*Cliven Bundy follower gets 68 years for role in armed Nevada standoff One of two men convicted in the first of several trials stemming from a 2014 standoff led by renegade rancher Cliven Bundy against federal authorities in Nevada was sentenced on Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role in the armed confrontation. Gregory Burleson, 53, of Phoenix, was found guilty in April of eight felony counts, including charges of threatening and assaulting federal officers, obstruction of justice, interstate travel in aid of extortion and […]
REVEALED: Heir of conservative publisher of Trump and Coulter books is funneling cash to white supremacists Brad Reed 21 JUL 2017 AT 09:04 ET
From Raw Story: Right-wing publishing company Regnery is responsible for releasing books written by conservative voices ranging from Michelle Malkin to Ann Coulter to Newt Gingrich to Donald Trump.
And now, as a new report from Mother Jones reveals, a member of the Regnery family has been instrumental in shoveling cash to members of the American white supremacist movement, including infamous neo-Nazi Richard Spencer.
According to Mother Jones, William H. Regnery II — nephew of Regnery Publishing founder Henry Regnery — has for years been terrified of whites becoming a minority in the United States. To combat this, he has generously funded several white supremacist think tanks and figures such as the aforementioned Spencer, who became notorious during the 2016 presidential campaign for his outspoken racism to promote the candidacy of Donald Trump.
“Working behind the scenes, the retired Chicago business executive has played an important role in making his ultra-right views a part of America’s political conversation in the era of Trump,” Mother Jones reports. “In 2011, Regnery made [Richard Spencer] the frontman for his white nationalist think tank, the National Policy Institute, providing Spencer the platform to launch the alt-right movement.”
“I am now persuaded that with your courage, the alt-right side of history will prevail,” Regnery told Spencer during a National Policy Institute conference last year.
John McCain cancer is ‘godly justice,’ alt-right claims
NEWSWEEK 20 JUL 2017 AT 15:36 ET
Most Americans met Wednesday night’s news that Arizona Senator John McCain was facing a dire diagnosis of brain cancer with shows of respect for the elder statesman and former prisoner of war. But to some on the extreme right, the longtime Republican is a traitor worthy of scorn, presumably because of his willingness to work with Democrats, as well as his criticism of President Donald J. Trump.
The attack on McCain--a war hero who spent more than five years in a North Vietnamese prison--is faintly reminiscent of the early days of Trump’s presidential campaign. During a family values summit in Iowa in the summer of 2015, just a month after he’d announced his seemingly quixotic bid for the White House, Trump lashed out at McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
At the time, Trump was angry because McCain had complained that Trump "fired up the crazies" during an anti-immigration rally in Phoenix.
Trump has in no way endorsed or encouraged the alt-right’s attacks on McCain, which have thus far been limited to the fringes of digital discourse. Trump sent a statement of support for McCain on Wednesday.
"Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon," that statement said.
The attacks came regardless.
“The last president for McCain will be Trump. There’s some godly justice right there,” wrote one user on the “Politically Incorrect” message board of social media network 4chan, a hothouse of right-wing memes. “I’m pretty sure that God is punishing him,” wrote another 4chan user. “God made it pretty clear that he supports New Right now.”
"John McCain = a war mongering, never Trumper whom I dislike," wrote a user on Gab, another social media network popular with the alt-right.
The attacks, for the most part, focused on McCain’s willingness to work with Democrats during his three decades in the Senate. Those attacks, some of which are too tasteless to mention here, speak to the utter debasement of civic discourse, particularly on the Internet. --- Any death of a genuine eternal cuck should be celebrated. John McCain's passing, assuming he passes, will do our race a lot of good and that's what matters,” wrote a user on Reddit.
The vitriol against McCain seems especially striking given his record of military service, as well as his leadership of the Republican Party. The attackers, it would seem, have more fealty to alt-right mascot Pepe the Frog than to the GOP’s iconic elephant.
