Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Armed Mob Descends On Nevada To Steal Land From Federal Government

By Nathaniel Downes
Armed Mob Descends On Nevada To Steal Land From Federal Government
Gun-toting ‘Patriots’ attempt to start a new civil war over a Nevada land dispute. Apparently stealing from taxpayers is ‘patriotic’ somehow.

Here go the right-wing lunatic fringe once again. For the past week they have been proclaiming that the federal government is attempting to steal land from a Nevada rancher. Groups have organized with the goal of travelling to Nevada in order to kill federal agents attempting to enforce the law. What would gather this group up with the goal of unloading as many bullets as possible in what they call the “next Ruby Ridge?”

Why, it is this man, Clive Bundy. Here’s the video:

Land Use At Root Of Disagreement

Bundy has been failing to pay the fee for the use of federal land now for over 20 years. After numerous warnings, the federal government began impounding Clive Bundy’s cattle. Of course this caused an outcry of support by anti-government protesters, many of which began arming themselves in anticipation of a wild-west like stand-off.

But why did Clive Bundy stop paying his rent? In an interview with Pete Santilli he came out and said it.

He simply denies that the federal government can own the land, so he refuses to pay for the right to use it. The reality is that the state of Nevada was created out of the merging of the Washoe, Utah and New Mexico territories, three pieces of land owned by the federal government. Why does the federal government own over 80 percent of the land? Because they never sold it in the first place, and still maintain ownership in trust of the land as part of the commons. The US gained the territory after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1849. The portions which were allocated originally were done, initially, under mining and farming claims, but greatly expanded later by the Enlarged Homestead Act of 1909.

If and until the United States agrees to sell the land in question, it is the property of the United States. To claim otherwise and win would not succeed in enabling access to the land, but would instead revert the land to its previous registered owner. Incidentally, that is Mexico. If that happens, adios la gente estúpida!

Bundy Summons Gun-Loving Psychopaths To Cause.

Mr. Bundy is inventing terms and conditions in his head, qualifications to defend his defrauding of the US Government of over a million dollars. To defend his fiction, he has called upon armed goons with the idea of murdering people who are there to do their job. This is intimidation of the highest order. But facts do not matter to these ammosexuals. Their fear of some bogeyman monstrous “Govn’t” and their romanticized ideal as to what an armed standoff is so grand, that they would sooner bring war against the United States than pay their own rent. They are just that eager for a war which they cannot win, believing in the fiction one sees in cinema.

Wisely, the Bureau of Land Management backed off of their impounding of illegal cattle. This is not the end of the matter, but the government now will turn to tactics that will make Mr. Bundy wish that they had just impounded his cattle. Things they do can include having his auctioning license and sales permits voided. They can lein his property. They can even legally take snipers and shoot all of his cattle from a safe distance. They can make his life a living hell in ways none of us can fathom.
But hey, he got to play cowboy for a few minutes.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Will Wal-Mart eat up organic supply?

By Jenny Hopkinson

 An organic market is pictured. | AP Photo
Recent announced moves by big retailers could make matters worse. | AP Photo

Big box retailers are attempting to bring organic foods to the masses, but there might not be enough to go around.

Wal-Mart — the country’s largest grocer — announced Thursday that over the next few months, about half of its more than 4,000 U.S. stores will start carrying almost 100 new products from natural food distributor Wild Oats at prices about 25 percent less, on average, than other national brands.

The news from Bentonville, Ark., comes just a day after Target announced it is partnering with 17 natural, organic and sustainable brands, including Annie’s Homegrown, Burt’s Bees, Clif Bar & Co. and Horizon Organic, to make available more than 120 products exclusive to the retailer under its new “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” program.

Now the question is, how will organic production keep up with all of this new demand?

The expansion of organic offerings by both companies are “a validation of what we know, which is that organic foods are attractive to consumers and they are attractive to young consumers and consumers from all walks of life,” said Laura Batcha, CEO and executive director of the Organic Trade Association, the industry’s leading lobbying organization.

However, “there are issues with supply currently in the U.S. — we see it particularly in the livestock and dairy production” side, though there also are problems in other commodities as well, she said.

“The growth in the demand is outpacing the acreage.”

If that’s a problem now, the recent announced moves by Wal-Mart and Target look to make matters worse.

