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The Police in America Are Becoming Illegitimate

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[The crooked math that's going to crash American law enforcement if policies aren't changed. *RON*]

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, 5 December 2014
Nobody's willing to say it yet. But after Ferguson, and especially after the Eric Garner case that exploded in New York yesterday after yet another non-indictment following a minority death-in-custody, the police suddenly have a legitimacy problem in this country.

Law-enforcement resources are now distributed so unevenly, and justice is being administered with such brazen inconsistency, that people everywhere are going to start questioning the basic political authority of law enforcement. And they're mostly going to be right to do it, and when they do, it's going to create problems that will make the post-Ferguson unrest seem minor.

The Garner case was a perfect symbol of everything that's wrong with the proactive police tactics that are now baseline policy in most inner cities. P…

The Irony and the Ecstasy

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[At Vanity Fair, Michael Kinsley compares the mythic hagiographic figure Ronald Reagan has become on the right with his actual record, which "should be seen as a complete failure." *RON*]

Every serious G.O.P. presidential aspirant invokes the glorious era of Ronald Reagan, to which the country must return. Ignore the fact that, for the likes of Paul Ryan and Rand Paul, Reagan’s actual record—from increased bureaucracy to higher deficits—should be seen as a complete failure.

By Michael Kinsley, Illustrations by Barry Blitt, Vanity Fair, January 2014 Issue.

Paul Ryan doesn’t care for “politics or politicians.” He says so in his recent book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea. He prefers the ordinary folks of his childhood in small-town Wisconsin. It must have been sheer selflessness that propelled him into Congress at age 28. As chairman of the House Budget Committee (and the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 2012, who is …

The Kochs eclipse the RNC: Meet the guys behind the right’s best data shop.

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[The Kochtopus at work. At Politico, Mike Allen and Kenneth Vogel write that the Koch brothers are supplanting the Republican National Committee after "pumping tens of millions of dollars into a data company that’s developing detailed, state-of-the-art profiles of 250 million Americans." They write that the operation has "all the earmarks of a national party." *RON*]

By Mike Allen and Kenneth P. Vogel, Politico, 8 December 2014


The Koch brothers and their allies are pumping tens of millions of dollars into a data company that’s developing detailed, state-of-the-art profiles of 250 million Americans, giving the brothers’ political operation all the earmarks of a national party.

The move comes as mainstream Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, are trying to reclaim control of the conservative movement from outside groups. The Kochs, however, are continuing to amass all of the campaign tools the Republican National Committee and ot…

Fossil-fuel lobbyists, bolstered by GOP wins, work to curb environmental rules

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[Republican fossil fuel puppets now control all the US Senate seats. ALEC is settling in now to draw up an agenda for the government it just bought: "oil, gas and coal interests that spent millions to help elect Republicans this year are moving to take advantage of expanded GOP power in Washington and state capitals." *RON*]

By Tom Hamburger, Washington Post, 7 December 2014 

Oil, gas and coal interests that spent millions to help elect Republicans this year are moving to take advantage of expanded GOP power in Washington and state capitals to thwart Obama administration environmental rules.

Industry lobbyists made their pitch in private meetings last week with dozens of state legislators at a summit of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an industry-financed conservative state policy group.

The lobbyists and legislators considered several model bills to be introduced across the country next year, designed to give states mor…

Stephen Harper Does A 180 On Third Party Election Spending

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[A complete Machiavellian, duplicitous and utterly lacking in principle. *RON*]
By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 8 December 2014



OTTAWA - Stephen Harper used to contend that money does not influence the outcome of elections.

He used to rail against any attempt to limit the amount of money outside advocacy groups could spend during campaigns.

And he used to strenuously object to any attempts to compel those groups to disclose from whom they got their money or how they spent it.

That was, of course, before he became prime minister.

Now, Harper heads a party that accuses labour unions of trying to "bully and influence our elections from the outside" and routinely uses the spectre of union politicking to drum up donations the Conservatives say are urgently needed to ensure victory in next year's election.

He heads a government bent on using legislation now before the Senate to force unions to disclose the salaries of thei…

Stage is set for more voter fraud in next election

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["It's striking that the Conservatives don't seem the slightest bit concerned that the party's top-secret internal database was apparently used as part of an organized campaign of voter suppression. Rather, as they gear up for the next election, the Harper crowd is focused on ensuring that not a single vote by an undocumented homeless person, student or senior will be allowed to contaminate our democracy." *RON*]
 By Linda McQuaig, Rabble.ca, 4 December 2014

If you're a low-level political operative, the conviction of Conservative party staffer Michael Sona for his role in the robocall scandal may well have deterred you from committing voter fraud in the future.

But if you're a high-level political operative, the outcome of Sona's trial probably left you emboldened.

With a federal election looming, the stage is set for more voter fraud. But this time there's very little chance we'll ever find out about it…