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Showing posts with label Missouri. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Missouri. Show all posts

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Daily Kos: 'I'm white, call them twice bitch'

"Just another day in post-racial America!"

A repost from The Daily Kos.....

White Castle restaurant
 Dwstultz at Wikipedia

Another terribly ugly racist incident in the St. Louis area. A white man at a Florissant, Missouri, White Castle was upset with two women who'd gotten to the drive-thru window before him, so he began peppering them with nasty slurs:
Stewart says the driver, who appeared intoxicated, was angry because the black driver got to the drive-through line before he did. He first yelled at her, "Why don't you watch where the fuck you're going next time?"
Stewart couldn't hear how the woman responded, but she heard him call her the N-word and scream, "That's all you people know to fucking do is yell and fight. You want some of this?"

Mariah Stewart, a Huffington Post blogger, happened to be in the restaurant with her 6-year-old daughter and heard the entire exchange, including the man's response when the women said they were calling the police:

"I'm white. Call them twice, bitch," the driver shouted at the black woman and teenager from his white truck.
Stewart says she and her daughter were in shock:
"[My daughter] didn't want to look back because she was scared," Stewart says. "She started crying. She was worried about the women in the car. It took a toll on her."
White Castle vice president Jamie Richardson says he's reviewing security-tape footage to identify the driver.

Ultimately the women did not call police and there is no police investigation. Just another day in post-racial America.




Monday, August 18, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Fox News

We realize Fox News appeals to a segment of the US population that has little to no regard for humanity, the environment, the Obama Administration, progressives and liberals, and Fox News viewers seem to love the prospect of violence focused on the nation's minorities. Fox viewers also tract right along with the GOP regarding a lack of regard for the nations poor and less privileged. So, what you are about to read does not surprise in any way. However, that does not mean Fox management decisions regarding their positions of current events isn't report able.

All things considered, does it surprise Fox would drag two former New York City cops on-air to defend police military style mobilization of an American community? I am wondering if the wrong mobilization should be supplanted with the word "occupation." Looting is an unacceptable set of behaviors. But, in the case of Ferguson, Missouri, we are seeing what appears like Soweto South Africa and black struggles against apartheid. It reminds of authority heavy handedness against peace protesters during the 1960s Viet Nam War protests.

On the other side of life in America and associated privilege conferred or denied(based in race), we did not see anything similar to the gassing and smoke bombing during Cliven Bundy's tax evasion confrontation. I never once heard any law enforcement official, cop, nor federal government official refer to the militia and assassins in Nevada as "animals." Nor, did I see one military style armored vehicle in Nevada. What could be different about the two cases of unrest? You might find that question rhetorical!

Think Progress reports on Fox News and the typical fox deployment of "whites only" panels to discussion issue regarding African-Americans. Of course, business give their customer what they want. I suspect any black people on certain Fox News panels would draw the ire of those who tune-in.

Think Progress

“The response last night is what needs to happen,” retired NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik told Fox News on Monday morning. 
Bo Dietl, a Fox News contributor and former NYPD detective, went even further. He argued that authorities in Ferguson must “take charge” and defended arming local precincts with unused military equipment from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars by invoking the threat of global terrorism. 
Kerik...ex-convict (felon)?  Really Fox and CNN, really?

New York Daily News....

Kerik, 57, will likely serve out the rest of his term for eight felony convictions under home confinement. 
Kerik was sentenced to four years in prison in February 2010 after a federal judge blasted him for using his high-profile part in the city’s 9/11 response to make money.

Kerik leaving court in February 2010. He has just been released from a federal prison in Maryland.SABO, ROBERT, NEW YORK DAILY NEW/NEW YORK DAILY NEWSKerik leaving court in February 2010. He has just been released from a federal prison in Maryland.

Kerik’s guilty plea in a November 2009 plea deal including admissions that he lied to the White House, filed false tax returns and lied about $255,000 in work done by a mob-linked contractor.
Read more
Fox really?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Television Anchor Uses Facebook to Lashout Against Obama and IRS: Loses Job!

In 2012, a St. Louis, Missouri television anchor, Larry Conners, visited the White House for a one-to-one interview (among other anchors from across the nation) with President Obama.


