Mom shown berating her son at Baltimore riots…

Mon sure was NOT happy with her kids out there ….


A woman seen berating and hitting a black-clad teenager, later confirmed to be her son, has been hailed as “mom of the year” after her intervention on the streets of Baltimore was caught on video. As violence flared up across the city on Monday, the woman, who was identified as Toya Graham on Tuesday afternoon, was filmed telling her child to “take that f—— mask off.”

[I was knocked to the ground by Freddie Gray rioters, then helped to my feet]

Graham spoke to CBS News about the video, which initially went viral with little context. In the interview, the single mother of six tells the network that she intervened out of concern for her 16-year-old son’s safety.

“That’s my only son, and at the end of the day, I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray,” Graham said. “But to stand up there and vandalize police officers, that’s not justice.”


Carly Fiorina Update…Defending her time as CEO of Hewlett-Packard

Firorina maybe throwing down against Hillary Clinton….

But she’s got her own explaining to do…..

And some of it actually is pretty close to what Hillary has had to deal with….

Carly Fiorina’s political future depends on whether she can defend her record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

The likely GOP presidential candidate is aiming to do just that in her new book Rising to the Challenge, set to be released May 5, a day after the expected launch of her 2016 campaign. Fiorina now claims the company’s decision to fire her in 2005, after a turbulent six-year tenure, was a result of a dysfunctional board of directors and not her leadership.

In an interview with The Hill, Fiorina said members of her own board leaked confidential information to the media to undermine her decisions, though she stopped short of alleging outright sexism. She was the first female CEO of a Fortune 20 company.

“Men understand other men’s need for respect, but they don’t always understand women’s need for respect,” Fiorina said. “The situation that transpired in the boardroom was all about certain board members wanting to protect their position when they felt threatened, because their behavior was against the code of conduct, and they knew that I as a leader would not tolerate that conduct.”

When asked again if she thought underlying sexism contributed to her firing, she said, “There’s no question that women in positions of authority are scrutinized differently, criticized differently and characterized different.”



What is with ALL these GOPer’s running for President and trying to make money on books?


The Clinton’s as a American Oligarch Family….

Posted by David Macadam @ The Oligarch Kings….

…….“I’m more convinced than ever that our future in the 21st century depends on our ability to ensure that a child born in the hills of Appalachia or the Mississippi Delta or the Rio Grande valley grows up with the same shot at success that Charlotte will.”

Here Hillary was referring to her grand-daughter by Chelsea.

In the oligarchical nature of American politics this is a hollow offer.

Of the 43 Presidents of the United States (and it is 43 not 44, as Grover Cleveland served in two non-sequential administrations) fully 29 were related to each other by blood, marriage and adoption. And this is a feature that far from being essentially an eighteenth century phenomena is one which gets stronger and stronger today.

The Clintons were certainly “novus homen” when they appeared in the White House but they have most certainly bedded in well since. Chelsea married Mark Mezvinsky the son of Ed Mezvinsky a big Democrat suit and fixer, as well as being a one-time Representative from Iowa, and Marjorie Margolies-Mevinsky who was a representative from Pennsylvania.

Hillary Clinton’s running allows us to envisage a truly awesome fight in 2016 between Hillary and Jeb Bush, the Governor of Florida. Jeb Bush is the brother of one President, George W Bush and the son of another, President George Walker Bush. He is the grandson of Senator Prescott Bush. He is also descended through his mother from President Pearce….


Hillary Clinton Update…Take the Good Husband Bill parts…Run against other’s…

Bill Clinton ran the show two decades ago….

After all the shit he went thru…He came out smelling like a rose….

Now things are different in America…..

Hillary would have embraced mostly everything he did six years ago….

Not now….

After watching Barack Obama steal the Democratic left in 2008….

Running for President Now?

She is making sure THAT doesn’t happen again…

Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t just running against Republicans. She’s also running against parts of her husband’s legacy.