Mike Cernovich, among the most vociferous members of the alt-right, implicitly defended such attacks on McCain with a tweet:
Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 ✔ @Cernovich I'm all for wishing cancer patients well but am not going to pretend McCain is anything but who he is. This is called being an adult. 9:05 AM - 20 Jul 2017
Alabama woman charged with selling 13-year-old granddaughter for sex with 87-year-old man David Ferguson 21 JUL 2017 AT 10:38 ET
From Raw Story: Police in Atmore, AL arrested a 66-year-old woman and her 87-year-old boyfriend on charges that they sexually molested the woman’s 13-year-old granddaughter.
The New York Post reported Friday that Mary Lue Daw was arrested last week for threatening to physically harm the girl if she refused to “participate in sexual servitude” with Charles Clarence Stacey, Daw’s boyfriend.
Stacey reportedly handed over money in return for being allowed to have sex with the girl and the Atmore News reported that at times Daw pinned the girl down so Stacey could violate her.
The Newssaid, “Escambia County Detention Center records show that Daw is charged with one count each of first-degree rape and human trafficking. Stacey is charged with one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree human trafficking, first-degree promoting prostitution and enticing a child for immoral purposes.”
The pair are currently in jail under $1 million bond.
some americans really are stupid!!!
These Americans Hated the Health Law. Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In
By KATE ZERNIKE and ABBY GOODNOUGH - The New York Times - Thursday, July 20, 2017
From NY Times: DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Five years ago, the Affordable Care Act had yet to begin its expansion of health insurance to millions of Americans, but Jeff Brahin was already stewing about it.
“It’s going to cost a fortune,” he said in an interview at the time.
This week, as Republican efforts to repeal the law known as Obamacare appeared all but dead, Mr. Brahin, a 58-year-old lawyer and self-described fiscal hawk, said his feelings had evolved.
“As much as I was against it,” he said, “at this point I’m against the repeal.”
“Now that you’ve insured an additional 20 million people, you can’t just take the insurance away from these people,” he added. “It’s just not the right thing to do.”
As Mr. Brahin goes, so goes the nation.
When President Trump was elected, his party’s long-cherished goal of dismantling the Affordable Care Act seemed all but assured. But eight months later, Republicans seem to have done what the Democrats who passed the law never could: make it popular among a majority of Americans.
Support for the Affordable Care Act has risen since the election — in some polls, sharply — with more people now viewing the law favorably than unfavorably. Voters have besieged their representatives with emotional telephone calls and rallies, urging them not to repeal, one big reason Republicans have had surprising trouble in fulfilling their promise despite controlling both Congress and the White House. --- The belief held even among many Republicans: 52 percent of those making below $30,000 a year said the federal government has a responsibility to ensure health coverage, a huge jump from 31 percent last year. And 34 percent of Republicans who make between $30,000 and about $75,000 endorsed that view, up from 14 percent last year. --- “I can’t even remember why I opposed it,” said Patrick Murphy, who owns Bagel Barrel, on a quaint and bustling street near Mr. Brahin’s law office here in Doylestown.
He thought Democrats “jammed it down our throats,” and like Mr. Brahin, he worried about the growing deficit. But, he said, he has provided insurance for his own dozen or so employees since 1993. --- Mr. Greenberg said the growing belief that the government should make sure people have health coverage was less an outbreak of compassion than a matter of affordability. In focus groups he conducted, Trump voters said they wanted the president and Congress to lower their health insurance premiums; they did not want to lose the Affordable Care Act’s protections against insurers charging more to people with pre-existing conditions, or denying coverage of basic health benefits.
Mark Goracy, an insurance consultant in Langhorne, near Doylestown, calls the coverage he and his wife get through the individual market “a joke.” Their premium is $1,415 a month, with combined deductibles of more than $12,000.
Still, Mr. Goracy, 62, said he nonetheless wants the law’s mandate blocking insurers from charging people more because of pre-existing conditions to survive.
While he once wished for “root-and-branch” repeal of the Affordable Care Act, he is not disappointed about the Republican failure to repeal it.
“Unlike when Democrats passed A.C.A. with not one Republican vote, what the Republicans need to do is get together with 20 or 25 Democrats and pass some kind of reform,” he said. “That, to me, is how legislation is supposed to proceed.”
