Chris Christie angrily confronts Cubs fan to call him ‘a big shot’

What a jerk. No wonder this buffoon’s approval rating is at 15 percent. This guy is a very bitter person. Christie probably also angry at not being picked by Trump for a cabinet post:

If Chris Christie is going to go into sports talk once his political career ends, he’s going to need some tougher skin. While attending Sunday’s Milwaukee Brewers game, Christie angrily confronted a Chicago Cubs fan, getting within inches of his face.

Ron Paul: It’s ‘Fantastic’ That WikiLeaks Just Exposed the CIA

Ron and Rand Paul are almost alone among Republicans who condemn the police state created over the last 2 decades:

Ron Paul, the prominent libertarian communicator and three-time US presidential candidate, declared this week in a Fox Business interview that it is “fantastic” that WikiLeaks revealed on Tuesday thousands of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents and files. Speaking with host Kennedy, Paul further says that the information exposed “indicates that liberty is in big trouble” and states his concern about there having been insufficient media coverage of the information.

The Pope Is Right: Inequality Is Unjust

Economic power is inseparable from political power. Formally, in the U.S., we are all political equals: Each of us has one vote and the same protections under the law. But the rich can use their money to promote their views and their preferred candidates. We tolerate this disparity, but only up to a point. In principle, our notion of justice imposes limits on the extent of political inequality; and in practice, it would be hard to deny that political inequality (bred by economic inequality) has had a corrosive effect on U.S. politics.

Bank executives who bear responsibility for crippling the U.S. economy through reckless negligence or worse have been deemed too important to be brought to trial. That is at least partly a consequence of their economic and hence political standing. Elected officials, it seems, spend more time raising money than governing — and when they turn their attention to public policy, the economic interests of the rich and powerful carry disproportionate weight.

via The Pope Is Right: Inequality Is Unjust – Bloomberg.

Nuclear facility security lacking, report says

None of the 107 nuclear facilities in the United States are protected against a high-force terrorist attack, and some are still vulnerable to the theft of bomb-grade nuclear fuel, or sabotage intended to cause a nuclear meltdown, a new report says.

The Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (NPPP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas released the report Thursday. It wants to shine a light on the security gaps that still exist more than 10 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

via Nuclear facility security lacking, report says – CNN.com.

Brazil was Target of U.S. Signals Spying

We all know Brazil is a major source of terrorism directed at the U.S. In fact, al Qaeda calls Rio their second home away from home:

The U.S. National Security Agency monitored the telephone and email activity of Brazilian companies and individuals in the

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Brazil – a hotbed of terrorist activity?

past decade as part of U.S. espionage activities, the Globo newspaper reported on Sunday, citing documents provided by fugitive Edward Snowden, a former NSA intelligence contractor.

The newspaper did not say how much traffic was monitored by NSA computers and intelligence officials. But the Globo article pointed out that in the Americas, Brazil was second only to the United States in the number of transmissions intercepted.

Brazil was a priority nation for the NSA communications surveillance alongside China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan, Globo said.

Wall Street Journal says Egypt needs a Dictator Like Pinochet

The Wall Street Journal is merely echoing  the wishes of their corporate owners. Tyranny that furthers the interests of big business is a means justified by the ends, according to them. Could it be that the corporate press feels comfortable to spew out such sinister propaganda. After all we won’t hold them accountable. They have the power now. They can say and do whatever they want–apparently:

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial entitled “After the Coup in Cairo”. Its final paragraph contained these words:

Egyptians would be lucky if their new ruling generals turn out to be in the mold of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, who took over power amid chaos but hired free-market reformers and midwifed a transition to democracy.

Presumably, this means that those who speak for the Wall Street Journal – the editorial was unsigned – think Egypt should think itself lucky if its ruling generals now preside over a 17-year reign of terror. I also take it the WSJ means us to associate two governments removed by generals – the one led by Salvador Allende in Chile and the one led by Mohamed Morsi in Egypt. Islamist, socialist … elected, legitimate … who cares?

Oregon Becomes the 16th State to Call for an Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Truth-out:

The movement to get money out of politics and establish that constitutional rights are for people, not corporations, is gaining

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Oregon State Seal (Oregon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ground by the day. Today, the Oregon Legislature passed House Joint Memorial 6 (HJM 6), becoming the 16th state to call on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The bipartisan measure passed the state House by a 48-11 margin, with 14 Republican votes (the majority of state House Republicans), and the state Senate by a 17-13 margin, with one Republican, Senator Betsy Close (R-Albany), voting in favor.

Death of Democracy in Russia: Last Critic of Putin is Arrested

The continued march to tyranny in Russia has reached a milestone. The only remaining elected official critical of Putin has been silenced:

The popular mayor of Yaroslavl, an anti-corruption activist who is one of the

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few opposition figures in

Russia to hold a major public office, was arrested late Tuesday and charged with bribery and extortion in a case that immediately set off accusations against the Kremlin of political intimidation.

The popular mayor of Yaroslavl, an anti-corruption activist who is one of the few opposition figures in Russia to hold a major public office, was arrested late Tuesday and charged with bribery and extortion in a case that immediately set off accusations against the Kremlin of political intimidation.

ACLU: FBI ‘mosque outreach’ program used to spy on Muslims

Scandalous and foolish:

The FBI in San Francisco used a public relations program billed as “mosque outreach” to collect information on the religious views and practices of Muslims in Northern California and then shared the intelligence with other government agencies, according to FBI documents obtained by civil rights groups.

Documents show NYPD infiltrated Liberal Groups

The brutal tactics used against Occupy Wall Street is part of  a long pattern of police state behavior of the New York police department.  And it’s happening in one of the most liberal cities in America. It’s all about protecting wealth, especially Wall St.:

Undercover NYPD officers attended meetings of liberal political Muslims outraged over being spied on by the NYPDorganizations and kept intelligence files on activists who planned protests around the country, according to interviews and documents that show how police have used counterterrorism tactics to monitor even lawful activities.

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