On issues large and small, the Democratic presidential contender is increasingly distancing herself from — or even opposing — key policies pushed by Bill Clinton while he was in the White House, from her recent skepticism on free-trade pacts to her full embrace of gay rights.

The starkest example yet came Wednesday, when Hillary Clinton delivered an impassioned address condemning the “era of incarceration” ushered in during the 1990s in the wake of her husband’s 1994 crime bill — though she never mentioned him or the legislation by name.

“We have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance,” Clinton told an audience at Columbia University in New York, making references to unrest in Baltimore and elsewhere following deaths at the hands of police. “And these recent tragedies should galvanize us to come together as a nation to find our balance again.”

The contrasts between some of Clinton’s positions and those of her husband from 20 years ago show the extent to which Democrats, and the country as a whole, have shifted to the left on a number of key issues. Indeed, Bill Clinton now says that some of his incarceration policies went too far and he regrets backing a federal law that defined marriage as being between a man and a woman….



Bernie Sanders Update…’I’m Running’…

He ain’t gonna win  folks…

But he’s gonna try to keep Hillary Clinton making Left Turns…

The independent Vermont senator told the Associated Press in a story published Wednesday that he plans to run for the Democrats’ 2016 presidential nomination. The news was confirmed by multiple Sanders aides.

“I am running for president,” he told The Associated Press.

“People should not underestimate me,” Sanders told the AP. “I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country.”

Sanders caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate but is an unlikely candidate for the Democratic nomination, primarily because he has never been a registered member of the party and calls himself a “democratic socialist.”

Yet many of his views fit with the Democratic left, a constituency in which Sanders has found a small yet devout following. Sanders and his top advisers hope that group of voters will propel his dark horse candidacy. Though Hillary Clinton is the dominant frontrunner, many in the progressive left of the party think she’s too moderate and are clamoring for a different candidate to support….


Red State on Baltimore and President Obama….

Please check the end of this from Erick Erickson @ Red State….

Rushing to Judgment

I have no idea what happened to Freddie Gray. I know he was no angel. He had been in and out of trouble with the law. There were more than a dozen arrests for drugs, burglary, escape, etc.

But it is hard for me to believe what happened to him was deserved. He may have been no angel, but we are all sinners. If the police brutalized him during an arrest and denied him medical treatment, they need to be held accountable. There needs to be an investigation.

There are, however, two thoughts I have on this.

First, I can’t help but scratch my head that, however terrible this tragedy is, people want to burn down Baltimore over this.

Second, I’m at 100% on thinking we should not trust the people who believed “hands up, don’t shoot” was real to tell us what actually happened in Baltimore.

The media wants a rush to judgment for ratings. But I think we should wait and find out what actually happened.

As a bonus: I also don’t think we should trust the people who think President Obama is a sleeper-cell closet muslim super secret agent of one born in Kenya to tell us what actually happened or what Freddie Gray was or was not doing in the week or weeks prior to what happened.

Patience, however, is never cathartic and rarely generates the ratings TV wants…..

Hillary links racial inequality to economic inequality…

In a major policy statement the Democratic probable nominee went there….

Hillary Clinton, who some do not associate with progressive issues much…Touched on a truism….

There no protests in middle class neighborhoods….

There are no protests in rich neighborhoods…

The protests and violenece are in poor neghborhoods and effect the poor….

In most of the media spotlights on crime…

The faces are black or brown …..

Hillary Clinton has shed the light on the dispartity of economics in America in 2015 and how the criminal justice system is handling something that should be worked on economically across the board….

More money to the military, enabled by cuts to domestic programs only makes things worst…..

More Cops will NEVER solve the problem…..

Not on Main Street and not on the nation’s borders….

Hillary Clinton on Wednesday condemned Monday’s rioting in Baltimore but argued turmoil across the country is symptomatic of larger issues plaguing the criminal justice system.