‘Don’t rob yourself of your future’: Conservatives try to scare 12-year-old rape victim into giving birth Travis Gettys 20 JUL 2017 AT 11:45 ET
From Raw Story: A former Alabama court official and a pregnancy counselor blasted a state court ruling that allowed a 12-year-old girl to have an abortion without parental consent after an adult relative raped her. Win Johnson, legal director for the Administrative Office of Courts under former Chief Justice Roy Moore, said the girl was not mature enough to handle what he believed would be negative long-term consequences related to the abortion, reported AL.com.
“(The ruling said the victim) was mature enough — and I’m going to put this in its starkest terms — to decide to murder her own child in her womb,” Johnson said Wednesday.
“Now, nobody has said that to her, I bet you, in any of her counseling,” Johnson said. “Nobody has explained that to her in its starkest, rawest form, like that. But what if it was, what if she really thought through it, even as a 12-year-old and said, ‘Gosh, I don’t want that on my conscience.'”
Johnson was joined Lorie Mullins, executive director of COPE Pregnancy Center in Montgomery, which provides pregnancy counseling but not abortion procedures.
“The one thing that I can tell you is that it is not an easy decision, but I’ve never had a woman come back and say her life was better,” Mullins said. “There is no good choice in this matter. What I can say is that this girl’s life will not be better after an abortion no matter what happens.”
The adult relative has been charged with statutory rape, and the girl and four siblings have been removed from the home they shared with their mother, stepfather and an uncle.
The girl sought a waiver from the parental consent law, saying she did not have a good relationship with her mother and was afraid, and a district attorney objected until a family court judge approved her request last month and an appeals court agreed.
“She probably has trouble deciding what shirt to wear to school,” Mullins said. “The courts, the law has decided that she’s not old enough, wise enough and mature enough to make her own decision about whether or not she wants to drink, to buy a pack of cigarettes to drive a car.”
Mullins agreed the girl had been victimized throughout her life, but she argued that having an abortion put her at greater risk for depression, substance abuse and relationship problems.
“I don’t know what the perfect answer is, but I know this is not it,” she said. “If I could actually speak to this child, the only thing I could say to her is you’ve been robbed of your childhood. Don’t rob yourself of your future.”
Koch brother funded think tank is behind Utah’s anti-monument push
Millions of Koch-linked funds were funneled to a conservative think tank that helped spearhead the attack on the monument
From Think Progress: A Utah resolution calling for the elimination of Bears Ears National Monument turns out to have been authored by a conservative think tank that is largely funded by the Koch brothers, according to documents and IRS filings.
Emails obtained by the Western Values Project and reported by E&E News on Wednesday show that the Sutherland Institute — a conservative Utah think tank -- wrote the resolution that Utah lawmakers approved in January. That resolution, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Hughes (R) and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser (R), urged President Trump to rescind Bears Ears national monument, a 1.35-million acre national monument designated by President Obama in December of 2016.
In May, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited Bears Ears monument for a tour alongside Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (R) and political operative Matt Anderson, a senior policy fellow with Federalism in Action and a policy analyst with the Coalition for Self-Government in the West, a project of the Sutherland Institute. According to the newly released emails, Anderson was asked to “provide language” for the resolution.
Both the Sutherland Institute and Federalism in Action receive funds from the State Policy Network, a tax-exempt group dedicated to helping conservative think tanks around the country. The State Policy Network has deep ties to the Koch brothers, receiving millions in donations from Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund.
Moreover, according to IRS filings, the Sutherland Institute itself received at least $1.6 million between 2010 and 2015 from DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund, two related funding organizations linked to the petrochemical billionaire Charles Koch.
Between 2007 and 2010, Koch and his wife Liz gave $4.5 million to Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund through a third-party organization known as the Knowledge and Progress Fund. In 2013, Mother Jones reported on how Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund has funneled hundreds of millions to conservative think tanks and foundations, effectively serving as the “dark-money ATM of the right.”