The anchor took his conservative paradigm, and a Fox News interview model to the White House and peppered the president with, what I call "silly ball". He actually had the gall to "go to" questions about the president's vacations. Conners did so in the context of people being out of work and suffering various levels of financial malaise and hardship. Conners chose his questions and he chose within the shallow parameter of "vacations!" A couple of exhibits that (after the fact places Conner's paradigm and mission in full disclosure).

Vacation outrage: Right slams Obama for Hawaii trip, ignoring the facts

January 4, 2013 Morgan Whitaker, MSNBC, published the following excerpt from the link article.


Complaints about Obama’s vacation trips are nothing new, but fall pretty flat when the facts are examined and compared to his predecessors. According to the Washington Post’s POTUS Tracker, Obama spent 72 days on vacation through October 2012. Since then, by our count, he’s spent another 12 days on vacation. That’s amounts to 84 days in his first term. But that pales in comparison to the vacation time taken by George W. Bush, who spent more than a thousand days on vacation over the course of his two terms.

The 2013 House Calendar, from Majority Leader Eric Cantor

The Congressional work calendar doesn’t hold up well by comparison either. The 2013 calendar released by House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor lists only 128 days scheduled for the next year. That’s about two days off for every one on the job. Perhaps the right-wing pundits ought to be taking issue with congressional vacation time before they criticize the president.

Al Sharpton, Politics Nation, addressed Federal Spending last evening. During the course of the segment, he briefly explored the extent of GOP hypocrisy regarding alleged congressional trips. Sharpton focuses on the GOP while clearly mentioning Democrats also travel similarly, yet the Democrats are not as vocal and hypocritical about federal spending.  Our reasons for posting this segment relates to each exhibit just above.

Larry Connors is being nationally reported as a long-term and credible electronic journalist.  If that is the case, do you think Mr. Conners allowed his political views, personal paradigm and conservative mission to cloudy his perception of reality? "Reality" is, Mr. Conners had a great salary (an educated guess), a public platform and worked in a very conservative viewer market.  All is well, correct?  

If we follow what took place next, all did not go well.  You would think an intelligent newsroom professional of over a quarter century would know better. I say that and at the same time remain conscious of the level and scope of people who are simply and unequivocal "Obama haters."  We actually think Conners fits the Bill O'Reilly, "...they hate you..." mold to a tee.  

It seems professionalism took a back seat to personal judgment and individual responsibility. The journalist took a non-factually validated turn towards the FoxPEN (Fox Propaganda and Entertainment Network) model of politicizing an experience in his created.  He took things a step farther; he took his unfounded allegations to his employer's Facebook Page.  Such actions are indicative of either of the following: "The dullest lamp in a lamp store, or "emotionalism and a political  paradigm sprinkled across a stupid act like salt and pepper on over easy eggs". In either case, Conners lost his faculties working to fan the fires of alleged scandal or he was seeking notoriety as an audition for FoxPEN. _______________________

Conners was apparently informed he owed back taxes to the IRS based on a past tax return (s). While he has reportedly taken steps to enact a payment plan, he also must have decided to jump into the Administration's IRS fray.  He alleges that his interview with the president figuratively placed a target on his back, and he has been pursued by the IRS.
STL Today Dot Com 
In the Facebook post Conners penned on May 13, he says: "I don’t accept 'conspiracy theories,' but I do know that almost immediately after the interview, the IRS started hammering me. ... Can I prove it? At this time, no. But it is a fact that since that April 2012 interview … the IRS has been pressuring me." 
On Wednesday, Conners explained he was not challenging the IRS claims that he owed money. He said he had worked out a monthly payment plan that began in the summer of 2011. 
"I pay my taxes, just like any other taxpayer," Conners said."I made payments every month."
Well, apparently, Mr. Conners does not pay his taxes in all cases based on his own (preceding) statement. Something went terribly wrong regarding his tax responsibilities. Now, think for a moment, what happens with Conner's if he did not (coincidentally) "OWE MONEY." He owed money, he failed to properly pay taxes, he has an interview with the president, awaits the perfect allegations (about the IRS) and hastily joins the FOX News demagogues and uses the KMOV Facebook page to vent his grievances.  There is something seriously wrong with Conner's mindset. The following is the announcement from KMOV St. Louis' General manager.

