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Jeb Bush quitting Barclays

Amid increasing signs that he intends to run for president, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will leave his position at Barclays on Dec. 31, according to a report.

The potential Republican 2016 contender is currently a paid adviser for the British bank.


This would be the same Barclays that's up to its ears in every financial scandal in the book - FX rigging, LIBOR rigging, etc. Wonder what role he played, if any? Seems that evading regulatory oversight and hiding abuses is exactly what you'd hire an elitist insider politician to advise you on...
Posted by Man from Pickens | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 10:46 AM (11 replies)

Yes, We Did Execute Japanese Soldiers for Waterboarding American POWs

It stuns me that we are still having a debate, as a country, over whether or not what the Bush Administration did to detainees in the war on terror was actually torture. I would hope that this helps settle things. The fact-checking outfit called PolitiFact confirms that a McCain statement from 2007, dredged up recently by Paul Begala, is accurate:

"I forgot to mention last night that following World War II war crime trials were convened. The Japanese were tried and convicted and hung for war crimes committed against American POWs. Among those charges for which they were convicted was waterboarding," [McCain] told reporters at a campaign event.

You can argue that the techniques used by Americans on detainees were necessary and, because of the OLC memos, legal. I would disagree with you, but you could plausibly make that argument. What you cannot do any longer is pretend that those techniques do not meet the definition of torture that America has used in the past.


There you have it. "Waterboarding" was such a despicable act as to classify it as a war crime deserving execution. Anyone who says it's not torture is an ignoramus at best, with the other end of the scale being "genuine war criminal".
Posted by Man from Pickens | Tue Dec 16, 2014, 05:11 PM (25 replies)

NYPD officer caught on tape smashing alleged fare beater in head with baton

NYPD officer caught on tape smashing alleged fare beater in head with baton at Brooklyn subway station

A brutal video catches an NYPD officer bash an alleged fare beater in the head with a baton, opening a gash in the man’s head and sending him stumbling around the Brooklyn subway station in a daze.

Blood spurted from Donovan Lawson's cut and sprayed witnesses and the walls at the Myrtle Avenue J, M, Z stop during the arrest Thursday just before 8 p.m., Marielle Anas told the Daily News.

“It was one of the most awful things I’ve ever seen,” Anas, 28, said. “I have blood all over my jeans. The brutality of the nightstick – it was crazy. It looked like his head exploded. I couldn’t believe I was seeing it happen.”

Lawson, 20, had “doubled up” with a pal, going through the turnstile together on a single swipe, cops said. He was sitting on a wooden bench when an officer threw at least three punches, Anas said.

“The kid wasn’t doing anything – that’s why I started recording,” Anas said. “If he can't subdue this kid – he wasn’t even resisting that much!”


Posted by Man from Pickens | Tue Dec 9, 2014, 02:18 PM (2 replies)

An Effective Strategy for Bringing JUSTICE to Criminal Cops

The proper location to protest, targeting the key enablers of murdercops:

Richmond County Courthouse, 18 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Posted by Man from Pickens | Sun Dec 7, 2014, 11:33 PM (1 replies)

What I Did After Police Killed My Son

After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.”

I could imagine it all too easily, just as the rest of the country has been seeing it all too clearly in the terrible images coming from Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown. On Friday, after a week of angry protests, the police in Ferguson finally identified the officer implicated in Brown's shooting, although the circumstances still remain unclear.

I have known the name of the policeman who killed my son, Michael, for ten years. And he is still working on the force in Kenosha.

Yes, there is good reason to think that many of these unjustifiable homicides by police across the country are racially motivated. But there is a lot more than that going on here. Our country is simply not paying enough attention to the terrible lack of accountability of police departments and the way it affects all of us—regardless of race or ethnicity. Because if a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy — that was my son, Michael — can be shot in the head under a street light with his hands cuffed behind his back, in front of five eyewitnesses (including his mother and sister), and his father was a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who flew in three wars for his country — that’s me — and I still couldn’t get anything done about it, then Joe the plumber and Javier the roofer aren’t going to be able to do anything about it either.


Posted by Man from Pickens | Fri Dec 5, 2014, 11:41 AM (60 replies)

Shocking mistake in Darren Wilson grand jury


I don't know how to embed but watch this video, it's a bombshell. The assistant prosecutor gave the jury a law which was ruled unconstitutional almost 30 years ago!
Posted by Man from Pickens | Tue Dec 2, 2014, 02:51 PM (47 replies)
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