This is hardly the first time the Koch brothers have funded campaigns to dismantle federal protection for federal lands. In 2016, during the 40-day militant takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, Federalism in Action disclosed to members that it would begin directly funding Utah State Representative Ken Ivory (R), largely considered the leader of the conservative movement to transfer public lands to the states.
The future of the Bears Ears monument is still up in the air. In June, Zinke released a recommendation calling for Bears Ears to be downsized, which came as part of a larger review of all national monuments designated since 1996. The public comment period for the monument review closed earlier this week — according to initial analysis of submitted comments conducted by the Center for Western Priorities, 98 percent were supportive of maintaining or expanding current national monument designations.
Jill Stein's latest victory lap demonstrates she was in favor of Trump the entire time.
From Demo. Underground: Apparently there are still some DUers that don't understand what the Green Party's purpose is. So let me explain.
There are two reasons, only two, that people run for federal office under the Green Party. The first is personal ego and enrichment (and free trips to Russia). The second is to help Republicans defeat Democrats. That's it.
It never has anything to do with policy. Or with giving voters another "choice". The Green Party isn't a political choice any more than a lottery ticket is a retirement plan. And the people selling you the Green Party know that, just like the ones selling you lottery tickets do. Actually that's not fair to lottery tickets. Some people have won the lottery. But in 20+ years of trying, no Green has come anywhere close to winning a house or senate seat or a single electoral vote. Blowing your money on lottery tickets is more rational than blowing your vote on the Green Party.
With Jill Stein, if she actually believed any of her own bullshit, she would be utterly devastated by the election. First, she gets about 1% of the vote. Second, the guy who wins proceeds to do the opposite of everything in the Green Platform. The Greens like to bash Dems about how bad the Dems did, but the Dems got 40 times as many votes in November. Also the Dems hold infinitely more congressional seats than the Green party ever has and ever will.
But, facing this epic defeat and humiliating showing, Stein is (still) out bragging about the "critical role" she played. This is a straightforward admission that her objective all along was not President Stein, but President Trump, and that she feels her siphoning away votes from Dems and convincing gullible alt-leftists that Trump was the lesser evil was critical to Trump's victory.
She wanted Trump to win, she helped Trump win, and now she's happy about it. She's a Trump ally, period.
‘Put it around your neck and pull’: Black deliveryman too rattled to work after butcher hands him a noose Travis Gettys 03 JUL 2017 AT 08:22 ET
From Raw Story: A black deliveryman said he’s too traumatized to return to work after a customer handed him a noose.
Victor Sheppard said he wasn’t comfortable going back to his job with Mosner Family Brands because the meat distributor continued to serve the butcher shop whose owner handed him a noose in what he describes as a joke, reported the New York Daily News.
The 37-year-old Sheppard said he’s been anxious and unable to sleep since the April incident at Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market, and he’s disappointed his employer has kept the butcher shop as a client. “I could have lost my life or been badly injured or in jail, and it didn’t mean anything to them,” Sheppard said. “It’s not easy returning to an environment where you mean nothing.”
His boss, Michael Mosner, said Sheppard could have applied for disability leave and was offered free counseling, but he hadn’t pursued either.
The delivery company sent Sheppard a notice June 9 informing him they assumed he had abandoned his job, after he was reassigned to keep him away from butcher Joe Ottomanelli — who said he was “fooling around” when he handed the noose to the deliveryman.
“Here is your gift. You can put it around your neck and pull if you want to end it all,” Ottomanelli told Sheppared, according to a criminal complaint. “If you are feeling stressed out I can help you with it.”
The 58-year-old Ottomanelli has been charged with a hate crime.
The butcher’s lawyer, Ron Kuby, admits Ottomanelli’s actions were “hateful and deplorable,” but accused Sheppard of making up mental health complaints to position himself for a lawsuit.
“There’s no reason for this man to quit his job besides the reason that suing is easier than working,” Kuby said.
Sheppard has not yet filed a lawsuit, but he said the incident was symptomatic of larger problems.
“We are at a tipping point and it can get worse,” Sheppard said.