Larry Conners no longer with KMOV

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Updated yesterday at 3:48 PM
(KMOV) -- We regret to announce that Larry Conners is no longer a KMOV news reporter. Larry was a valued member of KMOV for a long time, and we will miss him.
For KMOV, there is no higher cause than unbiased, objective news reporting. It is what our viewers expect and it is what we work very hard to deliver. We can accept no less. Larry is certainly entitled to his opinion, but taking a personal political position on one of the Station’s Facebook pages creates an appearance of bias that is inconsistent with important journalistic standards. Larry’s departure has nothing to do with the particular position he took, but it does have to do with our belief that his actions made it impossible for him to report for KMOV on certain political matters going forward without at least an appearance of bias. Bringing you accurate and unbiased reporting is the reason we exist.
Mark Pimentel KMOV TV President & GM

Conner's has handled his own shortcomings in a most unprofessional and child-like manner.  He alleges his "tough" questioning of the presidents spending brought the wrath of hell down on him immediately via old treatment from White House Staff. Yet, another r unsubstantiated allegation.    Well, I believe the president has been questioned by many journalist who have asked about spending  and his vacation time away from the White House, why wold the IRS only target Conners?  Or, is Conners via his phantom allegations just by chance the only reporter in the White House that day who riled the White House Staff such that they called the IRS for dogged hounding of the delinquent tax payer? 

Conners headed to Facebook with his unsubstantiated and  detailed allegations. I am going to interject a bit of commentary long the way. If you wish to read his allegations uninterrupted by my highlighted words, here is the link

Shortly after I did my April 2012 interview with President Obama, my wife, friends and some viewers suggested that I might need to watch out for the IRS. 
(How easy to assert with no prospect of digging to refute this claim?) 

I don't accept "conspiracy theories", but I do know that almost immediately after the interview, the IRS started hammering me. 
(Of course, the timing could in no way have been due to simply time for his contact to ensue based on his "screwed-up" taxes) 

At the time, I dismissed the "co-incidence", but now, I have concerns ... after revelations about the IRS targeting various groups and their members. 
(Are we embracing a bit of self-aggrandizement here, Mr. Conners) 

Originally, the IRS apologized for red-flagging conservative groups and their members if they had "Tea Party" or "patriot" in their name. 
(Relevance, Mr Conners?) 

Today, there are allegations that the IRS focused on various groups and/or individuals questioning or criticizing government spending, taxes, debt or how the government is run ... any involved in limiting/expanding government, educating on the constitution and bill of rights, or social economic reform/movement. 
(".... there are allegations....." Mr. Conners! First you are on your employers Facebook page, Get your own! Second "allegations". Almost daily, Michelle Bachmann makes allegations about something. Does that provide any level of veracity to the allegations?)

In that April 2012 interview, I questioned President Obama on several topics: the Buffet Rule, his public remarks about the Supreme Court before the ruling on the Affordable Care Act. I also asked why he wasn't doing more to help Sen. Claire McCaskill who at that time was expected to lose. The Obama interview caught fire and got wide-spread attention because I questioned his spending. 

I said some viewers expressed concern, saying they think he's "out of touch" because of his personal and family trips in the midst of our economic crisis. 

The President's face clearly showed his anger; afterwards, his staff which had been so polite ... suddenly went cold. 
(We previously addressed "his staff went cold".  The business of the President's face showing anger? The comment seems awful subjective and open for interpretation. Actual Conner's may have wanted such a response. More significant, he had just questioned the president about spending time with his family! No matter how he (Conners) spreads 'salt' on the "ridiculing" question about taking time-off with his family, the net-net affect was same: callous, self-centered and typically republican.  Conners did not even have the human decency to acknowledge Obama's previously interrupting trips to return to Washington DC and his actual signing bills while on Christmas holiday.

Conners is also in position to know the chart above which clearly indicates his republican presidents took far more vacation than Democrat in recent times.)  

That's to be expected, and I can deal with that just as I did with President George H. Bush's staff when he didn't like my questions. 
(But, you bothered to mention it, Mr. Conners. And, you did so as an allegation. But, of course, maybe you expect the president of the United States to smile with you throughout all questioning.)

