Characters of TV show Suits ruined by Time Warner

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Time Warner, which I usually referred to as Time Worthless, has done it again. They have created a 30 second spot with the two characters from USA TV show Suits to make time Warner’s monopoly of the cable industry even larger. It is so badly done the characters I’ve grown to like have been made less likable in my eyes. Time Warner should stick to doing what it does best giving us terrible cable service. AVB

What if Mexico started shooting rockets over our US border?

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As I listen to the news coverage regarding Israel’s defensive action in the Palestinian territory of Gaza, I wondered what if Mexico did the same thing to us. Would we let Mexico keep shooting rockets at us? Would we let Mexico send rockets to destroy our nuclear power plants? And what if Mexico shot rockets from hospitals, schools, and from on top of apartment blocks, would we not try to stop Mexico from shooting at us?
We are very lucky and United States we have two great powers that border us and they are Canada and Mexico. In fact there are allies in every way. Israel is faced with a terrorist group called Hamas, and they don’t seem to care much about human life whether it be Palestinian or Israeli. I just wanted to put what’s happening in the Middle East in a prospective we can understand and make our choices based on that. AVB
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Hillary Clinton on tonight’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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From the Washington Post
Hillary Clinton is making the “Daily Show” one of the last visits on her whirlwind publicity tour for “Hard Choices”, her memoir of her time as Secretary of State.
It’s not the first time she’s been on the show. She first visited in 2003, as a senator from New York. Stewart and Clinton talked about newly elected California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and hard choices. Or as 2003-era Hillary Clinton called them “tough decisions.” She also made some digs at the Bush administration.

My take on the current press coverage of what’s happening in Israel and Palestine

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I have to say that the coverage of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has been very badly reported here in the United States. They talk about how many Palestinians are being killed, but give a fraction of the coverage to what’s happening in Israel. Having family there, I know that they are living in fear because unlike the Israelis, Hamas sends rockets with no warning and without care as to where they land. Last week there was a near-miss of a nuclear power plant in a populated area in Israel. Hamad uses children, schools, hospitals in the same way that the dictator of Syria does. They use them as their human shields. Hamas’ popularity among the Palestinian people is waning and again this is so underreported here in the United States. I am NOT looking for Israel to get special treatment by the press I just wanted to get equal treatment by the press.
This conflict has it been in my life since I can remember. I hope one day we will see piece. But that peace cannot come until the Palestinians are represented by people care about the people and don’t have an agenda of power for themselves. AVB

Florida Illegally Drew Congressional District Boundaries To Benefit GOP, Judge Rules

Will Florida ever be right again? It seems that this is the focal point of all the problems in our country. I hope it gets better soon. AVB

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The Huffington Post
July 10 2014
The Florida Legislature illegally redrew boundaries defining congressional districts to benefit the Republican Party, a circuit court judge ruled Thursday.

The League of Women Voters, along with a coalition of voters, challenged the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature after it redrew congressional district lines in 2012, suggesting boundaries were manipulated to benefit GOP candidates. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, in a hard-hitting, 41-page ruling Thursday, accused political consultants of making “a mockery of the Legislature’s transparent and open process of redistricting.” The judge said the state’s 5th Congressional District, held by Rep. Corrine Brown (D), and 10th Congressional District, held by Dan Webster (R), must be redrawn. Districts affected by the adjustments also will need to be redrawn.

The political consultants “were successful in their efforts to influence the redistricting process and the congressional plan under review here,” Lewis wrote in the ruling. “And they might have successfully concealed their scheme and their actions from the public had it not been for the Plaintiffs determined efforts to uncover it in this case.”

Lewis said legislative leaders may have been unaware of the scheme to benefit Republicans. The judge added that he found legislative staffers involved in remapping the districts “straightforward, frank and credible.”

Court documents filed in December revealed that many of the Legislature’s redistricting records, including emails and other documents, were destroyed.

“There is no legal duty on the part of the Legislature to preserve these records, but you have to wonder why they didn’t,” Lewis wrote of the erased files. “Litigation over their plans was ‘a moral certainty’ as their lawyers put it earlier in the case, and intent would be a key issue in any challenge.”

The Legislature is likely to appeal.

Federal Judge Says Supreme Court Should Just ‘STFU’

Finally, there seems to be someone willing to stand up to the Gang of Five.
I say bravo, hope to hear more voices like this judge’s. AVB

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A federal judge thinks it’s time for the Supreme Court to just “stfu.”
Writing on his personal blog in response to the high court’s recent 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, U.S. District Judge Richard George Kopf harshly criticized the justices for taking what he sees as a too active role in controversial cases.

“This term and several past terms has proven that the Court is now causing more harm (division) to our democracy than good by deciding hot button cases that the Court has the power to avoid,” Kopf, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote. “As the kids says, it is time for the Court to stfu.”

For clarity, Kopf included a link to the Urban Dictionary definition for “stfu”: “Acronym used for the phrase ‘shut the fuck up’ for efficiency reasons.”

Pointing out that all five justices who decided in favor of Hobby Lobby are Catholic males appointed by Republican presidents, Kopf argued that the decision “looks stupid and smells worse.”

“While ‘looks’ don’t matter to the logic of the law (and I am not saying the Justices are actually motivated by such things), all of us know from experience that appearances matter to the public’s acceptance of the law,” he wrote.

As Raw Story notes, Kopf has a history of blunt commentary.

Last fall, following the shutdown of the federal government at the hands of congressional lawmakers, the judge said it was “time to tell Congress to go to hell.” And earlier this year, Kopf expressed regrets after writing that female lawyers should “tone it down” and dress more conservatively in court.

(h/t ThinkProgress)

Rick Perry Won’t Back Away From Obama Border Conspiracy Theory

Lost the cowboy boots, got a new pair of glasses, that same old brain. AVB

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The Huffington Post
7/6/14
WASHINGTON — Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is not backing away from a conspiracy theory he recently floated about the Obama administration somehow coordinating the surge of immigrants coming over the border for some unknown reason.

Perry recently suggested on Fox News that the Obama administration might be “in on this somehow” and helping move immigrants over the border. Asked about that statement on Sunday, Perry didn’t back away.

“I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from,” Perry said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

Perry didn’t elaborate on what that “ulterior motive” might be or how the Obama administration would be politically helped by more immigrants coming over the border. Perry also said he wanted the Federal Aviation Administration to allow for drones to be used on the border.