In the first major policy address of her presidential campaign, the Democratic front-runner linked a series of officer-involved killings of black men over the last year to inequality and argued for major reforms for the courts and police.
“Those who are instigating further violence are disrespecting the Gray family and the entire community,” she said, referencing Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who sustained a fatal injury in the custody of Baltimore police. “They are compounding the tragedy of Freddie Gray’s death and setting back the cause of justice. So the violence has to stop.”



Hillary Clinton, like President Obama, deplored the violence in Baltimore and both asked that people respect the law and seek change thru the system, niot be engagaing it thru violence….

View of Hillary’s speech at Daily Kos..….

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 4/29/15… Welcome to 2016’s most mysterious Senate race

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

David Vitter addresses a small group of people (May 22, 2012)

Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter

Leading Off:

LA-Sen, Gov: While Republican Sen. David Vitter has looked like the clear favorite to win this year’s gubernatorial contest for a long time, it’s anyone’s guess who he’d appoint to his Senate seat. Rep. John Fleming has publicly been jockeying for the job and even says he’ll run for the seat next year if he doesn’t get picked. And while Rep. Charles Boustany and state Treasurer and 2008 Senate nominee John Kennedy have said little about their 2016 aspirations, sources close to them tell the National Journal‘s Andrea Drusch that they each very much want the job.

Both Boustany and Kennedy are already laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 Senate run. In the last three months, Boustany raised $650,000, far more than an entrenched incumbent in a safely red House seat needs. Boustany has also endorsed Vitter and is campaigning for him in South Louisiana, an area rival GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle needs to do well in.

Kennedy hasn’t endorsed Vitter yet, though it’s probably only a matter of time before he does. But Kennedy has hired GOP ad maker Fred Davis (creator of such hits as Debbie Spend It Now and Demon Sheep) to work on his 2015 re-election campaign. Kennedy doesn’t have any notable foes on the horizon, but he can use his $3.5 million war chest (which can’t be transferred to a federal race) to boost his name recognition. A longtime aide to Kennedy has also formed a super PAC that can spend in a congressional contest.

For his part, Fleming endorsed Vitter early, and while his recent fundraising hasn’t been as hefty as Boustany’s, he still holds a larger warchest. Drusch also tells us that the North Louisiana congressman is building up grassroots support for next year….


NC-Sen, Gov: A new Elon University poll finds Republican Gov. Pat McCrory edging his likely Democratic opponent, state Attorney General Roy Cooper, by a narrow 45-43 margin—no surprise there, given all the earlier numbers we’ve seen. But on the Senate said, Elon puts Republican incumbent Richard Burr up just 44-43 on ex-Sen. Kay Hagan, which is way, way more optimistic than what PPP’s seen (50-38 Burr earlier this month). There are no answers here, only questions…


Political Roundup for April 29, 2015… Sanders 2016…Red Racing Horses

by: shamlet

First thing’s first, words can’t describe how happy I am to be waking up to a peaceful morning in Baltimore. Here’s an assesment of the politics of the situation: the general sense at this early point is that Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has come out looking good, while Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s (D) political career has probably suffered irreparable damage.


Sanders: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) will announce a campaign for President in the Democratic Primary on Thursday. Sanders is a nominal independent and self-described Socialist whose voting record is in line with the bold progressive wing of the Democratic party. However, at age 72 and with a reputation as a quirky iconoclast, Sanders is not a great vessel for marshalling discontent on the left with Hillary.


MS-Gov: You don’t need a poll to see that this race isn’t going to be competitive, but Mason-Dixon gives us one anyway. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) sports an imposing 72-20 approval rating and leads Some Dude attorney Vicki Slater (D) 61-30.

NH-Gov: 2014 nominee Walt Havenstein (R) will not mount another bid for Governor in 2016, even though the GOP’s chances of taking this seat may be greater with Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) exploring a run for Senate. Havenstein is selling his home and likely to move out-of-state. Executive Councilor Chris Sununu (R) has been exploring a run.