Journalistic integrity is of the utmost importance to me. My job is to ask the hard questions, because I believe viewers have a right to be well-informed. I cannot and will not promote anyone's agenda - political or otherwise - at the expense of the reporting the truth. 
(Journalistic integrity?  What about a dose of ethics, Mr Conners.  You are using a personal premise about Obama and White House staff disliking your questions on spending (and vacation time) and running like a Wild Boar through your home state of Texas.  You do not seem to recognize the significance of 'integrity' and ethics as it relates to use of your employers Facebook page. You also fail to recognize you are making allegations that are almost impossible for others to validate.  And, all are flowing from your lips within the context and scope of YOUR owing taxes for improperly filings. Journalistic integrity is one thing, but it pales to the ultimate form of integrity: personal integrity.)

What I don't like to even consider ... is that because of the Obama interview ... the IRS put a target on me.

Can I prove it? At this time, no. 
("Can I prove it? At this time, no." There-in lies the problem and the catalyst for showing just how your paradigm and political views overtook sensibility and professionalism. Your escapades are similar to those of Michelle Bachmann and her Gatling Gun allegations with never an once of verifiable facts as a foundation of her claims. 

But it is a fact that since that April 2012 interview ... the IRS has been pressuring me.
(Yes, because you had questions to answer related to paying your taxes and your responsibility started there. Your refusal to accept your responsibility for taxes, you are among across similar to the car driving speeder who gets angry at the cop who pulled you over for exceeding the speed limit and issues  a ticket. Once, your offense has been verified viewing the radar or laser gun, responsibility falls on you.  Why dress your forsaken responsibility with unsubstantiated conservative allegations against the president and the IRS?) 

We posit Conners is following the marching orders of people he obviously holds in high esteem.  His allegations and desperation to fulfill some inner mission against the administrations appears strikingly in this realm.

The Daily Kos via Joy Reid, The Grio
by ericlewis0 
Joy Reid at The Grio reports that the Heritage Foundation, the uber-rightwing think tank that Jim DeMint left the Senate to head up, just sent this letter to Speaker Boehner and Eric Cantor:
Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor:
For the first time, the activities of the Obama administration are receiving a sustained public vetting.  Americans’ outrage over Benghazi is amplified by the Internal Revenue Service’s intimidation of conservative grassroots organizations and a cascade of negative headlines.  There is the real sense the Obama administration has been less than forthright with the American people, the press and lawmakers.
Recent events have rightly focused the nation’s attention squarely on the actions of the Obama administration. It is incumbent upon the House of Representatives to conduct oversight hearings on those actions, but it would be imprudent to do anything that shifts the focus from the Obama administration to the ideological differences within the House Republican Conference.
To that end, we urge you to avoid bringing any legislation to the House Floor that could expose or highlight major schisms within the conference. Legislation such as the Internet sales tax or the FARRM Act which contains nearly $800 billion in food stamp spending, would give the press a reason to shift their attention away from the failures of the Obama administration to write another “circular firing squad” article.
Make no mistake, principled conservatives will still oppose bad policy if it comes to the floor.  Rather than scheduling such legislation for consideration, we urge you to keep the attention focused squarely on the Obama administration. As the public’s trust in their government continues to erode, it is incumbent upon those of us who support a smaller, less intrusive government to lead.
Michael A. Needham Chief Executive Officer Heritage Action for America
(Daily Kos bold)
Conners is the perfect storm of misguided socio/political paradigms and overhanded exercise of perceived privilege that worked to end his long-term employment with the CBS affiliate.  He is the proto-typical example of people who are so consumed with hatred of a president they stretch the boundaries of decency and commonly accepted behavior while working in a profession.

And, after all he now whines and blames about being immersed in a problem he caused he and his family.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

We Ask America Dot Com... Second Round 2: Horse Races

Link to

Horse races

Posted: 02 Oct 2012 06:30 AM PDT

We wrap up our latest round of polls with Missouri and Nevada.