Sales of organic food and beverages totaled more than $28 billion in 2012, the most recent year available, accounting for 4 percent of total grocery food sales, OTA reports. In October 2013, the Department of Agriculture estimated that the organic sector would total more than $35 billion in sales in 2014 and grow about 10 percent.

However, production acreage and facilities are growing at a much slower rate. Between 2008 and 2011, organic pasture and croplands grew 12 percent, USDA reports. The total number of certified organic livestock only grew about 3 percent during the same period.

One of the problems is the high barrier that needs to be surmounted to gain USDA organic certification. Under the program, any land used to produce organic commodities must not be treated with non-organic substances for three years before it can be certified. Livestock must be treated organically from before birth.

Farming without chemicals and other synthetic materials is expensive, which is why organic products are sold at a premium, but producers in transition cannot take advantage of that higher price tag at market. The industry has taken steps to address this problem, working with suppliers and producers to ease the burden and gaining a provision in the just-passed farm bill that sets up a cost-share program for transitioning farmers, Batcha noted.

Meanwhile, from Wal-Mart’s perspective, the proposition of adding more organic products to its existing offerings and at a lower price than other stores is hard to resist. The company reports that internal research found 91 percent of its consumers would consider purchasing affordable organic products.

“We know our customers are interested in purchasing organic products and, traditionally, those customers have had to pay more,” Jack Sinclair, executive vice president of grocery at Wal-Mart U.S., said in a statement. “We are changing that and creating a new price position for organic groceries that increases access. This is part of our ongoing effort to use our scale to deliver quality, affordable groceries to our customers.”

Wal-Mart insists that it can keep prices low by using its large scale and supply chain. It’s a theory that a number of organic industry experts believe could work.

“My hope is that this will encourage and increase [organic] acreage in the United States because that’s been the weak link,” said Bill Wolf, president of Wolf DiMatteo & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in serving the organic industry.

“Their approach to the rollout, with taking a few products, a few more easily produced items that are available, like canned beans and others and limiting how many stores they can go with,” is probably manageable by the sector in the short term, he added.

“Price points can be achieved in a number of ways, and one of the main ways is through efficiency in the supply chain that is not necessarily the same things as paid price to farmers,” Batcha said. “The actual cost of a raw ingredient is just a small percentage” of the price on the shelf.

However, she added, maintaining a good price for organic commodities is key for the survival of the industry.

“Organic farming is difficult to do and there are increased costs going in for production, and it’s important for the long-term viability for farming that at the production level there be sustainable incomes.”

But even if the industry can keep Wal-Mart’s shelves stocked, it’s unclear whether they can do it in the long run at the low prices the company is calling for.

“It depends on the individual brands and how they partner with Wild Oats, but if its private label that usually drives down prices for everyone in the supply chain,” said Mark Kastel, co-founder of the Cornucopia Institute, an organic policy research group. “That premium is what enables people to do organic farming. Farmers can’t produce commodities at the same price as conventional. They can’t do it.”

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hank Aaron compares Republicans and other Obama opponents to KKK

Hank Aaron compares Republicans and other Obama opponents to KKK 

The baseball Hall of Famer, who was honored at the Braves' home opener on Tuesday night, said the only difference between the type of racism he faced as a player and the kind that exists today is 'now they have neckties and starched shirts.'

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 4:41 PM
Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, asked about race relations in 2014, says the only thing that’s changed since his days as a player is ‘back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.’  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, asked about race relations in 2014, says the only thing that’s changed since his days as a player is ‘back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.’
Hammerin' Hank can still swing for the fences.

Hank Aaron, who was celebrated Tuesday night in Atlanta on the 40th anniversary of breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, compared Obama critics to the KKK as he opened up about the state of race relations in an interview with USA Today.

The Braves legend, who told the newspaper he still has the bigoted letters and death threats he received during his pursuit of one of baseball's most cherished records, said that little has changed despite the decades that have passed.

"The biggest difference is that back then they had hoods," Aaron said. "Now they have neckties and starched shirts."

Aaron said he keeps the hate mail to remind himself that not everything has changed.
Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves poses with his bat in this undated handout photo. National Hall of Fame via Bloomberg News Hank Aaron in a Milwaukee Braves uniform in this undated photo. On Tuesday, the baseball legend compared President Obama's critics to the KKK.
"We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics," said the Hall of Famer who finished with 755 career homers. "Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he's treated."

