Following Oregon, Alaska and DC legalizing marijuana last week, the UN is now injecting itself into the debate, saying that the measures violate UN anti-drug treaties. This will pose a very interesting question in rather the Republicans will use this to attack the Obama administration, which would be spark a great debate, given the GOP's opposition to the UN and support of violation of previous treaties, like the Geneva Conventions.
Yesterday President Obama came out in support of net neutrality. Almost instantly Ted Cruz took to Twitter and proclaimed '"Net Neutrality' is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government." In the past 15 years the United States has dropped from number 1 to number 26 in terms of internet speed. When combined with broadband availability and pricing, we are 39th in the world. This all occurred with an unregulated internet. Given the importance of quality, affordable and high speed internet in a 21st century economy, it's obvious Ted Cruz is either lying, ignorant, or striving to make an America full of nothing but fast food and Walmart workers. I just wish the media would push him on his notion that government would slow down the internet.
Rush Limbaugh has been bleeding advertisers for a couple of years now, so apparently he has decided to try a new revenue stream - Democrats. But wait! It's now what you think. Instead Rush is getting ready to sue the DCCC for defamation. Apparently Rush feels the DCCC has taken him out of context, which is rather ironic considering 95% of Rush's material is taking Democrats out of context. This is looking like the last throes of a desperate hate monger if you ask me.
Deer Park, Ohio is a small little suburb just north of Cincinnati. I know the town well, having worked there most of the 1990's. During the last week of October police responded to a psychiatric call. They ended up finding weapons and a manifesto naming several federal level politicians, now leading to the FBI, Secret Service and Capital Police flying in to investigate. No identities have been released, but the man was saying his name was "Jesus Christ". We hear stories like this a lot, but having one hit so close to home, in a town I worked in for years....well that just makes it even more scary.
The Friday before elections and two big stories came out that are very bad for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. First is a story of a shipping company owned by the Minority Leader's in-laws. They are being investigate by the Colombian government after 40kg of cocaine was found on one of their ships during a routine inspection. Foremost Group, the company in question, is the source of much of Mitch's wealth. The company is actually based in Liberia to avoid US taxes and labor laws, and has been considered shady for years.
Then we get some news about Mitch's campaign tactics. Last night the Grimes campaign filed for an injunction against McConnell's campaign for what appears to be illegal voter intimidation. The mailer has the words "Election Violation Notice" scrawled across the front of an official looking envelope. The mailer was approved by the Kentucky Republican Party and McConnell campaign, and could very well be a violation of state and federal campaign laws.
Hopefully Kentucky voters will wake up to what appears to be criminal activity by McConnell and his closest inner circle and send him packing on Tuesday.
The lawyers John Boehner's House Republicans paid for to try and sue President Obama have decided not to file suit. John Boehner has now had two different law firms back out, apparently because they feel what President Obama is doing is, well what Presidents do. That now begs the question of why? Why did House Republicans feel it necessary to try and sue President Obama for doing his job?
There has been a war going on for a few months between two bloggers on different sides of the partisan fence, with one common factor - their name. Charles C. Johnson is a right wing blogger, who broke into the nursing home housing a Senator's sick wife. Charles Johnson is the founder of Little Green Footballs, a blog that was once on the right, but moved to the left. Now the former has decided to track down the later and attempt to post pictures of his home. The problem, Johnson hasn't lived there in almost 10 years.
Another teen needlessly murdered in cold blood by a "responsible gun owner". The 13 year old's crime to justify death? He laughed at his assailant. Welcome to the America that the right, NRA and ignorant gun nuts hold so dear.
Yesterday the news was a flutter with details of the leaked autopsy report the grand jury is using to investigate the shooting death of Michael Brown. Now the DOJ has condemned that move as trying to sway the public. They also cited the release of the video of Brown's alteration with a store owner just minutes before the shooting as part of this campaign. A few weeks ago we heard reports that someone on the grand jury was talking, and with this new information, it's starting to make me wonder if that isn't the case. If it's not the jury, then it is someone on the prosecution's team, since they are the only ones in the court room. Either way, it's time to pull that grand jury and call in a special prosecutor so that we can get the truth.
No I'm not talking about a threat of an outbreak, but rather just how reactionary we are as a nation. We have people freaking out, listening to the talking heads and politicians, instead of the medical professionals. Apparently all the doctors saying an outbreak basically won't happen here, are in some type of collusion to misinform the people so that Obama can kill of America. Then, in the next breath, they have a hissy-fit because Obama's Ebola Czar isn't a doctor. It's really mind boggling just how dumb and cowardly America has become.
I had been wondering where Rick Perry, usually a lover of media time, has been during all this Ebola stuff in Texas. Well now we know. Breitbart is reporting that he has taken to Europe for some travels while his state's medical system is exposing serious gaps in protocols. And you thought Obama golfing was bad....
After news broke that the Dallas Hospital was highly unprepared to handle a case of Ebola, and didn't even have the common protective equipment for their workers, we now find out that another worker in that hospital has contracted the disease. It's at the point that even Sanjay Gupta is fed up with the inadequate handling of the case by the Texas hospital.
In a Facebook post a bit ago, founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that him and his wife Priscilla are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help fight Ebola. They deserve a huge kudos on this, as we can't rely on our government, particularly the party that controls the House, to pony up any more money to help.