bunion. While it's a vacation spot for most, I've been working here steadily. But it's nice to get out of the NYC rat race for a month in this undeniably quaint town. One major change I've noticed is how well I've slept--and I'm someone with sleep issues who often relies on sleeping pills. It's been so wonderful that I'm trying to find out exactly what caused the change in my sleeping habits to keep them going once I return home. It is quieter here, so that could account for some of it. But there's a Starbucks right across the street from my apartment in NYC, and while I gripe about chain stores taking over Manhattan, I have yet to find a non-chain store that "gets me going" in the morning if ya know what I mean. (If you don't, let's just say that Starbucks sells the most effective laxatives on the market.) So I have at least one coffee from there every day.

Starbucks' coffee is really strong and it's the first time most Americans have drunk espresso-based drinks. Also, the large sizes are really huge. I wonder how much caffeine is actually in them compared to what we were drinking a decade or two ago? I remember when Starbucks got it's initial national boost and I visited Seattle. When a waiter served me the weakest cup of diner coffee I'd ever had, I told him "I thought that you guys liked strong coffee in Seattle since it was the home of Starbucks" and he replied that the tourists would have a heart attack if they served that. Besides sleeplessness, I also suffer from stress. I had a tightness in my chest and since my dad had a heart attack at age 50 and I'm older than that, overweight and not in the best shape, I wondered if this could be a sign of oncoming heart trouble. So I had a stress test and the doctor determined that my heart was fine--the tightness was simply caused by regular stress. One of the causes of stress? Caffeine consumption. And there's no Starbucks in Provincetown. I've been drinking coffee here, just not those huge venti sizes with tons of caffeine. Though Provincetown coffee still packs enough punch to get me to type this long-ass drivel at 9AM. So I guess I'm going to try to to avoid Starbucks when I'm back home and see if sleep improves and stress is reduced. Does anyone else have any similar experiences? I mean, I know all my friends are thin, young and gorgeous with no health issues. But I thought you just might have heard something from someone else. Because I want my heart to be stressed out by fattening foods, lack of exercise, cocaine and poppers--NOT coffee.

USA'S "HUMANITARIAN" BOMBS

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING JOURNALIST GLENN GREENWALD ON WHY THE US ONLY DROPS HUMANITARIAN BOMBS IN OIL-RICH REGIONS WHILE IGNORING CRISES WHERE THERE IS NO OIL. AND CONTRIBUTES TO ANY CRISIS WHICH BENEFITS IT, LIKE GIVING BILLIONS ANNUALLY TO ISRAEL TO ATTACK PALESTINIANS.

GLENN GREENWALD: I mean, I think, clearly, you know, that ISIS is a group that is brutal and awful and extremist and dangerous. Nobody likes ISIS. But the U.S. stands by constantly while thousands or more people are put at risk or are even killed. And not only does the United States stand by while that happens, but the United States government is an active participant in the killing of thousands of civilians all the time. As I said, the Israelis just killed hundreds and close to 2,000 people in Gaza, including women, men and children, and not only did the United States stand by, we fed them the arms and protected them at the U.N. It seems like our humanitarianism is triggered only when it comes time to assert control over oil-rich areas. And I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody who has studied the region, including the important oil locations in Kurdistan, as Patrick Cockburn was just saying, that this became an issue for the U.S. government not when certain minorities became put in jeopardy of their lives, but when the flow of oil in that area became jeopardized. And, you know, it’s fine if you want to argue that oil is an important resource and the U.S. government should use military force in order to defend it, but we should at least have that honest debate and not allow political leaders to stand up and deceive us—in this really pleasing, though misleading, way—that we’re really dropping bombs out of humanitarianism.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: So, Glenn Greenwald, what do you think accounts for the fact that the U.S. media, in general, doesn’t question the self-professed motives, humanitarian motives, of the Obama administration, or indeed the many administrations that preceded it who used very similar justifications?

GLENN GREENWALD: Well, like I said, I mean, this trick, this tactic of pretending that aggression and violence and a war are really being done for humanitarian reasons, is not unique to the United States. I mean, you can look at Napoleon and the invaders of the early 20th century and, as I said, al-Qaeda and Gaddafi and a whole range of people. The writer Jonathan Schwarz has compiled a really long list of some of the worst warmongers in history, who have used identical humanitarian explanations as the one the U.S. government gives. And I think one big reason is that because no population, no country, likes to think of itself as an aggressor, as an empire, as warmongers. We all like to think that we’re good people. And so, one of the ways that you get a population to acquiesce to a permanent state of warfare, which is obviously what the United States government is in, and has been in for decades—how do you convince the population to continue to acquiesce to the continuous slaughter of people around the world, to the bombing of multiple countries, in a way that no other country would contemplate? Really, the only way that you can do that is by continuously telling them that it’s being done because you’re benevolent, because we just love humanity and love freedom and love democracy so much that we constantly bomb people in pursuit of those goals. And I think the combination of how adept this propaganda is, when it’s done by the U.S. government and U.S. media jointly, combined with the desire that we all as human beings have to think good things about ourselves, makes it so that, even contrary to all evidence as it is—JUST WATCH IT!