"We still have a long ways to go in the country," Aaron added.

On the 40th anniversary of Aaron's record-breaking 715th career home run, the Braves held a pregame ceremony before the start of Tuesday night's game against the Mets at Turner Field.

Aaron was called baseball's "true home run king" by the hometown Braves, while MLB commissioner Bud Selig said he was the "embodiment of the American spirit."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MSNBC silent on Joe Scarborough keynote speech

Back in February, MSNBC host Ed Schultz was forced to cancel his keynote address at a Democratic fundraising event in Florida due to a network policy prohibiting hosts from participating in political fundraisers.

But now that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is scheduled to give a keynote address at a Republican fundraising event in New Hampshire, MSNBC has gone silent. Lauren Skowronski, the network's vice president of media relations, did not respond to four emails requesting comment on Scarborough's attendance at the event. (She did respond to an email wishing her a happy birthday.)

Scarborough is slated to speak at the Cheshire County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in May, and a source close to MSNBC's "Morning Joe" said he plans to speak at the event. As Huffington Post's Michael Calderone reported earlier, tickets range from $35 to $50 and go directly to the the Cheshire County Republicans.

When MSNBC pulled the plug on Schultz's Florida fundraiser, Skowronski said Schultz had not realized the event was a fundraiser when he agreed to deliver the keynote. Scarborough's role at the Cheshire County event is certain; his appearance was reportedly secured by State Republican Party Chair Jennifer Horn.

In March, Scarborough appeared at New Hampshire's Northeast Republican Leadership Conference. MSNBC said he was a "discussion moderator," but one attendee - Jazz Shaw, an editor at the conservative Hot Air website - noted that he delivered a "speech" which earned "a standing ovation." Republican New Hampshire state Rep. Joseph Sweeney said Scarborough "energized the crowd" and was hailed as "a rock star." Tickets for that event ran from $50 to $199, with sponsorship options ranging from $500 to $10,000. All proceeds went to the New Hampshire Republicans.

Scarborough declined to comment on the appearance, though in a new blog post for POLITICO (where he is a contributor) he wrote about his desire to address conservatives when discussing his new book about the Republican party.

"Chances are good that on this book tour, I will get a lot more invitations to Lincoln Day dinners and Republican events than Democratic club meetings on New York’s Upper West Side," he wrote. The people I want to infleunce "don't live in Manhattan, Georgetown, or Beverly Hills. Instead, the voters who will have a big say in shaping the future of the Republican Party live in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. So I will take any opportunity to share my thoughts with these and other influencers on how Republicans can start winning presidential elections again."

If MSNBC lets him, that is. And if they do, it will be hard to justify why they didn't let Ed Schultz speak to Florida Democrats.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bachmann And Gohmert Lower The Bar On Stupid

By Randa Morris

Gohmert And Bachmann Outdo Each Other On Stupid During House Floor Speech

Michelle Bachmann And Louie Gohmert Embarrass Themselves On An Entirely New Level During House Floor Speech On The ‘Killer Drug’ – Birth Control. – From Dummidumwit

It’s not every day that you get to watch Tea Party conservatives embarrass themselves on the House floor. Or wait, yes it is. Be that as it may, Michelle Bachmann and Louie Gohmert may actually have outdone themselves on March 26, 2014.

Bachmann and Gohmert speak on the “unprecedented killer drugs” that are killing America.

There are certain things you can count on, any time Bachmann or Gohmert open their mouths. Both are well known for over the top theatrics and absurd bits of hysteria. On the other hand, neither is known for their great intelligence or habit of making sense when they talk. You can count on half truths and sometimes, like on this occasion, no truths at all.
Gohmert starts off speaking about how ‘an agency,’ made up of unelected officials will be able to determine what medications are covered and not covered under the ACA. Dire warnings and prophecies aside, Bachmann keeps voicing her agreement, the entire time Gohmert is speaking.

It’s as if she believes she’s attending some Pentecostal church revival, and not standing on the floor of the House of Representatives. “That’s right!” She keeps interjecting, “Yes it is.” Not that anyone really wanted to hear what Gohmert was saying, but Bachmann’s repeated interruptions took annoying to an entirely new level.