CNN host confronts Jill Stein over why she met with Putin in Russia — and she blames the Democrats Tom Boggioni 24 JUN 2017 AT 10:41 ET
From Raw Story: Appearing on CNN Saturday morning, Green Party candidate Jill Stein gave a rambling explanation for why she met Russian President Vladimir Putin before the election saying no one cared about it until after former Secretary Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election.
Speaking with host Michael Smerconish, Stein seemed incredulous that attention was focused on the meeting in Russia organized by Russia Today.
“Take me inside the dinner you had with Vladimir Putin in 2015 and the prominence it afforded you,” the CNN host began. “My question is was that in and of itself a form of meddling along the lines of ‘let me give some attention to green party candidate Jill Stein’ — you know the theory — any vote for Stein that otherwise would have gone to Hillary. What was that dinner about?”
‘Let’s be clear, that was a conference,” Stein replied. “That picture didn’t start to circulate until long after the election. It essentially wasn’t covered here in the U.S. there was media at that conference, and it was a day-long conference where my message was very clear. It was the message of my campaign. which is that we need a peace offensive in the Middle East. Now, this was a message that was particularly friendly to the Russians. It was saying to them that we need to stop the bombing. they had just begun bombing in Syria.”
“I would have loved for that message to have gotten out but there’s basically zero coverage,” she continued. “It’s now circulating. It’s funny, Michael, you have to ask why is that picture kicking up a storm right now? I think it’s very related to the fact that the Democrats are looking for someone to blame.”
idiot attorney general!!!
The Reclusive Climate-Denying Puppet Master Behind Trump
Oil Change International
By Andy Rowell
From EcoWatch: When Pr*sident Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp, many of his supporters hoped he would take on the political and media establishment and radically shake them both up.
In that process they might have assumed he was going to clean up politics by removing the Beltway insiders and the corporate lobbyists who have often pulled strings in Washington. While the former has happened, the latter has not.
It is increasingly becoming clear that the swamp is being refilled by an oligarchy, where the ultra-rich who fund Trump control what is going on.
Two recent exposés—a brilliant one by Jane Mayer in the New Yorker and one in the Washington Post—focus on Robert Mercer, the reclusive brilliant computer programmer and hedge fund manager and how his money helped propel Trump into power.
Mercer, who is famous for being shy and reclusive, lives on Long Island and made his millions as co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies, seen as one of the most profitable hedge funds in the U.S. But for years now, Mercer has been shaping the political and public arena in the U.S. by pouring tens of millions into causes that resonate with his libertarian views, which include climate denial. He is one of the main stakeholders and funders of Breitbart news, the standard bearer of alt-right conspiratorial news on the Internet of which Trump's chief of staff, Steve Bannon, was executive chairman, before joining Trump's team. Mercer has poured more than 10 million dollars into the venture. Bannon and Mercer are close. For the last five years, Bannon has acted at Mercer's de facto advisor.
But Breitbart is just the tip of the iceberg of Mercer's hidden influence.
Between 2008 and 2016, the Mercer family foundation pumped at least $77 million in political donations and gifts into what the Washington Post called "a vast universe of causes across the conservative landscape."
Mercer's millions have completely skewed the political debate in the U.S. and he is one of a number of key puppet masters now pulling Trump's strings. Indeed, as the Post noted, the Mercers "are now arguably the most influential financiers of the Trump era."
Not everyone is happy about Mercer's growing influence, including some of his colleagues. Earlier this year a colleague at Renaissance, David Magerman, published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
He outlined the close connection between Mercer and Trump's closest advisors Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway: "Stephen Bannon came from Breitbart News, of which Mercer owns a significant percentage and Kellyanne Conway came from Mercer's circle of political foundations. And, of course, Mercer's daughter Rebekah represents his interests and his worldview with her presence on the transition committee and her close relationship with Bannon and Conway."
Magerman also asked, "What did Mercer's investment in Trump amount to? He was effectively buying shares in the candidate and Robert Mercer now owns a sizable share of the United States Presidency."