OR-Gov: Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken (R) is exploring a run for Governor. However, he is not considered a strong candidate; he attempted a run for OR-4 in 2010 before his campaign imploded amid campaign-finance violations. Physician-scientist Bud Pierce (R) is the only announced GOP candidate against Gov. Kate Brown (D), but several others on both sides have been speculated to be considering….


Bernie Sanders will run for President….

…From the 10:00 o’clock local Fox news channel…..

“Bernie Sanders…The socialist Democrat’….is running…..

This guy doesn’t expect to win….

But he’s running….Good for him….

Senator Bernard Sanders, the independent from Vermont, plans to run for president as a Democrat, becoming the only official party challenger so far to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

According to people familiar with the senator’s plans, he will release a statement on Thursday and make a more formal announcement of candidacy later next month in Vermont. That event will likely take place at City Hall in Burlington, where he was mayor.

Mr. Sanders, who considers himself a “Democratic Socialist,” has been traveling recently in early nominating states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to gauge interest in his candidacy.

While considered a long-shot for the Democratic nomination, Mr. Sanders could be another voice drawing Mrs. Clinton to the left because of his progressive views on trade, health care and corporate lobbying.

“Are we prepared to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class, or do we continue to slide into economic and political oligarchy?” Mr. Sanders said on his website……


Republican Kate Murray will run for Nassau County District Attorney Job….

Out on Long Island …..Nassau County is divided into 3 boro’s or towns as they call them….

Kate Murray is the Hempstead Town Supervisor….

During her tenure Nassau County has lost a NHL Hockey team to Brooklyn and an NFL Football team to New Jersey….In each case….Murray has been against ANY development….The town of Hempstead has not let anything be built to collect more taxes and employ people….

With all of this on her watch we now find out that she is gonna run for the seat vacated by Kathleen Rice , when she moved up to US House….

The current DA Madeline Singas, was moved up by Governor Cuomo in January , four months ago…She is NOT a politician….

The problem in Nassau County is this….

Even though there are 40,000 MORE Democratic voters in the county?

Republicans CONSISTANTLY WIN elections there….

Could Republican Murray, who has scant experience in criminal law and has been even less helpful for the counties economy actually win and take the last spot Democrats hold even with tens of thousands Democratic voter on the rolls?

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has invited village mayors, union leaders and other local officials to attend her announcement next week that she will run for Nassau County district attorney this fall, political sources said.

The announcement will occur at noon at the Levittown Fire Department headquarters the day before the Nassau Republican nominating convention names her as the GOP…

More @ a Newsday pay wall piece….


Same-Sex Marriage argued infront of the Supreme’s…

While the nation as a whole is moving in acceptance of the issue….

We’ll have to wait and see if mostly old white guys on the courts can find a way to join the rest of us….

The issue really should be one of Civil Rights for all….

Supreme Court justices broke along familiar ideological lines Tuesday as they considered whether same-sex couples enjoy a constitutional right to marry, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy in a familiar role as the apparent decider in a landmark gay-rights case.

Kennedy asked tough questions of both sides.

Why should nine unelected justices change the definition of marriage as only between a man and a woman when that concept has existed for “millennia?” Kennedy asked attorney Mary L. Bonauto, who is representing gay couples in the case.

On the other end, he questioned John Bursch, representing Michigan and other states with same-sex marriage bans, about their procreation-centered view of marriage. Why do same-sex couples not deserve the “same ennoblement” of their relationships that others receive? he asked.

The solemn, hushed nature of the proceeding was shattered by a protester who shouted that the Bible teaches that those who engage in homosexuality will “burn in hell for eternity.” He could be heard shouting for minutes even after security dragged him from the courtroom.

Proponents of same-sex marriage were first at the podium as they challenged laws from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The justices are considering two questions: whether the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states where they are legal.

A decision is expected in late June….