Bachman finally cuts Gohmert off entirely. She goes off on this nonsensical tangent, before accusing the President of wielding the power to decide who gets medicine and who doesn’t.
“If you looked at the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, you knew with certainty when you woke up tomorrow morning that your religious liberties were intact. Now, apparently today, the gentlemen was in the chamber and heard that, according to at least one Supreme Court justice, in her opinion, they aren’t so much certain anymore.”
“It is not at only the election of the court, but at the election of the unnamed bureaucrat that decides, today we will have these killer drugs that we mandate. Tomorrow, what drugs will they take off the list? Will I not get life-saving drugs that I need to get?”

Bachmann goes on to tell us what all of this means.

“That means that the president and his administration wins their religious liberty, and the right to force their religious views down the throats of the American people… It’s unlike anything we have ever seen before in the history of the United States of America.”
“The American people better wake up quick because we are living in a country we no longer recognize.”
If you don’t think one word of it makes sense, in spite of Bachmann telling us what it means, you’re not alone.

Would anyone like some some facts with their word salad?

The entire display is beyond ridiculous. First, the government and ‘agencies made up of unelected officials’ already decide which drugs people can and cannot use in this country. That agency is called the FDA. It approves medications for use in the United States. The ACA merely mandates that insurance companies cover medications approved by the FDA.

Second, the only people trying to deny anyone medication, life saving or not, are members of the Tea Party. They want to be the ones to pick and choose which medications will be covered under your health insurance plan, rather than mandating that all drugs are covered, regardless of your employers personal (and misguided) beliefs about them.

Third, this is not ‘unlike anything we’ve ever seen before in the history of the United States of America.’ Not even close. If you get healthcare through the Veteran’s administration, for example, some unelected official dictates which medicines are covered. If you are insured through Medicare or Medicaid, it’s the same thing. Medicaid has covered birth control since Americans first figured out that it’s less expensive than covering a child’s food, housing and medical needs for 18 years or longer. That realization occurred in mainstream America decades ago, but will the Tea Party ever catch up?

Here’s the video of Bachmann and Gohmert’s embarrassing speech on the House floor.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Stewart Takes Apart Christie For Exonerating Himself In Bridgegate And Kissing Adelson's Ring

By Heather

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took apart New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for exonerating himself in the Bridgegate scandal, at the taxpayers' expense, no less. After getting in a few shots at the media for their ridiculous claims that Christie's "got his mojo back," Stewart and his cohort, Samantha Bee slammed Christie and his fellow Republicans for heading to Las Vegas to kiss billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson's ring.

Adelson wasn't too happy with Christie for daring to use the words "occupied territory" during his speech at the event, which made Stewart wonder aloud how this happened.
STEWART: This is crazy. If Sheldon Adelson doesn't approve of a term as widely accepted as occupied territories, what does he think is an acceptable term for that area? [...]
When did the guy who makes Donald Trump's hair look natural get veto power over every word Republicans say about Israel?
After Stewart also wondered how all these men who ran down there kissing up to Adelson could change their behavior for money, Bee challenged him to do the same when it came to one of their advertisers. Needless to say that didn't work out so well for Stewart.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The surveillance society: a look back

By Tom Tomorrow

The thin veil of rationality

By Tom Tomorrow


Former George W. Bush Aide RIPS JEB BUSH For ‘KISSING THE RING’ Of Billionaires

Hey Jebster,....if you want their cash, kiss their ass!.....

Matthew Dowd, who was chief strategist for George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign, on Sunday ripped Republican presidential hopefuls for lowering themselves to “kiss the ring” of billionaires like Las Vegas casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson. During a Sunday panel segment on ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopolous noted that many potential 2016 candidates like former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. John Kasich and Gov. Chris Christie had already met with Adelson.

“I think it’s ridiculous that these candidates for president are trumping out to Las Vegas to go kiss the ring of a billionaire casino owner,” Dowd said. “And they think that’s somehow going to help them get elected president.”

“I think money matters so much less than your own capacity as a candidate,” he continued. “What is your message? What’s your vision for the country.”

“They would be much better off spending time back where they live — instead of flying to Las Vegas — and figuring out what’s their message, what’s their vision, and how are they going to covey that to the American public.”