GLOZELL TAKES THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE




August 20, 2014

A SCREAM!




A BRAND NEW CHALLENGE!

Since people love these challenges so much, I'd like to start a new one that combines the  the cinnamon challenge, the #nohate campaign and the ice bucket challenge.

Here's how you do it. Eat a teaspoon of cinnamon. Immediately tape your mouth up and write No Hate on your cheek. Make sure someone is videoing you. Turn yourself upside down and while you are choking on the cinnamon, have someone dump a bucket of ice water into your nostrils until you drown.

You're probably asking, Bunny, what cause would this possibly help? Well, I work for The Darwin Foundation and this challenge help move the process of natural selection along. It would achieve this by weeding out some of the fad-obsessed attention nuts who like to pretend that they are briefly concerned about some disease or missing Nigerian girls they were obsessed with a month ago but haven't thought of in weeks, celebrities desperate to seem relevant and hip to internet trends who usually forget to actually post the donation information for Lou Gehrig's disease which has been suddenly rebranded as ALS and Californians too ignorant to know that there's a serious draught that the ice bucket challenge contributes to. This will allow people with more brain cells to live on and make the best use of the earth's precious resources like cinnamon, ice and water.

FINALLY! A CHAIN LETTER THAT REALLY WORKS!

Forward this message to 10 people and you will get

Fuck All
That's right, FUCK ALL
You won't get good luck, or a nice surprise,
5 grand or a fucking holiday in Jamaica,
Just FUCK ALL.

It's true, it works
I sent it on and got FUCK ALL,
Don't break the chain!
Its the only one of these fucking things that actually works!
Send it on and get FUCK ALL
It's fucking brilliant!

SOBERING!


WHEN DID THE POLICE BECOME MILITARY?

Many are appalled to see police who appear to be combat troops treating protesters in Ferguson like some enemy we are fighting overseas. Obama has called for a separation of police and military after the Michael Brown incident. But he's the commander-in-chief of the military, so the police and military couldn't have combined without his approval. He had the FBI coordinate the brutal crackdown on Occupy Wall Street protesters--so you don't have to be black to experience a silencing of all-American dissent in a country which dreams that it is still free.

When did the police and military begin to merge, often receiving free military-grade weapons from the feds? Was it fear after 9/11 that allowed the blur of military and law enforcement? Actually, it began with democrat Bill Clinton's crime bill and has with every president.

DAILYKOS: So we have all these soldiers becoming cops. I've searched for stats and other info on this PROGRAM without much success. But I witnessed first hand the effect of this legislation. All though the 90s and early 2000s, I watched as police forces slowly transformed from a bunch of normal men and women, some with donut bellies, and far more looking like the PEOPLE they serve, to these Rambo looking people, with their military crew cuts, steroid builds, and, most importantly, a certain look in the eye that says, "I control you." (Bunny note: And if you read the whole article, you may be alarmed that these new former military cops have PTSD.)

Why? Because our own government sees its own PEOPLE as the enemy.

WTF? When did the coup d'etat happen and why wasn't I told about it?

MORE:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/18/1322649/-Militarization-Legacy-of-911-Or-Occupy-Wall-Street#


In the wake of Ferguson, Obama is calling for a separation of police and military. Too bad this hypocrite wasn't calling for it when he was orchestrating the violence against Occupy Wall Street protesters with the FBI, Dept of Homeland Security with help from the big banks. No US president can bear to hear any criticism against the banks, who we start wars for and bail out while cutting social services. Obama and every president is just their puppet.

Naomi Wolf: "It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just COORDINATED at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland SECURITY, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, PEOPLE held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves."

"FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) … reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat … The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country."

Verheyden-Hilliard points out the close partnering of banks, the New York Stock Exchange and at least one local Federal Reserve with the FBI and DHS, and calls it "police-statism":

"This production [of documents], which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a WINDOW into the nationwide scope of the FBI's surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement … These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America."

YOUR VOICE--USE IT OR LOSE....Whoops! There it goes!

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VERY POWERFUL--PLEASE WATCH TO THE END

It's only 1 minute long!




A NEW STUDY REVEALS

Robert Reich: 

The Disease of American Democracy


"Their conclusion: "The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."

Instead, lawmakers respond to the policy demands of wealthy individuals and monied BUSINESS interests -- those with the most lobbying prowess and deepest pockets to bankroll campaigns.

Before you're tempted to say "duh," wait a moment. Gilens' and Page's data come from the period 1981 to 2002. This was before the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to big money in Citizens United, prior to SuperPACs, and before the Wall Street bailout.

So it's likely to be even worse now."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/the-disease-of-american-democracy_b_5692822.html

BIANCA DEL RIO IN BED WITH JOAN RIVERS

I hope Joan is a top!

GUESS WHO IS TAKING THE CHALLENGE NOW?





BUN-BUN FOR FEAT OF FUN

August 19, 2014

BEYOND ADORABLE!