Others are outraged too. Nick Patterson, a former senior Renaissance employee, told the New Yorker: "Bob has used his money very effectively. He's not the first person in history to use money in politics, but in my view Trump wouldn't be President if not for Bob. It doesn't get much more effective than that."
Rebekah Mercer, one Robert's daughters and an ex-Wall Street trader, has become central to Breitbart and then later to Trump, with her sitting on Trump's transition team.
"She is the First Lady of the alt-right," Christopher Ruddy, the owner of the conservative outlet Newsmax Media, told Jane Mayer at the New Yorker. "She's respected in conservative circles and clearly Trump has embraced her in a big way." Rebekah Mercer is now leading a group called Making America Great to support Trump's agenda.
There are even those that believe that the Mercer funding of Trump may have broken the law. The New Yorker quoted Brendan Fischer, a lawyer at the Campaign Legal Center, who said that the Mercers' financial entanglement with the Trump campaign was "bizarre" and potentially "illegal." The Campaign Legal Center has filed a complaint at the Federal Election Commission. The New Yorker recalls how one of the issues that Nick Patterson clashed with Mercer is over climate change.
When Patterson tried to engage Mercer over climate, the later responded by sending Patterson an article by Arthur Robinson, a biochemist and climate denier. Mercer has long been a supporter of Robinson and the Mercer foundation has donated at least $1.6 million to Robinson's Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. According to the New Yorker, Robinson's Institute dismisses climate change as a "false religion."
Robinson's article was a classic climate skeptic's argument that climate change would lead to "far more plant and animal life," Patterson told the New Yorker: "It looked like a scientific paper, but it was completely loaded with selective and biased information."
Robinson has been working on climate denial for years. The New Yorker noted: "A petition that he organized in 1998 to oppose the Kyoto Protocol, claiming to represent thirty thousand scientists skeptical of global warming, has been criticized as deceptive."
Despite this, the petition is still widely circulated on Facebook.
Patterson believes that climate change is a threat to Mercer's libertarian ideals. "I think if you studied Bob's views of what the ideal state would look like, you'd find that, basically, he wants a system where the state just gets out of the way," Patterson told the New Yorker. "Climate change poses a problem for that world view, because markets can't solve it on their own."
After Trump won the election, Rebekah nominated the climate denier, Arthur Robinson, to be national science adviser, although this recommendation has not been taken up.
The Mercers' link to climate deniers goes deeper, too. According to a 2013 study by Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle, Institutionalizing delay: foundation funding and the creation of U.S. climate change counter-movement organizations, the Mercer Foundation spent nearly $4 million directly funding groups funding climate denial between 2003 and 2010. Others have the figure much higher. Earlier this year, DeSmog estimated that the Mercers had pumped at least $22 million into climate denial organizations.
Take two quick examples:
By 2011, the Mercers were working with the notorious Koch brothers, who have poured tens of millions into think tanks who fund climate denial and over the next few years, the Mercers donated more than $25 million to the Koch brothers to fund to try to oust Barack Obama. Mercer was out-funding the Kochs on the Koch campaign. In 2014, Bloomberg News ran the headline: The Man Who Out-Koched the Kochs.
The Mercer Foundation, which is run by Rebekah, has also donated $5 million to the leading skeptic think tank, the Heartland Institute. In three days time, Heartland will hold its 12th climate denier conference. Many of the usual climate skeptic suspects will be there.
Heartland bragged: "The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States already is having a profound effect on U.S. climate policy. Meet the scientists, economists, engineers and policy experts who persuaded Trump that man-made global warming is not a crisis."
Aside from Heartland, the sponsors are the Media Research Center, which received $13.8 million from the Mercer Foundation from 2008-2014 and the Heritage Foundation, which has received $1 million over the same period.
As the Washington Post noted: "What sets the Mercers apart is their interest in finding new ways to shape the environment in which policy issues are debated" and that is exactly what the Mercers are doing on climate and the wider pro-Trump campaign.
Climate denial has long been synonymous with Exxon and the Koch-brothers, but now we have a new name on the list: Robert Mercer, the man who swung the election for Trump.