The Show Me State has shown America a fair amount of political upheaval in the last 12 months. One of the first states to legislatively reject federal health care reforms, its popular Democratic Senator got into hot water over not paying property taxes for a family-owned jet. To face McCaskill this fall, Missouri Republicans elected Todd Aiken–the candidate many felt was the weakest on the ballot. Still, most experts put Missouri’s Senate seat in the Democratic loss column…until Aiken’s infamous use of the term “legitimate rape” in an interview. That quote put Aiken on the GOP’s persona non grata list and it was assumed that McCaskill would breeze to a win. But Aiken has hung in and made it a horse race–undoubted aided by the fact that Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama in another tight race:
Poll type: Automated Date: Sept. 25-27, 2012 - Participants: 1,145Likely Voters - Margin of Error: ± 2.9%
PRESIDENTBarack ObamaMitt RomneyGary JohnsonUndecided
ALL VOTERS44.5%47.7%2.0%5.8%
GOP ONLY12.7%82.6%1.2%3.5%
DEM ONLY86.1%9.8%0.3%3.8%
IND ONLY35.3%51.4%4.1%9.2%
SENATEClaire McCaskill (D)Todd Aiken (RUndecided
ALL VOTERS46.0%45.2%8.8%
GOP ONLY12.5%78.8%8.7%
DEM ONLY87.4%8.0%4.6%
IND ONLY39.0%48.6%12.4%


Nevada’s race for president can’t be considered close (although it’s not over, either), but the race for U.S. Senate is among the tightest we’ve seen lately. Incumbent Republican Dean Heller is said to be running a textbook race against Democrat U.S. Rep.  Shelley Berkley, who has been under a cloud from an ethics investigation. Still, Nevada has been leaning left lately, so Berkley is nipping at Heller’s heels and most believe it will be a race to the wire:
Poll type: Automated Date: Sept. 25-27, 2012 - Participants: 1,078 Likely Voters - Margin of Error: ± 3.1%
PRESIDENTBarack ObamaMitt RomneyGary JohnsonUndecided
ALL VOTERS52.5%42.0%2.3%3.2%
GOP ONLY18.7%78.2%1.5%1.6%
DEM ONLY86.4%11.8%0.2%1.6%
IND ONLY35.3%50.7%5.7%8.3%
SENATEDean Heller (R)Shelley Berkley (D)Undecided
ALL VOTERS45.2%44.9%9.9%
GOP ONLY81.3%13.8%4.9%
DEM ONLY14.7%76.7%8.6%
IND ONLY54.7%28.0%17.3%
 Later today: Ohio results.

Friday, September 21, 2012

VOTE! National Registration Day 9/25


Voting is a Constitutional and an American Right! 

It is one of the most cherished freedoms and rights in any society.  Only human beings have the mental ability and behavioral opportunity to cast an individual preference for people who will serve as political leaders.  As many as a billion people across the globe may have not official or formal opportunity to cast a legitimate vote.  Millions may have opportunity to vote, but they vote in elections that are not tamper free and, or, often fixed.   You have an opportunity; and it is truly your responsibility to your country and your community to exercise that right and opportunity.

Do you think voting isn't all that serious? Do you think, "my vote don't count"? If you are one who feels you would rather entertain your brain with momentary activities vs. educate to the point of an educated vote, you should speak with the spirits of people such as:
  • literacy laws,
  • poll taxes and
  • outright threats against exercising one's right to vote.
If those thoughts do not help, think about people who are literally passing Voter ID Laws and restricting voting processes to eliminate you from the ranks of people who might vote Democratic in the upcoming elections.   Do you think they purse such unconstitutional and unAmerican acts because they do not like the Democratic Party Donkey?   They do so for pursuit of policy that allows the Right to regress our nation back to a time when equal rights were not discussed publicly and women were 'bare foot-kitchen dwelling-baby machines'.  All said, that alone should anger yo to the point of taking a few basic  steps to get registered and show-up for voting this November.

The privilege of the vote starts with registration.  The following is a critical announcement for people who are not registered to vote. For that matter is is critical date even if you are registered to vote; help someone else get registered!

If you are not certain of your voter registration, you should check here. Simply enter a few very basic pieces of information after indicating your state of residence.

NOTE: Provisional Ballots...worth exploring if all else fails!


If you should have any problems voting, you can still vote. You must ask for a provisional ballot at the polling place. Federal law states they must have them there in case a person has a problem voting. You still cast a vote but that vote goes to the board of registrars, and you must submit proof to them you are and was eligible to vote at that time they turned you away because you didnt have the proper credentials on election day. Once you submit proof your vote will then be counted. Even after election day the count isnt official until all provisional votes are thats very important if you should get turned away for any reason. DO NOT walk away until they provide you with a provisional ballot...its a Law, Federal this applies to anyone and everyone no matter where you live